Mystery writer, poet added to free Nebraska Literary Tour app
Humanities Nebraska (HN) announced that two additional Nebraska writers and sites related to their works have been added to the Nebraska Literary Tour app. Available for free download from Google Play and iTunes, the app pairs literary excerpts or historic information about writers with locations throughout Nebraska.
The two newly featured writers are mystery author Mignon G. Eberhart and former state poet William Kloefkorn. Featured sites involving those authors include Valentine, Platte River State Park, the Loup River, Ole’s Big Game Steakhouse & Lounge in Paxton, the Zoo Bar in Lincoln and the Otoe County Courthouse.
“I am excited to introduce Mignon Eberhart to Nebraskans who may not have heard of her,” said HN Director of Literary Programs Erika Hamilton, Ph.D. “Readers who love classic mysteries may already be fans of her work, but she is something of a hidden treasure. In her time, she was one of America’s most popular mystery writers.”
Born in Lincoln in 1899, Eberhart graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University before publishing her first mystery novel, “The Patient in Room 18,” in 1929. She received the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America in 1971. Several of her novels and short stories were turned into films and television dramas.
William Kloefkorn served as Nebraska State Poet from 1982 to his death in 2011. The Kansas native taught at Nebraska Wesleyan University for more than 40 years and instructed many youth through the Poets in Schools program, which he initiated.
“As a member of HN’s Speakers Bureau, Bill Kloefkorn traveled extensively throughout Nebraska, and he often wrote about the places he visited,” said Christopher Sommerich, HN executive director. “It’s a pleasure to reconnect those communities with excerpts from Bill’s poems through this app.”
Other writers already included in the Nebraska Literary Tour app are Bess Streeter Aldrich, Hartley Burr Alexander, Willa Cather, Loren Eiseley, Weldon Kees, Wright Morris, John G. Neihardt, and Mari Sandoz. The app is searchable by author or region. Those who have previously downloaded the app on iTunes will receive an automated update message, while anyone who used Google Play should download the new version to completely replace the old.
Humanities Nebraska worked with the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors to turn a Nebraska Passport literary tour created by the Nebraska Tourism Commission into this free app in 2014. The goal is to add at least two authors and their respective locations to the app each year. HN welcomes recommendations for authors and sites from the public. Send your suggestions to info@HumanitiesNebraska.org.
HN is a non-profit organization that inspires and enriches personal and public life by offering opportunities to thoughtfully engage with history and culture.
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