About the Program

ReadingtheWest.com and The Monthly Reader newsletter were conceived to celebrate the diversity, courage, tenacity, expertise, and indie spirit of the bookstores in the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association. Our goal is to bring bookstores, books, and readers together, to promote the best of our regional authors and stories, and to feature the passionate recommendations of our booksellers.


The Reading the West Book Awards honor the best fiction, non-fiction, and illustrated books for adults and children set in one of the twelve MPIBA member states, or created by an author or artist living or working in the region. Presented annually, 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.


The Book Awards are juried by Association member booksellers. Promotional content for readingthewest.com and The Monthly Reader newsletter is provided by Association member booksellers. Click the buttons below to add content to ReadingTheWest.com.