Upcoming Events at The Bookworm

The author signings, in-house book clubs and other events shown below are free and open to the public.     

The Bookworm offers in-house book clubs that you can attend when the featured books fit your interests and schedule. Readers receive a 20% book club discount on the books selected for discussion. The Bookworm provides facilitators to help lead the discussions for many of the in-house book clubs. If you have suggestions for groups, or are willing to facilitate discussions, please let us know

 

Saturday, August 19 | Local Author Day 

12:00-1:00 | Janette Calabro will sign Aphrodite’s Complex ($14.99). You’d think that someone named after the Greek goddess of love would have no trouble with romance—but you’d be wrong. Klutzy, quirky, 39-year-old Aphrodite Aldo seems to simultaneously attract and repel prospective suitors. One stalker ex-girlfriend , a barroom brawl, and a marriage proposal later, Aphrodite is convinced she’s found her soul mate. Is she fated never to find true love?

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12:30-1:30 | Michael Campbell will sign Of Mice and Me ($13.95). Description: Using astrology to help you vote. What to eat for your last day on Earth. Kissing Jesus on the lips. Being a pall-bearer for a man he’s never met. Author of the spit-out-your-coffee funny Are You Going To Eat That, Campbell offers seventy all new stories, mouse tales, and more. They’re hilarious when they aren’t heartbreaking. Often they’re both. 

 

 

 

 

1:00-2:00 | Dan Bird will sign Waking Up in the Spiritual Age ($11.00). A major shift in occurring in this world, and more people are experiencing unexpected phenomenon in their daily lives. Unusual "signs" and intuitive thoughts just might be messages from those who have passed. The world is waking up and this book is for those who are sensing this shift and feel there must be more to life than what we experience on the surface. If you are ready to begin your own spiritual journey this book is for you!

 

 

 

 

1:30-2:30 | Scott McPherson will sign Crisis on the Ice. In Antarctica, Gabe Hunter and his team of research students go about their work to gather ice cores when they are confronted by the appearance of a massive ice crevasse. This leads to the discovery of something so momentous they must get information back to their home base, at McMurdo Station. Before they can even to that they are swept up into an international conflict that could affect the stability of the whole world.

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2:00-3:00 | The Alternative Book Club will sign Spotlight on the Art of Resilience. Resilience is largely an exercise of mindset and mindfulness, of perspective and persistence, of ways of thinking and of will. Inside, you will find personal stories and their lessons that are intended to help anyone who is struggling with a personal test or dealing with loss.

 

 

 

Monday, August 21 / 6:30 p.m. | The Droids and Dragons Book Club will discuss Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel (Del Ray, $16.00). Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand. Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved--its origins, architects, and purpose unknown. Rose Franklin is now a highly trained physicist leading a top secret team to crack the hand's code. And along with her colleagues, she is being interviewed by a nameless interrogator whose power and purview are as enigmatic as the provenance of the relic. What's clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unraveling history's most perplexing discovery--and figuring out what it portends for humanity.

 

 

 

Tuesday, August 22 / 6:30 p.m. | The Crime Through Time Book Group will discuss A Shadowed Evil: A Medieval Mystery by Alys Clare (Severn House, $17.99). February, 1212. Sir Josse d'Acquin and Helewise are summoned to Southfire Hall, where Josse's elderly uncle, Hugh, lies dying, surrounded by his children. But the pair soon discovers that Hugh's ill health is not the only cause of distress in the house: for Hugh's son and heir, Herbert, has taken an unpleasant new wife, the widowed Lady Cyrille. Josse and Helewise are distracted by the discovery of an injured young man on the road outside on the evening of their arrival, but the longer they remain in the house, the more they feel that something is very wrong. What happened to Josse's cousin Aeleis, who no one speaks of? Where is Lady Cyrille's small son? And why do they both feel as if the house itself is alive - and threatened by approaching evil?

