Reading the West Book Award

Given by Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association

163 Works 86,457 Books 2,951 Reviews ½ 4.0
Reading the West Book Awards winners and shortlist titles exemplify the best in fiction and non-fiction writing, culinary writing, and illustration, whose subject matter is set in the MPIBA region show more (Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming) or invokes the spirit of the region. show less
All, Winner (160), Finalist (2), Shortlist (1), Nominee (1)
All, 2024 (8), 2023 (9), 2022 (9), 2021 (10), 2019 (8), 2018 (7), 2017 (3), 2016 (3), 2015 (3), 2014 (3), 2013 (3), 2012 (3), 2011 (4), 2010 (2), 2009 (5), 2008 (5), 2007 (5), 2006 (4), 2005 (6), 2004 (5), 2003 (4), 2002 (4), 2001 (4), 2000 (4), 1999 (4), 1998 (4), 1997 (4), 1996 (4), 1995 (4), 1994 (5), 1993 (4), 1992 (4), 1991 (4), 1990 (4)

Winner 160

Go as a River by Shelley ReadDebut Fiction2024
Holler, Child: Stories by Latoya WatkinsFiction2024
Brave the Wild River: The Untold Story of Two Women Who Mapped the Botany of the Grand Canyon by Melissa L. SevignyMemoir/Biography2024
True West: Myth and Mending on the Far Side of America by Betsy Gaines QuammenNonfiction2024
Alithia Ramirez Was an Artist by Violet LemayPicture Book2024
West: A Translation by Paisley RekdalPoetry2024
Rez Ball by Byron GravesYoung Adult2024
Coyote Queen by Jessica VitalisYoung Readers2024
Calling for a Blanket Dance by Oscar HokeahDebut Fiction2023
The Big Texas Cookbook: The Food That Defines the Lone Star State by editors of Texas MonthlyEating the West2023
Woman of Light by Kali Fajardo-AnstineFiction2023
When I Was Red Clay: A Journey of Identity, Healing, and Wonder by Jonathan T. BaileyMemoir/Biography2023
Tracing Time: Seasons of Rock Art on the Colorado Plateau by Craig ChildsNonfiction2023
Brave Every Day by Trudy LudwigPicture Book2023
Weaving Sundown in a Scarlet Light: Fifty Poems for Fifty Years by Joy HarjoPoetry2023
Abuela, Don't Forget Me by Rex OgleYoung Adult2023
The River Between Hearts by Heather Mateus SappenfieldYoung Readers2023
Damnation Spring by Ash DavidsonDebut Fiction2022
Earth Medicines: Ancestral Wisdom, Healing Recipes, and Wellness Rituals from a Curandera by Felicia Cocotzin RuizEating the West2022
Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony DoerrFiction2022
Poet Warrior: A Memoir by Joy HarjoMemoir/Biography2022
On Juneteenth by Annette Gordon-ReedNonfiction2022
Watercress by Andrea WangPicture Book2022
Desert apocrypha : poems by Zach HivelyPoetry2022
A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little BadgerYoung Adult2022
Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids by Cynthia Leitich SmithYoung Readers2022
My Autobiography of Carson McCullers: A Memoir by Jenn ShaplandAdvocacy Honor2021
All Things Left Wild: A Novel by James WadeDebut Fiction2021
The Mexican Home Kitchen: Traditional Home-Style Recipes That Capture the Flavors and Memories of Mexico by Mely MartinezEating the West2021
Black Sun by Rebecca RoanhorseFiction2021
Our Wild Tails: The Adventures of Henry and Baloo by Cynthia BennettIllustrated Nonfiction2021
The Reign of Wolf 21: The Saga of Yellowstone's Legendary Druid Pack by Rick McIntyreNarrative Nonfiction2021
Simon at the art museum by Christina SoontornvatPicture Book2021
When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry by Joy HarjoPoetry2021
Tigers, Not Daughters by Samantha MabryYoung Adult2021
The Elephant's Girl by Celesta RimingtonYoung Readers2021
Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country by Pam HoustonAdvocacy Award2019
The Prairie Homestead Cookbook: Simple Recipes for Heritage Cooking in Any Kitchen by Jill WingerEating the West2019
Sabrina & Corina: Stories by Kali Fajardo-AnstineFiction2019
Lakota America: A New History of Indigenous Power by Pekka HämäläinenNarrative Nonfiction2019
The Little Snowplow Wishes for Snow by Lora KoehlerPicture Book2019
National Geographic Atlas of the National Parks by Jon WatermanVisual Nonfiction2019
The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben PhilippeYoung Adult Fiction2019
Dear Sweet Pea by Julie MurphyYoung Readers2019
