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November 8, 2016 The Chadron RecordOne Book One Nebraska author speaks at CSC Karen Gettert Shoemaker, author of The Meaning of Names, spoke to a capacity crowd in the Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center Chicoine Atrium Thursday. She is the second speaker in the Distinguished Visiting Writer Series sponsored by the Chadron State College English and Humanities department, Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment... Read more...

August 3, 2016 The Grand Island IndependentNebraska Author Visits With Page Turners Book Club Most readers don’t get the opportunity to learn more about a book from the author herself. Luckily for the members of Yankton’s Page Turners book club, Nebraska author Karen Shoemaker attended their Wednesday night book discussion at Willa B’s and personally answered questions about their latest read, The Meaning of Names... Read more...

June 7, 2016 The Grand Island IndependentAuthor talks about The Meaning of Names A Nebraskan of German descent was beaten and thrown from a moving steam train in the opening passages of The Meaning of Names, a novel by Lincoln author Karen Gettert Shoemaker, who teaches writing for the University of Nebraska... Read more...

May 15, 2016 Omaha World HeraldBookends: Nebraska Writers Guild heads to home of Willa Cather The Nebraska Writers Guild will host the Summer Poetry Retreat next month.... Read more...

May 10, 2016 Omaha World Herald150 Books are Highlight of State's Literary Heritage To celebrate Nebraska's 150th anniversary in 2017, a group has released the Nebraska 150 Book List. The list of books written by Nebraskans is part of a statewide reading initiative by the Nebraska Literary Heritage Association, the Nebraska State Historical Society and the Nebraska Library Commission... Read more...

April 04, 2016 Omaha World HeraldGreat Conversations at College of Saint Mary, Omaha Karen Gettert Shoemaker, author of the One Book One Nebraska selection for 2016 is the featured speaker for this year’s Great Conversation on Thursday, April 5 at College of Saint Mary. Shoemaker’s WWI-era novel, The Meaning of Names, was named this year’s selection by the Nebraska Center for the Book, Humanities Nebraska, and Nebraska Library Commission... Read more...

March 19, 2016 North Platte TelegraphView the world from someone else’s porch Author shares story behind her WWI book at NP Library Brown Bag series. Author Karen Gettert Shoemaker began by “sitting on the porch of someone else and looking at the world from there.”... Read more...

March 13, 2016 North Platte TelegraphWWI Topic of Brown Bag Event One Book One Nebraska Author will speak on WWI era at noon on Friday, March 18, at the North Platte Public Library at 120 W. Fourth. “Behind The Meaning of Names” by Karen Gettert Shoemaker is the next program in the North Platte Public Library’s Pre-Chautauqua series.... Read more...

March 7, 2016 Spalding Public LibraryLibrary Book Club Chooses The Meaning of Names by Karen Gettert Shoemaker For The Month Of March, Spalding Library’s Book Club Chooses the book, “The Meaning Of Names” by author Karen Gettert Shoemaker. A Nebraska-set novel with a World War I backdrop, The Meaning of Names follows a German-American woman trying to raise a family in the heartland and keep them safe from the effects of war and the influenza panic, as well as from violence and prejudice. This novel by Karen Gettert Shoemaker is Nebraska’s reading choice for the 2016 One Book One Nebraska statewide reading program.... Read more...

January 21, 2016 Hastings Tribune'Family Stories' Speak of Dangerous Times After researching the effect of World War I on America and hearing family stories about that time, Karen Gettert Shoemaker sat down and started to write her book, The Meaning of Names. “This novel actually came from family stories,” said Shoemaker, a writer, teacher and business owner in Lincoln. “The main characters are my grandparents.”... Read more...

January 14, 2016 Grand Island IndependentHastings College to host Lincoln author As part of the Hastings Chautauqua Book and Film Series, author Karen Gettert Shoemaker will speak about her book The Meaning of Names, at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, in the Hastings College Barrett Alumni Center.... Read more...

