The Great Montana Read

What is Montana’s Best-Loved Novel?

The search is beginning for the next Great Montana Read. This year, MontanaPBS and Montana Public Radio are asking readers to vote for their favorite book of nonfiction prose.

A panel of seven Montana literary experts chose from a number of books for voters to consider. “We’re excited that the whole state will begin conversations around their favorite Montana books,” said Sarah Aronson, host of Montana Public Radio’s The Write Question. “The Great Montana Read is an exciting collaboration, encouraging conversation and celebration around the Treasure State’s rich literary tradition.” Here’s the list of the 10 books nominated by the experts:

  • Winter by Rick Bass
  • All But the Waltz by Mary Clearman Blew
  • Breaking Clean by Judy Blunt
  • Counting Coup by Larry Colton
  • This House of Sky by Ivan Doig
  • Indian Creek Chronicles by Pete Fromm
  • Last Best Place by Editors William Kittredge and Annick Smith
  • Young Men and Fire by Norman Maclean
  • Homestead by Annick Smith
  • Killing Custer by James Welch (Ed. Paul Stekler)

Thank you to our partners:

  • Montana Library Association
  • Humanities Montana
  • Mansfield Library
  • MontanaPBS
  • Montana Public Radio
  • Montana State University Library
  • University of Montana
  • UM Creative Writing Department
  • Yellowstone Public Radio

Not sure of which book to vote for? Check out our video highlights below to learn more about each novel!

Voting Now Open!

We're so excited to launch the 2019 Great Montana Read! Select your favorite book below between now and Nov. 29, 2019.

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All But the Waltz

By Mary Clearman Blew

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Killing Custer

By James Welch

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Winter

By Rick Bass.

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Breaking Clean

By Judy Blunt

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Young Men and Fire

By Norman Maclean

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Counting Coup

By Larry Colton.

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Homestead

By Annick Smith

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This House of Sky

By Ivan Doig.

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Indian Creek Chronicles

By Pete Fromm

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Last Best Place

Edited by William Kittredge and Annick Smith.