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NCompass Live: 2015 One Book One Nebraska: Death Zones & Darling Spies

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In this eleventh year of One Book One Nebraska, Nebraska libraries and other literary and cultural organizations continue to plan activities and events to encourage all Nebraskans to read and discuss the same book. Join us to hear more about this statewide reading promotion activity, sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission, Humanities Nebraska, and the Nebraska Center for the Book.

Nebraska Library Commission Director Rod Wagner and Nebraska Library Commission Communications Coordinator Mary Jo Ryan will be joined by special guests Ron and Lois Meyer, Nebraska Center for the Book. Join us to:

•Learn about how to create a successful local reading promotion using Nebraska’s year-long, statewide celebration featuring Death Zones & Darling Spies: Seven Years of Vietnam War Reporting, by Beverly Deepe Keever.
•Brainstorm strategies to read and discuss Death Zones & Darling Spies: Seven Years of Vietnam War Reporting, a nonfiction story in which Keever describes what it was like for a farm girl from Nebraska to find herself halfway around the world, trying to make sense of one of the nation's bloodiest and bitterest wars.
•Find tools to help engage your community in local activities to encourage them to come together through literature to explore this nonfiction work in community-wide reading programs.
•Learn about the Celebration of Nebraska Books, set for Nov. 14, which will celebrate this book, along with the winners of the 2015 Nebraska Book Awards.

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NCompass Live: 2015 One Book One Nebraska: Death Zones & Darling Spies

  1. 1. 2015 One Book One Nebraska Death Zones & Darling Spies: Seven Years of Vietnam War Reporting, by Beverly Deepe Keever
  2. 2. One Book One Nebraska • Encourages Nebraskans across the state to read and discuss one book, chosen from books written by Nebraska authors or that have a Nebraska theme or setting. • Committee of the Nebraska Center for the Book selected this book from a list of titles nominated by Nebraskans from across the state. • Sponsored by: – Nebraska Center for the Book – Humanities Nebraska – Nebraska Library Commission – University of Nebraska Press
  3. 3. One Book One Nebraska 2005 - 2015
  4. 4. Death Zones & Darling Spies: Seven Years of Vietnam War Reporting, by Beverly Deepe Keever • Nonfiction story by Nebraska author. • Pulitzer Prize nomination for her coverage of the besieged outpost of Khe Sanh in 1968. • Longest-serving American correspondent covering the Vietnam War, America’s first televised war. • Story of a farm girl from Nebraska in 1961 who finds herself halfway around the world as a war correspondent in Vietnam, trying to make sense of one of the nation’s bloodiest and bitterest wars.
  5. 5. Nebraskans Actively Engaged throughout 2015 • Book Club kits booked through March 2016 • Check out News/Events: onebook.nebraska.gov
  6. 6. Join the Conversation www.facebook.com/OneBookOneNebraska
  7. 7. Create a Local Program • Publicity Toolkit: Digital Media Kit • Discussion Questions • Book Club Kits, Website and other resources, including: Resources from Humanities Nebraska, including presenters and funding for programming: "Beverly Deepe Keever: An Unconventional Woman for An Unconventional War" by Thomas Berg, PhD, Dept. of History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln In her book Death Zones & Darling Spies: Seven Years of Vietnam War Reporting Keever champions women as capable war correspondents and trounces the misconception that the American press "lost" the war. Berg discusses Keever's exploration of the war's poorly understood and under-appreciated earliest years, and how she demonstrates that the president and his advisers—by hubris, ignorance, and choice—missed significant opportunities to understand and fight the war. Berg is available to visit libraries. See http://humanitiesnebraska.org/speakers/book-a-speaker/
  8. 8. Get Involved • Schedule a book club or book talk in the library • Book a program with Humanities Nebraska speaker, local veterans, local journalists, etc. • Local radio and tv talk shows • Screen a video of an author interview • Other ideas for progamming?
  9. 9. Join us at the November 14 Celebration of Nebraska Books
  10. 10. Celebration of Nebraska Books 2:30 - 6:30 p.m. 1200 N Street, Lincoln 1:30: Nebraska Center for the Book Annual Meeting 2:45: Presentation by Thomas Berg, PhD, UNL Dept. of History, “Beverly Deepe Keever: An Unconventional Woman for An Unconventional War” 3:30: 2015 Jane Geske Award Presentation 4:00: 2015 Nebraska Book Awards Readings by Winning Authors 5:30: 2016 One Book One Nebraska Announcement Awards Reception and Book Signing 6:30: Closing
  11. 11. Nominate a Title for 2017
  12. 12. For more information: Mary Jo Ryan Communications Coordinator Nebraska Library Commission maryjo.ryan@nebraska.gov 402-471-3434 http://onebook.nebraska.gov/2015/index.aspx www.facebook.com/OneBookOneNebraska

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