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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 10, 2000

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Mary Jo Ryan
402-471-3434
800-307-2665

NEBRASKANS INVITED TO NOMINATE BOOKS FOR THE 2000 BOOK AWARDS

The 2000 Nebraska Book Awards program, sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book (NCB), will recognize and honor books that are written by Nebraska authors, published by Nebraska publishers, and/or set in Nebraska or relate to Nebraska.

Books published in 1999, as indicated by the copyright date, are eligible for nomination. They must be professionally published, have an ISBN number, and bound. Books may be entered in one or more of the following categories: Non-fiction, Fiction, Children/Young Adult, Cover design/Illustrations, and Poetry. Certificates will be awarded to the winners in each category. Award winners will be announced at the Nebraska Center for the Book Annual Literature Festival in the fall of 2000. The winning books will be displayed at the Literature Festival and presented to the Governor to be included in the permanent collection at the mansion. Winners will be entitled to display award stickers on their book covers.

The entry fee is $35 per book. Deadline for entries is May 15, 2000. Entry forms are available from the Nebraska Library Commission home page, nlc.nebraska.gov/publications/ncbawards.html, or contact Mary Geibel, 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Mary Geibel for print information. Enter by sending the entry form, two copies of the book, and the entry fee to NCB Book Awards Competition, Nebraska Library Commission, The Atrium, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023.

The Nebraska Center for the Book brings together the state's readers, writers, booksellers, librarians, publishers, printers, educators, and scholars to build the community of the book. As the people who know and love books and value the richness they bring to our lives, our Nebraska Center supports programs to celebrate and stimulate public interest in books, reading, and the written word.

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For additional information about Nebraska authors, see www.visitnebraska.org/reports/fam-authors.html. 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. The most up-to-date news releases from the Nebraska Library Commission are always available on the Library Commission home page. Point your World Wide Web browser to nlc.nebraska.gov, search on news releases.


For more information, contact Mary Jo Ryan.