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2009 Nebraska Book Festival

November 14, 18th Annual
Downtown Lincoln
“Nebraska Writers: Cultivating Creativity”

Article from The NCB News, Vol. 19, No. 2, Fall 2009

The Nebraska Writers: Cultivating Creativity 2009 Nebraska Book Festival will be held at the Nebraska State Historical Society’s Nebraska History Museum, 15th and P Streets, Lincoln, Nebraska, on November 14, 2009.

The festival will include a variety of literary activities. An awards luncheon will honor the winners of the Center for the Book’s Mildred Bennett Award, Jane Geske Award, and Nebraska Book Awards. A selection of Nebraska writers will read from their 2009 works, along with readings from the winners of the Nebraska Book Awards. Writers’ workshops will be offered free of charge. Teresa Lorensen of the Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation will lead a book discussion of Aldrich’s A Lantern in Her Hand, this year’s enormously popular One Book One Nebraska selection.

A Conversation with Three Poets will give Nebraska poets Ted Kooser, Bill Kloefkorn, and Don Welch the opportunity to share insights on reading and writing poetry. These long-time members of an intentional writing community will share insights on how they have supported each other’s work through the years. Additional Nebraska author activities and plans for vendors are in the works.

Nebraska Book Festival events and activities are free and open to the public. Pre-registration is recommended for the writers’ workshops. Festival luncheon tickets (advance purchase only) are $12.

The Festival is sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book, Nebraska Humanities Council, Nebraska Library Commission, and the Nebraska State Historical Society, with additional support from Duncan Family Trust, Lee Booksellers, Nebraska Arts Council, Prairie Fire Newspaper, Woods Charitable Fund, and University of Nebraska Press.

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DVD recordings

Five DVDs of recordings of author readings (“2009 Nebraska Book Festival”) are now available through the Nebraska Library Commission. Borrow them today @ your library®. Share the experience: have the recordings aired on your local public access television station or host a viewing at your library.

Disc 1. Roundtable discussion with Nebraska poets : William Kloefkorn, Don Welch, Ted Kooser -- Disc 2. New work in 2009 : readings by Nebraska writers: Michael Forsberg, Allison Hedge Coke -- Disc 3. New work in 2009 : readings by Nebraska writers : Harley Jane Kozak -- Disc 4. 2009 Nebraska Book Awards -- Disc 5. One Book One Nebraska discussion : A Lantern in Her Hand by Bess Streeter Aldrich.

Festival program

View/print the Festival program [pdf].

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