VOTE NOW! 34th Annual Reading the West Book Awards Shortlists 2024

The Reading the West Book Awards honor the best fiction, non-fiction, and illustrated books for adults and children set in one of the Mountain and Plains Independent Booksellers Association member states, or created by an author or artist living in the region. The awards celebrate the spirit of the west and the rich variety of writing in and about our region and reflect the extraordinary diversity of our reading public. Denver Public Library is excited to feature all the adult titles on the 2024 Reading the West shortlist, with links to our catalog!

Voting for the finalists is open to the public through May 31, so vote now for your favorites on the list!


Red Rabbit by Alex Grecian

Chenneville by Paulette Giles

Stealing by Margaret Verble

Family Meal by Bryan Washington

Holler Child by Latoya Watkins

reading the west fiction finalists


Swim Home to the Vanished by Brendan Shay Basham

The Spite House by Johnny Compton

The Missing Morning Star and Other Stories by Stacie Shannon Denetsosie (currently not available from DPL)

Night Wherever We Go by Tracey Rose Peyton

Go As a River by Shelley Read

reading the west poetry finalists


The Book Eaters by Carolina Hotchandani (currently not available from DPL)

West: A Translation by Paisley Rekdal

New Mexico Poetry Anthology 2023

Hydra Medusa by Brandon Shimoda

Leaving a Tip at the Blue Moon Motel by Richard Vargas

reading the west nonfiction finalists


Holding Fire: Reckoning with the American West by Bryce Andrews

Blurred Boundaries: Perspectives on Rock Art of the Greater Southwest by William Frej

Crossings: How Road Ecology is Shaping the Future of Our Planet by Ben Goldfarb

True West: Myth and Mending on the Far Side of America by Betsy Gaines Quammen

Living River: The Promise of the Mighty Colorado by Dave Showalter

reading the west memoir biography finalists


Soil: The Story of a Black Mother's Garden by Camille T. Dungy

Class: a Memoir of Motherhood, Hunger, and Higher Education by Stephanie Land

Brave the Wild River: the Untold Story of the Two Women Who Mapped the Botany of the Grand Canyon by Milssa L. Sevigny

How to Say Babylon by Safiya Sinclair

Twenty Miles of Fence: Blueprint of a Cowboy by Bob West and Janet Fogg

Remember. the public only has until May 31 to submit their votes, so vote now to have your vote count!

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