The Reading the West Book Awards are a celebration of the MPIBA region and and our regional authors!
Reading the West Book Award short-list titles and winners exemplify the best in fiction and non-fiction writing and illustration, set in the MPIBA region (Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming), created by a regional author or artist, and/or invoking the spirit of the region.
Nominations for the 2019 Reading the West Book Awards open on October 1, 2019
The prize is open to authors who live or work in the MPIBA region,
as well as any book that invokes the spirit of the West.
All nominated books must have been originally published in 2019.
Booksellers from the region review all submissions to create a shortlist to be voted on by the public.
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.