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31st Annual Reading the West Award Finalists

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The Reading the West Book Awards are sponsored and promoted by the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association—a collection of booksellers that include BookPeople. The awards honor the best fiction, non-fiction, and illustrated books for adults and children set in one of the states represented by our association, or created by an author or artist living or working in our region. The awards, given to books published in the previous calendar year, celebrate the rich variety of writing in and about this region, and reflect the extraordinary diversity of the reading public.

This year, six of our booksellers were a part of the selection committees charged with creating the award shortlists which we can now unveil to you! You can explore the shortlists here and have a hand in selecting the winners by voting for your favorites when you click here!

Voting ends May 15, and the 31st Annual Reading the West Book Award winners will be announced on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, during a live virtual presentation hosted by Kali Fajardo-Anstine, winner of the 30th Annual award for fiction. The Award Presentation is free and open to the public, and registration is open now at readingthewest.com.

Telephone: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450222
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Published: Graywolf Press - May 5th, 2020

The Only Good Indians Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781982136451
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - July 14th, 2020

All God's Children Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781609456184
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Published: Europa Editions - October 20th, 2020

Barn 8: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450154
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 3rd, 2020

Black Sun (Between Earth and Sky) Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781534437678
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - October 13th, 2020

Nights When Nothing Happened: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780593086056
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 17th, 2020

Above Us the Milky Way Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781646050024
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Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - April 28th, 2020

All Things Left Wild Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781982601058
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Published: Blackstone Publishing - June 16th, 2020

Winter Counts: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062968944
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Published: Ecco - August 25th, 2020

Valentine: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062913265
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Published: Harper - March 31st, 2020

Guillotine: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450307
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Published: Graywolf Press - August 4th, 2020

Postcolonial Love Poem: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450147
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 3rd, 2020

When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry Cover Image
By Joy Harjo (Editor), LeAnne Howe (With), Jennifer Elise Foerster (With)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780393356809
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 25th, 2020

The Death of Sitting Bear: New and Selected Poems Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062961150
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Published: Harper - March 10th, 2020

Anodyne Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781947793804
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Published: Tin House Books - August 18th, 2020

Billionaire Wilderness: The Ultra-Wealthy and the Remaking of the American West (Princeton Studies in Cultural Sociology #83) Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780691176673
Availability: Out of Stock; Usually Arrives in 5-7 Days
Published: Princeton University Press - March 3rd, 2020

Half Broke: A Memoir Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781324003076
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 4th, 2020

The Reign of Wolf 21: The Saga of Yellowstone's Legendary Druid Pack Cover Image
By Rick McIntyre, Marc Bekoff (Foreword by)
$26.95
ISBN: 9781771645249
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Published: Greystone Books - September 29th, 2020

Earth Keeper: Reflections on the American Land Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780063009332
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Published: Harper - November 3rd, 2020

The Three-Cornered War: The Union, the Confederacy, and Native Peoples in the Fight for the West Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781501152542
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Published: Scribner - February 11th, 2020

Our Wild Tails: The Adventures of Henry and Baloo Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781423654056
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Published: Gibbs Smith - September 29th, 2020

Wild Horses of the West Cover Image
By Jan Drake (Artist)
$50.00
ISBN: 9781423655305
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Published: Gibbs Smith - September 1st, 2020

Cross Country: A 3,700-Mile Run to Explore Unseen America Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781452180885
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Published: Chronicle Books - April 14th, 2020

Colorado's Highest: The History of Naming the 14,000-Foot Peaks Cover Image
By Jeri L. Norgren, John Fielder (Photographer), Robert L. Wogrin (Illustrator)
$45.00
ISBN: 9781734442922
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Published: John Fielder Publishing - March 1st, 2021

Through a Native Lens, 37: American Indian Photography Cover Image
$50.00
ISBN: 9780806164847
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Published: University of Oklahoma Press - March 19th, 2020

Taste of Tucson: Sonoran-Style Recipes Inspired by the Rich Culture of Southern Arizona Cover Image
$34.99
ISBN: 9781513262567
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Published: West Margin Press - April 21st, 2020

Chicano Eats: Recipes from My Mexican-American Kitchen Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780062917379
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Published: Harper Design - June 30th, 2020

Feasting Wild: In Search of the Last Untamed Food Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781771645331
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Published: Greystone Books - May 26th, 2020

The Mexican Home Kitchen: Traditional Home-Style Recipes That Capture the Flavors and Memories of Mexico Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781631066931
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Published: Rock Point - September 15th, 2020

The Little Local Southwest Cookbook: Recipes for Classic Dishes Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781682685310
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Published: Countryman Press - May 26th, 2020

Cow Boy Is NOT a Cowboy Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062891365
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Published: HarperCollins - October 20th, 2020

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The Old Truck Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781324005193
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Published: Norton Young Readers - January 7th, 2020

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On Account of the Gum Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452181547
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Published: Chronicle Books - October 6th, 2020

Simon at the Art Museum Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534437524
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - June 9th, 2020

Green on Green Cover Image
By Dianne White, Felicita Sala (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481462785
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Published: Beach Lane Books - March 17th, 2020

Midnight at the Barclay Hotel Cover Image
By Fleur Bradley, Xavier Bonet (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593202906
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - August 25th, 2020

Santiago's Road Home Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534446236
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - May 5th, 2020

96 Miles Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250192301
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Published: Starscape - February 11th, 2020

The Elephant's Girl Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780593121221
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - May 19th, 2020

Desert Diary: Japanese American Kids Behind Barbed Wire Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781580897891
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Published: Charlesbridge - October 6th, 2020

Forget This Ever Happened Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823446087
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Published: Holiday House - October 6th, 2020

I'll Be the One Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062936929
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - June 16th, 2020

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Elatsoe Cover Image
By Darcie Little Badger, Rovina Cai (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781646140053
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Published: Levine Querido - August 25th, 2020

Tigers, Not Daughters Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781616208967
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - March 24th, 2020

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Everything Sad Is Untrue: (a true story) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781646140008
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Published: Levine Querido - August 25th, 2020