Nebraska Book Festival 2013


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Matt Mason, Festival Coordinator
Phone: 402-453-5711
E-mail: mtmason(at)

The Nebraska Book Festival is presented by Nebraska Center for the Book, Humanities Nebraska, Nebraska Library Commission, University of Nebraska Press, and College of Arts and Sciences at UNO with support from the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.


Save the date: The 2014 Nebraska Book Festival has been set for April 25 & 26, 2014.

Join us!

The 2013 Nebraska Book Festival will be held April 5-6, 2013, in the Thompson Alumni Center of the University of Nebraska Omaha.

The festival is free and open to everyone who wishes to meet, hear, and talk with a few of Nebraska's many talented authors who have published new works. All participating authors will answer questions from the audience and be available for book signings. View the list of presenters and workshop facilitators [PDF]. View the schedule [PDF]. RSVP on Facebook.

  • Kurt Andersen 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 Mildred Bennett Award to Jane Renner Hood for significant contributions to fostering literary tradition in Nebraska [learn more about the award].
  • Organizations, publishers and vendors will be present.
  • The festival will conclude with high school students performing their own original poetry in a semi-final bout for the Louder than a Bomb: Omaha Youth Poetry Festival.
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Keynote address

Activities begin Friday evening, April 5, with a 7:00 p.m. keynote presentation by Kurt Andersen, author of "True Believers" (2012), "Heyday" (2007), and "Turn of the Century" (1999). Born in Omaha, Andersen graduated from Harvard College, co-founded Spy Magazine, and wrote for New York Magazine, The New Yorker, Time, and The New York Times.


Saturday will include presentations by authors who will read and discuss their work:

  • Journalist Leo Adam Biga, "Alexander Payne: His Journey in Film: A Reporter's Perspective, 1998 - 2012"
  • Essayist and Novelist Joy Castro, "Island of Bones" and "Hell or High Water"
  • Poet Art Homer, "Blind Uncle Night"
  • Ron Hull, "Backstage: Stories from My Life in Public Television"
  • Editor Andrew Jewell, "The Selected Letters of Willa Cather," due in 2013
  • Essayist Lisa Knopp, "What the River Carries: Encounters with the Mississippi, Missouri, and Platte"
  • Jeff Lacey, filling in for Don Welch, "Deliberations," and reading from his own works
  • Barb Malek, "Soft Like Steel"
  • Journalist Tunette Powell, "The Other Woman"
  • Creative Non-Fiction author John Price with UNO Creative Non-Fiction students
  • Novelist John Rector, "Lost Things: A Novella"
  • Poet Todd Robinson, "Note at Heart Rock"
  • Barbara Schmitz, "Path of Lightning"
  • Brent Spencer, "Rattlesnake Daddy: A Son's Search for His Father"
  • Poet and Essayist Benjamin Vogt, "Afterimage"
  • Poet Stacey Waite, "Butch Geography"
  • Poet Fred Zydek, "At The Edge of the Ancient Inland Sea"

Writing workshops

The festival will include poetry and prose workshops with opportunities for writers to discuss their craft and receive feedback from award-winning authors. Workshops are free to attend, but seating is limited and early arrival is recommended. Advance registration is not available. Three workshops will be offered in the morning, from 9 to 10:45 a.m.

  • Non-fiction: John T. Price
  • Fiction: Brent Spencer
  • Poetry: Neil Harrison

At 1:15 p.m., there will be a poetry workshop for teen writers.

  • Teen poetry: The Nebraska Writers Collective and Young Chicago Authors

Map & parking

All UNO lots are open for parking during the Festival events.




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