Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize

The Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize was created to emphasize the interdisciplinary importance of the Great Plains in today’s publishing and educational market. Only first edition, full-length, nonfiction books are evaluated for the award. The author of the winning title will receive a $5,000 cash prize and a medallion.

2014 winner

Bernard Flaman
Architecture of Saskatchewan

"Architecture of Saskatchewan: A Visual Journey, 1930-2011" with text by Bernard Flaman (University of Regina Press)

"Architecture of Saskatchewan" is this year's winner of the Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize from the Center for Great Plains Studies at the University of Nebraska.

The book chronicles building styles in the Canadian prairie province of Saskatchewan, part of the Great Plains of North America. Saskatchewan, a place once famous for its sod huts, has seen a revolution in design with buildings that reflect new technology and changing environmental ideals. The book picks up chronologically where a previous book, "Historic Architecture of Saskatchewan" (1986), left off and features more than 150 building photos — from gas stations and houses to businesses and academic buildings.


2014 finalists

Encounter on the Great Plains

"Encounter on the Great Plains: Scandinavian Settlers and Dispossession of Dakota Indians, 1890-1930," by Karen V. Hansen (Oxford University Press)

The Red and the White

"The Red and the White: A Family Saga of the American West," by Andrew R. Graybill (Liveright/Norton Publishing)


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