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NLHA’s Lunch at the Library

Sponsored by the Nebraska Literary Heritage Association

Lunch at the Library

All lunch talks will be held on the 4th floor of Bennett Martin Public Library during the months of October, November, December, February, March, and April. Except as noted, the 30-minute programs start at 12:10 p.m. Tours of the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors on the 3rd floor will be available after the programs. Bring your lunch; coffee provided courtesy of The Mill.

Book cover: The Women Who Built OmahaWednesday, February 1, 2023
12:10 p.m.
This month the featured speaker is Dr. Eileen Wirth, a professor emeritus of journalism at Creighton University and a senior writer for Legacy Preservation. She will be speaking about her latest book, The Women Who Built Omaha: A Bold and Remarkable History.

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Mystery of Hunting's End - book cover imageWednesday, March 1, 2023
12:10 p.m.
Rick Cypert, author of America’s Agatha Christie: Mignon Good Eberhart, Her Life and Works, shares his insights into this Nebraska treasure along with a discussion of her novel, The Mystery of Hunting’s End, the 2023 One Book One Nebraska selection.

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Pat Leach photoWednesday, April 5, 2023
12:10 p.m.
Pat Leach will discuss the All About Books program on Nebraska Public Media and the series called “This is Nebraska: Books That Tell Our Story.” She’ll talk about the books that people noted and offer some insights gained in conversations with Nebraskans about “our” books.

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Book cover image: The Reign and Life of Queen Elizabeth I: Politics, Culture, and SocietyWednesday, October 4, 2023
12:10 p.m.
Carole Levin, Willa Cather Emerita Professor of History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln,will discuss her latest book, The Reign and Life of Queen Elizabeth I: Politics, Culture, and Society.

book cover image: The Least Interesting PlaceWednesday, November 1, 2023
12:10 p.m.
Matt Steinhausen will give a program on his book The Least Interesting Place. A photographer and collector of stories of all kinds about Nebraska, Matt’s book is a favorite of native Nebraskans and others interested in our state.

The Only Wonderful Things - book cover imageWednesday, December 6, 2023
12:10 p.m.
Melissa Homestead, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Professor of English and Director of the Cather Project, will discuss her book The Only Wonderful Things: The Creative Partnership of Willa Cather & Edith Lewis. Willa Cather’s birthday is December 7th and this is a great way to celebrate her.



Videos from the 2022 Lunch at the Library series are available here.

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:

Sunday: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Monday – Thursday: 12:00 PM – 3:00 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.