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The 2019 Nebraska Book Festival has been scheduled for September 7, 2019 at UNL City Campus Union in Lincoln, NE.

For more information visit the official Nebraska Book Festival website!

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2017 Book Festival

Activities begin Friday evening, July 14, 6:00 p.m. at Constellation Studios, 2055 O Street in Lincoln. This opening evening event is sponsored by Karen Kunc, Willa Cather Professor and Professor of Art at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). Nebraska State Poet Twyla Hansen and Daniel Simon, Editor of Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology, 1867–2017 (Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2017) will celebrate 150 years of Nebraska’s rich literary history with a program that will draw from the NE150 anthology. A letterpress keepsake will be offered to attendees.

Saturday activities at Union Plaza in the Antelope Valley neighborhood will begin at 9:00 a.m. and feature presentations by authors, who will read and discuss their work. Participating authors will answer questions from the audience and be available for book signing. Literary and cultural organizations, publishers, and vendors will be present. Indigo Bridge Books will sell books by regional authors and host author signings throughout the day.

Family programming will be emphasized with Lincoln City Libraries sponsoring puppet shows by Mesner Puppet Theater, a globally known professional theater company.

The Nebraska Writers Guild will offer Presentations for Writers and a variety of panel discussions are planned, including one on publishing options.

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

Programing sponsors for the Nebraska Book Festival are Nebraska 4-H, Junto Wine, Concierge Marketing and Book Publishing Services, Nebraska Writers Guild and Constellation Studios.

2017 Nebraska Book Festival Flyer We are actively seeking additional sponsors to ensure that we have fantastic author presentations and activities.

More details about presenters are forthcoming. Keep up with the Festival at the official Nebraska Book Festival website.

2015 Book Festival

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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