For the year 2006, the Southeast Library System was asked to take the lead in selecting a book for Nebraska to read. By selecting One False Move by Alex Kava, Nebraska readers experienced a living author’s work and a contemporary novel set in metropolitan and rural Nebraska. Some of the criteria used for selection included: “Kava is a Nebraska author with strong roots in Nebraska. One False Move is a popular contemporary title that is an international bestseller. This year’s committee made an effort to identify a selection in contrast with last year’s epic My Ántonia …select an author who was willing to participate in an author tour across the state…Similar to the process library staff use in selecting books for their collections, the committee read reviews of the title, prior to its selection.”
This selection caused a great deal of spirited discussion among those who worked to promote this within their communities and book groups. Blog entries from the Panhandle Library System registered more than thirty comments, including those of Kava herself, signing on to talk about the appropriateness of the content for high school students and others who were participating in the program. Kava made visits across the state for book discussions in Fall 2006. Kava generously provided copies of her book, along with book bags and other promotional items to help promote the statewide read.