2019 Festival Authors & Programs

Nicole Baart Headshot Kwame Dawes headshot Ted Genoways Headshot Tosca Lee Headshot Kassandra Montang Headshot Kimberly Stuart Headshot Carson Vaughan Headshot
Nicole Baart Kwame Dawes Ted Genoways Tosca Lee Kassandra Montag Kimberly Stuart Carson Vaughan

Nicole Baart

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Nicole Baart wants to live in a world filled with handwritten letters, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, and great conversation. A critically acclaimed novelist, Nicole’s work has been featured as a MidwestYou Were Always Mine by Nicole Baart Connections book pick, nominated for a Christy Award, and earned a starred and featured review from Publishers Weekly. In 2011 she co-authored a book that debuted at #4 on the New York Times bestseller list. Nicole is also the co-founder of a non-profit organization, One Body One Hope, that partners with a sisterhood of churches and orphanages in Monrovia, Liberia. An adoption advocate and the mother of four children from four different countries, Nicole speaks on a variety of topics ranging from orphan care to parenthood to books and the writing process Learn more...

Kwame Dawes

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Kwame Dawes is the author of twenty books of poetry and numerous other books of fiction, criticism, andBivouac by Kwame Dawes essays. In 2016 his book, Speak from Here to There, a co-written collection of verse with Australian poet John Kinsella appeared. His most recent collection, City of Bones: A Testament (Northwestern University Press) published in 2017. He is Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner and teaches at the University of Nebraska and the Pacific MFA Program. He is Director of the African Poetry Book Fund and Artistic Director of the Calabash International Literary Festival. Learn more...

Ted Genoways

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Ted Genoways is the winner of the 2018 James Beard Foundation Award for Investigative Journalism. He is the author of five books, including This Blessed Earth, winner of the Stubbendieck Great Plains Distinguished Book Award, and The Chain: Farm, Factory, and the Fate of Our Food, a finalist for the 2015 James Beard FoundationThis Blessed Earth by Ted Genoways Award for Writing and Literature. His other honors include a National Press Club Award, an Association of Food Journalists Award, the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism, and fellowships from the NEA and Guggenheim Foundation. He is a contributing editor at Mother Jones, The New Republic, and Pacific Standard. For nine years, he was editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review, during which time the magazine won six National Magazine Awards. He lives outside Lincoln, Nebraska, with the photographer Mary Anne Andrei and their teenage son. Learn more...

Tosca Lee

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Tosca Lee is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of The Line Between, The House of Bathory Duology (The Progeny, Firstborn), Iscariot, TheThe Line Between by Tosca Lee Legend of Sheba, Demon: A Memoir, Havah: The Story of Eve, and the Books of Mortals series with New York Times bestseller Ted Dekker. A notorious night-owl, she loves watching TV, eating bacon, playing video games with her kids, and sending cheesy texts to her husband. You can find Tosca hanging around the snack table or wherever bacon is served. A Single Light, Tosca’s highly-anticipated sequel to The Line Between, releases September 17 from Simon & Schuster. Learn more...

Kassandra Montag

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Kassandra Montag is a poet and novelist. Her work hasAfter the Flood by Kassandra Montag appeared in Mystery Weekly Magazine, Midwestern Gothic, and Prairie Schooner, among other literary journals. She has won the Plainsongs Award, New Year's Poet Award, and 1877 Award. Kassandra's first novel, After the Flood, will be published by William Morrow in September 2019. She lives in Omaha, NE with her husband and two sons. Learn more...

Kimberly Stuart

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Kimberly Stuart, in an effort to condone the time and money spent, would like you to know she holds degrees from St. Olaf College and theHeart Land by Kimberly Stuart University of Iowa. She learned lots of interesting things at these fine institutions, none of which prepared her for the lethal cocktail of parenthood and writing. Stuart is the author of five published novels, including the Heidi Elliott series, Act Two, Stretch Marks, Operation Bonnet, Sugar, and a seventh, Heart Land set to released in 2018. She is a frequent public speaker and is passionate about helping others live great stories. Learn more...

Carson Vaughan

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Carson Vaughan is a freelance journalist from central Nebraska with a focus on the Great Plains. He’s also weirdly obsessed with cowboy poetry. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker (online), The Atlantic, TheZoo Nebraska by Carson Vaughan Guardian, The Paris Review Daily, Outside, Pacific Standard, VICE, In These Times, and more. Most recently, he was awarded the 2018 John M. Collier Award for Forest History Journalism from the Forest History Society for his Weather Channel feature, “Uprooting FDR’s ‘Great Wall of Trees.’” He was also a recipient of a 2018 Individual Artist Fellowship from the Nebraska Arts Council. His first book, Zoo Nebraska: The Dismantling of an American Dream, will be published via Little A in April 2019. Learn more...


Lincoln Journal Star
Nebraska Center for the Book
Nebraska Library Commission
University of Nebraska Press
Lincoln City Libraries
Pixel Bakery + Kate Fielder
Friends of the University of Nebraska Press
Union Bank


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Program Schedule

FRIDAY, SEPT. 6TH - BOOKWALK - Zipline Brewing Co. (2100 Magnum Circle)

TBD - Show your completed bookmark to receive happy hour pricing (beer or rootbeer), stay for a casual trivia contest, peruse the new Zipline Pub. Library, and enter to win more book-related prizes!

SATURDAY, SEPT. 7TH -  FEATURED AUTHORS - UNL City Campus Union (1400 R St)

11:00 a.m.-Noon - Kassandra Montag

1:00-2:30 p.m. - Tosca Lee, Kimberly Stewart, & Nicole Baart - The Traveling Pens

3:00-4:00 p.m. - Kwame Dawes

4:30-6:00 p.m. - Carson Vaughan & Ted Genoways

SATURDAY, SEPT. 7TH - NEBRASKA CHILDREN'S BOOK PARTY - Eiseley Branch Library (1530 Superior St)

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.



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