January 13, 2016 Nebraska Library CommissionGovernor Ricketts Proclaims 2016 One Book One Nebraska: The Meaning of Names On Jan. 13, 2016 Governor Pete Ricketts signed a proclamation honoring 2016 One Book One Nebraska: The Meaning of Names by Karen Shoemaker, of Lincoln. In this year people across Nebraska are encouraged to read this Nebraska-set novel with a World War I backdrop. .... Read more...

January 13, 2016 Lincoln Journal StarAlmost stood up by the governor for his date with POTUS Like a lot of Nebraskans, Karen Shoemaker thought her governor should welcome the president when he came to visit, even if it meant breaking a date with her.... Read more...

November 16, 2015 Nebraska Library CommissionNebraska Writer’s Novel Chosen for 2016 One Book One Nebraska Karen Gettert Shoemaker’s The Meaning of Names, a Nebraska-set novel with a World War I backdrop, is Nebraska’s reading choice for the 2016 One Book One Nebraska statewide reading program. The Meaning of Names follows a German-American woman... Read more...

October 13, 2015 Nebraska Library CommissionFinalists for 2016 One Book One Nebraska Announced Two nonfiction books, one poetry collection, and three novels—all stories with ties to Nebraska and the Great Plains—are the finalists for the 2016 One Book One Nebraska statewide reading program. The finalists are... Read more...

June 1, 2015 Nebraska Library Commission2016 One Book One Nebraska Book Suggestions Accepted until June 15 Nebraskans are reminded that there is still time to make recommendations for the 2016 One Book One Nebraska book selection. The Nebraska Center for the Book will consider books written by a Nebraska author (living or dead/with current or former residence in the state), or that have a Nebraska theme or setting. Books should have a broad appeal to readers across Nebraska and lend well to group book discussion. Books may be fiction, non-fiction, biography, memoir, or poetry. They must be in print and readily available... Read more...

August 27, 2014 Omaha Public LibraryOmaha Reads Author Karen Gettert Shoemaker on Nebraska, Writing and Libraries Karen Gettert Shoemaker wears many hats: writer, teacher, business owner, wife, mother, grandmother. Now she may add to that list “Omaha Reads author.” Her novel The Meaning of Names was selected by public vote as the Omaha Reads book selection for 2014.... Read more...

May 20, 2014 Lincoln Journal StarThe Meaning of Names Complicated American history mixes with the promise of life and the fear of human coping in Karen Gettert Shoemaker’s delightfully rich novel, The Meaning of Names, available from Red Hen Press. Both a historical fiction of the plains and a tapestry of human emotion, The Meaning of Names comes forth with purpose, showing promise to readers native to Nebraska and, plainly, to anyone interested in a good read... Read more...

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October 29, 2016 Nebraska Center for the Book A Celebration of Nebraska Books Lincoln, NE. 2:00 p.m. Nebraska History Museum. The celebration, free and open to the public, will feature presentations of the Nebraska Center for the Book's Nebraska Book Awards, Mildred Bennett Award and Jane Geske Award. The 2016 One Book One Nebraska book selection, The Meaning of Names by Karen Gettert Shoemaker will be featured, with a presentation by Shoemaker. An Awards Reception honoring the winning authors, book signings, and an announcement of the 2017 One Book One Nebraska book choice concludes the festivities.

Oct. 27, 2016 Humanities NebraskaBehind The Meaning of Names Chadron, NE. 7:00 p.m. Chadron State College. Nebraska author Karen Gettert Shoemaker presents a Book Talk on The Meaning of Names, the 2016 One Book One Nebraska selection. Sponsered by Humanities Nebraska.

Oct. 25, 2016 Humanities NebraskaBehind The Meaning of Names Gordon, NE. 7 :00 p.m. Gordon City Library. Nebraska author Karen Gettert Shoemaker presents a Book Talk on The Meaning of Names, the 2016 One Book One Nebraska selection. Sponsered by Humanities Nebraska.

Oct. 19, 2016 Humanities NebraskaBehind The Meaning of Names David City, NE. 12 noon. Hruska Public Library. Nebraska author Karen Gettert Shoemaker presents a Book Talk on The Meaning of Names, the 2016 One Book One Nebraska selection. Sponsered by Humanities Nebraska.

