For more information:

Mary Jo Ryan
Festival Coordinator
Phone: 402-471-3434



 Nebraska Book Awards

    2017 Nebraska Book Festival

    The 2017 Nebraska Book Festival has been scheduled for July 15, 2017 at Antelope Valley's Union Plaza in Lincoln, NE.The Festival will take place on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Thanks so much to University of Nebraska Press for stepping up to coordinate--and to Nebraska Library Commission, Nebraska Center for the Book, Lincoln City Libraries, and Indigo Bridge Books for signing on as sponsors. We are actively seeking additional sponsors to ensure that we have fantastic author presentations and activities. Nebraska authors interested in participating in the Festival should contact Rosemary Vestal.


    The 2015 Nebraska Book Festival marks the 23rd annual book festival dating back to 1991. Historically, the Nebraska Book Festival has offered high-quality speakers, presenters, moderators, and workshop facilitators.

    The Nebraska Book Festival (formerly the Nebraska Literature Festival 1991-2001) has been co-sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book and the Humanities Nebraska (formerly Nebraska Humanities Council) since its inception in 1991. The Nebraska Library Commission and many other organizations and individuals have contributed to the festivals over the years.

    The change of name from Nebraska Literature Festival to Nebraska Book Festival broadens the scope of the event to include contemporary Nebraska writers and books, as well as the great classic writers of Nebraska’s literary heritage. The festival is dedicated to Nebraska writers and Nebraska books. It celebrates the reading and writing life of Nebraska.


    The goal of the 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.


    Click on a year for event details, photos, festival programs, and more.

      2016 No festival held in this year
      2015 April 25, UNO Community Engagement Center, Omaha
      2014 April 25-26, UNO Thompson Alumni Center, Omaha
      2013 April 5-6, UNO Thompson Alumni Center, Omaha
      2012 March 31, Downtown Lincoln
      2011 May 21, Downtown Lincoln
      2010 No festival held in this year
      2009 November 14, Downtown Lincoln
      2008 October 17-18, Downtown Lincoln
      2007 October 26-28, Downtown Lincoln
      2006 October 6-7, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln
      2005 October 7-8, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln
      2004 September 17-18, University of Nebraska at Kearney
      2003 October 24-25, Creighton University, Omaha
      2002 September 13-14, Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, Grand Island
      2001 September 21-22, Peru State College, Peru
      2000 September 15-17, Beatrice & Lincoln
      1999 September 17-18, Chadron State College, Chadron
      1998 September 17-19, Wayne State College, Wayne
      1997 No festival was held in this year
      1996 September 20-21, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
      1995 September 22-23, University of Nebraska at Kearney
      1994 September 22-24, University of Nebraska at Omaha
      1993 September 17-18, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
      1992 September 25-26, University of Nebraska at Kearney
      1991 September 28, University of Nebraska at Omaha




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