2015 Nebraska Book Award Winners

UNP would like to congratulate all of the 2015 Nebraska Book Award winners! These awards honor authors and publishers of books with a Nebraska connection published in 2014. Featured winning authors will read from their work and sign copies of their books today at the Celebration of Nebraska Books in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Below we recognize the  winners from UNP and their winning category.



The Wheeling Years: A Poet’s Field Book
By Ted Kooser
A short, accessible set of prose observations about nature, place, and time, arranged (like Local Wonders) according to the calendar year.


Fiction: Short Story

In Reach
By Pamela Carter Joern
Collection of linked stories following the men and women of Reach, Nebraska as they engage in an ongoing search for community, meaning, and love.


Non-Fiction: Nebraska Spirit

Prairie Forge: The Extraordinary Story of the Nebraska Scrap Metal Drive of World War II
By James Kimble
The story of Henry Doorly’s Nebraska Plan, the scrap metal contest in support of US efforts in WWII that inspired the entire nation.


Non-Fiction: Reference

History of Nebraska
By Ronald C. Naugle, John J. Montag, and James C. Olson
An updated, comprehensive survey of Nebraska history from its prehistoric origins to the present day.


There will also be a presentation celebrating the 2015 One Book One Nebraska selection, Death Zones & Darling Spies: Seven Years of Vietnam War Reporting by Beverly Deepe Keever and an announcement of the 2016 One Book One Nebraska book choice. See the full list of finalists (including four UNP books) here.

For more information on the Nebraska Center for the Book and the Nebraska Book Awards, visit their website.

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