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October 8, 2010

Mary Jo Ryan

Award Winners to be Honored at Celebration of Nebraska Books

An awards presentation ceremony will highlight the Nebraska Center for the Book's Celebration of Nebraska Books on November 6 at the Nebraska State Historical Society's Nebraska History Museum, 131 Centennial Mall North in downtown Lincoln. Winners of the 2010 Nebraska Book Awards will be honored and the celebration will include readings by some of the winning authors. And the winners are:

2010 Nebraska Book Award Winners

Anthology: Bruce A. Glasrud and Charles A. Braithwaite. African Americans on the Great Plains: An Anthology. University of Nebraska Press.

Anthology Honor: Loren C. Eiseley, Ray Bradbury, and Aaron Franco. The Loren Eiseley Reader. Abbatia Press/Infusionmedia Publishing.

Young Adult: Chloe Neill. Some Girls Bite. New American Library.

Fiction: Ladette Randolph. A Sandhills Ballad. University of New Mexico Press.

Nonfiction: Joe Starita. "I Am a Man": Chief Standing Bear's Journey for Justice. St. Martin's Press.

Nonfiction Honor: Robert Cochran. Louise Pound: Scholar, Athlete, Feminist Pioneer. University of Nebraska Press.

Poetry: Dwaine Spieker. Garden of Stars. All Along Press.

Cover/Design/Illustration: Mari Sandoz and Kimberli A. Lee. "I Do Not Apologize for the Length of This Letter": The Mari Sandoz Letters on Native American Rights, 1940-1965. Texas Tech University Press. Designer: Lindsay Starr Cover photos: Courtesy Caroline Sandoz Pifer Collection, Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center, Chadron State College

Cover/Design/Illustration Honor: Forsberg, Michael. Great Plains: America's Lingering Wild. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

The 2010 Jane Geske award will be presented to Plainsongs and Hastings College. The Jane Geske Award recognizes a Nebraska association, organization, business, library, school, academic institution, or other group that has made an exceptional, long-term contribution to one or more of these fields in Nebraska: Literacy, Reading, Book Selling, Books, Libraries, and/or Writing in Nebraska.

Originating in 1980 at Peru State College and moving to Hastings College in 1983, Plainsongs has been a rare survivor among small poetry magazines. It has published three issues per year for thirty years, maintaining a quality poetry journal in Nebraska and encouraging poets from within, as well as outside, Nebraska to submit their works.

Plainsongs is indexed by Humanities International Complete. The dedication of Dwight Marsh, former editor and professor at Hastings College, and the support of Hastings College, particularly the English Department, has allowed this outstanding periodical to grow into a venue for poets at all levels of expertise. The current editor is Laura Marvel Wunderlich, who has retained the integrity of the journal in both appearance and content.

The Celebration of Nebraska Books will highlight the 2010 One Book One Nebraska book selection with a 3:00 p.m. program by Dr. Joseph Wydeven on The Home Place by Wright Morris, and announce the choice for the 2011 One Book One Nebraska.

The Celebration of Nebraska Books and One Book One Nebraska are presented by the Nebraska Center for the Book in collaboration with the Nebraska Humanities Council and Nebraska Library Commission, with additional support from the Nebraska State Historical Society, University of Nebraska Press and Nebraska Cultural Endowment. The 2010 One Book One Nebraska is hosted by the Lone Tree Literary Society. For more information, contact Mary Jo Ryan, celebration coordinator, Mary Jo Ryan, 402-471-3434 or 800-307-2665 . Confirmed presenters will be announced at and on the Facebook pages of the Nebraska Center for the Book, Nebraska Humanities Council, and Nebraska Library Commission.

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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.

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