Bacon, Beans, and Beer by Eliza CrossEating the West2018
Where the Dead Sit Talking by Brandon HobsonFiction2018
When a Ghost Talks, Listen by Tim TingleMiddle Grade2018
Out of the Woods: Seeing Nature in the Everyday by Julia CorbettNonfiction2018
We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci SorellPicture Books2018
Zen and Gone by Emily FranceYoung Adult Fiction2018
Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti BowlingChildren's2017
The Widow Nash: A Novel by Jamie HarrisonFiction2017
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David GrannNonfiction2017
Runs With Courage by Joan M. WolfChildren's2016
News of the World by Paulette JilesFiction2016
The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks by Terry Tempest WilliamsNonfiction2016
A Series of Small Maneuvers by Eliot TreichelChildren's2015
Black River by S. M. HulseFiction2015
Ladies of the Canyons: A League of Extraordinary Women and Their Adventures in the American Southwest by Lesley Poling-KempesNonfiction2015
Dirt Bikes, Drones, and Other Ways to Fly by Conrad WesselhoeftChildren's2014
The Painter by Peter HellerFiction2014
Badluck Way: A Year on the Ragged Edge of the West by Bryce AndrewsNonfiction2014
The Last Ride of Caleb O'Toole by Eric PierpointChildren's2013
The Son by Philipp MeyerFiction2013
The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon by Kevin FedarkoNonfiction2013
Kepler's Dream by Juliet BellChildren's2012
Theft: A Novel by BK LorenFiction2012
Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats by Kristen IversenNonfiction2012
Missing on Superstition Mountain by Elise BroachChildren's2011
The Voice of the River: A Novel by Melanie Rae ThonFiction2011
Fire Season: Field Notes From a Wilderness Lookout by Philip ConnorsNonfiction2011
Starfish: A Novel by James CrowleyChildren's2010
The Wake of Forgiveness by Bruce MachartFiction2010
Go Big or Go Home by Will HobbsChildren's2009
The Illuminated Desert by Terry Tempest WilliamsChildren's2009
Another Man's Moccasins by Craig JohnsonFiction2009
American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon by Steven RinellaNonfiction2009
Staking Her Claim: Women Homesteading the West by Marcia Meredith HensleyReference2009
Great Ranches of the West by Jim Keen with Ami ReevesThe Arts2008
Wind Rider by Susan WilliamsChildren's2008
The God of Animals by Aryn KyleFiction2008
The Day the World Ended at Little Bighorn: A Lakota History by Joseph M. Marshall, IIINonfiction2008
Adobe Odes by Pat MoraPoetry2008
Mesa Verde National Park: The First 100 Years by Mesa Verde Museum AssociationThe Arts2007
The Buffalo and the Indians: A Shared Destiny by Dorothy Hinshaw PatentChildren's2007
Cottonwood Saints by Gene GuerinFiction2007
Blood and Thunder: The Epic Story of Kit Carson and the Conquest of the American West by Hampton SidesFiction2007
Pinedale, Wyoming: A Centennial History 1904 - 2004 by Ann Chambers NobleReference2007
William Henry Jackson's "The pioneer photographer" by William Henry JacksonThe Arts2006
Bear Dancer: The Story of a Ute Girl by Thelma Hatch WyssChildren's2006
A Sudden Country by Karen FisherFiction2006
109 East Palace: Robert Oppenheimer and the Secret City of Los Alamos by Jennet ConantNonfiction2006
Pueblo Imagination: Landscape and Memory in the Photography of Lee Marmon by Lee MarmonArt/Poetry2005
Searching for Chipeta: The Story of a Ute and Her People by Vickie Leigh KrudwigChildren's2005
Old Coyote by Nancy WoodChildren's2005
Little Things in a Big Country: An Artist and Her Dog on the Rocky Mountain Front by Hannah HinchmanNonfiction2005
Select Peaks of Greater Yellowstone: A Mountaineering History & Guide by Thomas TurianoReference2005
The Work of Wolves by Kent Meyers2005
Birds of Prey in the American West by Tom VezoThe Arts2004
Enduring Wisdom: Sayings from Native Americans by Virginia Driving Hawk SneveChildren's2004
Land That Moves, Land That Stands Still by Kent NelsonFiction2004
Hawks Rest: A Season in the Remote Heart of Yellowstone by Gary FergusonNonfiction2004
Creation of the Teton Landscape by David D. LoveReference2004
