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John H. Ames Reading Series: Readings by Nebraska Authors

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

"24th & Glory" book cover graphicFebruary 2, 2020
Dirk Chatelain will discuss his book 24th & Glory: The Intersection of Civil Rights and Omaha’s Greatest Generation of Athletes. His book examines how so many nationally known athletes came from one segregated neighborhood of North Omaha.


All Ames Reading Series programs are taped for later broadcast on LNKTV City. The broadcast schedule is available 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.

Videos of previous talks (click on the titles to view):

October 27, 2019: Terese Svoboda, a Guggenheim Fellow and author, reads from her latest book, Great American Desert, which has been classified as part of the CliFi (climate fiction) genre.

September 22, 2019: Nebraska State Poet Matt Mason and UNL Associate Professor of English Stacey Waite

April 28, 2019: Jeff Korbelik, author of Lost Restaurants of Lincoln Nebraska

March 31, 2019: Nebraska Authors Sarah Dale and Ellie Piersol

October 21, 2018: Joel Green: Robber's Cave: Truths, Legends, Recollections

April 22, 2018: The Launch of Charlene Neely and Gerry Cox

The launch of was 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 included 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.”

October 8, 2017: Nebraska 150 Books: Nonfiction Writers: Pamela Barger, Alan Boye, John Janovy, Jr., Paul Johnsgard, Mary Pipher, and Barbara Schmitz

April 2, 2017: Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology, 1867-2017: J.V. Brummels, Jim Cihlar, Cat Dixon, Twyla Hansen, Greg Kosmicki, Greg Kuzma, Glenna Luschei, Sarah McKinstry Brown, Marjorie Saiser, Daniel Simon, and Mary K. Stillwell

October 23, 2016: Readings by Nebraska Authors: Jonis Agee, Anna Monardo, Ladette Randolph, Timothy Schaffert, and Karen Shoemaker

March 13, 2016: Three Nebraska Poets: Steve Langan, Bradford Tice, and Laura Madeline Wiseman

November 8, 2015: Tonya Kuper and Lydia Kang

February 15, 2015: Leta Powell Drake and Ron Hull

October 19, 2014: The Twelfth Victim: Linda Battisti & John Stevens Berry, Sr.

March 30, 2014: Five Nebraska Authors: Stephanie Whitson, Karen Shoemaker, Helen Waring Johnson, Andrew Jewell, Twyla Hansen

October 20, 2013: Five Nebraska Authors: Lucy Adkins, Becky Breed, Lisa Knopp, Marjorie Saiser, Mary K. Stillwell

April 14, 2013: Kwame Dawes

October 21, 2012: Lou Leviticus

April 15, 2012: Mary Helen Stefaniak

March 18, 2012: Paul Dickey

February 29, 2012: Susan Grace Dittman

January 15, 2012: Sarah McKinstry-Brown

November 20, 2011: Ted Kooser

October 16, 2011: Marge Saiser

September 18, 2011: Roger Aden

April 17, 2011: James Cihlar

March 20, 2011: Brent Spencer

February 20, 2011: John Janovy

January 14, 2011: Sarah Fairchild and Others

Contact the Heritage Room:

The Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors
Bennett Martin Public Library
136 South 14th Street
Lincoln, NE 68508-1899

Phone: 402-441-8516


Regular hours:

Tuesday – Friday: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Sunday: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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Support the Heritage Room:

Join the Nebraska Literary Heritage Association to support the Heritage Room. Donations to the Foundation for Lincoln City Libraries may also be designated for the Heritage Room.

Donate Books or Papers to the Heritage Room:

We would enjoy discussing any possible donations of works by Nebraska authors or author memorabilia with you. We provide a Certificate of Gift for those who cannot visit in person.