The 2015 Nebraska Book Festival, April 25 at the University
of Nebraska Omaha’s Weitz Community Engagement Center, will
feature ten Nebraska authors. Public admission is free.
The festival begins at 9:30 a.m. with writing workshops:
Lucy Adkins: “Poetry and Inspiration:
Imaginative Ways to Write Your Best”
Mary Avidano: “Poems by You.”
Attendees are invited to bring a poem they’ve written.
Traci Robison: “From Draft to Digital: How to
Prepare and What to Expect as a Self- Publisher”
Laura Wiseman: “You’re No Body Until Some Body
Loves You: Writing the Body”
Workshop seating is limited and early arrival is recommended.
Advance registration is not necessary.
Readings, book sales, and book signings will take place from
noon to 3:30 p.m. Authors will read and discuss their work,
allowing time for questions. Scheduled authors include:
Busting Bad Guys: My True Crime Stories
of Bookies, Drug Dealers and Ladies of the Night
One Man’s Voice
The Curse of the Fates
The Tallgrass Prairie Reader
The Swan Gondola: A Novel
The Meaning of Names
Prior to a 3:45 p.m. reception
, the Nebraska
Center for the Book will announce the 2015 recipient of the
Mildred Bennett Award
, recognizing an
individual who has made significant contributions to fostering
literary tradition in Nebraska.
The festival concludes, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. with the
NeBooks Project Student & Teacher Showcase
. The NeBooks
Project is a partnership between schools, state agencies, and
non-profit organizations across Nebraska to provide quality
instructional materials. Nebraska students and teachers
developed eBooks this school year, with the goal of becoming
published authors in the NeBooks Project eBook Library.
Attendees will spend the evening learning from these newly
published authors, along with special guests. Hear directly from
Nebraska students and teachers how they created their iBooks,
the struggles that they faced, and what it means to be a
The Bookworm and University of Nebraska Press will offer books
by Nebraska authors for sale throughout the event. The Nebraska
Book Festival is presented by the Nebraska Center for the Book,
Humanities Nebraska, and Nebraska Library Commission. Visit
complete schedule of free readings and workshops and other
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 Website,