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2012

November 20, 2012  |  Nebraska Library CommissionYoung Readers Invited to Enter Letters about Literature Contest Young readers in grades 4 - 10 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 the Nebraska Center for the Book and Nebraska Library Commission, and locally supported by Houchen Bindery Ltd. Read more...

November 6, 2012  |  Nebraska Library Commission2013 One Book One Nebraska Announced O Pioneers! by Willa Cather is Nebraska's reading choice for the 2013 One Book One Nebraska statewide reading program. Cather's O Pioneers! is the story of the Bergsons, a family of Swedish pioneers that settles on the American prairie. While Alexandra, the family matriarch, turns the family farm into a financial success, her brother Emil struggles. A novel surprisingly ahead of its time, this work touches on a wide range of enduring themes-love, marriage, temptation, and isolation. The Nebraska Center for the Book board announced the choice for the 2013 One Book One Nebraska at the Celebration of Nebraska Books on November 3 in Lincoln. Read more...

October 23, 2012  |  Nebraska Humanities CouncilNebraska Book Award Winners to Attend Event Nebraska Book Award winners will speak at the Celebration of Nebraska Books, 3:30-6:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Nebraska State Historical Society’s Museum of Nebraska History, 15th and P streets in downtown Lincoln. Free and open to the public, the event will highlight the 2012 One Book One Nebraska, honor this year’s Jane Geske Award winner and announce the 2013 selection for One Book One Nebraska. The Nebraska Book Awards honor books with Nebraska connections that were published in 2011. The following winners or their representatives are expected to attend. Some will read from their work. Read more... [pdf]

September 27, 2012  |  Omaha.netHave You Met Mignon?: One Book, One Nebraska Finalists — Reading is largely an isolating affair, a reader sinking into a comfy chair and immersing his or herself into the pages of a book. Sometime, long ago, a group of people thought it would be interesting to have everyone in the group read the same book so that they could discuss it. Thus began the book club. Read more...

September 10, 2012  |  Nebraska Library CommissionFinalists for 2013 One Book One Nebraska Announced One nonfiction book and three novels—all stories with ties to Nebraska and the Great Plains—are the four finalists for the 2013 One Book One Nebraska statewide reading program. The finalists are: O Pioneers!, by Willa Cather; Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen, by Bob Greene; While the Patient Slept, by Mignon Eberhart; The Tie That Binds, by Kent Haruf. The choice for the 2013 One Book One Nebraska will be announced at 5:30 p.m. at the Celebration of Nebraska Books on November 3 at the Nebraska State Historical Society's Museum of Nebraska History, 15th and P Streets in downtown Lincoln. Read more...

April 6, 2012  |  Nebraska Library CommissionYoung Nebraskans Win Writing Competition Young Nebraska writers will receive Letters about Literature award certificates from Gov. Dave Heineman on April 11, 2012 at a proclamation-signing ceremony celebrating National Library Week, April 8-14, 2012. Letters about Literature is a national reading and writing promotion program. Nearly 60,000 adolescent and young readers nationwide in grades 4 through 12 participated in this year's Letters about Literature program--378 of them from Nebraska. The competition encourages young people to read, be inspired, and write back to the author who had an impact on their lives. Read more...

March 31, 2012  |  Nebraska Library CommissionAward for Promotion of Literature Presented The Nebraska State Historical Society's Nebraska History Museum was the site of the 2012 Nebraska Book Festival, sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book, Nebraska Humanities Council, Nebraska Library Commission, Nebraska State Historical Society, and the University of Nebraska Press. The Festival, Guilty Pleasures, featured presentation of the Nebraska Center for the Book's Mildred Bennett Award to Beatrice Public Library Director Laureen Riedesel. Read more...

March 9, 2012  |  Nebraska Humanities CouncilRegistration open for free Book Fest workshops Registration is now available for two Nebraska Book Festival workshops for aspiring writers. Participants will discuss writing techniques, share experiences, and receive expert feedback from authors William Trowbridge and Lisa Knopp. The daylong festival, free and open to the public, is March 31 at nuVibe Juice and Java and the Nebraska History Museum in downtown Lincoln. Workshops are free, but seating is limited and advance registration is recommended. The registration deadline is March 23. Read more...

March 2, 2012  |  Nebraska Humanities CouncilMarch 15 deadline for book fest exhibitors, vendors March 15 is the deadline for organizations, publishers and vendors to reserve a table at the 2012 Nebraska Book Festival. ... The full-day festival—free and open to the public—will be March 31 at nuVibe Juice and Java and the Nebraska History Museum in downtown Lincoln. ... The 2012 festival is still accepting applications from bookstores that would like to be the official book table, selling their own inventory as well as featured books by festival authors. Read more...

February 27, 2012 | KVNO NewsAn early civil rights story, set in Nebraska — This year’s selection for One Book One Nebraska is a story of one of the earliest victories in the struggle for civil rights: a universal story of humanity and courage and a true story – one that took place right here in Nebraska. ... “What is amazing is that despite all of this abuse and fear and anger, and all of these obstacles that were set in front of Standing Bear, and he just kept plowing ahead, plowing ahead, knocking them over and he never became bitter,” Starita said. Read more...

February 3, 2012 | Omaha Public LibraryOne Book One Nebraska focuses on one man’s journey for justice — Omaha Public Library is pleased to announce its participation in One Book One Nebraska 2012. Each year, Nebraska selects and promotes a title for its citizens to read to celebrate the literary richness of our state. "I Am a Man" Chief Standing Bear's Journey for Justice by Joe Starita was announced by the Nebraska Center for the Book as this year’s title. Omaha Public Library encourages everyone to read the book and participate in a series of programs in February and March. All programs and are free and open to the public. Calendar of events... Read more...


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