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Nebraska Book Award

The Nebraska Book Awards

NebraskaAuthorThe Nebraska Book Awards are sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book, and honor books that are written by Nebraska authors, published by Nebraska publishers, are set in Nebraska, or have Nebraska as their subject matter. Winners are presented each year at the annual Nebraska Book Festival. You can also visit the NCB’s own Nebraska Book Award page.



2017

Anthology – edited by David Atkinson – Not Quite So Stories (not in libraries’ collection)
Cover/Design/Illustration – by Cristy Clarke Hedgpeth; Editing and content design by Sandra Wendel and Ellie Pelto. Graphic Design by Rachel Moore. Production by Lisa Pelto, Concierge Marketing – Okoboji: Over 160 Years of History and Images (not in libraries’ collection)
Illustration Honor – by Laura Madeline Wiseman; Art by Sally Deskins – Leaves of Absence: An Illustrated Guide to Common Garden Affection (not in libraries’ collection)
Fiction – Jonis Agee – The Bones of Paradise: A Novel (Agee)
Fiction: Short Story Honor – Daryl Farmer – Where We Land: Stories (not in libraries’ collection)
Children’s Picture Book – Paula S. Wallace – Choose Your Days (not in libraries’ collection)
Young Adult – N.L. Sharp – Keeping Captain (not in libraries’ collection)
Young Adult Honor – Nona Brooks Morrison – The Ghost Juggler (not in libraries’ collection)
Non-Fiction — Biography – Joe Starita – A Warrior of the People: How Susan La Flesche Overcame Racial and Gender Inequality to Become America’s First Indian Doctor (Biography LaFlesche Picotte)
Non-Fiction — Folklore — Roger Welsch – Why I’m an Only Child and Other Slightly Naughty Plains Folktales (398.2 Wel)
Non-Fiction — Memoir – Lisa Knopp – Bread: A Memoir of Hunger (Biography Knopp)
Non-Fiction — Photography – Thomas R. Buecker – Last Days of Red Cloud Agency, Peter T. Buckley’s Photograph Collection (1876-1877) (not in libraries’ collection)
Non-Fiction — Reference – David Wishart – Great Plains Indians (not in libraries’ collection)
Non-Fiction — Travel – Ken Ilgunas – Trespassing Across America: One Man’s Epic, Never-Done-Before (and Sort of Illegal) Hike Across the Heartland (641.505 Mil)
Poetry – Don Welch – Homing: The Collected Poems of Don Welch (1975-2015) (not in libraries’ collection)
Poetry Honor – Marjorie Saiser – I Have Nothing to Say About Fire (811 Sai)
Poetry Honor – Glenna Luschei – Singing and Dying (not in libraries’ collection)

 


2016

Anthology – edited by Mark Sanders – A Sandhills Reader: Thirty Years of Great Writing from the Great Plains (Heritage 811.08 San)
Cover/Design/Illustration – by Mark Harris; Design by N. Putens – Rodeo Nebraska (Heritage 791.84 Har)
Illustration Honor – Robert A. Hrabik, Steven C. Schainost, Richard H. Stasiak, Edward J. Peters – The Fishes of Nebraska (597 Hra)
Fiction – Chigozie Obioma – The Fisherman (Obioma)
Fiction: Short Story Honor – Lon Otto – A Man in Trouble: Stories (not in libraries’ collection)
Chapbook – Lin M. Brummels – Hard Times (not in libraries’ collection)
Children/Young Adult – Nancy Plain – This Strange Wilderness: The Life and Art of John James Audubon (j Biography Audubon)
Creative Non-Fiction — Clayton Anderson – The Ordinary Spaceman: from Boyhood Dreams to Astronaut (Biography Anderson)
Non-Fiction — Current Biography – Scott Winter – Nebrasketball: Coach Tim Miles and a Big Ten Team on the Rise (796.323 NebYw)
Non-Fiction — Historical Biography – Edith Abbott and John Sorensen – A Sister’s Memories: The Life and Work of Grace Abbott from the Writings of Her Sister, Edith Abbott (Heritage Biography Abbott)
Non-Fiction — Reference – Summer Miller – New Prairie Kitchen: Stories and Seasonal Recipes from Chefs, Farmers, and Artisans of the Great Plains (641.505 Mil)
Non-Fiction — Nebraska as Place – Summer Miller – New Prairie Kitchen: Stories and Seasonal Recipes from Chefs, Farmers, and Artisans of the Great Plains (641.505 Mil)
Non-Fiction — True Crime – James W. Hewitt – In Cold Storage: Sex and Murder on the Plains (364.152 Hew)
Non-Fiction — Wildlife – Paul A. Johnsgard and Thomas D. Mangelsen – A Chorus of Cranes: The Cranes of North America and the World (598.32 Joh)
Non-Fiction — Wildlife Honor – Jenny Nguyen and Rick Wheatley – Hunting for Food: Guide to Harvesting, Field Dressing and Cooking Wild Game (Heritage 799.2 Ngu)
Poetry – Don Welch – Breezes on Their Way to Being Winds (not in libraries’ collection)
Poetry Honor – Barbara Schmitz – Always the Detail (Heritage 811 Sch)

