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Four nonfiction books and three novels — all stories with ties to Nebraska and the Great Plains — are the finalists for the 2015 One Book One Nebraska statewide reading program. The finalists are:

"Benediction," by Kent Haruf

"Death Zones and Darling Spies: Seven Years of Vietnam War Reporting," by Beverly Deepe Keever

"Eagle Voice Remembers: An Authentic Tale of the Old Sioux World," by John G. Neihardt

"The Floor of the Sky," by Pamela Carter Joern

"Free Radical: Ernest Chambers, Black Power, and the Politics of Race," by Tekla Agbala Ali Johnson

"Goodnight, Nebraska," by Tom McNeal

"The Loren Eiseley Reader," by Loren Eiseley

The One Book One Nebraska reading program, now in its 11th year, encourages Nebraskans across the state to read and discuss the same book, chosen from books written by Nebraska authors or that have a Nebraska theme or setting. A committee of the Nebraska Center for the Book selected the seven finalists from a list of 25 titles nominated by 29 Nebraskans. In the coming weeks, Nebraska Center for the Book board members will vote on the 2015 selection.

The choice for the 2015 One Book One Nebraska will be announced at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Celebration of Nebraska Books at the Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N St. This year’s One Book One Nebraska, "Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen" by Bob Greene, will be featured at the celebration.

The Celebration of Nebraska Books is scheduled for 3:30-6:30 p.m., with the Nebraska Center for the Book annual meeting to be held at 2:30 p.m. and an awards reception, book signings and announcement of the 2015 One Book One Nebraska book choice concluding the festivities.

Awards will be presented to the winners of the 2014 Nebraska Book Awards, and some of the winning authors will read from their work. The event also will recognize Omaha’s Bookworm bookstore, named as the recipient of the 2014 Jane Geske Award.

The Jane Geske Award recognizes a Nebraska association, organization, business, library, school, academic institution, or other group that has made an exceptional, long-term contribution to one or more of these fields in Nebraska: literacy, reading, book selling, books, libraries, and/or writing in Nebraska.


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