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Upcoming Events in May

May brings flowers, along with fun literary events! If you’re looking for something to do this month, here are some upcoming literary events* that may pique your interest!

  • May 2, 2024 Front Porch Reading Series with Journalist Mary Jane Skala
    Kearney Public Library, 2020 First Ave, Platte Room
    Kearney, NE, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
    Award-winning journalist Mary Jane Skala has written a weekly column for the Kearney Hub for more than a decade. She will share highlights of her columns and talk about the role of a personal columnist during this presentation.
  • May 3, 2024 First Friday Book Talk & Reading with Katherine Higgs-Coulthard
    Zoom
    , 12:00 pm
    Katherine Higgs-Coulthard is a graduate of University of Nebraska at Omaha and the author of “Junkyard Dogs,” join for a First Friday Book Talk.
  • May 4, 2024 Getting to Know Your Characters through Passion, Purpose, and Place
    Zoom
    , 9:00 – 11:00 am
    What keeps a reader in the story? In this workshop session, Katherine Higgs-Coulthard will share strategies for creating well-developed characters. Infusing characters with passion, purpose and place will pull readers into the story and make them care about what happens to the characters.
  • May 4, 2024 Write On! Writers’ Workshop
    AV Sorensen Community Center, 4808 Cass St.
    Omaha, NE, 12:00 – 2:00 pm
    Taught by Heidi Hermanson, published author and recipient of the 2021 Nebraska Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship. Generate new writing, improve your skills, learn new techniques, and meet other writers!
  • May 6, 2024 All Writes Reserved – Finals
    Holland Center, 1200 Douglas St.
    Omaha, NE, 7:00 pm
    All Writes Reserved is an annual youth spoken word festival and competition featuring schools from all over Nebraska and the Great Plains. (Postponed from 4/30 due to weather)
  • May 7th, 2024 J.V. Brummels Poetry Reading and Discussion
    Zoom
    , 6:30 – 7:30 pm
    Poet, novelist, short-story writer, editor, and rancher J.V. Brummels has received many awards for his many works. Listen as he talks about his journey.
  • May 11, 2024 Larksong Spring Festival
    Larksong Writers Place, 1600 N. Cotner Blvd.
    Lincoln, NE, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Enjoy readings by well-known and local writers, music performances, writing sprints, and open writes using antique typewriters. Hundreds of used books for sale – name your own price.Guest readers and performers include Mary Pipher, Twyla Hansen, Pam & Randy Barker, Dorothy Ramsey, and Serenity Dougherty. BaBa’s Food Truck from 11:00 to 2:00. Bakery goods from Gratitude Bakery on sale. Free Will Donations accepted as part of Give to Lincoln Day Celebration.
  • May 14, 2024 Serenity Dougherty, “I Write Comedy—And You Can Too!”
    Zoom
    , 6:00 – 7:30 pmIf you’ve always wanted to try humor writing or even if you’re just looking to try something new, this workshop will provide the crash course you need to get started.
  • May 21, 2024 Imaginary Gardens Reading
    Mister Toad’s, 1002 Howard St.
    Omaha, NE, 7:00 pm
    Join us for poetry and conversation! Hosted by Michael Skau, with Nebraska authors Barbara Schmitz and William Trowbridge.

Check out the NCB Calendar to stay up to date on upcoming literary events happening near you!

*The time, date, and location of these events are subject to change.
Some of this month’s events, workshops, or conferences may require registration or charge a fee.

Feel free to contact us if you have an event that you would like to be featured.

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January 2024 Literary Events

Happy New Year! Check out the NCB Calendar to see what literary events are happening near you and across Nebraska this coming month.

The time, date, and location of these events are subject to change.

Some events, workshops, or conferences may charge a fee or require prior registration.

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Literary Events in December

December is on its way! Check out the NCB Calendar to see what literary events are happening near you and across Nebraska this coming month.

The time, date, and location of these events are subject to change.

Some events, workshops, or conferences may charge a fee or require prior registration.

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November 2023 Literary Events

November is right around the corner!

Find out what literary events are happening near you and across the state by checking out the NCB Calendar!

The date, time, and location of these events are subject to change. In addition, some events may charge a fee or require prior registration.

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October Literary Events

October is on its way! Check out the NCB Calendar to see what literary events are happening near you and across Nebraska this coming month.

The time, date, and location of these events are subject to change.

