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Jane Geske Award

The Nebraska Center for the Book annually presents this award to an organization, business, library, school, association, or other group that has made an exceptional contribution to literacy, books, reading, libraries, or Nebraska literature. More...

2020 Award Recipient
UNL Center for Digital Research in the Humanities

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Mildred Bennett Award

This award is given to an individual who provides leadership and service in the promotion of Nebraska literature. More...

2020 Award Recipient
Kimberly Verhines

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Nebraska Book Awards

The Nebraska Book Awards program, sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book (NCB), recognizes and honors books that are written by Nebraska authors, published by Nebraska publishers, set in Nebraska or concerning Nebraska. More...

2020 (21st annual) for books published in 2019

Children's Picture Book
Your Bridge to History, by Portia Love & Preston Love, Jr.
Illustrated by Regina Jeanpierre
Publisher: Preston Publishing
Children's Picture Book Honor
Major: A Soldier Dog, by Trevor Jones
Illustrated by Ming Hai
Publisher: Six Foot Press
The Spirit of Nebraska: A History of Husker Game Day Traditions – the Tunnel Walk, Mascots, Cheer, and More, by Debra Kleve White
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Publisher: Cheerful Books
See Willy See, by Faith Colburn
Publisher: Prairie Wind Press
Fiction Honor Series
The Line Between: A Thriller and A Single Light: A Thriller by Tosca Lee
Publisher: Howard Books
Nonfiction Investigative Journalism
Zoo Nebraska: Dismantling of an American Dream, by Carson Vaughan
Publisher: Little A
Nonfiction Nature Reference
Great Plains Birds: Discover the Great Plains, by Larkin Powell
Publisher: Bison Books
Nonfiction Immigration Story
Citizen Akoy: Basketball and the Making of a South Sudanese American, by Steve Marantz
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Nonfiction Nebraska Perseverance
Nebraska During the New Deal: The Federal Writers’ Project in the Cornhusker State, by Marilyn Irvin Holt
Publisher: Bison Books
Nonfiction Native American History
Lakota America: A New History of Indigenous Power, by Pekka Hämäläinen
Publisher: Yale University Press
This Bright Darkness, by Sarah McKinstry-Brown
Publisher: Black Lawrence Press
Poetry Honor
In a Good Time, by Mark Sanders
Publisher: WSC Press

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Other awards

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