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The Nebraska Center for the Book will present the Mildred Bennett Award to Nebraska Library Commission Director Rod Wagner. The award, to be presented at the Nebraska Book Festival Saturday, honors Wagner for his many years of service to Nebraska’s readers and writers. This award honors an individual who has made a significant contribution to fostering the literary tradition in Nebraska. The 2015 award is a framed photograph by Steve Ryan entitled “Woodcliff Lakes, NE.05.”

The award is named for Mildred Bennett, the charismatic founder and longtime president of the Willa Cather Pioneer Memorial and Educational Foundation.

The award is presented annually at the Nebraska Book Festival. This year the festival will be held on Saturday at the University of Nebraska Omaha’s Weitz Community Engagement Center. Public admission to the festival is free. It will feature writers workshops in the morning and author readings/talks in the afternoon. In the evening, the student/teacher writing teams of the NeBooks Project will present an iBooks Showcase. The Bookworm and University of Nebraska Press will offer books by Nebraska authors for sale throughout the event.

The Nebraska Book Festival is presented by the Nebraska Center for the Book, Humanities Nebraska and Nebraska Library Commission, with support from Friends of the University of Nebraska Press and the NeBooks Project. Go to  bookfestival.nebraska.gov/2015/index.aspx for a complete schedule of free readings and workshops and other information.

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