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Bookends: Enter fiction, nonfiction works in competitions

Bookends: Enter fiction, nonfiction works in competitions

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Do you think you have written a prize-worthy book? If so, you might want to check out these two competitions.

Stanford University's biennial William Saroyan International Prize for Writing awards $5,000 for a work of fiction and another $5,000 for a nonfiction work. The prizes are intended to “encourage new or emerging writers and honor the Saroyan legacy of originality, vitality and stylistic innovation.”

Entries must by received by Jan. 31. Only works published in book form between Jan. 1, 2012 and Dec. 31, 2013, and available for individual purchase by the general public are eligible. More information and rules are available at

Entries for the 2014 PEN Literary Awards will be accepted through Dec. 16.

Seventeen awards for books in various fields, including fiction, science-writing, biography, children's literature and poetry, will be given out. For information about the specific categories and the cash awards that go with them, visit

Author, advocate to talk on kids' friendships, cliques

Award-winning author and children's advocate Trudy Ludwig will present “Understanding Our Kids' Social World: Friendships, Cliques and Power Plays” at 7 p.m. Thursday in the University of Nebraska at Omaha Thompson Alumni Center, 6705 Dodge St.

She is the author of such titles as “My Secret Bully,” “Just Kidding,” “Sorry,” “Trouble Talk,” “Too Perfect,” “Confessions of a Former Bully” and “The Invisible Boy.”

Admission is $10 in advance (order from the Montessori Children's Room office, 402-551-1440) or $15 at the door.

On the Calendar

Book signing: Kate Lebo, author of “A Commonplace Book of Pie,” 12:30 p.m. today, the Bookworm, 87th and Pacific Streets.

Book sale: Friends of the Plattsmouth Public Library, 1p.m.-4 p.m. today, 401 Ave. A, Plattsmouth.

Book discussion; Momaha Book Club, “The Good Daughters” by Joyce Maynard, 1 p.m. today, the Bookworm.

Book signing: Thomas R. Buecker, author of “A Brave Soldier & Honest Gentleman: Lt. James E.H. Foster in the West, 1873-1881,” 1:30 p.m. today, Nebraska History Museum, 15th and P Streets, Lincoln.

Workshop: Family History Writers Group, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. today, W. Dale Clark Library, 215 S. 15th St.

Book signing: Carol Bicak and Chris Machian, author and photographer of “The Littlest Lion,” 2 p.m. today, the Bookworm.

Reading/signing: Monty McCord, author of “Mundy's Law” and “The 1931 Hastings Bank Job and the Bloody Bandit Trail,” 2 p.m. today, Neihardt State Historic Site, 306 W. Elm St., Bancroft, Neb.

Book discussion: Eclectic Book Review Club, Eileen Wirth, author of “From Society Page to Front Page: Nebraska Women in Journalism,” lunch noon Tuesday, 12:30 p.m. book review, Field Club, 3615 Woolworth Ave. (RSVP for $13 lunch to Rita at 402-553-3147.)

Author event: Business book round-table with Karen Linder, author of “The Women of Berkshire Hathaway,” 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Mammel Hall, 6708 Pine St. (Register at

Book signing: Leo Adam Biga, author of “Alexander Payne: His Journey in Film,” 6 p.m. Tuesday, Swanson Library, 9101 West Dodge Road.

Book discussion: International Intrigue Book Group, “Electrico W” by Herve Le Tellier, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Bookworm.

Book discussion: Lunch at the Library, “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” by Rachel Joyce, 12:10 p.m. Wednesday, Bennett Martin Public Library, 14th and N Streets, Lincoln.

Book signing: Thomas R. Buecker, author of “A Brave Soldier & Honest Gentleman,” 2 p.m. Wednesday, Museum of Nebraska Art, 2401 Central Ave., Kearney.

Workshops: Mentoring for high school writers, 5:30-6 p.m. Wednesday; Nebraska Writers Workshop for poetry, script writing and fiction, 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Baright Library in Ralston.

Book signing: Loren Long, author of “An Otis Christmas,” and Jon Agee, author of “Little Santa,” 6 p.m. Wednesday, the Bookworm.

Book discussion: Dorothy Kaplan Book Group, 1-2 p.m. Thursday, Jewish Community Center Kripke Library, 333 South 132nd St.

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

Book discussion: World War II at Night Group, “Neptune's Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal” by James Hornfischer, 6 p.m. Thursday, the Bookworm.

Workshop: WriteLife Writers' Workshop, 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Pizza Shoppe Collective, 6056 Maple St.

Book signing: Bruce Arant, author of “Simpson's Sheep Won't Go to Sleep,” 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Blair Public Library, 210 S. 17th St., Blair.

Book discussion: As the Worm Turns Book Group, “A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles and the Eternal Passion for Books” by Nicholas Basbanes, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, the Bookworm.

Book signing: Bruce Arant, author of “Simpson's Sheep Won't Go to Sleep,” and Dennis Zongker, author of “Wooden Boxes,” 6:30 p.m. Friday, Barnes & Noble, 3333 Oakview Drive.

GET LIT: Brigit St. Brigit Theater actors give readings from several genres, 6:30 p.m. Friday, the Bookworm.

Workshop: Nebraska Novelists critique group, 7 p.m. Friday, Crossroads Barnes & Noble, 72nd and Dodge Streets.

Book discussion: Civil War Book Group, “The Caning: The Assault That Drove America to Civil War” by Stephen Puleo, 10 a.m. Saturday, the Bookworm.

Story time: Brigit St. Brigit's Scott Kurz reads from children's books, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, the Bookworm.

Book signing: Leo Adam Biga, author of “Alexander Payne: His Journey in Film,” 1 p.m. Saturday, Bess Johnson Elkhorn Library, 2100 Reading Plaza.

Book signing: Stacy Heatherly, author of “Me Without My Fig Leaf,” 1 p.m. Saturday, the Bookworm.

Book signing: Mark Kratina, author of “Admissions,” 3 p.m. Saturday, the Bookworm.

Book signing: Book signing: Marianne Szegedy-Maszak, author of “I Kiss Your Hands Many Times,” 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Millard Library, 13214 Westwood Lane.

Book signing: Marianne Szegedy-Maszak, author of “I Kiss Your Hand Many Times,” 1 p.m. Nov. 24, the Bookworm.

— Calendar events are open to the public, and free unless otherwise noted.

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