Drawn to Yellowstone: Artists in America's First National Park by Peter HassrickThe Arts2003
Women Artists of the West: Five Portraits in Creativity and Courage (Notable Western Women) by Julie DannebergChildren's2003
Perma Red by Debra Magpie EarlingFiction2003
Breaking Clean by Judy BluntNonfiction2003
Ansel Adams at 100 by Ansel AdamsArt/Poetry2002
Mountain Men: True Grit and Tall Tales by Andrew GlassChildren's2002
The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint: A Novel by Brady UdallFiction2002
A River Running West: The Life of John Wesley Powell by Donald WorsterNonfiction2002
Painters and the American West: The Anschutz Collection by Joan Carpenter TroccoliArt/Poetry2001
Clarence Goes Out West & Meets a Purple Horse by Jean Ekman AdamsChildren's2001
Winter Range by Claire DavisFiction2001
The Blood Runs Like a River Through My Dreams by NasdijjNonfiction2001
The Wild Colorado: The true adventures of Fred Dellenbaugh, age 17, on the second Powell Expedition into the Grand Canyon by Richard MaurerChildren's2000
Plainsong by Kent HarufFiction2000
Fire on the Mountain: The True Story of the South Canyon Fire by John N. MacleanNonfiction2000
Where Rivers Change Direction by Mark SpraggNonfiction2000
Boss of the Plains by Laurie CarlsonChildren's1999
One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd by Jim FergusFiction1999
Lasso the Wind: Away to the New West by Timothy EganNonfiction1999
In Gravity National Park: Poems by C. L. RawlinsPoetry1999
The Serpent's Tongue: Prose, Poetry, and Art of the New Mexican Pueblos by Nancy WoodChildren's1998
The Sky, the Stars, the Wilderness by Rick BassFiction1998
Legends of the American Desert: Sojourns in the Greater Southwest by Alex ShoumatoffNonfiction1998
Blue Horses Rush In: Poems and Stories (Sun Tracks) by Luci TapahonsoPoetry1998
Bill Pickett: Rodeo-Ridin' Cowboy by Andrea Davis PinkneyChildren's1997
Sun Dancer by David LondonFiction1997
Undaunted Courage by Stephen E. AmbroseNonfiction1997
Mountains and Rivers Without End by Gary SnyderPoetry1997
A Boy Called Slow by Joseph BruchacChildren's1996
Stone Song: A Novel of the Life of Crazy Horse by Win BlevinsFiction1996
The Dull Knifes of Pine Ridge: A Lakota Odyssey by Joe StaritaNonfiction1996
My Town by David LeePoetry1996
Daily Life in a Covered Wagon by Paul EricksonChildren's1995
Stygo by Laura HendrieFiction1995
Killing Custer: The Battle of the Little Bighorn and the Fate of the Plains Indians by James WelchNonfiction1995
Loose Woman: Poems by Sandra CisnerosPoetry1995
I Am Lavina Cumming: A Novel of the American West (Historical Fiction for Young Readers) by Susan LowellChildren's1994
Pigs in Heaven by Barbara KingsolverFiction1994
The Death of Bernadette Lefthand by Ronald B. QuerryFiction1994
Montana 1948 by Larry WatsonFiction1994
So Far from God by Ana CastilloPoetry1994
The Meadow by James GalvinFiction1993
Cowboys Are My Weakness: Stories by Pam HoustonFiction1993
All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthyFiction1993
Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs: Living and Writing in the West by Wallace StegnerNonfiction1993
Land Circle: Writings Collected from the Land by Linda M. HasselstromNonfiction1992
PrairyErth by William Least Heat-MoonNonfiction1992
Songs of the Fluteplayer: Seasons of Life in the Southwest by Sharman Apt RussellNonfiction1992
Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place by Terry Tempest WilliamsNonfiction1992
Canyons by Gary PaulsenChildren's1991
Mean Spirit by Linda HoganFiction1991
Photographing Montana 1894-1928: The Life and Work of Evelyn Cameron by Donna M. LuceyNonfiction1991
In Mad Love and War by Joy HarjoPoetry1991
Bearstone by Will HobbsChildren's1990
The testimony of Mr. Bones: Stories by Olive GhiselinFiction1990
Remote Beyond Compare: Letters of don Diego de Vargas to His Family from New Spain and Mexico, 1675-1706 (Journals of Don Diego De Vargos) by John L. KessellNonfiction1990
What we have to live with (Teal Press poetry Series Book) by Marilyn KryslPoetry1990

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Nominee 1


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