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2023

Art & Photography

 Montana Modernists: Shifting Perspectives of Western Art Michele Corriel
  Montana Panoramic: Transparent in the Backlight Photographs by Craig W. Hergert; Text by Shann Ray
  Conserving America’s Wildlands: The Vision of Ted Turner  Photographs by Rhett Turner; Text by Todd Wilkinson

Big Sky Award

 Montana Modernists: Shifting Perspectives of Western Art Michele Corriel
 Montana: A Paper Trail Thomas E. Minckler
 On a Benediction of Wind Charles Finn (poetry) & Barbara Michelman (photography)

Children’s Middle Grade Book

 Thunderous M. L. Smoker & Natalie Peeterse; Illustrations by Dale Ray DeForest
 Tenmile Sandra Dallas
 If You Can Dream It You Can Do It Colleen Nelson & Kathie MacIsaac; Illustrations by Scot Ritchie

Children’s Picture Book

 I Do Not Like the Rotten Egg Scent in Yellowstone National Park Penelope Kaye
 Buddy: A Farm in the Forest Story Jena Wagmann
 What If You Could? Lynne Harley

Creative Nonfiction

  Otters Dance Bob Budd
 Think Like a Horse: Lessons in Life, Leadership, and Empathy from an Unconventional Cowboy  Grant Golliher
 I Never Met a Rattlesnake I Didn’t Like: A Memoir David Carpenter

Fiction

 Jameela Green Ruins Everything  Zarqa Nawaz
 The New Neighbor  Carter Wilson
 Hell and Back Craig Johnson

First Book

 Crazy Mountain Elise Atchison
 In Celebration  Dorothy Bradley
 A Pros and Cons List for Strong Feelings: A Graphic Memoir Will Betke-Brunswick

Indigenous Writer

 Thunderous M. L. Smoker & Natalie Peeterse; Illustrations by Dale Ray DeForest
 With Great Discretion J. Hoolihan Clayton
 Valley of the Birdtail: An Indian Reserve, a White Town, and the Road to Reconciliation Andrew Stobo Sniderman & Douglas Sanderson

Nonfiction

 This America of Ours: Bernard and Avid DeVoto and the Forgotten Fight to Save the Wild Nate Schweber
 Born of Lakes and Plains: Mixed-Descent Peoples and the Making of the American West Anne F. Hyde
 Boys and Oil: Growing up Gay in a Fractured Land Taylor Brorby

Poetry

 The Big Melt Emily Riddle
 Puzzled Ruth Maus
 Goodbye Yellowstone Road Tom Vandel

Short Stories

 The Term Between Brady Harrison
 Not the Apocalypse I Was Hoping Leslie Greentree

Woman Writer

 White Horse Erika T. Wurth
 The Apothecary’s Garden Jeanette Lynes
 Black Umbrella Katherine Lawrence

Young Adult

 Behind the Label: Gloria & Willa Lorna Schultz Nicholson
 The Emir’s Falcon Matt Hughes
 Ann of Sunflower Lane Julie A. Sellers

2022

Art & Photography

 Jon Lodge: Fracture Jon Lodge (artist), Brandon Reintjes, & Gordon McConnell
 Bison: Portrait of an Icon Audrey Hall and Chase Reynolds Ewald
 George Carlson: The American West  Todd Wilkinson

Children's Book

 The Undercover Book List Colleen Nelson
 The Mystery of the Giant Kohlrabi Sharon Plumb
 Dear Peter, Dear Ulla Barbara Nickel

Creative Nonfiction

 We Are All Perfectly Fine: A Memoir of Love, Medicine, and Healing Jillian Horton
 Helmi's Shadow: A Journey of Survival from Russia to East Asia to the American West David Horgan
 The Holly: Five Bullets, One Gun, and the Struggle to Save an American Neighborhood Julian Rubinstein

Fiction

 Daughter of the Morning Star Craig Johnson
 Let the Wild Grasses Grow Kase Johnstun
 And It Will Be a Beautiful Life Craig Lancaster

First Book

 Commendable Discretion: A Detective Novel of the Old West J. Hoolihan Clayton
 Miraculous Sickness ky perraun
 Black Snake: Standing Rock, the Dakota Access Pipeline, and Environmental Justice Katherine Wiltenburg Todrys

