Winners

Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book: Nonfiction
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2022 WINNERS - BILL FISHER AWARD FOR BEST FIRST BOOK: NONFICTION
See below for the list of 2022 winners in the BILL FISHER AWARD FOR BEST FIRST BOOK: NONFICTION category, for books with a copyright date of 2021.

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Cold Mountain Path: The Ghost Town Decades of McCarthy-Kennecott, Alaska
2022 Gold Winner

Author: Tom Kizzia

Publisher: Porphyry Press

ISBN: 978-1-7367558-1-5

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In this history of a town lost in the snows of the Wrangell Mountains, bestselling Alaska author Tom Kizzia unfolds a saga of abandonment, renunciation, and renewal. Beyond the whimsical reminiscing of old-timers, the book is a serious environmental history: a meditation on ghost towns, modern Alaska, and the battle to create the country's largest national park. 

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Love's Legacy: Viscount Chateaubriand and the Irish Girl
2022 Silver Winner

Author: Daniel Fallon

Publisher: Amazonas Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 978-1-7359996-0-9

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Love’s Legacy is a suspenseful detective story, an intimate biography of French literary giant Chateaubriand, a story of forbidden love fraught with innocence, passion and tragedy, a genealogical quest, and a meditative memoir of ancestry propelling over two centuries a powerful legacy birthed in hopes of reconciling an ill‑fated relationship. 

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Safe, Wanted, and Loved: A Family Memoir of Mental Illness, Heartbreak, and Hope
2022 Silver Winner

Author: Patrick Dylan

Publisher: Snow Anselmo Press

ISBN: 978-1736417218

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When a sudden mental illness struck his wife, Patrick Dylan found himself living with an eerie stranger. Scared and unprepared, he began a desperate battle to protect her from a mysterious disease, shelter their children from her bizarre behavior, and recover the woman he loved.

2021 WINNERS - BILL FISHER AWARD FOR BEST FIRST BOOK: NONFICTION
See below for the list of 2021 winners in the BILL FISHER AWARD FOR BEST FIRST BOOK: NONFICTION category, for books with a copyright date of 2020. Click here to watch the Gold and Silver winner speeches.

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

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.  

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The Last Trial of T. Boone Pickens
2021 Silver Winner

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. 

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

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.

2020 WINNERS - BILL FISHER AWARD FOR BEST FIRST BOOK: NONFICTION

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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