Nebraska Book Festival 2011

General information – Overview


May 2, 2011 – Nebraska Library Commission – Nebraska Book Festival to Feature Kooser and Nebraska Repertory Theatre Production

April 12, 2011 – Nebraska Humanities Council – Registration open for free Book Fest workshops


Cultivating creativity

The 2011 Nebraska Book Festival will be held at the Nebraska State Historical Society’s Nebraska History Museum, 15th and P Streets, and nuVibe Juice & Java, 126 N. 14th Street, in downtown Lincoln, Nebraska, on May 21, 2011. This event is free and open to the public. The goal of the Nebraska Book Festival is to celebrate Nebraska’s literary heritage and contemporary authors and to stimulate public interest in books, reading, and the written word. By gathering together contemporary writing talent of our state, and those involved with the literary heritage of Nebraska, the festival provides an opportunity for participants to cultivate an understanding of our history and culture.

The festival will include a variety of literary activities:

Keynote Panel — Local Wonders: From Book to Musical Theatre Production — The keynote panel, comprised of Ted Kooser, Virginia Smith, and Paul Amandes, 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 a musical theatre production.
Readings by Nebraska Writers — A selection of Nebraska writers will read from their 2010-published work in a celebration of the contemporary writing talent of our state. Participants will be engaged in discussions around the works during Q&A sessions and are encouraged to read the authors’ works in advance. The authors’ books will be available for purchase in the Museum Shop. Authors will be available for book signings following their readings.
Writers Workshops — These sessions nurture the writing talent of our state by introducing attendees to the tools they need to develop their own abilities as writers. Workshops are led by Nebraska-native writers and facilitators. Writers workshops are free, but space is limited. Pre-registration is recommended.
Mildred Bennett Award Presentation — The award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to the fostering of the literary tradition in Nebraska.

Festival committee

  • J.V. Brummels
  • Erika Hamilton
  • Matt Mason
  • Mary Jo Ryan
  • Rod Wagner

Publications/Publicity committee

  • Mary Ellen Ducey
  • Molly Fisher
  • Mary Jo Ryan


April 12, 2011 | Nebraska Humanities CouncilRegistration Open for Free Book Fest Workshops — Online registration is now available for three Nebraska Book Festival workshops for aspiring writers. Participants will discuss writing techniques and receive expert feedback from authors Timothy Schaffert, Jim Reese, Matt Mason, Dwaine Spieker and Jeff Lacey. More...