Indigenous Writer

 Kitotam John Brady McDonald
 20.12m: A Short Story Collection of a Live Lived as a Road Allowance Metis Arnolda Dufour Bowes
 Standoff: Standing Rock, the Bundy Movement, and the American Story of Sacred Lands Jacqueline Keeler

Medicine and Science

 We Are All Perfectly Fine: A Memoir of Love, Medicine, and Healing Jillian Horton
 Wild Rescues: A Paramedic’s Extreme Adventures in Yosemite, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton Kevin Grange
 The Scenic Geology of Alberta: A Roadside Touring and Hiking Guide Dale Leckie

Nonfiction

 No One Dare Call Her a Liar Larry Lee Kruckenberg
 We Are All Perfectly Fine: A Memoir of Love, Medicine and Healing Jillian Horton
  A History of Montana in 101 Objects Kirby Lambert, Tom Ferris, and the Montana Historical Society

Poetry

 awasis - kinky and disheveled Louise B. Halfe-Sky Dancer
 The Track the Whales Make Marjorie Saiser
 No Way: An American Tao Te Ching David Romtvedt

Short Stories

 Site Fidelity Claire Boyles
 The Broken World Tom Vandel
 What If We Were Somewhere Else Wendy J. Fox

Woman Writer

 The Stone Sister Caroline Patterson
 The Call of the Last Frontier: The True Story of a Woman's Twenty-Year Alaska Adventure Melissa Cook
 Ancestors: Indigenous Peoples of Western Canada in Historic Photographs Sarah Carter & Inez Lightning

Young Adult

 When You Least Expect It Lorna Schultz Nicholson
 Alone Megan E. Freeman
 The Life and Deaths of Frankie D. Colleen Nelson

2021

Art & Photography

 A Corner of Space and Time: Lee Nye's Eddie's Club Portraits Jean Belangie-Nye, Aaron Teasdale, & Benjamin Ferencz
 Borderlands Mark Vitaris
 The Indian’s Pony: From Bones to Bronze Gerald Anthony Shippen

Big Sky Award

 Shakespeare in Montana: Big Sky Country's Love Affair with the World's Most Famous Author Gretchen E. Minton

Children's Book

 Harvey Holds His Own Colleen Nelson, Tara Anderson (illus.)
 The Nighthawk's Harmonica: A Montana Roundup Story Marcia Melton
 On A Good Horse Darby Karchut

Creative Nonfiction

 The 10 Greatest Gifts We Give Each Other: A Memoir on the Magic of Marriage Vows Barbara Lynn-Vannoy
 Black Water: Family, Legacy, and Blood Memory David A. Robertson
 Cheatgrass Dreams Theodore Waddell

Fiction

 August Callan Wink
 Ruthie Fear Maxim Loskutoff
 In the Shadow of Dora: A Novel of the Holocaust and the Apollo Program Patrick Hicks

First Book

 The Big Quiet: One Woman's Horseback Ride Home Lisa D. Stewart
 The Response of Weeds Bertrand Bickersteth
 Winter Counts David Heska Wanbli Weiden

Indigenous Writer

 Winter Counts David Heska Wanbli Weiden
 Field Notes for the Self Randy Lundy
 Black Water: Family, Legacy, and Blood Memory David A. Robertson

Medicine and Science

 Roadside Geology of Montana: Second Edition Donald W. Hyndman, Robert C. Thomas

Nonfiction

 Shakespeare in Montana: Big Sky Country's Love Affair with the World's Most Famous Writer Gretchen E. Minton
 Taken by the Muse Anne Wheeler
 The Grizzly in the Driveway Rob Chaney

Poetry

 The Response of Weeds Bertrand Bickersteth
 The Bestiary Dennis Cooley
 Ghosts Still Linger Kat Cameron

Short Stories

 Vermin: Stories Lori Hahnel
 If Sylvie Had Nine Lives Leona Theis
 Dear Hearts Barbara Miller Biles

Woman Writer

 Second Wind Patricia Frolander
 Revery: A Year of Bees Jenna Butler
 The Historians Cecilia Ekbäck

Young Adult

 Dilly Matthew P. Mayo
 Opulence, Kansas Julie Stielstra
 Journeyman: The Story of NHL Right Winger Jamie Leach Anna Rosner

2020

Art & Photography

 The Arapaho Way: Continuity and Change on the Wind River Reservation Sara Wiles
 Truth and Beauty in the Canadian Rockies Lisa Christensen
 Victo Cicansky: The Gardener's Universe / L'univers d'un jardinier Timothy Long & Julia Kreuger (eds)

