Monday, October 14, 2013

Finalists for 2014 One Book One Nebraska Announced

The following is a press release for the Nebraska Center for the Book.

One nonfiction book and two novels—all stories with ties to Nebraska and the Great Plains—are the finalists for the 2014 One Book One Nebraska statewide reading program. The finalists are:


  • Goodnight, Nebraska by Tom McNeal
  • Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen by Bob Greene
  • Plainsong by Kent Haruf



The One Book One Nebraska reading program, now in its tenth year, is sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book, Humanities Nebraska, Nebraska Library Commission, and Nebraska Library Association. It encourages Nebraskans across the state to read and discuss the same book, chosen from books written by Nebraska authors or that have a Nebraska theme or setting. A committee of the Nebraska Center for the Book selected the three finalists from a list of 71 titles nominated by 141 Nebraskans.

The choice for the 2014 One Book One Nebraska will be announced at 5:30 p.m. at the Celebration of Nebraska Books on October 26 at the Nebraska State Historical Society’s Museum of Nebraska History, 15th and P Streets in downtown Lincoln. The event will also recognize the Willa Cather Foundation for their promotional efforts celebrating the 100th anniversary of the publication of the 2013 One Book One Nebraska book selection O Pioneers! by Willa Cather. For more information about One Book One Nebraska, see http://onebook.nebraska.gov/2013/index.aspx, http://www.opioneers100.org, or https://www.facebook.com/OneBookOneNebraska

The Celebration of Nebraska Books is scheduled for 3:30 - 6:30 p.m., with the Nebraska Center for the Book Annual Meeting to be held at 2:30 p.m. and an Awards Reception, book signings, and announcement of the 2014 One Book One Nebraska book choice concluding the festivities. Awards will be presented to the winners of the 2013 Nebraska Book Awards, and some of the winning authors will read from their work. A list of winners is posted at http://centerforthebook.nebraska.gov/awards.html. The Nebraska Library Commission will be named the recipient of the 2013 Jane Geske Award. The Jane Geske Award recognizes a Nebraska association, organization, business, library, school, academic institution, or other group that has made an exceptional, long-term contribution to one or more of these fields in Nebraska: Literacy, Reading, Book Selling, Books, Libraries, and/or Writing in Nebraska.

The Celebration of Nebraska Books is sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book, Humanities Nebraska, Nebraska Library Commission, and University of Nebraska Press, in partnership with the Nebraska State Historical Society's Museum of Nebraska History. For more information, contact Mary Jo Ryan, 402-471-3434 or 800-307-2665. Confirmed presenters will be announced at www.centerforthebook.nebraska.gov and http://www.facebook.com/NebraskaCenterfortheBook.

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.  

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