 


2015

Anthology – edited by Ted Kooser – The Wheeling years: A Poet’s Field Book (811 Koo)
Cover/Design/Illustration – by James A. Misko; cover and Design by Jonathan Friedman – As All My Fathers Were: A Novel (Misko)
Cover/Design/Illustration Honor – Laura Madeline Wiseman; art by Sally Deskins; internal layout and design by Adam Wagler – Intimates and Fools (811 Wis)
Fiction – Rebecca Rotert – Last Night at the Blue Angel (Rotert)
Fiction: Short Story – Pamela Carter Joern – In Reach (Joern)
Non-Fiction — Investigative Journalism – Ted Genoways – The Chain: Farm, Factory, and the Fate of Our Food (338.76 HorYg)
Non-Fiction — Memoir – Ladette Randolph – Leaving the Pink House: A Memoir (Biography Randolph)
Non-Fiction — Nebraska Spirit – James J. Kimble – Prairie Forge: The Extraordinary Story of the Nebraska Scrap Metal Drive of World War II (940.53 Kim)
Non-Fiction — Nebraska History – Melissa Amateis March – Nebraska POW Camps: A History of World War II Prisoners in the Heartland (940.54 Mar)
Non-Fiction — Nebraska as Place – David Stark and Nancy Warner – This Place, These People: Life and Shadow on the Great Plains (978.2 War)
Poetry – Don Welch – Morning: Last Poems (811 Wel)
Poetry Honor – Susan Aizenberg – Quiet City (not in libraries’ collection)

 


2014

Anthology – edited by Heidi Hermanson, Liz Kay, Jen Lambert and Sarah McKinstry-Brown – The Untidy Season: An Anthology of Nebraska Women Poets (811.08 Her)
Anthology Honor – edited by Luke A. Hawley – The Northwoods Hymnal (not in libraries’ collection)
Children’s Picture Book – Bruce Arant – Simpson’s Sheep Won’t Go to Sleep! (jP Arant)
Cover/Design/Illustration – Bruce Arant – Simpson’s Sheep Won’t Go to Sleep! (jP Arant)
Fiction – Alex Kava – Stranded (Kava)
Fiction Honor Book – Ladette Randolph – Haven (Randolph)
Non-Fiction — Biography – Amy Helen Forss – Black Print With a White Carnation: Mildred Brown and the Omaha Star Newspaper, 1938-1989 (Heritage Biography Brown)
Non-Fiction — Natural History – Paul A. Johnsgard, photographs by Thomas D. Mangelsen – Yellowstone Wildlife: Ecology and Natural History of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (508.787 Joh)
Non-Fiction — Reference – Josephine Waggoner and Emily Levine – Witness : a Húnkpapȟa historian’s strong-heart song of the Lakotas (970.3 DakYw)
Non-Fiction — History – David J. Wishart – The Last Days of the Rainbelt (978.032 Wis)
Poetry – Leo Dangel – Saving Singletrees (not in libraries’ collection)
Young Adult Fiction – Rainbow Rowell – Eleanor & Park (YA Rowell)

 