 

 

Wednesday, August 23 / 6 p.m. | The Mysterious Readers Book Group will discuss Birds of a Feather by Jacqueline Winspear (Soho, $15.95). Birds of a Feather finds psychologist and private investigator Maisie Dobbs on another dangerously intriguing adventure in London between the wars. It is the spring of 1930, and Maisie has been hired to find a runaway heiress. But what seems a simple case at the outset soon becomes increasingly complicated when three of the heiress s old friends are found dead. Is there a connection between the woman’s mysterious disappearance and the murders? Who would want to kill three seemingly respectable young women? As Maisie investigates, she discovers that the answers lie in the unforgettable agony of the Great War.

 

 

 

Thursday, August 24 / 6 p.m.| Cather and Friends reads and discusses the work of Willa Cather, her contemporaries, and fellow Nebraskans.  Tea will be served, so bring your favorite cup. Please call 402-392-2877 to register or sign up at the store. The book for August discussion will be One of Ours by Willa Cather (Vintage, $14.95). Claude Wheeler’s fortune is ready-made for him, but he refuses to settle for it. Alienated from his crass father and pious mother, all but rejected by a wife who reserves her ardor for missionary work, and dissatisfied with farming, Claude is an idealist without an ideal to cling to. It is only when his country enters the First World War that Claude finds what he has been searching for all his life. In One of Ours Cather creates a canny and extraordinarily vital portrait of an American psyche at once skeptical and romantic, restless and heroic.

 

 

 

Thursday, August 24 / 6 p.m. | The Philosophy Book Discussion Group shall initially draw from British and Germanic thinkers. Using titles from the Very Short Introduction series, published by Oxford University Press, the initial chosen authors will follow chronologically from the Enlightenment Era to the first part of the 20thcentury. Although the books are small and brief they are compacted with much detail requiring thoughtful examination. The book for August discussion is Schopenhauer: A Very Short Introduction by Christopher Janaway (Oxford University Press, $11.95). Schopenhauer is considered to be the most readable of German philosophers. This book gives a succinct explanation of his metaphysical system, concentrating on the original aspects of his thought, which inspired many artists and thinkers including Nietzsche, Wagner, Freud, and Wittgenstein. Schopenhauer's central notion is that of the will--a blind, irrational force that he uses to interpret both the human mind and the whole of nature. Seeing human behavior as that of a natural organism governed by the will to life, Schopenhauer developed radical insights concerning the unconscious and sexuality which influenced both psychologists and philosophers.

 

 

 

Saturday, August 26 / 10 a.m. | The American History Book Club will discuss War of Two: Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and the Duel That Stunned the Nation by John Sedgwick (Berkley, $17.00). Sedgwick explores the long-standing conflict between Founding Father Alexander Hamilton and Vice President Aaron Burr. Matching each other's ambition and skill as lawyers in New York, they later battled for power along political fault lines that would decide--and define--the future of the United States. A series of letters between Burr and Hamilton suggests the duel was fought over an unflattering comment made at a dinner party. But another letter, written by Hamilton the night before the event, provides critical insight into his true motivation. It was addressed to former Speaker of the House Theodore Sedgwick, a trusted friend of both men, and the author's own ancestor. John Sedgwick suggests that Hamilton saw Burr not merely as a personal rival but as a threat to the nation. It was a fear that would prove justified after Hamilton's death.

 

 

Saturday, August 26 / 11 a.m. | Author Angela Glover and illustrator Bruce Arant will sign their new book, Ethan Eats Hot Lunch. Meet Ethan, Lucy, and characters from the book while enjoying a hot lunch snack. Before Ethan’s first day of Kindergarten, he spends the summer learning the rules for how to eat hot lunch at school from his cousin Lucy. On the first day of school, Ethan is ready to recite his colors, most of the numbers, and his last name for Mrs. C., who works in the cafeteria. When the students in Miss G.’s classroom accidentally forget to hold their lunch trays with both hands while following the silver line and looking at the back of the head of the person in front of them, poor Eddie, the janitor, ends up with a big mess to clean up. 

