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September 24, 2004

Mary Jo Ryan
402-471-3434, 800-307-2665

Nebraska Books Honored by Center for the Book

The 2004 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. This year's winners are:

  • Children: The Ring Bear, written by N.L. Sharp, illustrated by Michael T. Hassler Jr., Dageforde Publishing, Inc.
  • Young Adult: Ruth Foreman, Free to Drink the Wind: A Misty West Mystery, Beaver Books.
  • Cover Design/Illustration: Road Trip: Conversations With Writers, Shelly Clark and Marjorie Saiser (editors), Randy Barger (cover photo), Chris Bristol (cover design), The Backwaters Press
  • Fiction : Acts of Love on Indigo Road, Jonis Agee, Coffee House Press
  • Non-Fiction : Restoring the Burnt Child: A Primer, William Kloefkorn, University of Nebraska Press
  • Anthology : Road Trip: Conversations With Writers , Shelly Clark and Marjorie Saiser, The Backwaters Press
  • Poetry : Potato Soup, Twyla Hansen, The Backwaters Press

Books published in 2004 will be eligible for the 2005 Awards program. To receive notification of the 2005 Book Awards program, contact Maria Medrano-Nehls, 402-471-2045 or 800-307-2665.


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 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. The most up-to-date news releases from the Nebraska Library Commission are always available on the Library Commission home page,, search on Library Commission News Releases.

For more information, contact Tessa Terry.