Oct. 13, 2016 Humanities NebraskaBehind The Meaning of Names Neligh, NE. 7:00 p.m. Neligh Public Library. Nebraska author Karen Gettert Shoemaker presents a Book Talk on The Meaning of Names, the 2016 One Book One Nebraska selection. Sponsered by Humanities Nebraska.

Oct. 11, 2016 Humanities NebraskaBehind The Meaning of Names Lexington, NE. 7:00 p.m. Lexington Public Library. Nebraska author Karen Gettert Shoemaker presents a Book Talk on The Meaning of Names, the 2016 One Book One Nebraska selection. Sponsered by Humanities Nebraska.

Oct. 10, 2016 Humanities NebraskaBehind The Meaning of Names Bellevue, NE. 6:30 p.m. Bellevue Public Library. Nebraska author Karen Gettert Shoemaker presents a Book Talk on The Meaning of Names, the 2016 One Book One Nebraska selection. Sponsered by Humanities Nebraska.

Oct. 9, 2016 Humanities NebraskaBehind The Meaning of Names Brownville, NE. 2:00 p.m. Schoolhouse Art Gallery. Nebraska author Karen Gettert Shoemaker presents a Book Talk on The Meaning of Names, the 2016 One Book One Nebraska selection. Sponsered by Humanities Nebraska.

Oct. 8, 2016 Humanities NebraskaBehind The Meaning of Names North Bend, NE. 10:30 a.m. North Bend Public Library. Nebraska author Karen Gettert Shoemaker presents a Book Talk on The Meaning of Names, the 2016 One Book One Nebraska selection. Sponsered by Humanities Nebraska.

Sept 29, 2016 Humanities NebraskaBehind The Meaning of Names Seward, NE. 7:00 p.m. Seward Memorial Library. Nebraska author Karen Gettert Shoemaker presents a Book Talk on The Meaning of Names, the 2016 One Book One Nebraska selection. Sponsered by Humanities Nebraska.

Sept 26, 2016 Humanities NebraskaBehind The Meaning of Names Broken Bow, NE. 7:00 p.m. Broken Bow Public Library. Nebraska author Karen Gettert Shoemaker presents a Book Talk on The Meaning of Names, the 2016 One Book One Nebraska selection. Sponsered by Humanities Nebraska.

Sept 22, 2016 Humanities NebraskaBehind The Meaning of Names Tilden, NE. 5:00 p.m. Tilden Public Library. Nebraska author Karen Gettert Shoemaker presents a Book Talk on The Meaning of Names, the 2016 One Book One Nebraska selection. Sponsered by Humanities Nebraska.

Sept 21, 2016 Humanities NebraskaBehind The Meaning of Names Norfolk, NE. 6:30 p.m. Norfolk Public Library. Nebraska author Karen Gettert Shoemaker presents a Book Talk on The Meaning of Names, the 2016 One Book One Nebraska selection. Sponsered by Humanities Nebraska.

Sept 20, 2016 Humanities NebraskaBehind The Meaning of Names Minden, NE. 7:00 p.m. Jensen Memorial Library. Nebraska author Karen Gettert Shoemaker presents a Book Talk on The Meaning of Names, the 2016 One Book One Nebraska selection. Sponsered by Humanities Nebraska.

September 8-12, 2016 Larksong Writers' Place Write on the River Brownville, NE. River Inn Resort. A long weekend of Peace, Permission and Page-filling hours. Join novelists Karen Gettert Shoemaker and Amy Hassinger for a weekend of peace, writing instruction and writing time in historic Brownville NE. This limited enrollment workshop will take place in the River Inn Resort, a floating inn on the Missouri River.

August 20, 2016 Humanities Nebraska Behind The Meaning of Names Ponca, NE. 6:00 p.m. Ponca State Park. Nebraska author Karen Gettert Shoemaker presents a Book Talk on The Meaning of Names, the 2016 One Book One Nebraska selection. Sponsered by Humanities Nebraska.

