Gov. Ricketts of Nebraska refuses to endorse "This Blessed Earth" for "One Book One Nebraska" literary celebration

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Gov. Ricketts of Nebraska refuses to endorse "This Blessed Earth" for "One Book One Nebraska" literary celebration

Jan 18 2019

Gov. Ricketts has broken with a 15-year tradition and refused to endorse This Blessed Earth by Ted Genoways (who went to high school and college in Nebraska) for an annual statewide literary celebration called One Book One Nebraska. Gov. Ricketts admits that he made this decision without having read the nonfiction book which focuses on a struggling Nebraskan farm family. Ricketts says that Genoways is "a political activist ... who is out-of-touch, and it was not going to be something that united Nebraska.”

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