2017 Celebration of Nebraska Books
• Saturday, October 21, 2017; 2:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Nebraska History Museum
131 Centennial Mall North, Lincoln, NE
The celebration, free and open to the public, features presentations of the Nebraska Center for the Book’s Nebraska Book Awards, Mildred Bennett Award and Jane Geske Award. The 2017 Nebraska Book Awards honors authors and publishers of books with a Nebraska connection published in 2016. Featured winning authors read from their work and sign copies of their books. The 2017 Jane Geske Awards will be presented for exceptional contributions to literacy, books, reading, libraries, or 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. The Mildred Bennett Awards recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the fostering of the literary tradition in Nebraska. Its purpose is to remind us all of the literary and intellectual traditions that enrich our lives and mold our world. The 2017 One Book One Nebraska book selection, Black Elk Speaks by John G. Neihardt will be featured, with a presentation by Tim Anderson.
The Nebraska Center for the Book Annual Meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m., just prior to the celebration. An Awards Reception honoring the winning authors, book signing, and an announcement of the 2018 One Book One Nebraska book choice will conclude the festivities.
1:30 p.m. Nebraska Center for the Book Annual Meeting
2:30 p.m. Welcome to the Celebration of Nebraska Books
2:45 p.m. 2017 One Book One Nebraska Presentation Celebrating Black Elk Speaks, by John G. Neihardt. Presentation by Timothy Anderson
3:30 p.m. 2017 Jane Geske Award Presentation
3:45 p.m. 2017 Mildred Bennett Award Presentation
4:00 p.m. 2017 Nebraska Book Awards Presentation and Readings by Winning Authors
5:30 p.m. 2018 One Book One Nebraska Announcement, Awards Reception and Book Signing
6:30 p.m. Closing
The 2017 Celebration of Nebraska Books is sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book, Nebraska Library Commission, and Nebraska State Historical Society Nebraska History Museum—with hospitality furnished by Friends of University of Nebraska Press and Humanities Nebraska supporting the One Book One Nebraska presentation. For more information contact Mary Jo Ryan, 402-471-3434 or 800-307-2665, or visit the Facebook pages of the Nebraska Center for the Book, Nebraska Library Commission, and One Book One Nebraska.