Big Sky Award

 Forever Neverland Susan Adrian
 Voices of Yellowstone's Capstone Traute Parrie & Jesse Logan (eds)
 The Cheyenne Story: An Interpretation of Courage Gerry Robinson

Children's Book

 Forever Neverland Susan Adrian
 Howl: A New Look at the Big Bad Wolf Ted Rechlin
 Major: A Soldier Dog Trevor Jones

Creative Nonfiction

 Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country Pam Houston
 Essential Yellowstone: A Landscape of Memory and Wonder Michael J. Yochim
 Encounters in Yellowstone: The Nez Perce Summer of 1877 M. Mark Miller

Fiction

 The Healer's Daugher Charlotte Hinger
 Fall Back Down When I Die Joe Wilkins
 The Line Between Tosca Lee

First Book

 Reckless Steps Toward Sanity Judith Sara Gelt
 The Cheyenne Story: An Interpretation of Courage Gerry Robinson
 Earth to Charlie Justin Olson

Indigenous Writer

 Perception: A Photo Series KC Adams
 From the Ashes: My Story of Being Metis, Homeless, and Finding My Way Jesse Thistle
 The Red Chesterfield Wayne Arthurson

Medicine and Science

 Six Hundred Generations: An Archaeological History of Montana Carl Davis
 The Science of Why, Vol 4 Jay Ingram
 Birds, Bones, and Beetles: The Improbable Career and Remarkable Legacy of University of Kansas Naturalist Charles D. Bunker Charles H. Warner

Nonfiction

 Lakota America: A New History of Indigenous Power Pekka Hamalainen
 Voices of Yellowston'e Capstone Traute Parrie & Jesse Logan
 One Size Fits None: A Farm Girl's Search for the Promise of Regenerative Agriculture Stephanie Anderson

Poetry

 St. Boniface Elegies Catherine Hunter
 Mercy Shirley Camia
 Wildernss//Kingdom Jory Mickelsen

Short Stories

 Not a Thing to Comfort You Emily Wortman-Wunder
 This. This. This. Is. Love. Love. Love. Jennifer Wortman
 Winning Chance Katherine Koller

Woman Writer

 Nighthawk Rising: A Biography of Accused Cattle Rustler Queen Ann Bassett of Brown's Peak Diana Allen Kouris
 Cold Metal Stairs Su Croll
 River People Margaret Lukas

Young Adult

 Qaqavii Miriam Korner
 Cold White Sun Sue Farrell Holler
 Spin Colleen Nelson

2019

Art & Photography

 Bert Riggall's Greater Waterton Beth Towe
 An Honest, Genial and Kindly People Adrian K. Paton
 Plains Indian Buffalo Cultures: Art from the Paul Dyck Collection Emma I. Hansen
 Albert Bierstadt: Witness to a Changing West Dr. Peter H. Hassrick et. al.

Big Sky Award

 Cloudbursts: Collected and New Stories Thomas McGuane
 Bitterroot: A Salish Memoir of Transracial Adoption Susan Devan Harness
 The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life David Quammen

Children's Book

 Prison Paws: Max's Story Donna Cochran
 Double! Not Half Rodney Gottula
 My Buddy, Dido Marion Mutala

Creative Nonfiction

 West to Montana Christine Wortman-Engren
 Bitterroot: A Salish Memoir of Transracial Adoption Susan Devan Harness
 Warblers and Woodpeckers: A Father-Son Big Year of Birding Sneed B. Collard, III
 Petting Tigers: My Life as a Witness of Jehovah Shelley Smith Jones

Fiction

 A Death in Eden Keith McCafferty
 The Flicker of Old Dreams Susan Henderson
 Go Ask Fannie Elisabeth Hyde
 The River by Starlight Ellen Notbohm

First Book

 Women Who Dig: Farming, Feminism and the Fight to Feed the World Trina Moyles
 Double! Not Half Rodney Gottula
 One-Sentence Journal: Short Poems and Essays from the World at Large Chris La Tray

Indigenous Writer

 One-Sentence Journal: Short Poems and Essays from the World at Large Chris La Tray
 Awasis and the World-Famous Bannock Dallas Hunt
 Bitterroot: A Salish Memoir of Transracial Adoption Susan Devan Harness

