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February 1, 2010

Mary Jo Ryan

2010 ONE BOOK ONE NEBRASKA: The Home Place

One Book One Nebraska 2010 invites citizens across the state to read The Home Place, by Wright Morris, a native of Central City, Nebraska. This "photo-text" is an account in first-person narrative and photographs of the one-day visit of Clyde Muncy to "the home place" at Lone Tree, Nebraska. A ground-breaking work, it has been called "as near to a new fiction form as you could get."

The Nebraska Center for the Book board selected The Home Place for Nebraska's statewide read to celebrate the 100 th anniversary of the birth of Wright Morris. Morris is regarded as one of America's most gifted novelists and photographers. Internationally recognized, he received the National Book Award in 1957 for The Field of Vision and in 1981 for Plains Song . Morris utilizes his Nebraska and Great Plains boyhood experiences as themes in his work. 2010 One Book One Nebraska is hosted by the Lone Tree Literary Society,, and sponsored by a coalition of organizations including the Nebraska Center for the Book, Nebraska Humanities Council, Nebraska Library Association, Nebraska Library Commission, and University of Nebraska Press.

Libraries across Nebraska are joining the Lone Tree Literary Society and other literary and cultural organizations in planning book discussions, activities, and events that will encourage Nebraskans to read and discuss this book. The Lone Tree Literary Society will sponsor activities throughout the year to help highlight One Book One Nebraska, including the Wright Morris Centennial Year Conference on October 9, 2010. Support materials to assist with local reading/discussion activities are available at

Gov. Dave Heineman launched the statewide initiative with a proclamation encouraging all residents of Nebraska to participate by reading the book, joining community book discussion groups, and participating in local community events. A Website, hosted at the Nebraska Library Commission, can be accessed at It features book discussion materials, a downloadable poster and press kit to help with publicity, information for library loan of book club kits, and a calendar of events. The site also includes information about how to schedule an event in your community and how to apply for funding from the Nebraska Humanities Council for a program on Wright Morris. See and for application and eligibility requirements.


For more information contact Mary Jo Ryan, Nebraska Library Commission Communications Coordinator, 402-471-3434, 800-307-2665.


The Nebraska Center for the Book, a coalition of organizations and individuals, believes One Book One Nebraska demonstrates how books and reading connect people across time and place. In 2010, Nebraska communities will come together through literature in community-wide reading programs to explore this classic work by one of Nebraska's best-loved authors. For more information about One Book One Nebraska, see

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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 News Releases.

For more information, contact Tessa Terry.