 

 

 

Monday, August 28 / 2 p.m. | The World War II Book Group will discuss Long Way Back to the River Kwai: A Harrowing True Story of Survival in World War II by Loet Vilmans (Arcade, $14.95). Loet Velmans was in the Dutch Army in the Dutch East Indies when in March 1942, the Japanese invaded and made prisoners of the Dutch soldiers. For the next three and a half years Velmans and his fellow POWs toiled in slave labor camps, building a railroad through the dense jungle on the Burmese-Thailand border so the Japanese could invade India. Some 200,000 POWs and slave laborers died building this Death Railway. Velmans, though suffering from malaria, dysentery, malnutrition, and unspeakable mistreatment, never gave up hope. Fifty-seven years later he returned to revisit the place where he should have died and where he had buried his closest friend. From that emotional visit sprung this stunning memoir.

 

 

 

Monday, August 28 / 6:30 p.m.  | The Books To Die For  Group will discuss Brat Farrer by Josephine Tey (Touchstone, $16.00). In this tale of mystery and suspense, a stranger enters the inner sanctum of the Ashby family posing as Patrick Ashby, the heir to the family's sizable fortune. The stranger, Brat Farrar, has been carefully coached on Patrick's mannerism's, appearance, and every significant detail of Patrick's early life, up to his thirteenth year when he disappeared and was thought to have drowned himself. It seems as if Brat is going to pull off this most incredible deception until old secrets emerge that jeopardize the imposter's plan and his life.

 

 

 

 

Saturday, September 2 / 10 a.m. | The Biography Discussion Group will discuss Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shatterly  (Morrow, $15.99). Starting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War, the civil rights movement, and the space race, Hidden Figures follows the interwoven accounts of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, four African American women who participated in some of NASA's greatest successes. It chronicles their careers over nearly three decades they faced challenges, forged alliances, and used their intellect to change their own lives, and their country's future. 

 


 

 

Monday, September 4 | The Bookworm will be closed in observance of Labor Day.

 

 

Sunday, September 3 / 1 p.m. | Paula Lavigne will sign Violated: Exposing Rape at Baylor University Amid College Football's Sexual Assault Crisis ($27.00). As the world's largest Baptist university, Baylor University has presented itself as something special. During the last several years, however, Baylor officials were hiding a dark secret: Female students were being sexually assaulted at an alarming rate. Baylor administrators did very little to help victims, and their assailants rarely faced discipline for their abhorrent behavior. Finally, after a pair of high-profile criminal cases involving football players, an independent examination of Baylor's handling of allegations of sexual assault led to sweeping changes, including the unprecedented ouster of its president, athletics director, and popular, highly successful football coach. ESPN investigative reporters Paula Lavigne and Mark Schlabach weave together the complex - and at times contradictory - narrative of how a university and football program ascending in national prominence came crashing down amidst the stories of woman after woman coming forward describing their assaults, and a university system they found indifferent to their pain.

 

 

 

Tuesday, September 5 / 6:30 p.m. | The Killing Time Book Group will discuss The Knife Slipped by Earl Stanley Gardner (Hard Case Crime, $9.95). The Knife Slipped was meant to be the second book in the series, but shelved when Gardner's publisher objected to Bertha Cool's tendency to "talk tough, swear, smoke cigarettes, and try to gyp people." But this tale of adultery and corruption, of double-crosses and triple identities--however shocking for 1939--shines today as a glorious present from the past, a return to the heyday of private eyes and shady dames, of powerful criminals, crooked cops, blazing dialogue, and delicious plot twists. Donald Lam has never been cooler. Bertha Cool has never been tougher. And Erle Stanley Gardner has never been better.

 

 

 

Wednesday, September 6 / Noon - 1 p.m. | What Are You Reading? book chat. Join us to chat about favorite reads, books that changed your life, or the book you just couldn’t put down.  No need to make reservations--just come and enjoy a little conversation about books.  Carol Lynch facilitates the discussions.

