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Published Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 1:00 am / Updated at 3:16 pm
Bookends: Community news from around Omaha

17 students' works in UNK's Carillon

Works by 17 students are included in the new issue of The Carillon, an annual student publication of the University of Nebraska at Kearney's chapter of Sigma Tau Delta.

Sigma Tau Delta is a national English honor society. The publication features a combination of student prose, poetry and artwork. Editors are Shaye Champ of North Platte and Jacob Sandman of Curtis, Neb.

More information is available at

Budding writers sought for contest is sponsoring a search for the next great voices in popular fiction with the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. The contest is now in its sixth year.

Writers can submit entries in five categories: general fiction, mystery/thriller, romance, science fiction/fantasy/horror and young adult fiction through Jan. 27. Five finalists, one in each category, will be announced May 21 and the grand prize winner will be revealed at a ceremony in June at Amazon's headquarters in Seattle.

The grand prize winner will receive a publishing contract with an advance of $50,000, and the four other finalists will each receive a publishing contract with an advance of $15,000.

For more information, visit


Author presentation: Educator and TV personality Ron Hull, author of “Backstage: Stories from My Life in Public Television,” 2 p.m. today, Neihardt State Historic Site, Bancroft, Neb.

Book discussion: Crime Through Time Book Group, “The Technologists” by Matthew Pearl, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Bookworm in Countryside Village, 87th and Pacific Streets.

Book launch: Christopher McLucas, author of “Feint Peace and Other Stories,” 7 p.m. Wednesday, Legend Comics and Coffee, 52nd and Leavenworth Streets.

Book sale: Friends of the Omaha Public Library, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Swanson Library, 9101 West Dodge Road.

Book discussion: Historical/multicultural group, “Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern, 5 p.m. Friday, Mystery Bookstore, 1414 S. 13th St.

Reading and games: Momaha Night Time Story Time (for ages 1-5), reading, singing, dancing, activities with milk & cookies, 7 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Friday, the Bookworm. (Kids can wear pajamas and bring a stuffed animal.)

Book release party: Tunette Powell, author of “The Other Woman,” 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, University of Nebraska at Omaha Art Gallery, Weber Fine Arts Building, 6001 Dodge St.

— Events are open to the public and free.

— Send book calendar items and story ideas to two weeks in advance. Use in Bookends is not guaranteed.

Contact the writer: Carol Bicak    |   402-444-1067

Carol writes about community news, local profiles, the arts and books. She also covers the zoo.

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