The Montana Book Award is an annual award that recognizes literary and/or artistic excellence in a book published during the award year. Eligible titles are either set in Montana, deal with Montana themes/issues, or are written, edited or illustrated by a Montana author or artist. Books for all ages are considered for the award.
Nominations for the 2020 Montana Book Award are now being accepted. Learn more.
Grinnell: America’s Environmental Pioneer and His Restless Drive to Save the West is a biography of George Bird Grinnell, a nineteenth-century ethnologist and natural historian who chronicled and advocated for indigenous culture and early American wildlife conservation. Drawing on forty thousand pages of Grinnell’s correspondence and dozens of his diaries, Taliaferro’s book reveals the compelling story of the man who associated with Teddy Roosevelt, James Audubon, and George Custer, while helping to found the first Audubon Society and the Boone & Crockett Club. This enthralling portrait demonstrates how Grinnell’s life work laid the foundation of the American national park system.
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