An awards presentation ceremony will highlight the Nebraska Center
for the Book’s Celebration of Nebraska Books on November 14 at the
Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N Street, The Atrium, in downtown
Lincoln. Winners of the 2015 Nebraska Book Awards will be honored
and the celebration will include readings by some of the winning
authors, designers and illustrators. And the winners are:
2015 Nebraska Book Award Winners
The Wheeling Year: A Poet’s Field Book
by Ted Kooser.
University of Nebraska Press.
As All My Fathers Were: A Novel
by James A. Misko. Cover
and design by Jonathan Friedman. Northwest Ventures Press.
Intimates and Fools
by Laura Madeline Wiseman. Art by Sally
Deskins. Internal layout and design by Adam Wagler. Les Femmes
Last Night at the Blue Angel
by Rebecca Rotert. William
Fiction: Short Story
by Pamela Carter Joern. University of Nebraska
Non-Fiction: Investigative Journalism
The Chain: Farm, Factory, and the Fate of Our Food
Leaving the Pink House: A Memoir
by Ladette Randolph.
University of Iowa Press.
Non-Fiction: Nebraska as Place
This Place, These People: Life and Shadow on the Great Plains
by David Stark and Nancy Warner. Columbia University Press.
Non-Fiction: Nebraska History
Nebraska POW Camps: A History of World War II Prisoners in the
by Melissa Amateis Marsh. The History Press.
Non-Fiction: Nebraska Spirit
Prairie Forge: The Extraordinary Story of the Nebraska Scrap
Metal Drive of World War II
by James J. Kimble. University of
History of Nebraska
by Ronald C. Naugle, John J.
Montag, and James C. Olson. University of Nebraska Press.
Morning: Last Poems
by Don Welch. pigeonpress.
Always the Detail
by Barbara Schmitz. Stephen F. Austin
State University Press.
The celebration, free and open to the public, will also feature
presentation of the Nebraska Center for the Book’s Jane
to a Nebraska organization for exceptional
contribution to literacy, books, reading, libraries, and literature
in Nebraska. The Jane Geske Award commemorates Geske’s passion for
books, and was established in recognition of her contributions to
the well-being of the libraries of Nebraska. Jane Pope Geske was a
founding member of the Nebraska Center for the Book, former director
of the Nebraska Library Commission, and a long-time leader in
Nebraska library and literary activities.
This year the Celebration marks the eleventh year of One
Book One Nebraska
, selecting and promoting a book title for
Nebraskans to read to celebrate the literary richness of our state.
Death Zones & Darling Spies: Seven Years of Vietnam War
, by Beverly Deepe Keever is the 2015 One Book One
Nebraska, and Nebraska libraries and other literary and cultural
organizations across the state are hosting activities and events to
encourage all Nebraskans to read and discuss this book (see
The Celebration keynote will be presented by Thomas Berg, PhD, Dept.
of History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, on “Beverly Deepe Keever:
An Unconventional Woman for An Unconventional War” at 2:45 p.m.
The Nebraska Center for the Book Annual Meeting will be held at 1:30
p.m.—just prior to the 2:30-6:30 p.m. Celebration. An awards
reception honoring the winning authors, book signings, and
announcement of the 2016 One Book One Nebraska
will conclude the festivities.
The Celebration of Nebraska Books is sponsored by Nebraska Center
for the Book and Nebraska Library Commission, with support from the
Friends of the University of Nebraska Press. Humanities Nebraska
provides support for One Book One Nebraska. 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,