Nebraska authors abound at the library
Nebraska is known for many things, but most people would probably not list authors as one of the state’s major crops. However, if you check the catalog of the Hastings Public Library, you will find almost 1500 listings under the subject heading for Nebraska authors.
There is a pretty even split between fiction and non-fiction being written by Nebraskans, so whatever your preference you can find something that will keep you entertained or informed. Some 2006 titles from our home grown writers are included here.
Jeff O’Donnell, of Hastings, continues his Black Horse Westerns with “Man from Pine Ridge” about Rush Roberts, Chadron Sheriff, who must solve a cattle rustling mystery before hostilities break out between ranchers and the Indians at the Pine Ridge Agency.
Stephanie Grace Whitson’s latest tale takes the reader far from Lincoln to “A Hilltop in Tuscany.” Liz Davis thought her life was perfect – until it all seems to unravel and she retreats to Italy to attempt reconciliation with her mother and to find the way ahead.
“Rain Dogs” by Sean Doolittle of Omaha takes the action to Valentine, where Tom Coleman thinks he will quietly put his life back together on the Niobrara. But life has other plans and Coleman finds that small town life is not as quiet as advertised.
Non-fiction from Nebraska authors also runs the gamut of subjects. “The Broidered Garment: the Love Story of Mona Martinsen and John G Neihardt” is the improbable story of a sculptor and a poet falling in love, although one was in Nebraska and the other in Paris. Written by daughter Hilda Martinsen Neihardt this story of true love was published posthumously by the Nebraska Press.
Mary Pipher, whose earlier works include “Reviving Ophelia” and “The Middle of Everywhere,” has turned her attention to the craft of writing in her latest title, “Writing to Change the World.” Specifically, Pipher instructs how to wield words to effect social change.
Weather is a subject dear to the hearts of many Nebraskans and Fairbury native Randy Cerveny is no exception. His book, “Freaks of the Storm: From Flying Cows to Stealing Thunder” provides an entertaining and scientific look at strange, but true weather stories.
See what Nebraska authors have to offer at the Hastings Public Library.