High Plains BookFest
“Finding Home” is the theme for the 10th annual High Pains BookFest presented by the YMCA Writer’s Voice. Authors from throughout the region will present reading from recent work that explore the nature and importance of “home.”
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.
Author Tom McGuane will receive the High Plains Book Awards Emeritus Honor. McGuane is the author of nine novels, three works of nonfiction, and two collections of stories. Conservationist, rancher, novelist and fly-fisherman, McGuane lives on a ranch in McLeod, Montana.
After the review of 86 nominated books, 19 finalists have been chosen for 7 categories in the 2012 Book Awards. The authors from eleven different states – Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota, Texas, Maine, Washington, Iowa, Connecticut, Arizona and Montana as well as the Canadian providences of Alberta and Saskatchewan are invited to read from their work as a part of the BookFest. Winner is each category will receive a $500 cash prize.
The High Plains BookFest takes place October 18-20, 2012 Billings at various venues in downtown Billings. There will be a reception for the Book Award finalists on Friday, October 19, at the Babcock Theatre, followed by a public reading.
The High Plains Book Award Banquet will be held at the Yellowstone Art Museum on Saturday, October 20. The public readings are free and open to the public; tickets for the banquet are available on the website www.highplainsbookawards.org
For more information contact Corby Skinner at firstname.lastname@example.org
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