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. 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.
Consumers engage with the book awards through readingthewest.com. That website features the book awards, the Summer Of promotion, and support for the Holiday Marketing Program.
Volunteer for a Reading the West Judging Committee
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.
Suggest a title to be nominated
You are invited to add books to this list at any time. To be considered for the 31st Annual Award, the book must be originally published in 2020 by an author living or working in the region – OR – the subject matter must be specifically regional to one of the twelve Association states.
This Year’s Awards
Nomination Period: October 1, 2019 – January 15, 2020
Long-list Announced: February 5, 2020
Short-list Announced: April 15, 2020
Public Voting: April 20 – May 17, 2020
Winners Announced: May 20, 2020
Regional Bookstore Display Contest: April 15 – June 30, 2020