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Evans Biography Award Seal

Evans Biography Award Winners - Books Published 1983 to 2019

1983    Leonard J. Arrington.  Brigham Young: American Moses. Knopf/Random House

1984    Richard Bushman. Joseph Smith and the Beginning of Mormonism. University of Illinois Press

1984    Linda King Newell and Valeen Tippetts Avery. Mormon Enigma: Emma Hale Smith. Doubleday

1985    Paul Hutton. Phil Sheridan and His Army. University of Nebraska Press

1986    James B. Allen. Trials of Discipleship: The Story of William Clayton, A Mormon. University of Illinois Press

1986    Joseph C. Porter. Paper Medicine Man: John Gregory Bourke and His American West. University of Oklahoma Press

1987    Levi S. Peterson. Juanita Brooks: Mormon Woman Historian. University of Utah Press

1988    Roger D. Lanius. Joseph Smith III: Pragmatic Prophet. University of Illinois Press

1990    William DeBuys and Alex Harris. River of Traps. University of New Mexico Press

1991    Thomas G. Alexander. Things in Heaven and Earth: The Life and Times of Wilford Woodruff. Signature Books

1991    Terry Tempest Williams. Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place. Pantheon Books

1992    Ivan Doig. Heart Earth. Atheneum/Macmillan

1993    Shirley A. Leckie. Elizabeth Bacon Custer and the Making of a Myth. University of Oklahoma Press

1994    LeRoy Ashby and Rod Gramer. Fighting the Odds: The Life of Senator Frank Church. Washington State University Press

1995    Robert Alan Goldberg. Barry Goldwater. Yale University Press

1995    Mary Lythgoe Bradford. Lowell L. Bennion: Teacher, Counselor, Humanitarian. Dialogue Foundation

1996    Jackson J. Benson. Wallace Stegner: His Life and Work. Viking Penguin

1997    Thomas Toone. Mahonri Young: His Life and Art. Signature Books

1998    Valeen Tippetts Avery. From Mission to Madness: Last Son of the Mormon Prophet. University of Illinois Press

1999    Davis Bitton. George Q. Cannon: A Biography. Deseret Book Company

2000    Donald Worster. A River Running West: The Life of John Wesley Powell. Oxford University Press                            

2001    Sally Zanjani. Sarah Winnemucca. University of Nebraska Press

2002    Ronald O. Barney. One Side by Himself: The Life and Times of Lewis Barney 1808-1894.  Utah State University Press

2003    Virginia Kerns.  Scenes from the High Desert: Julian Steward’s Life and Theory.  University of Illinois Press

2004    Eva Tulene Watt with assistance from Keith H. Basso.  Don’t Let the Sun Step Over You: A White Mountain Apache Family Life, 1860-1975. University of Arizona Press

2005    Richard Lyman Bushman. Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling.  Alfred A. Knopf

2006    Sandra Ailey Petree ed.  Recollections of Past Days: The Autobiography of Patience Loader Roxsa Archer.  Utah State University Press

2007    Frederick H. Swanson.  Dave Rust: A Life in the Canyons. University of Utah Press

2008    Janet Chapman and Karen Barrie. Kenneth Milton Chapman: A Life Dedicated to Indian Arts and Artists. University of New Mexico Press

2009 and 2010   Matthew J. Grow. Liberty to the Downtrodden: Thomas L. Kane, Romantic Reformer. Yale University Press

2011    William M. Adler. The Man Who Never Died: The Life, Times, and Legacy of Joe Hill, American Labor Icon. Bloomsbury

2012    Timothy Egan. Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

2013    Todd M. Compton. A Frontier Life: Jacob Hamblin, Explorer and Indian Missionary. University of Utah Press

2014    Lily Yuriko Nakai Havey. Gasa Gasa Girl Goes To Camp: A Nisei Youth Behind a World War II Fence. University of Utah Press

2015    Angela Pulley Hudson. Real Native Genius: How an Ex-Slave and a White Mormon Became Famous Indians. The University of North Carolina Press