June 22, 2016 Nebraska Library Commission NCompass Live: 2016 One Book One Nebraska Webcast. 10:00 a.m. We are very pleased to announce that our featured guest will be Karen Gettert Shoemaker, author of the 2016 selection, The Meaning of Names. Join Nebraska Library Commission Director Rod Wagner and Nebraska Library Commission Communications Coordinator Mary Jo Ryan to hear more about this statewide reading promotion activity.

June 18, 2016 Humanities Nebraska Behind The Meaning of Names Stromsburg, NE. 2:00 p.m. Stromsburg Public Library. 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. Sponsered by Humanities Nebraska

June 14, 2016 Humanities Nebraska Behind The Meaning of Names Fremont, NE. 10:00 a.m. May Museum. 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. Sponsered by Humanities Nebraska

June 9, 2016 Ponca Carnegie Library Book Discussion: The Meaning of Names Ponca, NE. 7:00 p.m., Friends of the Library will be hosting a book discussion over The Meaning of Names by Karen Gettert Schoemaker on Thursday, June 9th at 7 PM at the library.

June 7, 2016 NET Book Talk: Karen Gettert Shoemaker Grand Island, NE. 5:30 p.m. Grand Island Public Library. 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. Sponsered by Humanities Nebraska

June 3, 2016 Humanities Nebraska Behind The Meaning of Names Red Cloud, NE. 11:00 a.m. Willa Cather Foundation. 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. Sponsered by Humanities Nebraska

April 5, 2016 College of Saint Mary Great Conversations: Karen Gettert Shoemaker Omaha, NE. 11:30 a.m., College of Saint Mary, Mercy Hall Meeting Room. Nebraska author Karen Gettert Shoemaker presents a Book Talk on The Meaning of Names. Book signing and lunchion to follow, cost: $25 per person.

March 18, 2016 Humanities Nebraska Behind The Meaning of Names North Platte, NE. Noon, North Platte Public Library. Nebraska author Karen Gettert Shoemaker presents a Book Talk on The Meaning of Names. Sponsered by Humanities Nebraska

March 8, 2016 Humanities Nebraska The Meaning of Names Author Visit: Karen Shoemaker Kearney, NE. 7:00 p.m. Kearney Public Library. Nebraska author Karen Gettert Shoemaker presents a Book Talk on The Meaning of Names. Sponsered by Humanities Nebraska

March 7, 2016 Humanities Nebraska Behind The Meaning of Names Bassett, NE. 6:30 p.m. Rock County Public Library. Nebraska author Karen Gettert Shoemaker presents a Book Talk on The Meaning of Names. Sponsered by Humanities Nebraska

March 7, 2016 Atkinson Public Library Book Talk: Karen Gettert Shoemaker Atkinson, NE. 1:00 p.m. Atkinson Public Library. Nebraska author Karen Gettert Shoemaker presents a Book Talk on The Meaning of Names. Sponsered by Humanities Nebraska

June 2-4, 2016 The Willa Cather Foundation 61st Annual Willa Cather Spring Conference Red Cloud, NE. 8:00 a.m. Red Cloud Opera House. "Both Bitter and Sweet": Cather, Literature, and the Great War. Events include the 2016 One Book One Nebraska winner, Karen Shoemaker who will be reading from her book The Meaning of Names and talking about her research at 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 3 as part of the conference. That morning's events will be free and open to the public.

January 13, 2016 Nebraska Library Commission 2016 One Book One Nebraska Proclamation Signing Ceremony Lincoln, NE. 10:00 a.m. Warner Chamber, State Capitol. Gov. Pete Ricketts will be signing the Proclamation naming the 2016 One Book One Nebraska selection as The Meaning of Names by Karen Gettert Shoemaker.

November 14, 2015 Nebraska Library CommissionCelebration of Nebraska Books at 1200 N Street, 2:30-6:30 p.m. Presentation of Nebraska Book Awards and Jane Geske Award. One Book One Nebraska Program by Thomas Berg, PhD, Dept. of History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, on "Beverly Deepe Keever: An Unconventional Woman for An Unconventional War" at 2:45 p.m. Reception and Book Signing.

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