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Novenber 2, 2015 

Tessa Terry

Nebraska Authors to Speak at November 14 Celebration of Nebraska Books

Presentations by winning Nebraska writers and book designers will highlight the Nebraska Center for the Book’s Celebration of Nebraska Books on November 14 at 1200 N Street, in downtown Lincoln. Presenters will include the following 2015 Nebraska Book Award Winners:

Fiction writer: Rebecca Rotert, Last Night at the Blue Angel.

Non-fiction writers: Ted Genoways, The Chain: Farm, Factory, and the Fate of Our Food; James J. Kimble, Prairie Forge: The Extraordinary Story of the Nebraska Scrap Metal Drive of World War II; Melissa Amateis Marsh, Nebraska POW Camps: A History of World War II Prisoners in the Heartland; and Ronald C. Naugle and John J. Montag, History of Nebraska.

Photographer: Nancy Warner, This Place, These People: Life and Shadow on the Great Plains.

Poets: Ted Kooser, The Wheeling Year: A Poet’s Field Book; Barbara Schmitz, Always the Detail; and Laura Madeline Wiseman, Intimates and Fools.

The celebration, free and open to the public, will also feature presentation of the Nebraska Center for the Book’s Jane Geske Award to the Lincoln City Libraries One Book-One Lincoln Community Reading Program 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 with a presentation celebrating Death Zones & Darling Spies: Seven Years of Vietnam War Reporting by Beverly Deepe Keever. The presentation by Thomas Berg, Ph.D., Dept. of History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is titled “Beverly Deepe Keever: An Unconventional Woman for an Unconventional War” (see ).

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 book choice will conclude the festivities. For the list of finalists, see

The Celebration of Nebraska Books is sponsored by Nebraska Center for the Book, Nebraska Library Commission, and University of Nebraska Press, with support for the One Book One Nebraska presentation from Humanities Nebraska. The bookstore is provided by Indigo Bridge Books. Celebration information is available at

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,