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The 2018 Celebration of Nebraska Books Set for October 27, 2018

Nebraska Book Awards The celebration, free and open to the public, will feature presentation of the Nebraska Center for the Book's Nebraska Book Awards, Mildred Bennett Award and Jane Geske Award. The 2018 Nebraska Book Awards will honor authors and publishers of books with a Nebraska connection published in 2017. Featured winning authors will read from their work and sign copies of their books. The 2018 Jane Geske Award will be presented to honor an organization that exemplifies exceptional contributions to literacy, books, reading, libraries, or literature in Nebraska. The annual Jane Geske Award commemorates Geske's passion for books, and was established in recognition of her contributions to the well-being of the libraries of Nebraska. Jane Pope Geske was a founding member of the Nebraska Center for the Book, former director of the Nebraska Library Commission, and a long-time leader in Nebraska library and literary activities. The Mildred Bennett Award recognizes an individual who made significant contributions to the fostering of the literary tradition in Nebraska. This annual award reminds us all of the literary and intellectual traditions that enrich our lives and mold our world.

The 2018 One Book One Nebraska book selection will be featured with poetry readings in honor of the  book, Nebraska Presence: An Anthology of Poetry (The Backwaters Press, 2007), edited by Greg Kosmicki and Mary K. Stillwell.

The Nebraska Center for the Book Annual Meeting will be held just prior to the celebration. An Awards Reception honoring the winning authors, book signings, and the announcement of the 2019 One Book One Nebraska book choice will concluded the festivities.

Schedule
1:30 p.m. Nebraska Center for the Book Annual Meeting
2:30 p.m. Welcome to the Celebration of Nebraska Books
2:45 p.m. 2018 One Book One Nebraska Presentation Celebrating Nebraska Presence: An Anthology of Poetry, readings by editors Greg Kosmicki and Mary K. Stillwell with Featured Poets
3:30 p.m. 2018 Jane Geske Award Presentation
3:45 p.m. 2019 Mildred Bennett Award Presentation
4:00 p.m. 2018 Nebraska Book Awards Presentation and Readings by Winning Authors
5:30 p.m. 2019 One Book One Nebraska Announcement, Awards Reception and Book Signing
6:30 p.m. Closing

The 2018 Celebration of Nebraska Books is sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book, Nebraska Library Commission, and History Nebraska's Nebraska History Museum—with hospitality furnished by Friends of University of Nebraska Press and Humanities Nebraska supporting the One Book One Nebraska presentation. For more information contact Mary Jo Ryan, 402-471-3434 or 800-307-2665, or visit the Facebook pages of the Nebraska Center for the Book, Nebraska Library Commission, and One Book One Nebraska.


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