The Nebraska Center for the Book

PROGRAMS
Related Links

Find The Celebration of Nebraska Books on Facebook Find The Celebration of Nebraska Books on Facebook

The 2018 Celebration of Nebraska Books is scheduled for October 27, 2018 in downtown Lincoln...more information soon!

Nebraska Book Awards The celebration, free and open to the public, featured presentations of the Nebraska Center for the Book's Nebraska Book Awards, Mildred Bennett Award and Jane Geske Award. The 2017 Nebraska Book Awards honored authors and publishers of books with a Nebraska connection published in 2016. Featured winning authors read from their work and signed copies of their books. The 2017 Jane Geske Award was presented to American Life in Poetry - Ted Kooser for 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 recognized an individual who made significant contributions to the fostering of the literary tradition in Nebraska. The 2017 recipient was Nancy Johnson. This annual award reminds us all of the literary and intellectual traditions that enrich our lives and mold our world. The 2017 One Book One Nebraska book selection, Black Elk Speaks by John G. Neihardt was featured with a presentation by Tim Anderson.

The Nebraska Center for the Book Annual Meeting was held just prior to the celebration. An Awards Reception honoring the winning authors, book signings, and the announcement of the 2018 One Book One Nebraska book choice, Nebraska Presence: An Anthology of Poetry edited by Greg Kosmicki and Mary K. Stillwell, 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. 2017 One Book One Nebraska Presentation Celebrating Black Elk Speaks, by John G. Neihardt. Presentation by Timothy Anderson
3:30 p.m. 2017 Jane Geske Award Presentation
3:45 p.m. 2017 Mildred Bennett Award Presentation
4:00 p.m. 2017 Nebraska Book Awards Presentation and Readings by Winning Authors
5:30 p.m. 2018 One Book One Nebraska Announcement, Awards Reception and Book Signing
6:30 p.m. Closing

The 2017 Celebration of Nebraska Books was sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book, Nebraska Library Commission, and Nebraska State Historical Society 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.


Past Annual Meetings


Related Links

> Back to top