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February 20, 1998

Laureen Riedesel, 402-233-3584
Katherine L. Walter, 402-472-3939

1998 Nebraska Literature Festival Set for September 18-19

The Nebraska Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Library of Congress National Center for the Book, announces that Wayne State College has been selected as the host site for the seventh Nebraska Literature Festival. The previous award-winning Nebraska Literature Festivals were held at various campuses of the University of Nebraska. In selecting Wayne State College for 1998, the Nebraska Center for the Book commits to an expanded universe of sites and to an emphasis on thematic programming.

The theme for the 1998 Nebraska Literature Festival, set for September 17-19, 1998, is "The World in the Plains: Plains Literature as World Literature." The goal will be to emphasize that Plains writing is universal and quintessentially "American." In selecting Wayne State College, the Nebraska Center for the Book recognizes that Wayne State College has organized the Plains Writers Series to introduce the public to contemporary literature through the voices of the writers for the past twenty years. Wayne State College is located in Northeast Nebraska, midway between Sioux City and Norfolk. September 17 and 18 will target students, with programming focused on high school and undergraduate college students. The general public is invited to attend all events. Saturday, September 19 will feature programming arranged by Nebraska author groups and include several author readings, as well as a panel of editors of small presses.

All events are open to the public and free of charge. No preregistration required.

The Nebraska Center for the Book is a nonprofit corporation that stimulates public interest in books, reading, and the written word. The Center acts as a catalyst, bringing together individuals and organizations to build the Nebraska community of the book and serves as a partner and supporter of programs, events, and unique projects to celebrate the written word. The Nebraska Library Commission provides support and assistance to the Center for the Book. As the state library agency, the Library Commission is an advocate for the library and information needs of all Nebraskans. In 1997, the Nebraska Center for the Book received the Daniel Boorstin/Center for the Book award from the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. and a Mayor's Art Award from the Lincoln Arts Council. Both awards recognized the Nebraska Center for the Book for its outstanding Nebraska Literature Festival.

For more information, see or contact Gretchen Ronnow or Ed Battistella at Wayne State College, Humanities Division, 1111 Main Street, Wayne, NE, 402-375-7394, e-mail:


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