Medicine and Science

 Ghostwalker: Tracking a Mountain Lion's Soul through Science and Story Leslie Patten
 Psychedelic Revolutionaries: LSD and the Birth of Hallucinogenic Research Patrick W. Barber
 The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life David Quammen

Nonfiction

 Wild Migrations: Atlas of Wyoming's Ungulates Matthew J. Kauffman
 Buffalo Heartbeats Across the Plains: The Last Great Hunts and Saving the Buffalo Francie M. Berg
 An African in Imperial London: The Indomitable Life of A. B. C. Merriman-Labor Danell Jones

Poetry

 All That Held Us Henrietta Goodman
 Heavy Joy Brown
 View From True North Sara Henning
 Blackbird Song Randy Lundy

Short Stories

 Come West and See Maxim Loskutoff
 Cloudbursts: Collected and New Stories Thomas McGuane
 Thorn-Field James Trettwer

Woman Writer

 Bitterroot: A Salish Memoir of Transracial Adoption Susan Devan Harness
 Buried Ruth Chorney
 The Flicker of Old Dreams Susan Henderson

Young Adult

 Sadia Colleen Nelson
 Bronte's Thunder Lucinda Stein
 Wolfe in Shepherd's Clothing: A Shepherd & Wolfe Mystery Angela Counios & David Gane

2018

Art & Photography

 The Writing on the Wall: The Work of Joane Cardinal-Schubert Lindsey V. Sharman
 Islands of Grass Trevor Herriot
 Theodore Waddell: My Montana Rick Newby

Children's Book

 What I Saw in Grand Teton Julie Gillum Lue
 What I Saw in Glacier Ellen Horowitz
 Blue Corn Soup Caroline Stutson

Creative Nonfiction

 Homestead Soldiers Bill Jones
 Headlights on the Prairie: Essays on Home Robert Rebein
 A Darkness Lit by Heroes: The Granite Mountain- Speculator Mine Disaster of 1917 Doug Ammons

Fiction

 Love and Other Consolation Prizes Jamie Ford
 The Widow Nash Jamie Harrison
 Days Without End Sebastian Barry

First Book

 Encountering Riel David Orr
 Bad Kansas Becky L Mandelbaum
 The Widow's Guide to Edible Mushrooms Chauna Craig

Indigenous Writer

 Strangers, Book 1, The Reckoner trilogy David A Robertson
 Metis Christmas Mittens Leah Marie Dorion
 Invisible Reality: Storytellers, Storytakers, and the Supernatural World of the Blackfeet Rosalyn R. LaPier

Medicine and Science

 Rocks, Ridges, and Rivers: Geological Wonders of Banff, Yoho, and Jasper National Parks Dale Leckie
 A Surgeon with Custer at the Little Big Horn: James DeWolf's Diary and Letters, 1876 Todd E. Harburn (editor)
 The Patch: The People, Pipelines, and Politics of the Oil Sands Chris Turner

Nonfiction

 Wonderlandscape: Yellowstone National Park and the Evolution of an American Cultural Icon John Clayton
 Frank Little and the IWW: The Blood That Stained an American Family Jane Little Botkin
 The Patch: The People, Pipelines, and Politics of the Oil Sands Chris Turner

Poetry

 Throwing the Diamond Hitch Emily Ursuliak
 Hose and Iron: Selected Poems Greg Kuzma
 The Bunch Grass Motel: The Collected Poems of Randall Gloege Randall Gloege

Short Stories

 The Widow's Guide to Edible Mushrooms Chauna Craig
 What We Build Upon the Ruins Giano L Cromley
 Maple & Lead Aaron Parrett

Woman Writer

 Follow Me Down Sherri Smith
 Pemmican Wars, Vol 1, A Girl Called Echo Katherena Vermette
 The Last Chance Ladies' Book Club Marlis Wesseler

Young Adult

 Strangers, Book 1, The Reckoner trilogy David A Robertson
 Stranded: A Story of Frontier Survival Matthew P. Mayo
 Blood Brothers Colleen Nelson

2017

Art & Photography

 Frederic Remington: A Catalogue Raisonne II Peter Hassrick
 Wild Harmony of Glacier National Park Sumio Harada
 Yellowstone Forever: A Decade in Yellowstone National Park Stephen C. Hinch

Children's Book

 Bears Ted Rechlin
 The Most Important Thing: Stories About Sons, Fathers, and Grandfathers Avi
 Runs With Courage Joan Wolf

