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Trying to find out about literature and literary-themed events and activities in Lincoln, Nebraska? We suggest that you first take a look at the Lincoln City Libraries' Programs and Events Calendar for information about special literary-themed events scheduled at the libraries for both adults and youth during the next several months. You can also find listings of non-library literary events by clicking here: Other Lincoln Literary Events.

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Nominations for the 2015 One Book - One Lincoln are now closed, and the list of titles has been turned over to the selection committee, who will narrow it down to both a short list (9-12 titles), a finalists list (3) and the ultimate winning title. Watch for the winning title to be announced on Memorial Day.

You can sign up to be notified by e-mail about all new developments regarding One Book -- One Lincoln. You can become a fan of One Book - One Lincoln on Facebook by "liking" the One Book Facebook group. We also encourage you to stop by the One Book -- One Lincoln Blog, where you can leave comments about the book selections and the entire One Book process in response to posted discussion topics.

[ One Book -- One Lincoln archives: The Light Between Oceans [2014] | The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry [2013] | Destiny of the Republic [2012] | Cutting for Stone [2011] | I Am a Man [2010] | People of the Book [2009] | The Thirteenth Tale [2008] | The Worst Hard Time [2007] | The Devil in the White City [2006] | The Kite Runner [2005] | Peace Like a River [2004] | Bel Canto [2003] | Plainsong [2002] ]

[ Master list of 2002-2013 One Book -- One Lincoln finalists in PDF format ]

During both the Spring and Fall, the Nebraska Literary Heritage Assocation sponsors a free monthly "brown bag" lecture series, featuring readings and talks by Nebraska authors. The programs are held in the 4th floor auditorium of the Bennett Martin Public Library downtown, at 14th and "N" Sts. Unless otherwise specified, programs begin at 12:10 p.m. and end before 1:00 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring their is provided by The Mill in Lincoln.

Here is the Winter/Spring 2015 schedule!

  • Wednesday, February 4, 2015 -- Pat Leach -- Director of the Lincoln City Libraries -- ALA Notable Books of 2014
  • Wednesday, March 4, 2015 -- Larry R. Bradley -- Voter and Electoral Reform Advocate -- "The Election Monster Will be Back (Unless You Kill It)"
  • Wednesday, April 1, 2015 -- Lucy Adkins & Becky Breed -- Authors of Writing in Community: Say Goodbye to Writer's Block and Transform Your Life -- The Whoosh Factor: The Amazing Power of a Generative Writing Groups"

Visit the Lincoln City Libraries' Lunch at the Library page for more information.

During both the Spring and Fall, the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors sponsors a free Sunday afternoon lecture series, featuring readings by Nebraska authors. The programs are held in the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors, on the 3rd floor of the Bennett Martin Public Library downtown, at 14th and "N" Sts. Ames readings are held on Sunday afternoons, starting at 2:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 15, 2015 – Ron Hull and Leta Powell Drake

Ron Hull, born in Rapid City, South Dakota, holds degrees from Dakota Wesleyan University, Syracuse University and UNL. Arriving in Lincoln in 1955, he is senior adviser to Nebraska Educational Telecommunications and professor emeritus of broadcasting at UNL. Ron will share his book, Backstage: Stories from My Life in Public Television, 2012.

Leta Powell Drake was born in Duluth, Minnesota and has lived in Nebraska since 1960. She holds a master’s degree in theatre from UNL, has spent 50 years in broadcasting and is still active in television and theatre. In August 2014, her first book, The Calamities of Kalamity Kate: A History of Nebraska’s Children’s TV Shows was published.

This series is filmed by Lincoln’s 5CityTV. To watch previous Ames programs since 2011 and to find more information about the series, check the Heritage Room website. Click on the John H. Ames Reading Series on the left for more Ames links. The programs are also available for checkout from the library and through interlibrary loan.

Visit the Lincoln City Libraries' John H. Ames Reading Series page for more information.

The events listed below are literature-related activities that take place on a regular schedule, as opposed to one-shot author appearances. If you've got an upcoming or regularly-scheduled literary event in the Lincoln, Nebraska community, that's open to the general public, free-of-charge, and you'd like to be included in our list of local Literary Events on this page, please visit our Literary Events submissions page and fill out a brief form giving us some information about your group.

