In mid-2007, the Group began reading Booker Prize winning books and has since tackled Dublin-IMPAC Literary Award winners.
Sarah Klassen not only won the 2007 Best Fiction Award, she influenced the program’s evolution. In her acceptance remarks for the award, she urged consideration of an award for poetry, the genre for which she is most known. Her encouragement was one of the factors which led to the creation of a new award for poetry the following year.
Of almost 50 publishers from 3 countries, 4 Canadian provinces, and 11 U.S. states, Coteau Press has been the most successful in the High Plains Book Awards since the program’s inception, except for the University of Oklahoma Press.
OUTSIDE THE BOX Cross Border Literary Promotion in Montana and Saskatchewan Libraries Saskatchewan Library Association Annual Conference Regina, Saskatchewan May 7, 2010 Presented by Bill Cochran & Kam Teo
Book Club Kits @ Parmly Billings Library Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell Life of Pi by Yann Martel The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields The Last Crossing by Guy Vanderhaeghe
Montana Book Club Central Wiki The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood @ Choteau County Library, Fort Benton Blink by Malcolm Gladwell @ Missoula Public Library, Missoula Life of Pi by Yann Martel @ Lewis & Clark Library, Helena; Liberty County Library, Chester Wolf Willow by Wallace Stegner @ Havre-Hill County Library, Havre The Last Crossing by Guy Vanderhaeghe @ Choteau County Library, Fort Benton ; Lewis & Clark County Library, Helena; and Missoula Public Library, Missoula
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The Last Crossing by Guy Vanderhaeghe
Daytimers’ Book Group Lewis & Clark Library, Helena
Exploring Canadian Short Fiction
Joan Bishop, Discussion Leader
Title must have been short-listed or won Governor General’s Award, Giller Prize, CBC’s Canada Reads, Marian Engel Award, Timothy Findley Award or similar Canadian literary award
Must be 300 pages or less
Must be available in paperback
Daytimers’ Book Group Lewis & Clark Library, Helena 2005 Crow Lake by Mary Lawson A Good House by Bonnie Burnard The Stone Carvers by Jane Urquhart The Forest Lover by Susan Vreeland
Daytimers’ Book Group Lewis & Clark Library, Helena 2006 Lives of Girls & Women by Alice Munro No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod Rockbound by Frank Parker Day The Lost Garden by Helen Humphreys The Jade Peony by Wayson Joy
Daytimers’ Book Club Lewis & Clark Library, Helena 2006 Icefields by Thomas Wharton Wilderness Tips by Margaret Atwood The Tin Flute by Gabrielle Roy In the Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondaatje
Daytimers’ Book Group Lewis & Clark Library, Helena 2007 Life of Pi by Yann Martel Swamp Angel by Ethel Wilson Wild Geese by Martha Ostenso All That Matters by Wayson Choy Sylvanus Now by Donna Morrissey
Daytimers’ Book Group Lewis & Clark Library, Helena In March 2010, Joan Bishop wrote: You know I think that reading Canadian fiction is special and even more so with Montanans. Our group has really responded to the settings and the maps!! We have much in common!
2005 Helena Festival of the Book Guy Vanderhaeghe Writing History vs. Writing the Historical Novel October 21, 2005, Montana Historical Society Published in Drumlummon Views Spring/Summer 2006
2008 Helena Festival of the Book Boundarylines & Crossings October 9, 2008 Old Supreme Court Chambers, Montana State Capitol Building Michel Hogue earned a B.A. in History at Simon Fraser University, an M.A. in History at the University of Calgary, and Ph.D. in History at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He has written and presented extensively on the history and culture of the Canadian-American borderlands.
2008 Helena Festival of the Book Boundarylines & Crossings October 9, 2008 Old Supreme Court Chambers, Montana State Capitol Building Tony Rees was born in 1948 in the UK but moved to Canada in 1957. He was Supervisor of the City of Toronto Archives, Calgary’s first City Archivist, and Chief Archivist of Calgary’s Glenbow Museum Archives. He is the author of Hope’s Last Home: Travels in Milk River Country and Arc of the Medicine Line: Drawing the 49th Parallel Across the High Plains West, 1872-1875.
2008 Helena Festival of the Book Boundarylines & Crossings Montana Lt. Gov. John Bohlinger Introduced Consul General Dale Eisler
2008 Helena Festival of the Book Boundarylines & Crossings Dale Eisler received his BA in Political Science at the University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus and MA in Political Science, Vermont College, Union Institute & University. Prior to joining the Canadian Federal Government, Mr. Eisler had an extensive career in journalism, including daily newspapers, weekly newsmagazines, syndicated opinion columns, radio and television. He was also a sessional lecturer in journalism at the University of Regina. In 1998, he was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister for Consultations and Communications with the Department of Finance in the Government of Canada. In 2004, he was appointed Assistant Secretary to Cabinet at the Privy Council Office, which was the most senior communications position in the Canadian Government. In 2006, Mr. Eisler was the recipient of the Saskatchewan Commemorative Medal in recognition of his contributions to the province and society. He is the author of two books, most recently False Expectations: Politics and the Pursuit of the Saskatchewan Myth , published by the University of Regina in 2006.
2009 Helena Festival of the Book Women in Montana History September 25, 2009, Montana Historical Society Panel included Sarah Carter Sarah Carter is from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and she received her history degrees from the University of Saskatchewan and University of Manitoba. She taught history at the University of Calgary for 14 years and is now with the Department of History and Classics, and Faculty of Native Studies of the University of Alberta. Her book, Montana Women Homesteaders: A Field of One’s Own , was published by Farcountry Press.
2006 Montana Festival of the Book September 28-30, 2006 Missoula Adolf Hungry Wolf is a prolific author of numerous books on railroading, history, nature and native cultures. With his family he has written over fifty books while homesteading in the Canadian Rockies. For thirty years he has studied the traditional ways of his wife’s tribe, the Blackfoot Confederacy, while home schooling four children.
2007 Montana Festival of the Book Guy Vanderhaeghe being interviewed by Montana Public Television’s William Marcus September 13-15,2007 Missoula, Montana
The High Plains Books Awards recognize regional authors and/or literary works which examine and reflect life on the High Plains including:
Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming, and
Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.
High Plains Book Awards 2008 Best Fiction Book Award A Feast of Longing by Sarah Klassen Published by Coteau Press Acclaimed fiction writer, poet and editor Sarah Klassen was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in 1932 and currently resides there. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Winnipeg. Aside from writing, she has taught English in the public school system in Winnipeg, and at summer institutes in Lithuania and Ukraine.
High Plains Book Awards 2007 Best Nonfiction Book Award Finalist Legacy of Stone: Saskatchewan’s Stone Buildings by Margaret Hyrniuk & Frank Korvemaker photography by Larry Easton Published by Coteau Books
High Plains Book Awards 2007 Best Poetry Book Award Finalist Prairie Kaddish by Isa Milman Published by Coteau Books Winner of the 2005 Canadian Jewish Book Award, Milman is an artist, poet and occupational therapist. She was born in 1949 in Germany in a Displaced Persons Camp. She now lives in Victoria, B.C.
Since 1999, Humanities Montana has hosted the Montana Center for the Book, an affiliate of the national Center for the Book in the Library of Congress . The Montana Center for the Book promotes Montana libraries, literature, and literacy, through the Letters About Literature national writing competition for young people, and through Humanities Montana's OpenBook program, One Book Montana , and the Montana Festival of the Book .