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October 20, 2008

Mary Jo Ryan

Books Honored by Nebraska Center for the Book

The 2008 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:

150: A Commemoration of the Sesquicentennial of Hall County, Nebraska
Edited by Pete Letheby
Publisher: Grand Island Independent

Nonfiction Honor
Africa on Six Wheels: A Semester on Safari by Betty Levitov
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press

Dead Ex by Harley Jane Kozak
Publisher: Doubleday

Husker Numbers: A Nebraska Number Book by Rajean Luebs Shepherd,
Illustrated by Sandy Appleoff
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press.

Book of Grass by JV Brummels
Publisher: Grizzly Media

The Big Empty: Contemporary Nebraska Nonfiction Writers
Edited by Ladette Randolph and Nina Shevchuk-Murray
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press Anthology

Honor Nebraska
Presence: An Anthology of Poetry
Edited by Greg Kosmicki and Mary K. Stillwell
Publisher: Backwaters Press

Award winners were honored at the Nebraska Book Festival on Saturday, October 18, 2008. Books published in 2008 will be eligible for the 2009 Awards program. To receive notification of the 2009 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 News Releases.

For more information, contact Tessa Terry.