Creative Nonfiction

 Temperance Creek Pamela Royes
 Happiness is a Rare Bird Gene Walz
 North of Crazy: A Memoir Neltje

Fiction

 As Good As Gone Larry Watson
 The Bones of Paradise Jonis Agee
 An Obvious Fact Craig Johnson

First Book

 Hurt People Cote Smith
 The Waiting Place Sharron Arksey
 Riversong Alice Colton
 Improbable Fortunes Jeffrey Price

Indigenous Writer

 Will I See? David A. Robertson
 Traitors of Camp 133, The Wayne Arthurson
 Burning in This Midnight Dream Louise Halfe

Medicine and Science

 Hopping Ahead of Climate Change: Snowshoe Hares, Science, and Survival Sneed B. Collard III
 Vulnerability and Adaptation to Drout: The Canadian Prairies and South America Henry Diaz, Margot Hurlbert & Jim Warren
 Unearthing Paradise: Montana Writers in Defense of Greater Yellowstone  Marc Beaudin, Max Hjortsberg and Seabring Davis, eds

Nonfiction

 The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero  Timothy Egan
 A Week in Yellowstone's Thorofare: A Journey Through the Remotest Place Michael Yochim
 Blood on the Marias: The Baker Massacre Paul Wylie

Poetry

 It's As Good Here As It Gets Anywhere Greg Kosmicki
 Poems Across the Big Sky II Lowell Jaeger
 On Not Losing My Father's Ashes in the Flood Richard Harrison

Short Stories

 All I Want Is What You've Got Glen Chamberlain
 Madagascar: New and Selected Stories Steven Schwartz
 For a Little While  Rick Bass

Woman Writer

 Mortal Fall Christine Carbo
 The Waiting Place Sharron Arksey
 Convictions Judith Silverthorne

Young Adult

 Along Comes a Wolfe: A Shepherd & Wolfe Mystery Angela Counios
 The Pain Eater Beth Goobie
 And Then the Sky Exploded David A. Poulsen

2016

Art & Photography

 Grizzlies of Pilgrim Creek Thomas D. Mangelsen/ Todd Wilkinson
 Honouring the Buffalo: A Plains Cree Legend Judith Silverthorne
 Wyoming Grasslands Frank H. Goodyear, Charles R. Preston

Children's Book

 Cub's Journey Home Georgia Graham
 Honouring the Buffalo: A Plains Cree Legend Judith Silverthorne
 Fire Birds: Valuing Natural Wildfires and Burned Forests Sneed B. Collard III

Creative Nonfiction

 Canoeing the Great Plains Patrick Dobson
 Betty: The Helen Betty Osborne Story David Alexander Robertson
 Profession of Hope: Farming on the Edge of the Grizzly Trail, A Jenna Butler

Fiction

 Crazy Mountain Kiss Keith McCafferty
 This Is What I Want Craig Lancaster
 Madder Carmine Tyler Enfield
 American Copper Shann Ray

First Book

 The Wild Inside Christine Carbo
 The Bookseller Cynthia Swanson
 The Actor Beth Hunter McHugh

Medicine and Science

 Glacier National Park After Dark John Ashley
 Health of the Seventh Cavalry: A Medical History P. Willey, Douglas D. Scott
 Grizzlies of Pilgrim Creek Thomas D. Mangelsen/ Todd Wilkinson

Nonfiction

 Fire Birds: Valuing Natural Wildfires and Burned Forests Sneed B. Collard III
 Warrior in the Ring Brian D'Ambrosio
 Colorado: A Historical Atlas Thomas J. Noel
 Cowboy Legend, The John Jennings

Poetry

 Why I Returne to Makoce Lois Red Elk
 Days Run Away, The Robert Currie
 Red Canyon Falling on Churches Juliana Aragon Fatula
 Report to the Department of the Interior Diane Glancy

Short Stories

 Collector of Names, The Patrick Hicks
 Deer Walking Upside Down, The Jerry McGahan
 Far Enough: A Western in Fragments Joe Wilkins

Woman Writer

 The Actor Beth Hunter McHugh
 Wolf Winter Cecilia Ekback
 Liberty Street Dianne Warren
 After Light Catherine Hunter

Young Adult

 Three Feathers Richard Van Camp
 Blanket of Butterflies, A Richard Van Camp
 Am I the Only One? Struggling Being a Teen Treena Wynes

