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John H. Ames Reading Series: Readings by Nebraska Authors

Readings are held Sundays in the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors. Programs begin at 2:00 PM. Call (402) 441-8516 for information.

Sunday, October 19, 2014
The 209th Ames Reading:

The Twelfth Victim: The Innocence of Caril Fugate in the Starkweather Murder RampageLinda Battisti and John Stevens Berry, Sr. have collaborated on a new book in 2014, published by Addicus Books, Omaha. The two authors will share information and read from their book entitled The Twelfth Victim: The Innocence of Caril Fugate in the Starkweather Murder Rampage.

Linda did her schooling at Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida; Universidad de Madrid, Madrid, Spain; and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland, Ohio. She is a trial attorney with the United States Department of Justice and prosecutes bankruptcy fraud cases in the Northern District of Ohio.

Steve attended Stanford University, Stanford, California; Northwestern University in Illinois, the Infantry Officer School at Fort Benning, Georgia; and the Judge Advocate General School in Charlottesville, Virginia. He is an attorney and the founder of the Berry Law Firm in Lincoln.

Video from the March 30, 2014 Ames Reading featuring Stephanie Whitson, Karen Shoemaker, Helen Johnson, Andrew Jewell, and Twyla Hansen is now available, courtesy of 5 City TV:

All Ames Reading Series programs are taped for later broadcast on 5 City TV, Time Warner Cable Channel 5. The broadcast schedule is available here, and recent programs can be viewed here. Many of these programs are also available for checkout on DVD.

30 Years and 200+ Readings!
Lists of the 200+ Ames Readings from the past 30 years organized by presenter and by date are available here.

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