The celebration, free and open to the public, featured presentations of the Nebraska Center for the Book's Nebraska Book Awards and Jane Geske Award. The 2015 Nebraska Book Awards honor authors and publishers of books with a Nebraska connection published in 2014. Featured winning authors read from their work and signed copies of their books. The 2015 Jane Geske Award was presented for exceptional contribution to literacy, books, reading, libraries, or literature in Nebraska to Lincoln City Libraries One Book-One Lincoln Community Reading Program. The 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 2015 One Book One Nebraska book selection, Death Zones & Darling Spies: Seven Years of Vietnam War Reporting by Beverly Deepe Keever, featured in a presentation by Thomas Berg, PhD, Dept. of History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, on "Beverly Deepe Keever: An Unconventional Woman for An Unconventional War." Berg's presentation was funded by Humanities Nebraska.
The Nebraska Center for the Book Annual Meeting was held at 1:30 p.m., just prior to the November 14 celebration. An Awards Reception honoring the winning authors, book signing, and an announcement of the 2016 One Book One Nebraska book choice concluded the festivities.
The 2015 Celebration of Nebraska Books was sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book, Nebraska Library Commission, and University of Nebraska Press. 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.