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Nebraska Book Award goes to Doane English professor

Doane College English professor Betty Levitov was one of seven Nebraska authors honored in October with a Nebraska Book Award by the Nebraska Center for the Book.

She received a non-fiction award for "Africa on Six Wheels: A Semester on Safari." U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser of Garland and famous Nebraska author Kent Haruf also attended the catered award luncheon at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

"I felt like I was in great company,'" Levitov said.

Levitov, who has visited 27 of Africa's 53 countries, finished her book in 2004, and it was published by University of Nebraska Press in April 2007.

The book encapsulates experiences from semesters abroad traveling in a van with students from Tanzania to Cape Town. It is the common book for Doane Liberal Arts 101 Seminar students this year.

Levitov plans to return to Africa with another group of students next fall. She hopes to write a follow-up to her book as well as her own personal memoir.

Levitov has been teaching at Doane College since 1983.