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Host a Nebraska 150 Books Author

Nebraska 150 Books authors are available to speak to your group about their books!  The Speakers Bureau of Humanities Nebraska can help to finance your event. Public programs sponsored by not-for-profit organizations may be eligible for funding assistance from Humanities Nebraska. See the Eligibility Requirements to see if your group qualifies. Nebraska 150 Books Authors include:

Karen Shoemaker, The Meaning of Names

Karen Gettert Shoemaker, the author of the One Book One Nebraska 2016 selection, reads from and discusses the role of family stories and historic research in the writing of her historic novel The Meaning of Names. This presentation includes discussions of World War I, the Influenza Pandemic of 1918, the experiences of immigrants and first-generation Americans in the early 1900s, and the role of men and women in a changing society, as well as the many subjects readers bring to the conversation.

Ed Zimmer, Lincoln in Black & White 1910-1925

An illustrated survey focusing on some of the ethnic and religious groups who settled early in our state’s capital city–a vibrant African-American community, thousands of Germans from Russia, early settlers from Mexico and others. Architectural historian Ed Zimmer uses historic photographs, cemetery records, existing buildings and other sources to offer a visible heritage of these Lincolnites.

Kathy Nelson, More Than Football: George Flippin's Stromsburg Years

George Flippin, the son of freed slaves, is famous for being the first African American to play football for the University of Nebraska in the 1890’s.  He went on to become a doctor in Stromsburg. He was an eloquent speaker on behalf of African American’s everywhere, a world class doctor who delivered babies, healed the sick, and cared for the dying regardless of a families ability to pay. Nelson tells his story, which includes the first civil rights case in Nebraska.

Joe Starita, I Am a Man: Chief Standing Bear's Journey for Justice

Joe Starita discusses the legal, social and political importance of the landmark 1879 decision in which a judge declared that Ponca Chief Standing Bear was “a person” within the meaning of the law and entitled to the same Constitutional protections as white citizens.

Eileen Wirth, From Society Page to Front Page: Nebraska Women in Journalism

In the 1880’s Nebraska’s women journalists included  Willa Cather, a major suffragist publisher and a crusader for food safety. Since then, Nebraska has produced women White House correspondents, war correspondents, “Rosie the Reporters,” noted weekly editors, significant broadcasters and  baby boomers who broke the barriers to the front page. Ask for a program tailored for your group.

Mary K Stillwell, Nebraska Presence: An Anthology of Poetry

When Ted Kooser was named poet laureate, we were reminded that Nebraska offers a well-stocked literary breadbasket, heaped with books of poetry, fiction and nonfiction.  Mary K. Stillwell focuses on our state’s rich heritage in song and poetry, from Pawnee times to present-day writers who continue the conversation about who we were and who we are into our time.