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Jane Geske Award

The Nebraska Center for the Book annually presents this award to an organization, business, library, school, association, or other group that has made an exceptional contribution to literacy, books, reading, libraries, or Nebraska literature. More...

2021 Award Recipient
Kearney Literacy Council

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Mildred Bennett Award

This award is given to an individual who provides leadership and service in the promotion of Nebraska literature. More...

2021 Award Recipient
Rebecca Faber

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Nebraska Book Awards

The Nebraska Book Awards program, sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book (NCB), recognizes and honors books that are written by Nebraska authors, published by Nebraska publishers, set in Nebraska or concerning Nebraska. More...

2021 (22nd annual) for books published in 2020

Children's Picture Book
Letters from Space, by Clayton Anderson
Illustrated by Susan Batori
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
Sy's Barbershop and Pool Hall: New and Selected Poems and Paintings, by Jay D. Gerber
Publisher: Infusionmedia
Lily Discovers People are Like Donuts, by Rob Otte
Illustrated by Carey Goddard
Publisher: Jelly Donut Publishing
Illustration Honor
The Day We Went to the Park, by Linda Stephen and Christine Manno
Origami Artwork by Linda Stephen
Publisher: Handersen Publishing
The Brightest Place in the World, by David Philip Mullins
Publisher: University of Nevada Press
Nonfiction Legal History
A Question of Freedom: The Families Who Challenged Slavery from the Nationa's Founding to the Civil War, by William G. Thomas III
Publisher: Yale University Press
Nonfiction Memoir
Dancing with the Octopus: A Memoir of a Crime, by Debora Harding
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Nonfiction Memoir Honor
Yards After Contact - Team Jack: Scoring a Touchdown Against Childhood Brain Cancer, by Andrew Hoffman, foreword by Rex Burkhead
Publisher: Nico 11 Publishing and Design
Nonfiction Military History
A Mighty Force for Peace: A History of the Former Lincoln Air Force Base, by Robert M. Branting
Publisher: Infusionmedia
Nonfiction Nebraska History
Never Caught Twice: Horse Stealing in Western Nebraska, 1850-1890, by Matthew S. Luckett
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Nonfiction Nebraska as Place
Cut in Stone, Cast in Bronze: Nebraska Historical Markers and Monuments, 1854-1967, by Jeff Barnes
Publisher: The Donning Company
Nonfiction Solidary
American Harvest: God, Country, and Farming in the Heartland, by Marie Mutsuki MOckett
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Nonfiction Urban History
My Omaha Obsession: Searching for the City, by Miss Cassette, forward by Chris Ware
Publisher: Bison Books
Two-Toned Dress, by Lucy Adkins
Publisher: Blue Light Press
Poetry Honor
Forever War, by Kate Gaskin
Publisher: YesYes Books

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Other awards

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