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The Great Montana Read

What is Montana’s Best-Loved Novel?

The search is over for the next Great Montana Read. This year, MontanaPBS and Montana Public Radio asked 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 (2019 WINNER)
  • 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

Voting Closed!

You've voted for your favorite and now it's time to reveal the winner!


2019 Great Montana Read Winner

Montanans have spoken! Watch to see which book was selected at the 2019 winner.


All But the Waltz

By Mary Clearman Blew


Killing Custer

By James Welch



By Rick Bass.


Breaking Clean

By Judy Blunt


Young Men and Fire

By Norman Maclean


Counting Coup

By Larry Colton.



By Annick Smith


This House of Sky

By Ivan Doig.


Indian Creek Chronicles

By Pete Fromm


Last Best Place

Edited by William Kittredge and Annick Smith.