Booksellers, help us grow the Reading the West Book Awards.



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.


  • 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

The Summer of Lonesome Dove is a new marketing initiative MPIBA is presenting in conjunction with the Reading the West Book Awards. Read more about the program here >>>