Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book: Nonfiction

See below for the list of 2021 finalists in the BILL FISHER AWARD FOR BEST FIRST BOOK: NONFICTION category, for books with a copyright date of 2020. Register to attend the virtual award ceremony (May 11-14, 2021) to learn which book wins Gold.

Brothers in Arms: Remembering Brothers Buried Side by Side in American World War II Cemeteries
2021 Finalist

Author: Kevin M. Callahan

Publisher: Brothers in Arms Press LLC

ISBN: 978-0-578-46885-3

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Artfully designed with over 700 original photographs, Brothers in Arms tells the stories of brothers buried side by side in American World War II Cemeteries. The book takes the reader on a journey of the war, of America, and of these inspiring cemeteries, all through the stories of these heroic brothers.  

The Last Trial of T. Boone Pickens
2021 Finalist

Authors: Chrysta Castañeda and Loren C. Steffy

Publisher: Stoney Creek Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-7340822-0-3

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A high-stakes courtroom drama told through the eyes of the solo attorney who found herself representing the famous oil tycoon in a dispute over one of the biggest deals of his storied career. Their unlikely friendship would endure for the remainder of Pickens’ life. 

Minghui Report: The 20-Year Persecution of Falun Gong in China
2021 Finalist

Author: The Minghui Group

Publisher: Minghui Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-7334819-0-8

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This milestone work presents firsthand accounts of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s systematic imprisonment, torture, and killing of Falun Gong practitioners for their faith, as well as the CCP’s extension of the persecution abroad through intimidation of political, civic, and business leaders around the world.


See below for the list of 2020 winners in the BILL FISHER AWARD FOR BEST FIRST BOOK: NONFICTION category, for books with a copyright date of 2019.

Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change
2020 Gold Winner

Authors: Rob Badger and Nita Winter

Publisher: WinterBadger Press

ISBN: 978-1-7331044-0-1

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Art and science are seamlessly woven into a stunning coffee table book inspiring hope and action. A thoughtful collaboration of many hearts and minds dedicated to protecting Nature’s beauty.

Norton Buffalo: Band Brother
2020 Silver Winner

Author: Kim Smith Miller

Publisher: Turn Point Press

ISBN: 978-1-945448-34-8

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Norton Buffalo: Band Brother documents celebrated harmonica player Norton Buffalo. Author-photographer Kim Smith Miller brings Norton alive through her photographs and remembrances by other musicians.

Reframing Poverty: New Thinking and Feeling About Humanity's Greatest Challenge
2020 Silver Winner

Author: Eric Meade

Publisher: Canyon House Press

ISBN: 978-0-578-42692-1

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A provocative book that forces the reader to think deeply about what poverty is, why some people are poor, and what to do about it.

To Imogene, a Flagstaff Love Letter: One Town's Long-Distance Romance with an Iconic Trail Run
2020 Silver Winner

Editors: Myles Schrag and Julie Hammonds

Publisher: Soulstice Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 978-1-7331887-0-8

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More than 70 contributors from “the running nation” of Flagstaff, Arizona, confide their entertaining, poignant, and transformative encounters with Colorado’s Imogene Pass Run.

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