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December 18, 2016 Lincoln Journal StarTraveling Nebraska On March 1, 2017, Nebraska will be celebrating its 150th birthday. This is the perfect year to traverse the state, as many celebrations will be happening all year. Beyond the opportunities in Lincoln and Omaha, other destinations across the state are worth visiting... Read more...

December 13, 2016 Schuyler SunYour Library by Michael Rea As a librarian I am often asked what book I am reading. More often than not, I am reading books about life in the contemporary American West by authors such as Craig Johnson (the Longmire books) or C. J. Box (the Joe Pickett novels). My attraction for these authors and their books is no mystery to me. I have always been fascinated by the wide-open spaces of the West and the people who live there... Read more...

December 10, 2016 OverDriveBlack Elk Speaks Available on OverDrive Title details for Black Elk Speaks by John G. Neihardt - Available. Black Elk Speaks, the story of the Oglala Lakota visionary and healer Nicholas Black Elk (1863–1950) and his people during momentous twilight years of the nineteenth century, offers readers much more than a precious glimpse of a vanished time... Read more...

November 1, 2016 The Ashland GazetteLibrary directors pick top books for Christmas The snow is falling and it is the season to curl up with a good book. It is also the season to purchase books as treasured Christmas presents. Two local library directors offer their top 12 books to read or give as gifts this holiday season... Read more...

November 1, 2016 The Nebraska Library CommissionBlack Elk Speaks Chosen as 2017 One Book One Nebraska Wouldn’t it be great if people across Nebraska read an inspirational, redemptive story in 2017—and then talk about it with their friends and neighbors? That is exactly what will be happening throughout the state, with Black Elk Speaks by John G. Neihardt (1881-1973) selected as the 2017 One Book One Nebraska... Read more...

October 1, 2013 Lincoln Journal StarNU Press to again publish Black Elk Speaks The University of Nebraska Press will once again publish a literary classic written by Nebraska’s first poet laureate, the university announced Tuesday. Written by John G. Neihardt, “Black Elk Speaks” remains the NU Press’ bestselling book, having sold nearly 900,000 copies from 1961 to 2008... Read more...

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April 13, 2017 Humanities NebraskaJohn & Mona Neihardt, Hartington, NE. 6:30 p.m. Hartington Public Library, 106 South Broadway. Presented by Brad Kellogg & Raija Weiershauser. Sit down with John & Mona Neihardt, as he writes at his typewriter and she works on a sculpture. Listen in as they reminisce about their lives together, including their long distance courtship as Mona studied under Rodin in Paris and John’s travels to South Dakota to meet Black Elk.

February 20, 2017 John G. Neihardt State Historic SiteA Conversation With Dick Cavett featuring Ron Hull, Wayne, NE. 6:30 p.m. Wayne State College, 1111 Main St. The Black and Gold Performing Arts Series at Wayne State College and John G. Neihardt Foundation present in the Ramsey Theatre. Hull and Cavett will also appear for a booksigning following the program with DVD's and books available for purchase at the event. Ticket admission for the event is $10 for the general public and free to Wayne State College students.

February 19, 2017 John G. Neihardt State Historic SiteSunday at the Museum with the Dick Cavett Interview, Bancroft, NE. 2:00 p.m. The John G. Neihardt State Historic Site, 306 W Elm St. We will be screening Neihardt's 1971 interview on "The Dick Cavett Show" at the museum with refreshments.

February 3, 2017 Humanities NebraskaThe Legacy of Neihardt and Black Elk, Lincoln, NE. 6:15 p.m. Autumn Wood Community Center. Presented by Nancy Gillis. This presentation explores the remarkable legacy of a unique personal and spiritual friendship begun in 1931 between the Lakota holy man Black Elk and poet John G. Neihardt.

February 2, 2017 Humanities NebraskaThe Legacy of Neihardt and Black Elk, North Platte, NE. 12:00 noon. North Platte Public Library. Presented by Nancy Gillis. This presentation explores the remarkable legacy of a unique personal and spiritual friendship begun in 1931 between the Lakota holy man Black Elk and poet John G. Neihardt.

January 9, 2017 Nebraska Library Commission2017 One Book One Nebraska Proclamation Ceremony, Lincoln, NE. 10:30 a.m. Warner Chamber, State Capitol. Gov. Pete Ricketts will be signing the Proclamation naming the 2017 One Book One Nebraska selection as Black Elk Speaks by John G. Neihardt.

December 11, 2016 Neihardt FoundationSunday at the Museum with Author Tim Anderson, Bancroft, NE. 2:00-3:30 p.m. John G. Neihardt State Historic Site. Neihardt Foundation Board Member and author Timothy Anderson will discuss his writing process and read selections from his book, Lonesome Dreamer: The Life of John G. Neihardt, recently published by the University of Nebraska Press.

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.

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Nebraska Center for the Book
Humanities Nebraska
Nebraska Library Commission
University of Nebraska Press
The John G. Neihardt Foundation