Nebraska Book Festival 2011

Local Wonders Keynote Panel


Event category descriptions

Keynote panel

Local Wonders: From Book to Musical Theatre Production with Ted Kooser, Virginia Smith, and Paul Amandes

4:30 - 5:30 pm
Auditorium, Nebraska History Museum

This session will highlight Nebraska’s 2011 One Book One Nebraska selection, Local Wonders: Seasons in the Bohemian Alps, with a focus on how this rich non-fiction description of the place Kooser calls home in the rolling hills of southeastern Nebraska has evolved into the musical, takes us to this same home ground where, in a circle of light, the poet’s and his wife’s journeys are shared with the audience.

Readings by Nebraska writers

The festival committee aims to tap into Nebraska’s rich contemporary literary talent by inviting Nebraska authors whose books have been or will be published in 2010 to read from their works. These renowned authors and poets will meet with area-wide lovers of books and writing. After each reading, there will be a question and answer period to engage the audience in a dialogue to explore the importance of the literary arts to human understanding. Read the writers’ bios...

  • 2nd Floor Mezzanine, nuVibe Juice & Java:
  • Readers #1 & #2 | 10:15 - 11:15 am
  • Readers #3 & #4 | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Nebraska History Museum:
  • Reader #5 | 1:30 - 2:00 pm | Auditorium
  • Reader #6 | 1:30 - 2:00 pm | Reading Space
  • Reader #7 | 2:15 - 2:45 pm | Auditorium
  • Reader #8 | 2:15 - 2:45 pm | Reading Space
  • Reader #9 | 3:00 - 3:30 pm | Auditorium
  • Reader #10 | 3:00 - 3:30 pm | Reading Space
  • Reader #11 | 3:45 - 4:15 pm | Auditorium
  • Reader #12 | 3:45 - 4:15 pm | Reading Space
  • Reader #13 | 3:45 - 4:15 pm | Gilmore Room
  • Reader #14 | 3:45 - 4:15 pm | Investigation Station

Book signings

10:15 am - 12:45 pm
2nd Floor Mezzanine, nuVibe Juice & Java

1:30 - 4:30 pm & 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Lobby, Nebraska History Museum

The presenters reading from their 2010 works will be available after their sessions for book signings. Their 2010-published books will be available for sale in the Museum Shop.

Writers’ workshops

Workshops bring together aspiring writers to learn how to craft their work from established professionals. Through these conversations, participants enrich their writing. There is no fee, but space is limited. Advance registration is recommended. Register online (see below for links) through May 15, 2011.

Geographies of Fiction with Timothy Schaffert

10:15 am - 12:15 pm
Conference Room, nuVibe Juice & Java
Register online

Timothy Schaffert is a fourth-generation Nebraskan whose central Nebraska farm has been in his family for seventy years. Three of his four novels have been set in that landscape, and a sense of place, and of the relationships that inform rural communities, have been integral to the development of his fiction. In this fiction-writing workshop, Timothy will offer writing exercises and lead a discussion on how writers use place to portray character, to further the plot, and enhance story and theme.

Get Published Now with Jim Reese

1:30 - 3:30 pm
Gilmore Room, Nebraska History Museum
Register online

This is a hybrid writing workshop where participants spend time generating ideas mixed with real world methods on how to get published in today’s market. Jim Reese is an Associate Professor of English; Director of the Great Plains Writers’ Tour at Mount Marty College in Yankton, South Dakota; and Editor-in-Chief of PADDLEFISH. Reese’s poetry and prose have been widely published, most recently in New York Quarterly, Poetry East, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. His new book ghost on 3rd was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Jim has been the National Endowment for the Arts’ Writer-in-Residence at the Yankton Federal Prison Camp since 2008.

Lightning Writing Prompts with Matt Mason, Dwaine Spieker, and Jeff Lacey

1:30 - 3:30 pm
Auditorium, Nebraska History Museum
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These three poets will lead short workshops, each building on the last to craft poems of heft, poems you could hang a hat on, perhaps poems which won’t let the cold wind in. Matt won the 2007 Nebraska Book Award for Poetry, is executive director of the Nebraska Writers Collective, and has led workshops for the U.S. State Department in Nepal and Belarus. Dwaine won the 2010 Nebraska Book Award for Poetry and has been the recipient of two National Endowment for the Humanities grants in the NEH’s Summer Seminars for Schoolteachers program (2002 and 2007). Jeff has won the Oscar C. Macellaio Poetry Prize, recognized by the American Academy of Poets and recently edited The Eiseley Reader Teacher’s Guide for the Loren Eiseley Society. Between them, they have 8 children and a ridiculous amount of English degrees.

Mildred Bennett Award

4:25 - 4:30 pm | Auditorium, Nebraska History Museum
The Nebraska Center for the Book’s Mildred Bennett Award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to fostering 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 recipient is nominated by the local book festival committee and approved by the Nebraska Center for the Book Board. For more information and a list of previous award recipients, visit the Nebraska Center for the Book’s Mildred Bennett Award information page.