Last year, OPL challenged patrons to read a book by a Nebraska author, and this year we’re putting a little twist on it, inviting you to dive deeper into the state itself by reading a book set in Nebraska.
Books for this challenge might be a little harder to suss out, but we’ve got you covered with a few recommendations and a list of ideas.
Classic Nebraska literature is an easy go-to for this challenge. Check out Willa Cather’s “O Pioneers!,” the start of her Great Plains trilogy set around the story of a Nebraska farm family and their struggle to save their land. Nebraska native Mari Sandoz also centered a good deal of her work on Nebraska. Try “Slogum House,” “Capital City,” or “Son of the Gamblin' Man.”
If you’re looking for a more modern take on a historical setting, try Libba Bray’s paranormal finale to her Diviners series, “King of Crows,” Theodore Wheeler’s “Kings of Broken Things,” or “The Blizzard Bride” by Susanne Dietze.
Starting April 1, 2021, you may submit your completed reading log online or return a completed tracking sheet to any OPL branch to receive a pin and to be entered into a drawing for some fun literary-themed prizes! All completed tracking sheets or online challenge form entries must be received by December 31, 2021, to be entered into the prize drawing.