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"Get Lit" readings on Jane Franklin; Neihardt beer fest Aug. 16; Sacajawea talk

Jill Lepore, whose new book is about Jane Franklin, sister of Benjamin Franklin, spoke at a 2010 conference.
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  • Benjamin Franklin wrote more letters to his little sister Jane than he wrote to anyone else. But what is the life story of Jane Franklin? We cannot know, but acclaimed historian Jill Lepore has tried to write it based in part on the surviving letters between Benny and Jenny. After a three-month hiatus, "Get Lit" from the Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre in Omaha is back at 6:30 p.m. today, at the Bookworm at 8702 Pacific Street, with readings from Lepore's recent book "Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin." The award-winning Lepore's book is just out in paperback. Ellen Struve and Laura Leininger are scheduled to perform the readings. The readings are to last under an hour and be followed by discussion. See Lepore, a professor at Harvard University, published an essay in The New Yorker about the genesis of her book on Jane Franklin ( She has received great reviews, including consideration for the Pulitzer Prize, for her books.
  • The sixth annual Neihardt Beer and Limerick Festival (see is scheduled for Aug. 16 in Lincoln at the historic Ferguson House from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The fundraiser for the John Neihardt historic site in Bancroft, Neb., is to include a limerick contest. Neihardt, whose novel "Life's Lure" was published 100 years ago, was also the author of poetry, short stories, autobiography, and nonfiction such as "The River and I." He is the poet laureate in perpetuity of the state of Nebraska.
  • Scholar Amy Mossett is scheduled to give an hour-long presentation, "Sacajawea of the Lewis and Clark Expedition" at 3 p.m. Saturday in Omaha at 601 Riverfront Drive, the site of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Visitor Center and National Park Service offices. Mossett is a member of the Three Affiliated Tribes of North Dakota, according to the Neihardt Center facebook page. For more information, call the visitor center at 402-661-1804.
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