Reading the West Book Awards - Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association
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The Reading the West Book Awards are a celebration of the MPIBA region and and our regional authors!

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 (Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming) or invokes the spirit of the region.

Past winners include:

Peter Heller, Kevin Fedarko, Terry Tempest Williams, Kent Nelson, Sandra Cisneros, Hampton Sides, Brady Udall, Pam Houston, Rudolfo Anaya, Rick Bass, Joy Harjo, and Wallace Stegner — to name only a few. Click here for the complete list of award winners.

  • Longlist Announced: January, 2019
  • Shortlist AnnouncedMarch 15, 2019
  • Bookseller & Consumer Voting: March 15 – April 14, 2019
    • Click the red button below to see the shortlists and VOTE NOW.
    • Click on the GRAPHICS TOOLBOX link below to find everything you need to promote the Reading the West Book Awards voting to your your customers and colleagues.
  • Winners AnnouncedApril 15, 2019
  • Bookstore Display Contest: Through May 31, 2019
    • Booksellers, build a display to promote and celebrate the Reading the West Book Awards shortlist and winning titles, snap a picture, and post on social media with the hashtag #ReadingtheWest. Your store will be entered in a drawing to win fabulous prizes, including an all-expense paid, all-access trip for one to the 2019 MPIBA Fall Trade Show & Conference in October!

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