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.|
The three finalists for the 2014 One Book - One Lincoln were announced on May 26th -- they are The Presidents Club by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy, The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman, and The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.
For information about each of these books, visit the 2014 One Book - One Lincoln Finalists page! Voting for 2014 ended on July 25th, and the winning title will be announced September 2nd!
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[ Master list of 2002-2011 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 lunch...coffee is provided by The Mill in Lincoln.
Here is the Winter/Spring 2014 schedule!
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, March 30, 2014 – Group of Authors
Stephanie Whitson, Author -- was born in E. St. Louis, Illinois, but has spent many years in Lincoln and Otoe County. She received her BA from Southern Illinois University, an MA from Nebraska Wesleyan University. She had been writing full time since 1995; some of her interests include pioneer women's history and quilting. Reflecting those interests, Stephanie has written many books; her latest is A Captain for Laura Rose (FaithWords, March 2014).
Karen Gettert Shoemaker, Author -- was born and raised in O'Neill, Nebraska, lived in Omaha briefly, and has been in Lincoln since 1977. She has three UNL degrees, including a Ph. D. in creative writing. Her work, primarily fiction, appears in a number of publications; her most recent book is a novel, The Meaning of Names (Red Hen Press, March 2014).
Helen Waring Johnson, Writer, Musician, Photographer -- lives in Geneva, Nebraska. She has a degree from UNL in English. During her studies, she discovered Weldon Kees, especially taking an interest in his poetry and music. In conjunction with the 100th anniversary of Kees birth, February 24, 1914, Helen briefly discusses and presents a performance of several Weldon Kees poems set to music by Kees & Bob Helm.
Andrew Jewell, UNL Librarian and Co-editor -- born in North Platte, Nebraska, has lived in Lincoln since 2000. He has three degrees, from Hastings College, the University of Missouri-Columbia, and UNL. He is an Associate Professor of Digital Projects at the UNL Libraries and the editor of "The Willa Cather Archive." He has published several essays on Willa Cather and other American writers, on scholarly editing and digital humanities. Andy has edited, with Janis P. Stout, The Selected Letters of Willa Cather (Alfred A. Knopf, 2013).
Twyla Hansen, Nebraska State Poet 2013-2018 -- grew up near Lyons, Nebraska; she received several degrees from UNL. She lives in Lincoln and worked for a number of years as Grounds Manager/Arboretum Curator at Nebraska Wesleyan University. One of her recent publications is Dirt Songs: A Plains Duet, with Linda Hasselstrom (Backwaters Press, 2011). In November 2013, Twyla was named Nebraska State Poet, 2013-2018.
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.
Acoustic Open Mic for Musicians and Poets
Where: Meadowlark Coffee & Espresso (1624 South St.)
The Clean Part Reading Series
Where: Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery (12th and "R" St.)
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.)
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.)
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.)
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)windstream.net.
Star City Slam
Where: Meadowlark Coffee & Espresso (1624 South St.)
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)
Readings by featured authors, plus communal book/writing discussions. Check out the Tuesdays With Writers blog for more information.