[ For listings of book discussion groups throughout the Lincoln community, visit our Book Groups page ]

Following the ongoing success of the first several years of One Book One Nebraska, featuring Willa Cather's My Antonia, Omaha mystery novelist Alex Kava's One False Move, Mari Sandoz' classic history text Crazy Horse, Nebraska State Poet William Kloefkorn's autobiography Restoring the Burnt Child, Bess Streeter Aldrich's A Lantern in Her Hand, Wright Morris' The Home Place, Ted Kooser's Local Wonders: Seasons in the Bohemian Alps, Joe Starita's I Am a Man: Chief Standing Bear's Journey for Justice, Willa Cather's classic novel, O Pioneers!, and Bob Greene's historical volume Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen, the Nebraska Library Commission, the Nebraska Center for the Book, the Nebraska Library Association, the Nebraska Regional Library Systems and other organizations are sponsoring yet another year of One Book One Nebraska in 2015!

The 2015 selected title is Death Zones and Darling Spies, a look at what it was like for a farm girl from Nebraska to find herself halfway around the world, trying to make sense of one of the nation's bloodiest and bitterest wars, by Beverly Deepe Keever. You can find more information about the 2005-2015 events at the official One Book One Nebraska Web site.

Acoustic Open Mic for Musicians and Poets

Where: Meadowlark Coffee & Espresso (1624 South St.)
When: Every Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.

For information about events at Meadowlark Coffee, check out their Facebook page at: Meadowlark Coffee & Espresso, and their MySpace page at: Meadowlark Coffee & Espresso.

The Clean Part Reading Series

Where: Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery (12th and "R" St.)
When: Occasional Saturdays at 7:00 p.m.

This series showcases innovative poets from across the country. For more information, and a schedule of upcoming dates, check out: The Sheldon Memorial Art Galley schedule of upcoming events.

Crescent Moon Reading Series

Where: Crescent Moon Coffee (816 "P" St.)
When: Mondays at 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Mondays at 7:00 pm is the Crescent Moon Readings Series followed by an open mic. We feature a writer for the first hour of the evening and then offer the microphone to anyone who has written poetry, stories, or songs and wished to have the opportunity to share them. The Crescent Moon Reading and Music Room is indoors across the courtyard from Crescent Moon Coffee.. For more information, check out their website at: Crescent Moon Readings.

Indigo Bridge - Open Mic Night

Where: Indigo Bridge Bookstore (701 P St. Suite 102.)
When: Every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Open Mic Night is co-hosted by Indigo Bridge staff and Open Mic Night core contributors. Each week brings a little something different, be it music, poetry, singing, prose or performance. One week a month features a special guest contributor from these fields. Bring your poetry, guitar or your interest in seeing some awesome locals share their craft. For information about events at Indigo Bridge, check out their website at: Indigo Bridge Bookstore.

Lincoln Scrabble® Club

Where: Eiseley Branch Library (15th and Superior St.)
When: The third Wednesday of every month from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.; also the second Tuesday of every month at the Hy-Vee Store, 51st & "O", from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Lincoln Scrabble® Club is a group of casual to competitive Scrabble® players from the Lincoln, Nebraska area. All ages and all skills levels are welcome. We play by the game rules of the National Scrabble® Association. For more information, you can call Judy at 483-6233 or email at trudy2(at)

Star City Slam

Where: Meadowlark Coffee & Espresso (1624 South St.)
When: Second Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m.

Offering featured performers and a cash prize for first place, it's a poetry slam where the winner can never use the same winning poems again to get that top prize, in this winner takes all rhetoric throw down. For information about events at Meadowlark Coffee, check out their Facebook page at: Meadowlark Coffee & Espresso, and their MySpace page at: Meadowlark Coffee & Espresso.

Tuesdays with Writers at The Mill -- College View

Where: The Mill -- College View (4736 Prescott St)
When: First Tuesday of each month

Readings by featured authors, plus communal book/writing discussions. Check out the Tuesdays With Writers blog for more information.

Upcoming Schedule:

  • January 8 2013: Becky Faber, Charlene Neely, JK Brown and…
  • February 5 2013: Dominique Garay and...
  • March 5 2013: Lincoln High Slam Poetry Team
  • April 2 2013: Marge Saiser
  • May 7 2013: Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence anthology
  • June 4 2013: Lucy Adkins and Becky Breed with a new book
  • July 2 2013: Group Read Tuesdays With Writers Birthday # 14
  • August 6 2013: Barbara Schmitz

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