2015

Art & Photography

 In the Alley/Dans la ruelle Dave Margoshes (editor), Donald Kerr & Timothy Long (contributors)
 Charles M. Russell: Photographing the Legend Larry Len Peterson
 Crown of the Continent: The Wildest Rockies Steven Gnam
 Jennifer Bottomly O'looney and Kirby Lambert Montana's Charlie Russell: Art in the Collection of the Montana Historical Society

Children's Book

 Do Trees Sneeze? Jean Freeman
 Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Sky Sandra Dallas
 Back to Batoche Cheryl Chad

Culinary

 A Taste of Montana: Favorite Recipes from Big Sky Country Seabring Davis
 Gatherings: Friends and Recipes from Montana's Mustang Kitchen Carole Sullivan
 Out of Old Saskatchewan Kitchens Amy Jo Ehman

Fiction

 The Home Place Carrie La Seur
 Stars Go Blue Laura Pritchett
 Any Other Name Craig Johnson

First Book

 Altitude Adjustment: A Quest for Love, Home, and Meaning in the Tetons Mary Beth Baptiste
 Badluck Way Bryce Andrews
 Montana State Parks: Complete Guide and Travel Companion Kristen Inbody and Erin Madison

Nonfiction

 Montana 1864: Indians, Emigrants, and Gold in the Territorial Year Ken Egan Jr.
 American Carnage: Wounded Knee, 1890 Jerome A. Greene
 The Horse Lover: A Cowboy's Quest to Save the Wild Mustangs H. Alan Day and Lynn Wiese Sneyd
 Badluck Way Bryce Andrews

Poetry

 Splitting an Order Ted Kooser
 Slant Six Erin Belieu
 Balefire Shann Ray

Short Stories

 God Telling a Joke and other stories Dave Margoshes
 The Widow Smalls and Other Stories Jamie Lisa Forbes
 I am Currently Working on a Novel Rolli (Charles Anderson)

Woman Writer

 The Ogallala Road: A Memoir of Love and Reckoning Julene Bair
 The Home Place Carrie La Seur
 Somebody Stole My Iron: A Family Memoir of Dementia Vicki Tapia

Young Adult

 Harry Potter and the Art of Spying Lynn Boughey & Peter Earnest
 Queen of Fire Regine Haensel
 Camp Outlook Brenda Baker

2014

Art & Photography

 Karl Bodmer's America Revisited W. R. Wood & R. M. Lindholm
 North Dakota Unforgettable Chuck Haney
 A President in Yellowstone Frank H. Goodyear III
 This Place, These People David Stark and Nancy Warner

Children's Book

 Leaving Mr. Humphries Alison Lohans
 Baba's Babushka: A Magical Ukrainian Wedding Marion Mutala
 Who Pooped in the Cascades? Gary D. Robson

Fiction

 High and Inside Russell Rowland
 Songs of Willow Frost Jamie Ford
 Let Him Go Larry Watson

First Book

 Wounded Barbara Joyce-Hawryluk
 Montana Gwen Florio
 The Last Good Halloween Giano Cromley

Medicine and Science

 Manitoba Butterflies: A Field Guide Simone Hebert Allard
 In the Shadow of the Sabertooth: A Renegade Naturalist Considers Global Warming, the First Americans and the Terrible Beasts of the Pleistocene Doug Peacock

Nonfiction

 Shooting Arrows and Slinging Mud James E. Mueller
 Traveling the Power Line: From the Mojave Desert to the Bay of Fundy Julianne Couch
 Rough Breaks: A Wyoming High Country Memoir Laurie Wagner Buyer

Poetry

 Grey Dog Big Sky Sheryl Noethe
 Saving Singletrees Leo Dangel
 To Love That Well: New & Selected Poems 1954 - 2013 Robert Pack

Short Stories

 You Haven't Changed a Bit Astrid Blodgett
 Cowboys and East Indians Nina McConigley
 Little Raw Souls Steven Schwartz

Woman Writer

 Clearwater Kim McCullough
 Meadowlark: A Novel Dawn Wink
 The Wittenbergs Sarah Klassen
 Wounded Barbara Joyce-Hawryluk

Young Adult

 Black Helicopters Blythe Woolston
 The Throne Beth Goobie
 The Ehrich Weisz Chronicles: Demon Gate Marty Chan

