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Local Literary Events

See listings of regularly-scheduled literary events both at the libraries (One Book – One Lincoln, John H. Ames Reading Series, Lunch at the Library) and in the surrounding Lincoln, NE community — including readings, signings, the One Book One Nebraska selection for this year and various other special presentations!

See also: Lincoln City Libraries-sponsored Book Groups | Non-LCL Book Groups

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Current Lincoln City Libraries Literary Events

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After the three finalists were announced on Memorial Day 2018, voting for the 2018 One Book – One Lincoln took place in June and July. The winning title for 2018 will be announced on Labor Day. You can nominate year-round for future years’ consideration at our online nomination form.

2018 Finalists Page.

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 – One Lincoln 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: A Gentleman in Moscow (2017) | Being Mortal (2016) | Americanah (2015) | 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 all One Book — One Lincoln finalists and selected titles [2002-2017] 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 2018 schedule!

  • Wednesday, February 7, 2018 — Pat Leach — Lincoln City Libraries Director — will discuss Notable Books from the American Library Association. Join us for this book lovers’ romp through some of the best books published in the past year.
  • Wednesday, March 7, 2018 — Leo Biga — Omaha free-lance journalist and author (Alexander Payne: His Life in Film) will share tales of the numerous people he’s interviewed and the cultural events he’s cover.
  • Wednesday, April 5, 2017 — Lonnie Dunbier — Ms. Dunbier will discuss Martha McKelvie and Daisy Corey Eiseley as part of her Museum of Nebraska Art Project:  Their Place, Their Time, Women Artists in Nebraska, 1925-1945

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

amesDuring 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.

Here is the next entry in the Ames reading schedule:

Sunday, April 22, 2018, 2:00 p.m.

The launch of will be celebrated with a special John H. Ames Reading Series event at Bennett Martin Public Library on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. The event will include a demonstration of the features of as well as live readings by a panel of contemporary Nebraska Authors moderated by Charlene Neely and Gerry Cox, editors of “Guide to More Nebraska Authors.” 

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

Current Non-Lincoln City Libraries Literary Events

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Following the ongoing success of the first several years of One Book One Nebraska, 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 2018! Past One Book One Nebraska selections have included 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!, Bob Greene’s Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen, Death Zones and Darling Spies by Beverly Deepe Keever, The Meaning of Names by Karen Gettert Shoemaker, and Black Elk Speaks by John G. Neihardt.

The 2018 selected title is Nebraska Presence: An Anthology of Poetry, a contemporary poetry anthology published in 2007, edited by Greg Kosmicki and Mary K. Stillwell. You can find more information about the current and past events at the official One Book One Nebraska Web site.

Other Lincoln-area ongoing Literary Events

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.

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.

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.

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 (not updated recently).

Upcoming Schedule:


Past Literary Events – Historical Archives

mayhem2010After many years, through 2010, the annual Mayhem in the Midlands Mystery Conference over the Memorial Day weekend, apparently ended in 2011. Organizers (primarily the Omaha Public Library) sent out a press release in early March, 2011, announcing that the 2011 convention has been cancelled, after 11 straight successes. The press release ended on a positive note, asking mystery fans to check back on Mayhem in 2012, although no convention materialized!Although the weblink for the convention is not currently active, you can “like” the Mayhem in the Midlands Crime Fiction Conference on Facebook to stay up-to-date on additional developments. The latest news since 2012 was that the organizers were looking at ways to re-established the convention in the future.

romancelogo2005aFans of Romance Fiction joined with a dozen romance authors at each of Lincoln’s three Turning the Pages of Romance conferences, in 2004, 2005 and 2006. These events, co-sponsored by the Lincoln City Libraries and the Omaha Public Library, proved to be a popular way to meet and interact with professional romance authors from the midwest each Spring.

[ Past Romance Conferences: 2004 | 2005 | 2006 ]