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John H. Ames Reading Series: Readings by Nebraska Authors

Readings are held Sundays in the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors. Programs begin at 2:00 PM. Call (402) 441-8516 for information.

Sunday, February 15, 2015
The 210th Ames Reading:

Ron Hull, born in Rapid City, South Dakota, holds degrees from Dakota Wesleyan University, Syracuse University and UNL. Arriving in Lincoln in 1955, he is senior adviser to Nebraska Educational Telecommunications and professor emeritus of broadcasting at UNL. Ron will share his book, Backstage: Stories from My Life in Public Television, 2012.

Leta Powell Drake was born in Duluth, Minnesota and has lived in Nebraska since 1960. She holds a masterís degree in theatre from UNL, has spent 50 years in broadcasting and is still active in television and theatre. In August 2014, her first book, The Calamities of Kalamity Kate: A History of Nebraskaís Childrenís TV Shows was published.

Video from the October 19, 2014 Ames Reading featuring Linda Battisti and John Stevens Berry, Sr. discussing their book entitled The Twelfth Victim: The Innocence of Caril Fugate in the Starkweather Murder Rampage. is now available, courtesy of 5 City TV:

All Ames Reading Series programs are taped for later broadcast on 5 City TV, Time Warner Cable Channel 5. The broadcast schedule is available here, and recent programs can be viewed here. Many of these programs are also available for checkout on DVD.

30 Years and 200+ Readings!
Lists of the 200+ Ames Readings from the past 30 years organized by presenter and by date are available here.

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