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.