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2018 Festival Authors & Programs

Andy Boyle Headshot Michael Forsberg Melissa Fraterrigo Janice Harrington Headshot Jeff Kurrus Headshot Stew Magnuson Brandon Vogel Headshot
Andy Boyle Michael Forsberg Melissa Fraterrigo Janice Harrington Jeff Kurrus Stew Magnuson Brandon Vogel

Andy Boyle

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Andy Boyle is a writer, web developer, and speaker. His work has appeared in Esquire, NBC News, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe, the St. Petersburg Times, and the New York Times’s Regional Media Group, where a project of his was cited in the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News. He's currently helping to build the modern media company Axios as the director of platform architecture. In the past Andy has worked as a newspaper reporter, created uniquely web-oriented stories, and built platforms for major brands. Currently, he's working on a second book about health and weight loss. Andy lives in Chicago with his way-too-fluffy cat Tiberius. Learn more...

5:30-6:15 p.m. — How To Adult
Join journalist and technologist Andy Boyle, author of the acclaimed Adulthood for Beginners, in a funny and engaging step-by-step talk on becoming the best adult you can be, regardless of your age, featuring personal stories of success and failure and lots of cat gifs. Sponsored by UNL College of Journalism and Mass Communications.


Michael Forsberg

Michael Forsberg

Michael Forsberg is an internationally acclaimed wildlife photographer and winner of the Ansel Adams Award from the Sierra Club. He is the author of On Ancient Wings: The Sandhill Cranes of North America and the coauthor of Great Plains: America’s Lingering Wild. Learn more...

9:30 – 10:00 a.m. — Growing Young Reader Literacy through Nature
Michael Forsberg & Jeff Kurrus discusses the methods for growing readers and writers by sharing their outdoor life. Sponsored by Lincoln City Libraries and the Friends of the University of Nebraska Press.

1:30-2:15 p.m. — Growing Reader Literacy through Nature
Michael Forsberg & Jeff Kurrus discusss the methods for growing readers and writers by sharing their outdoor life. Sponsored by Lincoln City Libraries and the Friends of the University of Nebraska Press.


Melissa Fraterrigo

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Melissa Fraterrigo is the founder and executive director of the Lafayette Writers’ Studio in Lafayette, Indiana. She is the author of a collection of short fiction, The Longest Pregnancy. Her latest novel, Glory Days, was listed as one of the best fiction books of 2017 by Chicago Review of Books. Learn more...

2:30 – 3:15 p.m. — Writing A Book: From Roadblocks to Insights and Everything In-between




Janice N. Harrington

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Janice N. Harrington writes poetry and children's books. She grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska, and taught elementary school in Omaha. Memories of Nebraska shape many of her poems and appear in her poetry for children. Her most recent books include Primitive: The Art and Life of Horace H. Pippin and the children's verse novel Catching a Storyfish. She is also the author of the popular The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County and Going North. Harrington's poetry appears regularly in American literary magazines. She curates Space for Image: A Blog about Poetic Imagery and teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Illinois. Learn more...

10:15-10:45 a.m. — Children's Session
Do you like stories, laughter, and good books? Join the author of The Chicken Chasing Queen of Lamar County and Catching a Storyfish as she reads from her books, tells stories, presents silly poetry, and shares Nebraska memories. Sponsored by Humanities Nebraska.

4:30-5:15 p.m. — Adult Session
Prairies, family, work-life, and memories of Nebraska fill the work of poet and children's author, Janice N. Harrington. Listeners will view and discuss paintings from World War I and hear poems from Primitive, Harrington's book about painter Horace H. Pippin, who fought with the Harlem Hellfighters during World War I. An African American infantry unit, the Hellfighters were commanded by Nebraska-born William Hayward. Sponsored by Humanities Nebraska.


Jeff Kurrus

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Jeff Kurrus is the editor of the award-winning wildlife magazine, NEBRASKAland, and author of Have You Seen Mary? and The Tale of Jacob Swift. Learn more...

9:30 – 10:00 a.m. — Growing Young Reader Literacy through Nature
Michael Forsberg & Jeff Kurrus discusses the methods for growing readers and writers by sharing their outdoor life. Sponsored by Lincoln City Libraries and the Friends of the University of Nebraska Press.

1:30-2:15 p.m. — Growing Reader Literacy through Nature
Michael Forsberg & Jeff Kurrus discusss the methods for growing readers and writers by sharing their outdoor life. Sponsored by Lincoln City Libraries and the Friends of the University of Nebraska Press.


Stew Magnuson

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A native of Omaha, Nebraska, and a 1987 graduate of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Stew Magnuson is a Washington, D.C.-based journalist and the author of many books, including The Death of Raymond Yellow Thunder: And Other True Stories from the Nebraska-Pine Ridge Border Towns, Wounded Knee 1973: Still Bleeding, and The Song of Sarin. His latest work is The Last American Highway: A Journey Through Time Down U.S. Route 83 in Texas, the final book in his three-part series chronicling Highway 83.

Magnuson is a former foreign correspondent who has filed stories from Japan, Cambodia, Burma, Laos, Thailand, the Philippines, Singapore, Mali, and Indonesia. He has worked as a reporter for the Cambodia Daily, the Asahi Shimbun, Kyodo News Service, Space News, Education Daily and is now managing editor of National Defense Magazine. He has contributed articles to Reuters, the Christian Science Monitor, Defense News, and numerous other publications. Magnuson has traveled to all fifty states and has visited or lived in forty-eight countries, including the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, where he served in the Peace Corps, and Peshawar, Pakistan, where he worked with Afghan refugees in the late 1980s. Learn more...

3:30-4:15 p.m. — The Last American Highway
Take a trip with award-winning author Stew Magnuson as he guides readers 1,885 miles down U.S Highway 83, which he calls the “Last American Highway." After nearly ten years of work, Magnuson recently completed his three-part book series on one of America's longest backroads. Magnuson draws his multimedia presentation from a vast collection of historic and present-day photos. He will also speak about his campaign to recognize DeWitty, the state's longest lasting African American settlement, which was a chapter in The Last American Highway: A Journey Through Time Down U.S. Route 83: Nebraska-Kansas-Oklahoma. Sponsored by Humanities Nebraska.


Brandon Vogel

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Brandon Vogel is the managing editor of Hail Varsity and has covered Nebraska athletics since 2011. His writing has also been featured by the Guardian, Fox Sports, and CBSSports.com. Learn more...

12:30-1:15 p.m. — A By-the-Book Championship
A By-the-Book Championship: Brandon Vogel, co-author of Dream Like a Champion with Nebraska volleyball coach John Cook, looks back at the Huskers run to the 2017 national championship, revealing how many of the ideas and strategies outlined in the book emerged again during Cook's fourth national-title season. He will also examine how some of those theories were adapted for a new team, share an inside look at the writing process for the book, and provide a sportswriter's view of just what makes Nebraska volleyball so successful.


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