Stubbendieck Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize

Each year the Center for Great Plains Studies presents a prize for the previous year's best book on the Great Plains. This year, the prize has been renamed as the Stubbendieck Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize and the cash award increased to $10,000. Publishers or authors may make nominations; each publisher may submit up to five titles. Only first edition, full-length, nonfiction books copyrighted in 2014 are evaluated for the award. The deadline for the 2015 book prize is Jan. 23, 2015. A winner will be selected May 2015.


2015 SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

2015 Book Prize

2015 WINNER

Encounters at the Heart of the World

Elizabeth A. Fenn's "Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People" has won this year's Stubbendieck Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize.

The book tells the story of the Mandan Indians of the upper Missouri River, who assisted Lewis and Clark when the explorers chose to build their fort near the Mandan villages during the difficult winter of 1804-1805. Using new discoveries in archaeology, anthropology, climatology, nutritional science and more, Fenn delves deeper into their history to create a more complete picture of their lives. The Mandan had a reputation for hospitality, but they also had agricultural and commercial prowess. Fenn details this thriving civilization that collapsed when hit with disease and new commercial technologies, though a sense of tradition and culture endured. Fenn will speak at the Center on Oct 28 at 3:30 p.m.


2015 FINALISTS

American Carnage
American Carnage: Wounded Knee 1890

Jerome Greene, University of Oklahoma Press

Charles Russell
Charles M. Russell: Photographing the Legend"

Larry Len Peterson, University of Oklahoma Press

Encounters at the Heart of the World
Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People

Elizabeth Fenn, Hill and Wang Press

Wild Again
Wild Again: The Struggle to Save the Black-Footed Ferret

David Jachowski, University of California Press


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