 

 

Thursday, September 7 / 6:30 p.m. | The Notable Novellas group will discuss Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote (Vintage, $14.95). In this seductive, wistful masterpiece, Truman Capote created a woman whose name has entered the American idiom and whose style is a part of the literary landscape. Holly Golightly knows that nothing bad can ever happen to you at Tiffany's; her poignancy, wit, and naivete continue to charm.

 

 

 

 

Saturday, September 9 / 3 p.m. | The Continental European Novel Group shall begin with classics from several countries dating back to the mid-19th century.  Following several classics we shall migrate into the 20thcentury, and then proceed country by country.  As the group grows and develops, the choices and purposes shall be to focus on major characters, plots, themes and assessment of the relevance for today’s reading audience.  The book for September discussion will be Fireweed - a Political Autobiography by Gerda Lerner (Temple University Press, $28.95).  Fireweed tells a story of moral courage and commitment to social change with a novelist's skill and a historian's command of context. This memoir focuses on the formative experiences that made the author an activist for social justice before her academic career began. It presents her life in the context of the major historical events of the 20th century.

 

 

 

Sunday, September 10 / 11 a.m. | The Books and Bagels book group will discuss The Winds of War by Herman Wouk (Back Bay, $17.00) in their September and October meetings. Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II, which begins with The Winds of War and continues in War and Remembrance, stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events-and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II-as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom. 

 

 

 

 

Monday, September 11 / 6:30 p.m. | The Lit Wits group will discuss The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison (Vintage, $14.95). Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl, prays every day for beauty. Mocked by other children for the dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes that set her apart, she yearns for normalcy, for the blond hair and blue eyes that she believes will allow her to finally fit in. Yet as her dream grows more fervent, her life slowly starts to disintegrate in the face of adversity and strife. A powerful examination of our obsession with beauty and conformity, Toni Morrison's virtuosic first novel asks powerful questions about race, class, and gender with the subtlety and grace that have always characterized her writing. 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, September 13 / 6:30 p.m.  | The Wednesday Bookworms will discuss The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain by Maria Rosa Menocal (Back Bay, $16.00).  Widely hailed as a revelation of a "lost" golden age, this history brings to vivid life the rich and thriving culture of medieval Spain where, for more than seven centuries, Muslims, Jews, and Christians lived together in an atmosphere of tolerance, and literature, science, and the arts flourished.

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, September 14 / 6 p.m. | Amiable Adult Readers Discussing Books Almost Always Read by Kids (Aardbaark) will discuss Wonders of the Invisible World by Christopher Barzak (Ember, $9.99). Aidan Lockwood lives in a sleepy farming community known for its cattle ranches and not much else. That is, until Jarrod, a friend he hasn’t seen in years, moves back to town. It’s Jarrod who opens Aidan s eyes to events he’s long since forgotten, and who awakes in him feelings that go beyond mere friendship. But as Aidan s memories return, so do some unsettling truths about his family. As Aidan begins to probe into long-buried secrets, the lines between the past and the present, tales and truths, friends and lovers begin to blur, and Aidan will need to confront a family curse before he can lay claim to his life once more. 

 

 

 

Thursday, September 14 / 6 p.m. | The Philosophy Book Discussion Group shall initially draw from British and Germanic thinkers.  A major focus will be to address philosophy as a personal or individual subject in relation to academic philosophers.  Using titles from the Very Short Introduction series, published by Oxford University Press, the initial chosen authors will follow chronologically from the Enlightenment Era to the first part of the 20thcentury.  Although the books are small and brief they are compacted with much detail requiring thoughtful examination.  The book for September discussion is Nietzsche: A Very Short Introduction by Michael Tenner (Oxford University Press, $11.95). With his well-known idiosyncrasies and aphoristic style, Friedrich Nietzsche is always bracing and provocative, and temptingly easy to dip into. Michael Tanner's introduction to the philosopher's life and work examines the numerous ambiguities inherent in his writings and explodes many of the misconceptions that have grown in the hundred years since Nietzsche wrote "do not, above all, confound me with what I am not!"  

