The Reading the West Book Awards honor the best fiction, non-fiction, and illustrated books for adults and children set in one of the MPIBA member states, or created by an author or artist living in the region. The awards celebrate the spirit of the west and the rich variety of writing in and about our region and reflect the extraordinary diversity of our reading public.
Each year, publishers submit books with a regional connection for consideration by selection committees comprised of volunteer booksellers from across the region. These committees read and review the longlist and curate shortlists in each category. The public – booksellers and their customers – vote on the top pick in each category in May. Winners are announced via streaming event in early June.
Nominations for the 33rd Annual Awards close.
The longlist of nominated titles announced.
Deadline to sign up for Shortlist mini-website & eblast announcement.
Shortlists announced & public voting begins (through 5/31).
You can see all the previous winners at readingthewest.com. While you’re there, you can confirm your bookstore listing is accurate and up-to-date!
You can volunteer to be on a reading committee or suggest any books publish shed in 2022 to be considered using the forms below.
The finalists have been chosen! You (and your customers) are invited to vote for your favorite books that made the cut. Winners will be announced in an online ceremony on June 13 at readingthewest.com.
Add your name to our roster of potential readers for next year’s reading committees and help us choose the Reading the West shortlists. Let us know that you’re interested and we’ll be in touch in the fall with more details.
You are invited to add books to this list at any time. To be considered for the 34th Annual Award, the book must be originally published in 2023 by an author living in the region – OR – the subject matter must be specifically regional to one of the fourteen Association member states.
The Reading the West Book Awards offer easy marketing sales points for your store to use from February to June. To keep it simple and easy for you and your team, we’ve created free marketing tools to use in your shop, your email newsletter, and on social media.
The long list of nominated books is available now. Click on the buttons above to see the nominees in each award category. Promote the nominees, especially those you’re most excited about, to your customers in-store and on-line
If you’ve already signed up for MPIBA marketing programs, you’re all set! New to Shelf Awareness emails? All you need is your email list and logo.