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2011

October 22, 2011  |  Nebraska Library Commission2012 One Book One Nebraska Announced. "I Am a Man" Chief Standing Bear's Journey for Justice, by Joe Starita is Nebraska's reading choice for the 2012 One Book One Nebraska statewide reading program. The One Book One Nebraska reading program, sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book, is now in its eighth year. It encourages Nebraskans across the state to read and discuss one book, chosen from books written by Nebraska authors or that have a Nebraska theme or setting. A committee of the Nebraska Center for the Book selected the finalists from a list of forty-eight titles nominated by Nebraskans. After receiving nominations from across the state, the Nebraska Center for the Book board announced the choice for the 2012 One Book One Nebraska at the Celebration of Nebraska Books on October 22 in Lincoln. Read more...

October 13, 2011  |  Nebraska Humanities CouncilNebraska Book Award Winners to Attend Event. Nebraska Book Award winners will present their work at the Celebration of Nebraska Books, 3:30- 6:30 p.m. Saturday Oct. 22 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts, 12th and R streets, on the University of Nebraska campus in downtown Lincoln. The event, free and open to the public, will also highlight the 2011 One Book One Nebraska, honor the 2011 Jane Geske Award winner, and announce the 2012 selection for One Book One Nebraska. The Nebraska Book Awards honor authors and publishers who published books with Nebraska connections in 2010. The following winners or their representatives are expected to attend. Some will read from their work and sign copies of their books. Read more...

October 6, 2011  |  Nebraska Library CommissionFinalists for 2012 One Book One Nebraska Announced. Two nonfiction books and three novels—all stories of America's Great Plains—are the five finalists for the 2012 One Book One Nebraska statewide reading program. The finalists are: A Sandhills Ballad, by Ladette Randolph; Atticus: A Novel, by Ron Hansen; "I Am a Man": Chief Standing Bear's Journey for Justice, by Joe Starita; Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen, by Bob Greene; The Tie That Binds, by Kent Haruf. The choice for the 2012 One Book One Nebraska will be announced at 5:30 p.m. at the Celebration of Nebraska Books on October 22 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts, 12th and R Streets, on the University of Nebraska campus in downtown Lincoln. Read more...

September 22, 2011  |  Nebraska Library CommissionAward Winners to be Honored at October 22 Celebration of Nebraska Books. An awards presentation ceremony will highlight the Nebraska Center for the Book's Celebration of Nebraska Books on October 22 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts, 12th and R Streets, on the University of Nebraska campus in downtown Lincoln. Winners of the 2011 Nebraska Book Awards will be honored and the celebration will include readings by some of the winning authors. The 2011 Jane Geske Award will be presented to Greg Kosmicki and The Backwaters Press. Read more...

September 6, 2011  |  Nebraska Library CommissionYoung Readers Invited to Enter Letters about Literature Contest. Young readers in grades 4 - 12 are invited to write a personal letter to an author for Letters about Literature (LAL), a national reading and writing promotion program. The letter can be to any author (living or dead) from any genre, fiction or nonfiction, contemporary or classic, explaining how that author's work changed the student's view of the world. This reading and writing promotion is sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, in partnership with Target. In Nebraska, Letters about Literature is sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book and Nebraska Library Commission. Read more...

May 20, 2011  |  Nebraska Library CommissionNebraska Book Festival to Feature Award for Promotion of Literature. The Nebraska State Historical Society’s Nebraska History Museum will be the site of the 2011 Nebraska Book Festival on May 21. The Festival, Cultivating Creativity, will feature presentation of the Nebraska Center for the Book’s Mildred Bennett Award, along with readings by Nebraska authors, writers’ workshops, and a keynote panel with former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser, Nebraska Repertory Theatre’s Virginia Smith, and Paul Amandes of the Theater Department of Columbia College Chicago. Read more...

May 2, 2011  |  Nebraska Library CommissionNebraska Book Festival to Feature Kooser and Nebraska Repertory Theatre Production — The 2011 Nebraska Book Festival in downtown Lincoln will feature a conversation between former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser, Nebraska Repertory Theatre’s Virginia Smith, and Paul Amandes of the Theater Department of Columbia College Chicago. The conversation, free and open to the public, will be held at 4:30 p.m. on May 21 at the Nebraska State Historical Society’s Nebraska History Museum in Lincoln. Read more...

April 5, 2011  |  Nebraska Library CommissionYoung Nebraskans Win Writing Competition — Young Nebraska writers will receive Letters about Literature award certificates from Gov. Dave Heineman on April 13, 2011 at a proclamation-signing ceremony celebrating National Library Week, April 10-18, 2011. Read more...

April 13, 2011  |  Nebraska Library CommissionRegistration Now Open for Free Book Fest Workshops — Online registration is now available for three Nebraska Book Festival workshops for aspiring writers. Participants will discuss writing techniques and receive expert feedback from authors Timothy Schaffert, Jim Reese, Matt Mason, Dwaine Spieker and Jeff Lacey. Read more...

April 5, 2011  |  Nebraska Library CommissionYoung Nebraskans Win Writing Competition — Young Nebraska writers will receive Letters about Literature award certificates from Gov. Dave Heineman on April 13, 2011 at a proclamation-signing ceremony celebrating National Library Week, April 10-18, 2011. Read more...

March 28, 2011  |  Nebraska Library CommissionNebraskans Invited to Nominate Books for the 2011 Book Awards — The 2011 Nebraska Book Awards program, sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book (NCB), will recognize and honor books that are written by Nebraska authors, published by Nebraska publishers, set in Nebraska, or relate to Nebraska. Read more...

March 4, 2011  |  Nebraska Library CommissionNominate Now for 2012 One Book One Nebraska Book Selection — The Nebraska Center for the Book (NCB) invites recommendations for the 2012 One Book One Nebraska book selection. The Nebraska Center for the Book will consider books written by a Nebraska author (living or dead/with current or former residence in the state), or that have a Nebraska theme or setting. Read more...

January 4, 2011  |  Nebraska Library CommissionExperience Poetry in an Everyday Way with Ted Kooser and Friends — In 2005, the Nebraska Library Commission partnered with Nebraska Educational Telecommunications, Nebraska Arts Council, Cooper Foundation, and Woods Charitable Fund, Inc., to develop and distribute a DVD, Poetry—Capturing the Moment, with U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser & Friends. Nebraskan Ted Kooser, the 13th U.S. Poet Laureate, shows us the beauty in the ordinary through his poetry. Read more...


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