Nebraska Book Festival, Believing in Nebraska Writers, will be held April 5
- 6, 2013, at the UNO Thompson Alumni Center in Omaha,
NE. The Festival will feature Kurt Andersen as the Keynote on
the evening of April 5 and a Louder Than a Bomb:
Omaha youth poetry bout on the evening of April
On Saturday, March 31, 2012, the Nebraska Center for the Book (NCB)
will host the
Nebraska Book Festival at
nuVibe Juice and Java, 126 North 14th Street, and the Nebraska
State Historical Society's
Nebraska History Museum, 131 Centennial Mall North (15th and P
Streets), in downtown Lincoln. This event is free and open to the
public and will focus on Nebraska authors who published new works ©
View the schedule [PDF].
View the list of presenters and workshop facilitators [PDF].
Hansen will give the keynote presentation.
- Participating authors will answer questions from the audience,
be available for book signings, and attend the concluding reception.
- Writers will conduct writers workshops.
- The Nebraska Center for the Book will present the
Award to an individual for significant contributions to fostering
literary tradition in Nebraska [learn more
about the award].
- Joe Starita will discuss the
One Book One Nebraska "I Am a Man:" Chief Standing Bear's
Journey for Justice [learn more about this
year's reading program].
publishers and vendors will be present. March 15 is
the deadline to reserve a table at the 2012 Nebraska Book
- There will be evening readings at nuVibe.
The keynote presentation will be offered by novelist
Hansen, author of A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion. Born
in Omaha, Hansen earned his B.A. in English from Creighton
University, M.F.A. in creative writing from the Iowa Writers'
Workshop, and M.A. in Spirituality from Santa Clara University
in California. He is the Gerard Manley Hopkins Professor of Arts
and Humanities at Santa Clara, where he teaches writing and
Readings, question and answer sessions, and book signings
will highlight the following Nebraska writers:
Paul Dickey, poet,
They Say This Is How Death Came Into the World
- Ron Hansen,
A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion
- Twyla Hansen, poet,
Dirt Songs: A Plains Duet
- Neil Harrison, poet,
Back in the Animal Kingdom
- Allison Hedge Coke, poet and editor,
Sing: Poetry from
the Indigenous Americas
- David Philip Mullins, fiction,
Greetings From Below
- Frank O'Neal, poet,
Fireside Chats: A Surrealist's View
of the World
- Ferial Pearson and Omaha South High students, anthology
of personal essays, In My Shoes: Teen Reflections on Hope
and the Future
- Amy Plettner, poet,
Undoing Orion's Belt
- Rainbow Rowell, novelist and columnist,
- Lisa Sandlin,
You Who Made the Sky Bend: Saints as Archetypes of the Human Condition
- Brent Spencer, creative non-fiction,
A Son's Search for His Father
- Joe Starita, non-fiction,
"I Am a Man:" Chief Standing
Bear's Journey for Justice
- William G. Thomas, non-fiction,
The Iron Way: Railroads,
the Civil War, and the Making of Modern America
- William Trowbridge, poet,
Ship of Fool
Free writing workshops offer opportunities
to discuss writing techniques, share experiences, and receive
William Trowbridge will lead the poetry
writing workshop. Trowbridge's poetry explores the contemporary
"Fool" with humor and reflection. (9 - 10:20 am at nuVibe;
arrive early to begin promptly at 9 am)
will lead the creative non-fiction writing workshop. Knopp's What the River Carries includes essays about the Mississippi, Missouri and
Platte rivers and contemplates how people experience landscape.
(9 - 10:20 am at nuVibe; arrive early to begin promptly at 9 am)
For more information and to
register for the workshops: contact Mary Ellen Ducey by e-mail, archives
(at) unl.edu, or by phone, 402-472-5076. Registration deadline
is March 23.
The festival will conclude with a
reception at the Museum of
Nebraska History and an
evening of readings at nuVibe Juice and
Java. Readings by some of the 66 Nebraska poets who were
included in a Nebraska issue of "The Midwest Quarterly" in 2011
were arranged by Mark Sanders, and the event will be hosted by
Matt Mason. We invite you
to join us March 31, 2012.
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