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High Plains Book Awards Author Panels


Schedule of Events:
Author Panels and Presentations: 11am-5pm, Billings Public Library Community Room
  • Noon to 1 p.m.: Is a Picture Really Worth a Thousand Words? — Exploring the visual aspects of books intended for adults, featuring David Horgan, Kirby Lambert, Dale Leckie, Jon Lodge and Gordon McConnell
  • 1 to 2 p.m.: Writing About Real Events — Determining when fictionalizing a story makes sense, featuring Claire Boyles, Melissa Cook, Larry Lee Kruckenberg, Caroline Patterson and Tom Vandel.
  • 2 to 3 p.m.: Books as Our Social Conscience — Discussing literature as a way to raise awareness, featuring Arnolda Dufour Bowes, Chase Reynolds Ewald, Audrey Hall, Jacqueline Keeler, David Romtvedt and Todd Wilkinson
  • 3 to 4 p.m.: Does Genre Matter in Storytelling? — Examining how storytelling varies across genres and what that means, featuring Juliana Clayton, Wendy J. Fox, Louise B. Halfe-Sky Dancer, Craig Johnson, Kase Johnstun and Craig Lancaster.
  • 4 to 5 p.m.: Writing for Young People — Considering what is different about writing for a younger audience, featuring Megan E. Freeman, Lorna Schultz Nicholson, Barbara Nickel and Sharon Plumb
Book Sale: 11am-5pm, Billings Public Library Community Room
Awards Ceremony: 7:30pm, MSUB Student Union Building (SUB), Petro Theater

Banned Books Week 2022


THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED!!!! Although not all winners have responded with their school choices, so far we have been able to hand out book bundles and gift cards to the librarians at Orchard Elementary, Senior High, Castle Rock Middle School, Laurel Middle School, Central Heights Elementary, and Riverside Middle School. We appreciate everything these people do to inspire a love of reading (and critical thinking!) in the young people of our community.

To celebrate Banned Books Week this year, a few member-owners are sponsoring a series of giveaways to make sure as many challenged books as possible make their way out into the community. Anyone who makes a purchase (either online or in-store) September 18-24 will be entered into a drawing for the grand prize (a bag of banned books), and each day there will be drawings for smaller prizes. In addition, each winner will have the opportunity to designate a local school library of their choice to receive a gift certificate and a bundle of banned books. Stay tuned via this website and social media for other ways to participate as well!

(Anyone who would like to donate to the banned books drawings/school library gift cards can do so at the following sure to put "Banned Books Giveaway" in the comments section:


We have moved...but not too far. We are just around the corner and down the street at 116 N. 29th St., Ste. B - right across from Brockel's Chocolates and Sassy Biscuit! On July 9th during Strawberry Festival, we will be selling all sorts of random items...giant teddy bears, kitchenware, furniture, boxes of antique books. Stop by while you are downtown! We are excited to join downtown's #RetailRow!