2013

Art & Photography

 North American Journals of Prince Maximilian of Wied Marsha V. Gallagher, editor
 Montana: Real Place, Real People Alan Kesselheim & Thomas Lee
 The Diamond Willow Walking Stick: A Traditional Métis Story About Generosity Leah Marie Dorion

Culinary

 Celebrating Home: A Handbook for Gracious Living Christy Rost (text) and Rock Souders (photo)
 Foodshed: An Edible Alberta Alphabet Dee Hobsbawn-Smith
 Food for the Gods Karen Dudley

Fiction

 Canada Richard Ford
 The Royal Wulff Murders Keith McCafferty
 The Round House Louise Erdrich

First Book

 The Boarding House Marcia Melton
 The Anatomy of Edouard Beaupre Sarah Kathryn York
 Fobbit David Abrams
 The Boys of Company K Lee Cullimore

Nonfiction

 Visions and Voices: Montana's One-Room Schoolhouses Charlotte Caldwell
 Deliverance From the Little Big Horn Joan Nabseth Stevenson
 Wagons East Victoria Taylor
 Let Them Paddle Alan Kesselheim

Poetry

 Nakoda Sky People Minerva Allen
 Notes from the Journey Westward Joe Wilkins
 I See My Love More Clearly From a Distance Nora Gould

Short Stories

 What You Get at Home Dora Dueck
 Dominant Traits Eric Freeze
 Western Taxidermy Barb Howard

Woman Writer

 The Miseducation of Cameron Post Emily Danforth
 Blood and Salt Barbara Sapergia
 Deliverance From the Little Big Horn Joan Nabseth Stevenson

Young Adult

 The Miseducation of Cameron Post Emily Danforth
 Dead Girl Moon Charlie Price
 Outcasts of River Falls Jacqueline Guest

2012

Art & Photography

 Arapaho Journeys: Photographs and Stories from the Wind River Reservation Sara Wiles
 Relatives with Roots: A Story about Metis Women's Connection to the Land Leah Marie Dorion
 Fra Dana: American Impressionest in the Rockies Valerie Hedquist & Sue Hart
 Hand Raised: The Barns of Montana Chere Jiusto & Christine W. Brown

Emeritus

  Thomas McGuane

Fiction

 The Ringer Jenny Shank
 Liberty Lanes Robin Troy
 Kings of Colorado David E. Hilton

First Book

 The Big Sky, By and By Ed Kemmick
 American Masculine Shann Ray
 Rim Haven Lynne Montague
 Kings of Colorado David E. Hilton

Nonfiction

 The Boy Betty Jane Hegerat
 Honyocker Dreams: Montana Memories David Mogen
 Hand Raised: The Barns of Montana Chere Jiusto & Chistine W. Brown

Poetry

 Songs of Unreason Jim Harrison
 Killing the Murnion Dogs Joe Wilkins
 Dirt Songs: A Plains Duet Twyla M. Hansen & Linda M. Hasselstrom

Short Stories

 Quantum Physics and the Art of Departure Craig Lancaster
 American Masculine Shann Ray

Woman Writer

 Racing Home Adele Dueck
 Married Into It Patricia Frolander
 Wanton West: Madams, Money, Murder, and the Wild Women of Montana's Frontier Lael Morgan

2011

Art & Photography

 Visions of the Big Sky Dan Flores
 In Poetic Silence: The Floral Paintings of Joseph Henry Sharp Thomas Minckler
 L Is for Land of Living Skies: A Saskatchewan Alphabet Linda Aksomitis

Emeritus

  Larry Woiwode

Fiction

 The Scent of Rain and Lightning Nancy Pickard
 Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives Brad Watson
 Ghosts of Wyoming Alison Hagy

First Book

 Bound Like Grass: A Memoir of the Western High Plains Ruth McLaughlin
 In Poetic Silence: The Floral Paintings of Joseph H. Sharp Thomas Minckler
 Prairie Feast: A Writer's Journey Home for Dinner Amy Jo Ehman

Nonfiction

 The World Famous Miles City Bucking Horse Sale Sneed B. Collard III
 Buffalo Bill: Scout, Showman, Visionary Steve Friesen
 Bloodshed at Little Bighorn: Sitting Bull, Custer and the Destinies of Nations Tim Lehman
 Prairie Feast: A Writer's Journey Home for Dinner Amy Jo Ehman

