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October 6, 2020 Lincoln Journal Star One Book One Nebraska will Announce This Year's Book Selection During its Weeklong Virtual Celebration
The One Book One Nebraska reading program will announce its 2021 book choice on the last day of its virutal Celebration of Nebraska Books on Oct. 23. On the final day of the weeklong virtual event, the Nebraska Center for the Book board members will vote on the 2021 selection. The board members will select a winner from the following finalists...Read more...

October 23, 2020 Nebraska Library Commission Prairie Forge: The Extraordinary Story of the Nebraska Scrap Metal Drive of World War II Chosen as 2021 One Book One Nebraska
People across Nebraska are encouraged to read the work of a Nebraskan —and then talk about it with their friends and neighbors. Prairie Forge: The Extraordinary Story of the Nebraska Scrap Metal Drive of World War II (Bison Books, 2014) by James J. Kimble is the 2021 One Book One Nebraska selection...Read more...

November 1, 2020 Lincoln Journal Star Libraries Across State to Discuss 2021 One Book One Nebraska Selection
Readers across the state will soon have an opportunity to put their discussion skills to use at their local libraries. The One Book One Nebraska reading program will spread discussion statewide about their 2021 book selection...Read more...

January 6, 2021 Scottsbluff Star-Herald James J. Kimble Book Picked for this Year's Book One Book One Nebraska
Every year, people across Nebraska are encouraged to read the work of a Nebraskan - and then talk about it with their friends and neighbors. Prairie Forge: The Extraordinary Story of the Nebraska Scrap Metal Drive of World War II (Bison books, 2014) by James J. Kimble is the 2021 One Book One Nebraska selection. This year will mark the 17th year of the One Book One Nebraska reading program. One Book One Nebraska...Read more...

May 13, 2021 Gering Courier "Prairie Forge: The Extraordinary Story of the Nebraska Scrap Drive of World War II" by James J. Kimble
"Prairie Forge" by James J. Kimble is the One Book One Nebraska selection this year. Intended to encourage Nebraskans to discuss a single book statewide, the One Book One Nebraska program began in 2005. It has even expanded to include teen and children's selections as well. Read more...

July 1, 2021 Star Herald Award-Winning Author Speaks at Legacy of the Plains Museum
Hardly anyone would assume that without Nebraska the Allied Forces wouldn't have won World War II. However, that is exactly what author and scholar James Kimble argues in his book... Read more...

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October 19-23, 2020 Nebraska Center for the BookWeek Long Virtual Celebration of Nebraska Books, The celebration, free and open to the public, features presentations of the Nebraska Center for the Book's Nebraska Book Awards, Mildred Bennett Award and Jane Geske Award, One Book One Nebraska 2020 presentation, and 2021 OBON announcement.

February 3, 2021 NCompass Live: 2021 One Book One Nebraska, Online, 1:00 pm CT. Celebrate the 2021 One Book One Nebraska selection Prairie Forge: The Extraordinary Story of the Nebraska Scrap Metal Drive of World War II on this FREE NCompass Live webinar! Sign up to join.

April 13, 2021 One Book One Nebraska Book Discussion, Beatrice, NE, 7:00 pm. Join for a discussion of Prairie Forge by James J. Kimble.

May 20, 2021 Author Presentation - James Kimble, Zoom, 7:00pm. Author James Kimble will speak in a virtual event presented by the National Willa Cather Center. He will address his research and writing process and the effect of the scrap metal drive on the war effort. Tickets are free, but pre-registration is required.

June 28, 2021 Author Presenation, Gering, NE, 6:30 pm. Join for a presenation about Kimble's book followed by a panel discussing long-term consequences of scrap metal drives during World War II.

August 18, 2021 Author Event - James Kimble, Kearney Public Library, 7:00 pm. Join author James J. Kimble as he goes behind the scenes of his research for Prairie Forge.

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