2013

Anthology – edited by Tom Lynch and Susan N. Maher – Artifacts & Illuminations: Critical Essays on Loren Eiseley (Biography Eiseley)
Cover/Design/Illustration – L. Robert Puschendorf – Nebraska’s Post Office Murals: Born of the Depression, Fostered by the New Deal (751.73 Pus)
Cover/Design/Illustration Book Arts Award – Don Welch, Design, Illustration and Production: Elysia Mann – In Times of Considerable Wars and Interludes (Heritage 811 Wel)
Fiction – Joy Castro – Hell or High Water (Castro)
Fiction Honor Book – Sean Doolittle – Lake Country: A Novel (Doolittle)
Non-Fiction — Autobiography – Ron Hull – Backstage: Stories From My Life in Television (Biography Hull)
Non-Fiction — Autobiography – Warren K. Urbom and William Jay Riley – Called to Justice: The Life of a Federal Trial Judge (Law in the American West) [Biography Hull)
Non-Fiction — Biography – Tekla Agbala Ali Johnson and Quintard Taylor – Free Radical: Ernest Chambers, Black Power, and the Politics of Race (Biography Chambers)
Non-Fiction — Essay – Lisa Knopp – What the River Carries: Encounters with the Mississippi, Missouri, and Platte (917.8 Kno)
Non-Fiction — History – James E. Potter – Standing Firmly by the Flag: Nebraska Territory and the Civil War, 1861-1867 (978.2 Pot)
Non-Fiction — Nebraska as Place – L. Robert Puschendorf – Nebraska’s Post Office Murals: Born of the Depression, Fostered by the New Deal (751.73 Pus)
Poetry – Hal Sirowitz – Stray Cat Blues (813.08 Han)
Young Adult Fiction – Emily M. Danforth – The Miseducation of Cameron Post (YA Danforth)
Young Adult Non-Fiction – Nancy Plain – Light on the Prairie: Solomon D. Butcher, Photographer of Nebraska’s Pioneer Days (Biography Butcher)

 


2012

Anthology – edited by Christopher Buckley and Christopher Howell – Aspects of Robinson: Homage to Weldon Kees (Heritage 811 KeeYb)
Anthology Honor – edited by Renee Laegreid and Sandra K. Mathews – Women on the North American Plains (978 Lae)
Cover/Design/Illustration – Dennis Mihelic and James E. Potter – First Telegraph Line Across the Continent: Charles Brown’s 1861 Diary (Biography Brown)
Cover/Design/Illustration Honor Book – Jeff Lacey, artwork by Calvin Banks – Flushed During Play: 51 Pet Rodent Deaths (not in libraries’ collection)
Fiction – Tom McNeal – To Be Sung Underwater (McNeal)
Fiction Honor Book – Dan O’Brien – Stolen Horses (O’Brien)
Non-Fiction — Biography – Brent Spencer – Rattlesnake Daddy: A Son’s Search for His Father (Biography Spencer)
Non-Fiction — History – Brent Spencer – The Ryhthm Boys of Omaha Central: High School Basketball at the ’68 Racial Divide (796.323 Mar)
Non-Fiction — Nebraska as Place – Richard Schilling – Portraits Of The Prairie: The Land That Inspired Willa Cather (158 Buf)
Non-Fiction — Reference – Jon Farrar – Field guide to wildflowers of Nebraska and the Great Plains (158 Buf)
Poetry – Twyla M. Hansen and Linda M. Hasselstrom – Dirt Songs: A Plains Duet – Poems (813.08 Han)

 


2011

Cover/Design/Illustration – N.L. Sharp – The Flower Girl: The Ring Bear (jP Sharp)
Cover/Design/Illustration Honor Book – Ann Fuller – Belle Boy (not in libraries’ collection)
Fiction – Robert Vivian – Lamb Bright Saviors (Vivian)
Fiction Honor Book – Dan O’Brien – Stolen Horses (O’Brien)
Non-Fiction – Peter Buffet – Life is What You Make It (158 Buf)
Non-Fiction Honor Book – Stephen S. Witte and Marsha V. Gallagher, Editors – North American Journals of Prince Maximilian of Wied: Volume 2, April-September 1833 (not in libraries’ collection)
Poetry – Sarah McKinstry-Brown – Cradling Monsoons (Heritage 811 McKinstry-Brown)
Young Adult Fiction – Christina Diaz Gonzalez – The Red Umbrella (YA Gonzalez)
Young Adult Non-Fiction – David L. Bristow – Sky Sailors: True Stories of the Balloon Era (j797.51 Bri)

 


2010

Anthology – Bruce A. Glasrud and Charles A. Brainthwaite, editors – African Americans on the Great Plains: An Anthology (305.8 AfrYg)
Anthology Honor Book – The Loren Eiseley Society, editors – The Loren Eiseley Reader (818 EisYl)
Cover/Design/Illustration – Mari Sandoz and Kimberli A. Lee – “I Do Not Apologize for the Length of This Letter”: The Mari Sandoz Letters on Native American Rights, 1940-1965 (970.48 San)
Cover/Design/Illustration Honor Book – Michael Forsberg – Great Plains: America’s Lingering Wild (917.8 qFor)
Fiction – Ladette Randolph – A Sandhills Ballad (Randolph)
Non-Fiction – Joe Starita – “I Am a Man”: Chief Standing Bear’s Journey for Justice (Biography Standing)
Non-Fiction Honor Book – Robert Cochran – Louise Pound: Scholar, Athlete, Feminist Pioneer (Biography Pound)
Poetry – Dwaine Spieker – Garden of Stars (Heritage 811 Spi)
Young Adult – Chloe Neill – Some Girls Bite (Neill)