 

 

Monday, September 18 / 6:30 p.m. | The Droids and Dragons Book Club will discuss All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor, $15.99). An ancient society of witches and a hipster technological startup go to war world in order to prevent the world from tearing itself. To further complicate things, each of the groups' most promising followers (Patricia, a brilliant witch and Laurence, an engineering "wunderkind") may just be in love with each other. As the battle between magic and science wages in San Francisco against the backdrop of international chaos, Laurence and Patricia are forced to choose sides. But their choices will determine the fate of the planet and all mankind. All the Birds in the Sky offers a humorous and, at times, heart-breaking exploration of growing up extraordinary in world filled with cruelty, scientific ingenuity, and magic.

 

 

 

Tuesday, September 19 / 6:30 p.m. | The International Intrigue Book Group will discuss The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehabat Khan (Minotaur, $16.99). Detective Esa Khattak is in the midst of his evening prayers when he receives a phone call asking that he and Detective Rachel Getty look into the death of a local man who has fallen off a cliff. At first Christopher Drayton's death--which looks like an accident--doesn't seem to warrant a police investigation, especially not from Khattak and Rachel's team, which handles minority-sensitive cases. But it soon comes to light that Drayton might have been living under an assumed name, and he may not have been the upstanding Canadian citizen he appeared to be. In fact, he may have been a Bosnian war criminal with ties to the Srebrenica massacre of 1995.

 

 

 

Thursday, September 21 / 6 p.m. | The World War II At Night Group will discuss Stilwell and the American Experience in China: 1911-1945 by Barbara Tuchman (Random House, $20.00). Barbara W. Tuchman won her second Pulitzer Prize for this nonfiction masterpiece--an authoritative work of history that recounts the birth of modern China through the eyes of one extraordinary American. General Joseph W. Stilwell was a man who loved China deeply and knew its people as few Americans ever have. Tuchman's groundbreaking narrative follows Stilwell from the time he arrived in China during the Revolution of 1911, through his tours of duty in Peking and Tientsin in the 1920s and '30s, to his return as theater commander in World War II, when the Nationalist government faced attack from both Japanese invaders and Communist insurgents. Peopled by warlords, ambassadors, and missionaries, this classic biography of the cantankerous but level-headed "Vinegar Joe" sparkles with Tuchman's genius for animating the people who shaped history. 

 

 

Thursday, September 21 / 6:30 p.m. | The As the Worm Turns Book Group will discuss The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey (Algonquin, $14.95). While an illness keeps her bedridden, Bailey watches a wild snail that has taken up residence on her nightstand. As a result, she discovers the solace and sense of wonder that this mysterious creature brings and comes to a greater understanding of her own confined place in the world. Intrigued by the snail's anatomy, cryptic defenses, clear decision making, hydraulic locomotion, and mysterious courtship activities, Bailey becomes an astute and amused observer, providing an engaging look into the curious life of this small animal. Janet Grojean will lead the discussion. 

 

 

Saturday, September 23 / 10 a.m.  | The American History Book Club will discuss The Union Cavalry Comes of Age: Hartwood Church to Brandy Station, 1863 by Eric Wittenburg (History Press, $24.99). The Army of the Potomac's mounted units suffered early in the Civil War at the hands of the horsemen of the South. However, by 1863, the Federal cavalry had evolved into a fighting machine. Despite the numerous challenges occupying officers and politicians, as well as the harrowing existence of troopers in the field, the Northern cavalry helped turn the tide of war much earlier than is generally acknowledged. It became the largest, best-mounted, and best-equipped force of horse soldiers the world had ever seen. Further, the 1863 consolidation of numerous scattered Federal units created a force to be reckoned with--a single corps ten thousand strong. Wittenberg chronicles this story, debunking persistent myths that have elevated the Confederate "cavaliers" over their Union counterparts. 

