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
View the schedule
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
Award to Jane
Renner Hood for significant contributions to fostering
literary tradition in Nebraska [learn more
about the award].
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
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Activities begin Friday evening, April 5, with a 7:00 p.m.
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"
"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"
filling in for Don Welch,
"Deliberations," and reading from his own works
"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"
"Path of Lightning"
"Rattlesnake Daddy: A Son's Search for His Father"
Poet and Essayist Benjamin Vogt,
- Poet Stacey Waite,
"At The Edge of the Ancient Inland Sea"
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
- Non-fiction: John T. Price
- Fiction: Brent Spencer
- Poetry: Neil Harrison
At 1:15 p.m., there will be a poetry workshop for teen
- 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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