For more information:

Rosemary Vestal
Festival Coordinator
Phone: 402-472-7710

Program Schedule


10:00 a.m.-Noon - Wear Tec Activity with Nebraska 4-H

1:00-2:00 p.m. - "Beyond Names, Dates, and Places" with Faith a. Colburn

2:15-3:15 p.m. - “My Adventures as a Nonfiction Book Author, Freelance Journalist and Compulsive Blogger” with Leo Adam Biga

3:30-4:30 p.m. - “Plotting a Successful Publishing Course – A discussion of publishing preparations and options”


10:00-10:45 a.m.-Noon - Mesner Puppet Theater of Kansas City “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs” by A. Wolf

12:30-1:15 p.m. - Mesner Puppet Theater of Kansas City, additional performance of “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs” by A. Wolf

1:30-2:15 p.m. - "The History of Books –Thoughtful facts about books; from papyrus to publishing”

2:30-3:15 p.m. - Good Books Fast - Four-minute author presentations: Dr. Kathryn Benzel, Sharon Rues, Drooke Williams, Gladys Starkey, John Mabry, Doreen Pfost, Jan Chism Wright

3:30-4:15 p.m. - Featured author speaker Timothy Schaffert

4:30-5:15 p.m. - Featured author speaker Tim Anderson, "The 'Soul-Change' of John Neihardt"

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 Nebraska Book Awards

    Nebraska Book Festival 2017

    Nebraska authors interested in participating in the Festival should contact Rosemary Vestal, deadline was May 1st, 2017.

    Activities begin Friday evening, July 14, at Constellation Studios, 2055 O Street in Lincoln. This opening evening event is sponsored by Karen Kunc, Willa Cather Professor and Professor of Art at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). Nebraska State Poet Twyla Hansen and Daniel Simon, Editor of Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology, 1867–2017 (Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2017) will celebrate 150 years of Nebraska’s rich literary history with a program that will draw from the NE150 anthology. A letterpress keepsake will be offered to attendees. Advance registration is encouraged. Free tickets are available at:

    Saturday activities at Union Plaza in the Antelope Valley neighborhood will feature presentations by authors, who will read and discuss their work. Participating authors will answer questions from the audience and be available for book signing. Literary and cultural organizations, publishers, and vendors will be present. Indigo Bridge Books will sell books by regional authors and host author signings throughout the day.

    Family programming will be emphasized with Lincoln City Libraries sponsoring puppet shows by Mesner Puppet Theater, a globally known professional theater company.

    The Nebraska Writers Guild will offer Presentations for Writers and a variety of panel discussions are planned, including one on publishing options.

    The Nebraska Book Festival is coordinated by University of Nebraska Press and co-sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission, Nebraska Center for the Book, Lincoln City Libraries, Indigo Bridge Books, and Redbrush.

    Programing sponsors for the Nebraska Book Festival are Nebraska 4-H, Concierge Marketing and Book Publishing Services, Nebraska Writers Guild, and Constellation Studios.

    We are actively seeking additional sponsors to ensure that we have fantastic author presentations and activities.

    More details about presenters are forthcoming. Keep up with the Festival on Facebook at Nebraska Book Festival Event page. Festival Logo

    Exhibit at the 2017 Nebraska Book Festival!

    The Vendor and Author Listing is now available for the 2017 Festival!

    All exhibitors can sell books and other products or market and promote their organizations. In 2017, exhibiting with the NBF is FREE!

    The Nebraska Book Festival welcomes vendors from literary, educational, and local organizations to participate.

    Find out more with Commercial Vendor Information!

    The deadline was June 5th - the deadline has passed.

    Program Schedule

    Nebraska Book Festival Program Schedule! Updated as of July 7, 2017, the schedule of programing is open to change.


    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 the Great Plains.


    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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