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Celebrate Nebraska’s 2023 Book Award Winners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 15, 2023

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Tessa Terry
402-471-3434
800-307-2665

Celebrate Nebraska’s 2023 Book Award Winners

Celebrate Nebraska’s 2023 Book Award winners with author readings and an awards presentation ceremony at the Nebraska Center for the Book’s Celebration of Nebraska Books. Held at the UNL City Campus Union on October 14th, winners of the 2023 Nebraska Book Awards will be honored and the celebration will include readings by some of the winning authors, designers and illustrators of books with a Nebraska connection published in 2022. And the winners are:

Children’s Design: Eat Your Woolly Mammoths! By James Solheim. Publisher: Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

Children’s Nonfiction: Eat Your Woolly Mammoths! By James Solheim. Publisher: Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

Young Adult: Scattered Showers by Rainbow Rowell. Publisher: Wednesday Books, St. Martin’s Publishing Group.

Design: Feeding the Fire by Twyla Hansen. Publisher: Wayne State College Press.

Illustration: The Rowdy Randy Wild West Show by Casey Day Rislov, illustrated by Zachary Pullen. Publisher: Mountain Stars Press.

Fiction: Private Way by Ladette Randolph. Publisher: University of Nebraska Press.

Nonfiction Autobiography: Monkey on the Other Side of the Window: The True Story of the Northeast Nebraska Zoo in Royal, Nebraska by Dick Haskin. Publisher: Morris Publishing.

Nonfiction Biography: The Women Who Built Omaha: A Bold and Remarkable History by Eileen Wirth. Publisher: Bison Books.

Nonfiction Fellowship: From Your Friend, Carey Dean: Letters from Nebraska’s Death Row by Lisa Knopp. Publisher: Cascade Books.

Nonfiction History: Standing Bear’s Quest for Freedom: The First Civil Rights Victory for Native Americans by Lawrence A. Dwyer. Publisher: Bison Books.

Nonfiction Nebraska as Place: Nourishing Waters, Comforting Sky: Thirty-Five Years at a Sandhills Oasis by Stephen R. Jones. Publisher: Bison Books.

Nonfiction Solidarity: Dirt Persuasion: Civic Environmental Populism and the Heartland’s Pipeline Fight by Derek Moscato. Publisher: University of Nebraska Press.

Poetry: A Crazy Little Thing by Lucy Adkins. Publisher: Wayne State College Press.

Poetry Honor: Cord Blood by Bonnie Johnson-Bartee. Publisher: Sandhills Press.

The Celebration of Nebraska Books, on October 14th, will also honor winners of the 2023 Jane Geske and Mildred Bennett awards. The Mildred Bennett Award recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to fostering the literary tradition in Nebraska, reminding us of the literary and intellectual heritage that enriches our lives and molds our world. The Jane Geske Award is presented to a Nebraska organization for exceptional contribution to literacy, books, reading, libraries, or literature in Nebraska. It commemorates Geske’s passion for books, and was established in recognition of her contributions to the well-being of the libraries of Nebraska.

The 2023 One Book One Nebraska selection, The Mystery of Hunting’s End by Mignon Eberhart (Bison Books, 1998) will be featured in a keynote presentation. The introduction of the 2024 One Book One Nebraska book choice will conclude the festivities.

The Celebration of Nebraska Books is sponsored by Nebraska Center for the Book and the Nebraska Library Commission, with support from History Nebraska’s Nebraska History Museum. Humanities Nebraska provides support for One Book One Nebraska. The Nebraska Center for the Book is housed at the Nebraska Library Commission and brings together the state’s readers, writers, booksellers, librarians, publishers, printers, educators, and scholars to build the community of the book, supporting programs to celebrate and stimulate public interest in books, reading, and the written word. The Nebraska Center for the Book is supported by the national Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and the Nebraska Library Commission.

As the state library agency, the Nebraska Library Commission is an advocate for the library and information needs of all Nebraskans. The mission of the Library Commission is statewide promotion, development, and coordination of library and information services, “bringing together people and information.”

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The most up-to-date news releases from the Nebraska Library Commission are always available on the Library Commission website, http://nlc.nebraska.gov/publications/newsreleases.    

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Literary Events in September

A new month is right around the corner! If you’re looking for something to do in the coming month, check out the NCB Calendar! See what literary events are happening near you.

The time, date, and location of these events are subject to change.

Some of this month’s events, workshops, or conferences may require registration or charge a fee.

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Events in August 2023

August is on its way! Check out the NCB Calendar to see what literary events are happening near you and across Nebraska this coming month.

The time, date, and location of these events are subject to change.

Some events, workshops, or conferences may charge a fee or require prior registration.

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July Literary Events

A new month is right around the corner! If you’re looking for something to do in July, check out the NCB Calendar! See what literary events are happening near you.

The time, date, and location of these events are subject to change. Some events, workshops, or conferences may charge a fee or require prior registration.

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Literary Events in June

Happy first day of June! If you’re interested to see what literary events are happening near you and around the state, check out the NCB Calendar!

The location, date, and times of the events are subject to change. Some events may require prior registration or charge a fee.

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