5 Books to Read this Summer

By Claire Bromm


Summer is right around the corner (yay!) and that means having extra time to do all the things you didn’t have time for during the busy school year. This could be spending more time with family, finally getting around to working out, creating that DIY you’ve been looking at on Pinterest or sitting down and reading some good books.

Here are five books you should check out this summer.


  1. The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life? It’s 1969 in New York City’s Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children, four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness, sneak out to hear their fortunes. The prophecies inform their next five decades.


  1. The Winds of Winter by George R. R. Martin

The sixth installment of the A Song of Ice and Fire series is slated to be released this summer, however fans of the book, and the HBO series Game of Thrones, have been burned by Martin and his long-writing process before.


  1. The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor

In 1986, Eddie and his friends are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy English village and looking for any taste of excitement they can get. The chalk men are their secret code: little chalk stick figures they leave for one another as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing is ever the same.


  1. So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Ijeoma Oluo explores the complex reality of today’s racial landscape–from white privilege and police brutality to systemic discrimination and the Black Lives Matter movement–offering straightforward clarity that readers need to contribute to the dismantling of the racial divide.


  1. White Chrysanthemum by Mary Lynn Bracht

Korea, 1943. Hana has lived her entire life under Japanese occupation. As a haenyeo, a female diver of the sea, she enjoys an independence that few other Koreans can still claim. Until the day Hana saves her younger sister from a Japanese soldier and is herself captured and transported to Manchuria. There she is forced to become a “comfort woman” in a Japanese military brothel. But haenyeo are women of power and strength. She will find her way home.

Fall 2017 Issue is Now Available!

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The Fall 2017 issue is here!

Check out some amazing pieces of writing and art for free via This free edition is only available as an ebook. Make sure to download the Fall 2017 issue before September 1st. Click here to get your free copy.

Print versions of the Fall 2017 issue will also be available on for only $11! Get yours here. Hurry, this sale will only last until September 1st!

We will also be selling print issues (while supplies last) at every Writer’s Workshop Reading Series event, starting Tuesday, September 20, from 7:30-8:30 p.m., at the University of Nebraska Omaha Art Gallery or Milo Bail Student Center, depending on where the reading takes place. You can see a list of the reading series dates and locations here.

“Untitled Dancer”: Mary Heldridge on Exhibit


“Untitle Dancer” by Mary Heldrige, on display at the UNO Art Gallery

Two of artist Mary Heldridge’s works are on display in the Spring 2016 Juried Student Art Exhibit held the UNO Art Gallery on the first floor lobby of the Weber Fine Arts building. Heldridge’s work “Untitle Dancer” was published in the Fall 2015 edition of 13th Floor Magazine. See this work and one other full size and in person while you can.


Mary Heldiridge’s art on display at the UNO Art Gallery.

Exhibition Dates: February 19 – March 31, 2016

(Closed March 20-27 for UNO Spring Break)

The exhibit features works by current studio art majors selected by guest juror Tim Barry, ceramic artist & building manager, Hot Shops Art Center.

All Events are free and open to the public. UNO Gallery hours are 10AM – 3PM Mon through Thurs. / (402)554-2796

Mockup_FL2015The Fall 2015 edition featuring “Untitled Dancer” is still available in ebook and print format.

Interwoven Reading Series

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On March 9th, 13th Floor Magazine and the UNO Bookstore invite you to join them in the Durham Science Hall’s Mallory Kountze Planetarium for the next installment of the Interwoven Reading Series. Doors open at 3:30PM, and the readings begin at 4:00PM. Our university’s very own published authors D.S. Hudson, Kelsey Bee, and Michelle Lyles will present their selected works. Indulge yourself in local, creative minds as we give these authors a platform to present their works to a public audience.

Mockup_SP2016Inside the Planetarium, the audience will experience some of what the Planetarium has to offer visually, while listening to well-voiced authors. We look forward to filling the room and will have complimentary snacks for all guests! We can’t wait to see you there, and our authors cannot wait to perform their work for you.

Spring 2016 Print Issue Now Available


Mockup_SP2016Spring 2016 Print Issue – $22.00

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Contains 6 short fiction pieces, including:
“The Deer Skull” by Iona Newman
“His Azaleas” by Larry Leeds
“Violent Calm” by Morgann Freeman

5 nonfiction pieces:
“Letter From An Omnicient Racist” by Juan Zapata
“Unromanticized” by Madison Larimore
“A Ghost or the Breath That Hangs Upon the Cold Airwaves of Winter” by Matthew Terry
“The Neighbor” by Marci Schur
“Open Valve” by J. Rose

A short play:
“The Manifestation of Human Existence” by Britta Tollefsrud

As well as 26 poems, 18 original works of art from 9 incredible artists, and an introductory piece by promotions editor and new Editor-in-Chief Kellie Hayden.

James T. Johnson, Editor-in-Chief; Kristin Pothast, Business Manager; Kelsey Bee, Lead Creative Editor; Kellie Hayden, Promotions Editor; Mystery Harwood, Creative and Copy Editor; Eric Moses, Creative and Copy Editor; Phillip Brown, Creative and Copy Editor; Alec McMullen, Creative and Copy Editor; Lexa Benner, Creative and Copy Editor; Lindsey Knipe, Creative and Copy Editor; Jayme Hookstra, Creative and Copy Editor; Elizabeth Lockin, Creative and Copy Editor; Sophie Clark, Creative and Copy Editor; Maggie Fey, Creative and Copy Editor; Mary Russell, Copy Editor; Cece Abbey, Creative Editor

13th Floor Magazine is a nonprofit organization registered with the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Royalties from all sales go solely to the publication of future issues.

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Spring 2016 Ebook Issue – $4.99

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Read the ebook version of the magazine in the free Kindle app on all of your devices: smart phone, laptop, desktop computer, and tablet.

New Release: Fall 2015 Issue

Fall 2015 Print Edition

Fall 2015 Print Edition

Our Fall 2015 issue is now available! Hurray! We are especially excited because this is the first issue we are offering in both an ebook and print format. The print book is a full color interior to show off all of the amazing art we published this semester, which includes the beautiful full color cover image by Molly Shirazi.

The print edition is $22.00 and can be purchased directly from our publisher Createspace (with higher royalty returns for us) here, or through Amazon here.

The ebook edition is $4.99 as always, and can be purchased through Amazon here.

We will also be attending various on-campus events such as the Writer’s Workshop Reading Series at UNO, and you can purchase the magazine in person there.

Fall 2015 Ebook Edition

Fall 2015 Ebook Edition

All of our ebook issues are available for FREE the first week of each semester, with the current promotion running August 24-28, 2015. Be sure to get all of your copies while you can, and remember that the proceeds for any magazine sale go toward future issues. We are an entirely student-run, nonprofit organization funded by magazine sales and sponsorships.