Poetry

 Horse Tracks Henry Real Bird
 New Poets of the American West Lowell Jaeger (ed.)
 A Harvest of Words: Contemporary South Dakota Poetry Patrick Hicks

Woman Writer

 Goodbye Wifes and Daughters Susan Kushner Resnick
 Dakota, or What's a Heaven For Brenda K. Marshall
 Cool Water Dianne Warren

2010

Emeritus

  Margaret Coel

Fiction

 Twisted Tree Kent Myers
 Euphoria Connie Gault
 Spoon Robert Greer

First Book

 600 Hours of Edward Craig Lancaster
 Seldom Seen: A Journey into the Great Plains Patrick Dobson
 Heavy Burdens on Small Shoulders: The Labour of Pioneer Children on the Canadian Prairies Sandra Rollings-Magnusson

Nonfiction

 Lights on a Ground of Darkness Ted Kooser
 Lanterns on the Prairie: The Blackfeet Photographs of Walter McClintock Steven L. Grafe (ed)
 Montana Place Names from Alzada to Zortman: A Montana Historical Society Guide Rich Aarstad, Allie Arguimbau, Ellen Baumler, Charlene Porslid, & Brian Shovers
 Faces of the Frontier: Photographic Portraits from the American West, 1845-1924 Frank Goodyear

Poetry

 Holding Everything Down William Notter
 I Go to the Ruined Place: Contemporary Poems in Defense of Global Human Rights Melissa Kwasny & M. L. Smoker (eds)
 A Random Census of Souls: Prose Poems Samuel Western

Woman Writer

 Riding the Edge of an Era: Growing Up Cowboy on the Outlaw Trail Diana Allen Kouris
 No Place Like Home Linda Hasselstrom
 Border to Border: Historic Quilts and Quiltmakers of Montana Annie Hanshew

2009

Emeritus

  Louise Erdrich

Fiction

 Another Man's Moccasins Craig Johnson
 So Brave, Young and Handsome Leif Enger
 Kyleah's Tree Janet Muirhead Hill

First Book

 Sherlock Holmes: The Montana Chronicles John S. Fitzpatrick
 Wind River Country: Hiddern Heart of Wyoming Bayard Fox
 Horses that Buck: The Story of Champion Bronc Rider Bill Smith Margot Kahn

Nonfiction

 The Wide Open: Prose, Poetry, and Photographs of the Prairie Annick Smith & Susan O'Connor (eds)
 In Contemporary Rhythm: The Art of Ernest L. Blumenschein Peter H. Hassrick & Elizabeth J. Cunningham
 Legacy of Stone: Saskatchewan's Stone Buildings Margaret Hyrniuk, Frank Korvemaker, and Larry Easton

Poetry

 The Baseball Field at Night Patricia Goedicke
 Prairie Kaddish Isa Milman
 Made Flesh Craig Arnold

Woman Writer

 The Wide Open: Prose, Poetry, and Photographs of the Prairie Annick Smith & Susan O'Connor (eds)
 Horses that Buck: The Story of Champion Bronc Rider Bill Smith Margot Kahn
 Road Map to Holland Jennifer Graf Groneberg

2008

Emeritus

  Gary Ferguson

Fiction

 Shallow Grave Lori G. Armstrong
 The Watershed Years Russell Rowland
 A Feast of Longing Sarah Klassen

First Book

 Migration Patterns: Stories Gary Schanbacher
 Turpentine Spring Warren
 Where the Rivers Run North Sam Morton

Nonfiction

 Boxing for Cuba Guillermo Vincente Vidal
 Gall: Lakota War Chief Robert W. Larson
 One Woman's Montana Kathe LaSage
 This Common Secret: My Journey as an Abortion Doctor Susan Wicklund & Alan Kesselheim
 Charles M. Russell: A Catalogue Raisonne B. Byron Price (ed)

2007

Best Book

 Indians and Emigrants: Encounters on the Overland Trails Michael L. Tate
 Horses They Rode Sid Gustafson
 Cowboy Girl: The Life of Carolyn Lockhart John Clayton
 The Boy Who Invented Skiing: A Memoir Swain Wolfe

Emeritus

  Larry Watson

First Book

 One Night in a Bad Inn Christy Leskovar
 Copper Chorus: Mining, Politics, and the Montana Press, 1889-1959 Dennis L. Swibold
 Jay Cooke's Gamble: The Northern Pacific Railroad, the Sioux, and the Panic of 1873 M. John Lubetkin