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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.

The Spirit of Nebraska - book cover imageWednesday, October 6, 2021
12:10 p.m.
Author and former UNL Yell Squad member Debra Kleve White provides a firsthand account of game day in Lincoln from her book. The Spirit of Nebraska: A History of Husker Game Day Traditions offers an in-depth look at where the Cornhusker fans’ spirit began and how it evolved to today’s game day experience.

Wednesday, November 3, 2021
12:10 p.m.
Timothy Schaffert will read from his new book The Perfume Thief. Complete with romance, espionage, champagne towers, and haute couture, this full-tilt sensory experience is a dazzling portrait of the underground resistance of twentieth-century Paris and a passionate love letter to the power of beauty and community in the face of insidious hate.

photo of a gift-wrapped boxWednesday, December 1, 2021
12:10 p.m.
Vicki Wood, Youth Services Coordinator for Lincoln City Libraries, presents her annual “Great Books for Giving” list.

Rhinos in Nebraska - book cover imageWednesday, January 5, 2022
12:10 p.m.
Rhinos in Nebraska tells the story of the Ashfall Fossil Beds, where more than two hundred perfectly preserved fossils have been found. Step into the past with author Alison Pearce Stevens and uncover the mysteries of Ashfall.

Wednesday, February 2, 2022
12:10 p.m.
A Question of Freedom: The Families Who Challenged Slavery from the Nation’s Founding to the Civil War
– Winner of the Mark Lynton Prize in History – the story of the longest and most complex legal challenge to slavery in American history, presented by author William G. Thomas.


Flight Risk book cover graphicWednesday, March 2, 2022
12:10 p.m.
Joy Castro is a former Writer-in-Residence at Vanderbilt University. She is currently the Willa Cather Professor of English and Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her new novel Flight Risk is a compelling, gritty portrait of class in America. She traffics the rural-urban divide with complexity and compassion.

Pat Leach photoWednesday, April 6, 2022
12:10 p.m.
Lincoln City Libraries Director Pat leach will present her annual program on the American Library Association’s Notable Books List.

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

E-mail: heritage@lincoln.ne.gov

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.