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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 2021 Montana Book Award are now being accepted.  Learn more.

2020 Winner

2020 Winner

Shakespeare in Montana by Gretchen Minton

Shakespeare in Montana: Big Sky Country’s Love Affair with the World’s Most Famous Writer traces more than two centuries of history and uncovers a vast array of different voices that capture the state of Montana’s love affair with the world’s most famous writer. From mountain men, pioneers, and itinerant acting companies in mining camps to women’s clubs at the turn of the twentieth century and the contemporary popularity of Shakespeare in the Parks throughout Montana, the book chronicles the stories of residents who have been attracted to the words and works of Shakespeare. Minton explores this unique relationship found in the Treasure State and provides considerable insight into the myriad places and times in which Shakespeare’s words have been heard and discussed. By revealing what Shakespeare has meant to the people of Montana, Minton offers us a better understanding of the state’s citizens and history while providing a key perspective on Shakespeare’s enduring global influence.