Announcing the Nebraska Book Festival

After a year hiatus, the Nebraska Book Festival will be held on Saturday, July 15, at Antelope Valley’s Union Plaza in Lincoln, Nebraska, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

This outdoor, day-long event will feature a hands-on activity with Nebraska 4-H and two performances by the Mesner Puppet Theater of Kansas City. Authors will present, read and discuss their work. Headline speakers include Timothy Schaffert, author of The Swan Gondola (Riverhead Books, 2014) and Tim Anderson, author of Lonesome Dreamer: The Life of John G. Neihardt (Bison Books, 2016). Indigo Bridge Books will sell books by regional authors and host author signings throughout the day.

A full schedule of events and participants can be found online. 

“I’ve attended a number of state book festivals, and have been very impressed by the thoughtful and extensive planning for this July’s Nebraska event,” said Ted Kooser, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in poetry and former U.S. poet laureate. “I look forward to being among the many people who will be in attendance, celebrating books and readers of books!”

The event is free and open to the public. The Nebraska Book Festival is an opportunity to gather in celebration of Nebraska’s community of literacy.

Support for the Nebraska Book Festival comes from 1011, City of Lincoln Libraries, Common Root , Concierge Marketing, Inc., Constellation Studios, Friends of the University of Nebraska Press, Indigo Bridge Books, KFOR, Lincoln Journal Star, Little Mountain Print Shoppe, Nebraska 4-H, Nebraska Center for the Book, Nebraska Library Commission, Nebraska Writers Guild, RedBrush, and the University of Nebraska Press.

The festival is also an official Nebraska 150 event. For more info, visit

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2 thoughts on “Announcing the Nebraska Book Festival

  1. I’m attempting to get in touch with Edward G. Longacre, author of The Cavalry at Gettysburg, published by the University of Nebraska Press. I wish to send him a copy of the Madison Daily Evening Courier, published on July 23, 1863. It was written by an embedded reporter with the 3rd Indiana Cavalry covering the first day of the Gettysburg Battle, July 1, 1863. My Grandfather, John Nelson Hubbard, Pvt., Co. A, 7th Indiana Infantry and his brother Silas Rosin Hubbard, Pvt., Co. D, 3rd Indiana Cavalry, served along with several cousins in both units. A cousin Jesse Smith, Pvt., (3rd Indiana Cavalry) was one of the first killed that morning west of Gettysburg. Charles B. Smith, Pvt., Jesse’s twin brother, survived the War. The reporter wrote under the nom de guerre, “Eques” (Horseman or Horse Soldier).
    Grandfather was a lawyer and judge in Grayson, Kentucky. He passed on in 1927.

    ps. Lt. Col. William Brooke Rawle wrote “The turmoil incident to an active campaign allowed us no opportunity to write up our achievements, and no news correspondents were allowed to sojourn with us to do it for us. Full justice has yet to be done.” 1905.

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