 


2009

Cover/Design/Illustration – Suzanne Smith Arney – BVH Architects: Forty Years (720.978 BahYs)
Cover/Design/Illustration Honor Book – Stew Magnuson – The Death of Raymond Yellow Thunder (978.292 Mag)
Fiction – Ron Hansen – Exiles (Hansen)
Non-Fiction – Stew Magnuson – The Death of Raymond Yellow Thunder (978.292 Mag)
Non-Fiction Honor Book – Keith Terry – Nebraska’s Cowboy Trail (917.82 Ter)
Poetry – James Magorian – Geographia (Heritage 811 Mag)

 


2008

Anthology – Ladette Randolph and Nina Shevchuk-Murray – The Big Empty: Contemporary Nebraska Non-Fiction Writers (810.098 Ran)
Anthology Honor Book – Greg Kosmicki and Mary K. Stillwell – Nebraska Presence: An Anthology of Poetry (811.08 Kos)
Cover/Design/Illustration – Rajean Luebs Shepherd, Illustrated by Sandy Appleoff – Husker Numbers: A Nebraska Number Book (j917.82 She)
Fiction – Harley Jane Kozak – Dead Ex (Kozak)
Non-Fiction – Pete Letheby – 150: A Commemoration fo the Sesquicentennial of Hall County, Nebraska (not in libraries’ collection)
Non-Fiction Honor Book – Betty Levitov – Africa on Six Wheels: A Semester on Safari (916.8 Lev)
Poetry – JV Brummels – Book of Grass (not in libraries’ collection)

 


2007

Children/Young Adult – Dianne E. Gray (writer); – Stephanie Cooper (illustrator) – Tomorrow the River (j Gray)
Cover/Design/Illustration – Matt Mason – Things We Don’t Know We Don’t Know (811 Mas)
Fiction – Pamela Carter Joern – The Floor of the Sky (Joern)
Fiction Honor Book – Sean Doolittle – The Cleanup (Doolittle)
Non-Fiction – Francis Moul – The National Grasslands: A Guide to America’s Undiscovered Treasures (577.4 Mou)
Non-Fiction Honor Book – Junior League of Omaha – Toast to Omaha: A Cookbook (641.505 Jun)
Poetry – Matt Mason – Things We Don’t Know We Don’t Know (811 Mas)

 


2006

Anthology – J.M. Huscher, Matt Mason, Dan Leaman (eds.) – Slamma Lamma Ding Dong: An Anthology of Nebraska’s Slam Poets (811.08 Hus)
Children/Young Adult – Jean A. Lukesh – Jerome Lagarrigue (illustrator) – The Nebraska Adventure (j 978.2 Luk)
Cover/Design/Illustration – Jim Reese – These Trespasses (Heritage 811 Ree)
Fiction – Ladette Randolph – This is Not the Tropics (Randolph)
Non-Fiction Honor Book – Michael Forsberg – Rainmakers: A Photographic Story of Center Pivots (598.32 qFor)
Poetry – Aaron Anstett – No Accident (not in libraries’ collection)

 


2005

Anthology – Ladette Randolph [ed.] – A Different Plain: Contemporary Nebraska Fiction Writers (813.08 Ran)
Children/Young Adult – Janice N. Harrington – Jerome Lagarrigue (illustrator) – Going North (jP Harrington)
Children/Young Adult Honor Book – Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan – Effie’s Image (Heritage Sharp)
Cover/Design/Illustration – Michael Forsberg, Michael Forsberg Photography – On Ancient Wings: The Sandhill Cranes of North America (598.32 qFor)
Cover/Design/Illustration Honor Book – Karen Kunc and Jukka Partanen – Mirror of the Wood (not in libraries’ collection)
Fiction – Harley Jane Kozak – Dating Dead Men (Kozak)
Fiction Honor Book – Gerald Shapiro – Little Men: Novellas and Stories (Shapiro)
Non-Fiction – Roger Welsch – A Life With Dogs (636.7 Wel)
Non-Fiction Honor Book – Michael Forsberg – On Ancient Wings: The Sandhill Cranes of North America (598.32 qFor)
Poetry – Barbara Schmitz – How Much Our Dancing Has Improved (Heritage 811 Sch)