 

 

Monday, September 25 / 2 p.m. | The World War II Book Group will discuss Operation Neptune: The D-Day Landings and the Allied Invasion of Europe by Craig Symonds (Oxford University Press, $16.95). The code name for the Normandy invasion in 1944 was Overlord, but everything that came before, including the landings themselves and the supply system that made it possible for the invaders to stay there, was code-named Neptune. Symonds now offers the story of this Olympian effort, involving transports, escorts, gunfire support ships, and landing craft of every possible size and function. The obstacles to success were many. In addition to divergent strategic views and cultural frictions, the Anglo-Americans had to overcome German U-boats, Russian impatience, fierce competition for insufficient shipping, training disasters, and a thousand other impediments, including logistical bottlenecks and disinformation schemes.  Symonds shows in this gripping account of D-Day that success depended mostly on the men themselves: the junior officers and enlisted men who drove the landing craft, cleared the mines, seized the beaches and assailed the bluffs behind them, securing the foothold for the eventual campaign to Berlin, and the end of the most terrible war in human history. 

 

 

Monday, September 25 / 6:30 p.m. | The Books To Die For  Group will discuss Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith (Norton, $14.95). Guy Haines is a successful architect in the midst of a divorce, and Charles Anthony Bruno is a conniving psychopath who manipulates a chance encounter with Guy into a sadistic plot to swap murders. Some people are better off dead, says Bruno, like your wife and my father, for instance. As Bruno carries out his twisted plan, Guy becomes trapped in Patricia Highsmith’s perilous world, where under the right circumstances anyone is capable of murder. Strangers on a Train elicits the menace that lurks in familiar surroundings and the unsettling forces that tremble beneath the surface of everyday life.

 

 

 

Tuesday, September 26 / 6:30 p.m. | The Crime Through Time Book Group will discuss The House of the Vestals: The Investigations of Gordianus the Finder by Steven Saylor (Minotaur, $16.99). It is Ancient Rome, and Gordianus the Finder has a knack for finding trouble. Known to many as the one man in the ancient world who can both keep a secret and uncover one, Gordianus lays bare some of his most intriguing and compelling adventures. The House of the Vestals collects nine of the award-winning stories of Gordianus the Finder by author Steven Saylor. Filling in some of the gaps between novels, this delightful collection of unique and unforgetable mysteries is Saylor at his finest - revealing the intrigues in the secret history of Rome. 

 

 

 

Wednesday, September 27 / 6 p.m. | The Mysterious Readers Book Group will discuss Pardonable Lies by Jacqueline Winspear (Picador, $16.00). A deathbed plea from his wife leads Sir Cecil Lawton to seek the aid of Maisie Dobbs, psychologist and investigator. As Maisie soon learns, Agnes Lawton never accepted that her aviator son was killed in the Great War, a torment that led her not only to the edge of madness but to the doors of those who practice the dark arts and commune with the spirit world. In accepting the assignment, Maisie finds her spiritual strength tested, as well as her regard for her mentor, Maurice Blanche. The mission also brings her together once again with her college friend Priscilla Evernden, who served in France and who lost three brothers to the war--one of whom, it turns out, had an intriguing connection to the missing Ralph Lawton. 

 

 

 

Thursday, September 28 / 6 p.m. | The Philosophy Book Discussion Group shall initially draw from British and Germanic thinkers.  A major focus will be to address philosophy as a personal or individual subject in relation to academic philosophers.  Using titles from the Very Short Introduction series, published by Oxford University Press, the initial chosen authors will follow chronologically from the Enlightenment Era to the first part of the 20thcentury.  Although the books are small and brief they are compacted with much detail requiring thoughtful examination.  The book for September discussion is is Nietzsche: A Very Short Introduction by Michael Tenner (Oxford University Press, $11.95). With his well-known idiosyncrasies and aphoristic style, Friedrich Nietzsche is always bracing and provocative, and temptingly easy to dip into. Michael Tanner's introduction to the philosopher's life and work examines the numerous ambiguities inherent in his writings and explodes many of the misconceptions that have grown in the hundred years since Nietzsche wrote "do not, above all, confound me with what I am not!" 

 

 

 

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