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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.

June 7, 2020: Postponed; please watch for updated schedule information!

Theodore Wheeler discusses his new novel In Our Other Lives.

Theoder Wheeler; photo by Nicole Wheeler

Photo by Nicole Wheeler

In Our Other Lives book coverTheodore Wheeler is also author of the novel Kings of Broken Things (2017), and a collection of short stories, Bad Faith (2016). A current National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellow, he has been recognized with a Marianne Russo Award from the Key West Literary Seminar, a fellowship from Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany, and was a resident at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. Wheeler is a graduate of the creative writing program at Creighton University, and now teaches at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, covers a civil-law and politics beat for a national news service, co-directs Omaha Lit Fest, and sidelines as a bookseller for the Dundee Book Company roving book cart, one of the world’s smallest bookstores.


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 talks have been provided by LNKTV. Video and sound quality may vary. (Click on the titles to view.)

February 2, 2020
Dirk Chatelain
discusses 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.

Videos from previous years:

  • 2019 Terese Svoboda; Matt Mason and Stacey Waite; Jeff Korbelik; Sarah Dale and Ellie Piersol
  • 2018 Joel Green; The Launch of Charlene Neely and Gerry Cox
  • 2017 Pamela Barger, Alan Boye, John Janovy, Jr., Paul Johnsgard, Mary Pipher, and Barbara Schmitz; 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
  • 2016 Jonis Agee, Anna Monardo, Ladette Randolph, Timothy Schaffert, and Karen Shoemaker; Steve Langan, Bradford Tice, and Laura Madeline Wiseman
  • 2015 Tonya Kuper and Lydia Kang; Leta Powell Drake and Ron Hull
  • 2014 Linda Battisti and John Stevens Berry, Sr.; Stephanie Whitson, Karen Shoemaker, Helen Waring Johnson, Andrew Jewell, and Twyla Hansen
  • 2013 Lucy Adkins, Becky Breed, Lisa Knopp, Marjorie Saiser, and Mary K. Stillwell; Kwame Dawes
  • 2012 Lou Leviticus; Mary Helen Stefaniak; Paul Dickey; Susan Grace Dittman; Sarah McKinstry-Brown
  • 2011 Ted Kooser; Marge Saiser; Roger Aden; James Cihlar; Brent Spencer; John Janovy; Sarah Fairchild and Others
  • 2010 Joseph Wydeven; Glenna Luschei; Rick Cypert; Hilda Raz; Dominique Garay and Oscar Rios; N. L. Sharp; Michael Forsberg
  • 2009 Jeff Barnes; Amil Quayle; Amelia Maria de la Cruz Montes; Harley Jane Kozak; Joe Starita; Stephanie Grace Whitson; Robert McEwen
  • 2008 Mary Elizabeth Anderson; Susan and John Wunder; William Kloefkorn; Sean Doolittle; Ted Kooser; Rajean Luebs Shepherd; Matt Mason
  • 2007 Greg Kosmicki; Charlotte Hogg; Twyla Hansen and Paul Johnsgard; Betty Levitov; Rajean Luebs Shepherd; Kelly Madigan Erlandson
  • 2006 Carlos Frey and Bill Kloefkorn; Alex Kava; Joy Carol; Ladette Randolph; Susanne George Bloomfield; Robert Reed; Shirley Maly
  • 2005 James Solheim; Pam Barger; Charles Fort; Julie Kaewert; David Gardiner; Karen Shoemaker
  • 2004 Don Welch, Lucy Adkins, Robert McEwen, Kathleene West, Paul Johnsgard, Lisa Knopp; the February 19, 2004 presentation by Brent Spencer is not available due to technical issues.


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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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.