 


2004

Anthology – Shelly Clark, Marjorie Saiser [eds.] – Road Trip: Conversations With Writers (808.02 Cla)
Children/Young Adult – N.L. Sharp – Michael T. Hassler, Jr. (illustrator) – The Ring Bear (jP Sharp)
Children/Young Adult Honor Book – Ruth Foreman – Free to Drink the Wind (jPB)
Cover/Design/Illustration – Shelly Clark, Marjorie Saiser (eds.), Randy Barger (photography), Chris Bristol (cover design)– Road Trip: Conversations With Writers (808.02 Cla)
Fiction – Jonis Agee – Acts of Love on Indigo Road: New and Selected Stories (Agee)
Non-Fiction – William Kloefkorn – Restoring the Burnt Child: A Primer (B K69)
Poetry – Twyla Hansen – Potato Soup (811 Han)

 


2003

Children/Young Adult – Dianne E. Gray – Together Apart (j Gray)
Children/Young Adult Honor Book – Bonnie Geisert – Prairie Summer (not in libraries’ collection)
Cover Design/Illustration – Marjorie Saiser, Greg Kosmicki, Lisa Sandlin [eds.] – Times of Sorrow, Times of Grace: Writing by Women of the Great Plains/High Plains (810.82 Sai)
Cover Design/Illustration Book Arts Production Honor Book – Oliver B. Pollak – A Year at the Sorbonne: A Proustian Life (not in libraries’ collection)
Fiction – Timothy Schaffert – The Phantom Limbs of the Rollow Sisters (Schaffert)
Fiction Short Story Collection Honor Book – Karen Gettert Shoemaker – Night Sounds and Other Stories (Shoemaker)
Non-Fiction – Ted Kooser – Local Wonders: Seasons in the Bohemian Alps (917.823 Koo)
Poetry – Suzan Aizenberg – Muse (Heritage 811 Aiz)
Poetry Honor Book – Women of the Great Plains, Marjorie Saiser, Greg Kosmicki, Lisa Sandlin (eds.) – Times of Sorrow, Times of Grace: Writing by Women of the Great Plains/High Plains (810.82 Sai)

 


2002

Fiction – Julia Alvarez, Belkis Ramirez and Bill Eichner – A Cafecito Story: El Cuento Del Cafecito (Alvarez)
Non-Fiction – Robert Vivian – Cold Snap as Yearning (814 Viv)
Non-Fiction Honor Book – Paul A. Johnsgard – The Nature of Nebraska (508.782 Joh)
Poetry – Ted Genoways – Bullroarer: A Sequence (not in libraries’ collection)
Poetry Honor Book – Marjorie Saiser – Lost in Seward County (811 Sai)
Poetry Honor Book – Hilda Raz – Trans (811 Raz)
Cover/Design/Illustration – Charles E. Hunt, Daryl Poulin – All the Horses That He’d Rode (not in libraries’ collection)

 


2001

Fiction – John McNally – Troublemakers (not in libraries’ collection)
Non-Fiction – Marion Bahensky and Ron Sack – Entering Howard County: A History of the People and the Land of Howard County, Nebraska (not in libraries’ collection)
Non-Fiction Honor Book – Esther Black Elk DeSersa, Hilda Neihardt, Lori Utecht [eds.] – Black Elk Lives: Conversations With the Black Elk Family (970.3 DakYb)
Poetry – Ted Kooser – Winter Morning Walks: One Hundred Postcards to Jim Harrison (811 Koo)
Children/Young Adult – Susan Buckley, Elspeth Leacock and Randya Jones – Places in Time: A New Atlas of American History (j973.5 Lea)
Cover/Design/Illustration – Robert Richter – Homefield: Sonata in Rural Voice (Richter)

 


2000

Fiction – Jonis Agee – The Weight of Dreams (Agee)
Non-Fiction – Michael L. Tate – The Frontier Army and the Settlement of the West (978 Tat)
Non-Fiction Honor Book – James Potter and Robert Puschendorf – Spans in Time: A History of Nebraska Bridges (624.2 qPot)
Poetry – Marjorie Saiser – Bones of a Very Fine Hand (811 Sai)
Cover/Design/Illustrations – Larry D. Underwood – Abilene Lawmen: The Smith-Hickok Years: 1870-1871 (978.103 Und)

Last updated October 2017 – sdc