2016    Gregory A. Prince. Leonard Arrington and the Writing of Mormon History. The University of Utah Press  
Finalist: Paul Andrew Hutton. The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, The Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started the Longest War in American History. Crown

2017    Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. A House Full of Females: Plural Marriage and Women's Rights in Early Mormonism, 1835-1870. Alfred A. Knopf  
Finalist: Thomas G. Smith. Stewart L. Udall: Steward of the Land. University of New Mexico Press

2018 and 2019    James R. Swensen. In a Rugged Land: Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, and the Three Mormon Towns Collaboration, 1953-1954. The University of Utah Press 
Finalist: Colleen WhitleyFeed My Sheep: The Life of Alberta Henry.  The University of Utah Press

Evans Handcart Award Seal

Evans Handcart Award Winners - Books Published 1996 to 2019

1996    Maurine Carr Ward, ed. Winter Quarters: The 1846-1848 Life Writings of Mary Haskin Parker Richards. Utah State University Press

1997    Donna Toland Smart, ed. Mormon Midwife: The 1846-1888 Diaries of Patty Bartlett Sessions. Utah State University Press

1998    Debra Hickenlooper Sowell. The Christensen Brothers: An American Dance Epic. Harwood Academic Publishers

1999    Scott R. Christensen. Sagwitch: Shoshone Chieftain, Mormon Elder, 1822-1887.  Utah State University Press

2000    Robert S. McPherson, ed. The Journey of Navajo Oshley: An Autobiography and Life History. Utah State University Press

2001    Eilean Adams. Hell or High Water: James White’s Disputed Passage through Grand Canyon, 1867. Utah State University Press

2002    Margaret Bell, ed and afterword by Mary Clearman Blew.  When Montana and I Were Young: A Frontier Childhood.  University of Nebraska Press

2003    Ripley Hugo.  Writing for Her Life: The Novelist Mildred Walker.  The University of Nebraska Press

2004    Stephen L. Prince.  Gathering in Harmony: A Saga of Southern Utah Families, Their Roots and Pioneering Heritage, and the Tale of Atone Prince, Sheriff of Washington County.  The Arthur H. Clark Company

2005    Gregory A. Prince and Wm. Robert Wright.  David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism.  University of Utah Press

2006    Kenneth W. Merrell.  Scottish Shepherd: The Life and Times of John Murray Murdoch, Utah Pioneer.  University of Utah Press

2007    Jedediah Rogers, ed.  In the President’s Office. Signature Books

2008    William B. Smart.  Mormonism’s Last Colonizer: The Life and Times of William H. Smart.  Utah State University Press

2009 and 2010   Ronald G. Watt.  The Mormon Passage of George D. Watt: First British Convert, Scribe for Zion. Utah State University Press

2011    Alwin J. Girdner . Diné Tah: My Reservation Days 1923-1939. Rio Nuevo Publishers

2012    Erin Ann Thomas. Coal in Our Veins: A Personal Journey. Utah State University Press

2013    Evelyn I. Funda. Weeds: A Farm Daughter’s Lament. University of Nebraska Press

2015    James M. Aton. The Art and Life of Jimmie Jones: Landscape Artist of the Canyon Country. Gibbs Smith

2016    Pete Fromm. The Names of the Stars: A Life in the Wilds. Thomas Dunne Books  
Finalist: Michael Branch. Raising Wild: Dispatches from a Home in the Wilderness. Roost Books

2017    Rodney Frey. Carry Forth the Stories: An Ethnographer's Journey into Native Oral Tradition. Washington State University Press  
Finalist: R. Bruce Craig, edPortrait of a Prospector: Edward Schieffelin's Own Story. University of Oklahoma Press

2018 and 2019    Tara Westover. Educated. Random House  
Finalist: Mary Budd FlitnerMy Ranch, Too: A Wyoming MemoirUniversity of Oklahoma Press