High Plains BookFest and Awards
“Women Writing the West” is the theme for the 11th annual High Plains BookFest presented by the YMCA Writer’s Voice.
“For the first time in seven years since the Parmly Billings Library established the High Plains Book Awards, 60 percent of the nominated authors are women,” said Writer’s Voice Director Corby Skinner. “It’s a perfect time to honor women writers with a BookFest theme that reflects their contributions to the western vernacular,” he adds.
In conjunction with the BookFest, the Parmly Billings Library established the High Plains Book Awards in 2006 to recognize regional authors and/or literary works which examine and reflect life on the High Plains including the states of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado, and Kansas, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.
The 2013 awards include two new categories, Best Culinary Book and Best Young Adult Book. The other categories are Best Fiction; Best Nonfiction; Best Poetry; Best First Book (fiction, non-fiction or poetry); Best Woman Writer; Best Art & Photography; and Best Short Stories.
Each winner takes home a $500 award. Awards are underwritten by the Parmly Billings Library Board of Directors, Friends of the Parmly Billings Library, the Yellowstone Art Museum, Sharon Ille, Stella Fong and Joe Dillard, MSU-Billings, the Parmly Billings Library Foundation, the Ucross Foundation and the Writer’s Voice of the Billings Family YMCA.
The High Plains BookFest takes place October 25-26, 2013 at various venues in downtown Billings. The High Plains Book Award banquet will be at the Yellowstone Art Museum on Saturday, October 26th.
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