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September 13, 2005

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

Nebraska Books Honored by Center for the Book

The 2005 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:

  • Anthology: A Different Plain: Contemporary Nebraska Fiction Writers, Ladette Randolph, Editor, University of Nebraska Press
  • Children: Going North, Janice N. Harrington, Jerome Lagarrigue (Illustrations), Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Children's Honor Book: Effie's Image, N. L. Sharp, Dorothia Rohner (Illustrations), Prairieland Press
  • Young Adult Honor Book: Worth, A. LaFaye, Simon and Schuster
  • Cover/Design/Illustration: On Ancient Wings, Michael Forsberg, Michael Forsberg Photography
  • Cover/Design/Illustration Honor Book: Mirror of the Wood, Karen Kunc and Jukka Partanen, Blue Heron Press
  • Fiction: Dating Dead Men, Harley Jane Kozak, Doubleday, a division of Random House, Inc.
  • Fiction Honor Book: Little Men, Gerald Shapiro, Ohio State University Press
  • Non-Fiction: A Life with Dogs, Roger Welsch, MBI Publishing Company
  • Non-Fiction Honor Book On Ancient Wings, Michael Forsberg, Michael Forsberg Photography
  • Poetry: How Much Our Dancing Has Improved, Barbara Schmitz, The Backwaters Press

Books published in 2005 will be eligible for the 2006 Awards program. To receive notification of the 2006 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.