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The 2017 Nebraska Book Festival has been scheduled for July 15, 2017 at Antelope Valley's Union Plaza in Lincoln, NE.

The Festival will take place on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Thanks so much to University of Nebraska Press for stepping up to coordinate--and to Nebraska Library Commission, Nebraska Center for the Book, Lincoln City Libraries, and Indigo Bridge Books for signing on as sponsors. We are actively seeking additional sponsors to ensure that we have fantastic author presentations and activities. Nebraska authors interested in participating in the Festival should contact Rosemary Vestal.

The Nebraska Book Festival is coordinated by University of Nebraska Press and co-sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book, Nebraska Library Commission, Indigo Bridge Books, Lincoln City Libraries, Nebraska 4-H, and Redbrush.


The 2015 Nebraska Book Festival marks the 23rd annual book festival dating back to 1991. Historically, the Nebraska Book Festival has offered high-quality speakers, presenters, moderators, and workshop facilitators.

The Nebraska Book Festival (formerly the Nebraska Literature Festival 1991-2001) has been co-sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book and the Humanities Nebraska (formerly Nebraska Humanities Council) since its inception in 1991. The Nebraska Library Commission and many other organizations and individuals have contributed to the festivals over the years.

The change of name from Nebraska Literature Festival to Nebraska Book Festival broadens the scope of the event to include contemporary Nebraska writers and books, as well as the great classic writers of Nebraska’s literary heritage. The festival is dedicated to Nebraska writers and Nebraska books. It celebrates the reading and writing life of Nebraska.


The goal of the festival is to celebrate Nebraska’s literary heritage and contemporary authors and to stimulate public interest in books, reading, and the written word. By gathering together contemporary writing talent of our state, and those involved with the literary heritage of Nebraska, the festival provides an opportunity for participants to cultivate an understanding of our history and culture.


Click on a year for event details, photos, festival programs, and more.

2015 April 25, UNO Community Engagement Center, Omaha
2014 April 25-26, UNO Thompson Alumni Center, Omaha
2013 April 5-6, UNO Thompson Alumni Center, Omaha
2012 March 31, Downtown Lincoln
2011 May 21, Downtown Lincoln
2010 No festival held in this year
2009 November 14, Downtown Lincoln
2008 October 17-18, Downtown Lincoln
2007 October 26-28, Downtown Lincoln
2006 October 6-7, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln
2005 October 7-8, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln
2004 September 17-18, University of Nebraska at Kearney
2003 October 24-25, Creighton University, Omaha
2002 September 13-14, Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, Grand Island
2001 September 21-22, Peru State College, Peru
2000 September 15-17, Beatrice & Lincoln
1999 September 17-18, Chadron State College, Chadron
1998 September 17-19, Wayne State College, Wayne
1997 No festival was held in this year
1996 September 20-21, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
1995 September 22-23, University of Nebraska at Kearney
1994 September 22-24, University of Nebraska at Omaha
1993 September 17-18, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
1992 September 25-26, University of Nebraska at Kearney
1991 September 28, University of Nebraska at Omaha

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