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The author signings, in-house book clubs and other events shown below are free and open to the public.
90th & Center Streets
2501 South 90th Street, Suite 111
Omaha, NE 68124
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 November 1 / 10 a.m. | The U.S. Presidents group will discuss John F. Kennedy by Alan Brinkley (Times Books, $23.00). Brinkley shows the reality of Kennedy's achievements was much more complex than the legend. His brief presidency encountered significant failures—among them the Bay of Pigs fiasco, which cast its shadow on nearly every national-security decision that followed. But Kennedy also had successes, among them the Cuban Missile Crisis and his belated but powerful stand against segregation. Kennedy seemed to live on a knife's edge, moving from one crisis to another—Cuba, Laos, Berlin, Vietnam, Mississippi, Georgia, and Alabama. His controversial public life mirrored his hidden private life. He took risks that would seem reckless and even foolhardy when they emerged from secrecy years later. Kennedy's life, and his violent and sudden death, reshaped our view of the presidency. Brinkley gives us a full picture of the man, his times, and his enduring legacy.
Saturday, November 1 / 10:30 a.m. | Saturday Morning Story Time with Mr. Scott! On Saturday mornings Scott Kurz from the Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre will make stories come alive with dramatic reading from books suitable for ages 3 to 8. The theme for each Saturday will be announced a week in advance via Brigit email, and at Bridget’s website www.bsbtheatre.com. It’ll always be free and it’ll always be fun!
Sunday, November 2 / 1 p.m. | Assaf Gavron will sign The Hilltop (Scribner, $26.00). Hailed as "The Great Israeli Novel"and winner of the prestigious Bernstein Prize, The Hilltop is a monumental and daring work about life in a West Bank settlement from one of Israel's most acclaimed young novelists. By turns serious and satirical, The Hilltop -- the story of two orphan brothers who find themselves in an illegal settlement on a hilltop in the West Bank -- brilliantly skewers the complex, often absurd reality of life in Israel, the West Bank settlers, and the nation's relationship to the United States. Rich with humor and insight, Assaf Gavron's novel is the first fiction to grapple with one of the most charged geo-political issues of our time.
Monday, November 3 / 6:30 p.m. | The I Should Have Read That in School classics group will discuss David Copperfield by Charles Dickens (Vintage, $10.00). David Copperfield is the classic account of a boy growing up in a world that is by turns magical, fearful, and grimly realistic. In a book that is part fairy tale and part thinly veiled autobiography, Dickens transmutes his experiences into a brilliant series of comic and sentimental adventures in the spirit of the great eighteenth-century novelists he so much admired. Few readers can fail to be touched by David's fate, and fewer still to be delighted by his story. The cruel Murdstone, the feckless Micawber, the unctuous and sinister Uriah Heep, and David Copperfield himself, into whose portrait Dickens poured so much of his own early life, form an enduring part of our literary legacy. Discussion will be continued at the December meeting.
Tuesday, November 4 / 1 p.m. | The Art Discussion Group will discuss Georgia O’Keefe: A Life by Roxanna Robinson (University Press of New England, $29.95). Georgia O'Keeffe is arguably the 20th century's leading woman artist. Coming of age along with American modernism, her life was rich in intense relationships -- with family, friends, and especially noted photographer Alfred Stieglitz. Her struggle between the rigorous demands of love and work resulted in extraordinary accomplishments. Her often-eroticized flowers, bones, stones, skulls, and pelvises became extremely well known to a broad American public.
Tuesday, November 4 / 7 to 8 p.m. | Susie Phillips and Jackie Byers will discuss two of Charles Dickens' lesser known short stories, “Doctor Marigold” and “The Signalman”. These stories will be featured at A Tale of Two Dickens, a benefit for the Douglas County Historical Society to be held at the General Crook House Museum on November 20 –22 featuring Gerald Charles Dickens, the great-great grandson of Charles Dickens, in his fourth visit to Omaha. Performances will include The Signalman, Doctor Marigold, Nicholas Nickleby and A Christmas Carol. Call 402-455-9990 or see www.omahahistory.org for more information
Wednesday, November 5 / 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.
Saturday, November 8 / 10:00 a.m. | The Sherlock Holmes group will discuss “The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger” from The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes. These stories are included in Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories, volume 2 by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Bantam Classics, $6.95). All Sherlock Holmes fans are welcome.
Saturday, November 8 / 10:30 a.m. | Saturday Morning Story Time with Mr. Scott! On Saturday mornings Scott Kurz from the Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre will make stories come alive with dramatic reading from books suitable for ages 3 to 8. The theme for each Saturday will be announced a week in advance via Brigit email, and at Bridget’s website www.bsbtheatre.com. It’ll always be free and it’ll always be fun!
Sunday, November 9 / 1 p.m. | Steve Sieberson will sign The Naked Mountaineer: Misadventures of an Alpine Traveler (University of Nebraska Press, $19.95). The Naked Mountaineer recounts a series of solo journeys to some of the world's most exotic peaks in places such as Switzerland, Japan, and Borneo. However, it is far from the typical heroic mountain-expedition book. Although Steve Sieberson did reach many summits, in most cases his travels were more memorable for what he encountered along the way than for the actual climbing. His real adventures involved peculiar people, strange foods, and tropical diseases, rather than pitons, ice axes, and carabiners. On the Matterhorn he met an English alpinist who reveled in naked selfies, he stumbled into a cockfight in a Balinese village, and on a volcano in Italy he was mistaken for a famous singer by an insistent fan. The Naked Mountaineer offers mountain-themed travel stories with a wide-eyed view of the world, while presenting irreverent commentary on climbers and their peculiar sport. These are rollicking tales, filled with the unexpected.
Sunday, November 9 / 11 a.m. | The book group Books and Bagels will discuss Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption (Random House, $16.00). In boyhood, Louis Zamperini was an incorrigible delinquent. As a teenager, he channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics. But when World War II began, the athlete became an airman, embarking on a journey that led to a doomed flight on a May afternoon in 1943. When his Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean, against all odds, Zamperini survived, adrift on a foundering life raft. Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.
Wednesday, November 12 / 6 p.m. | Darren Carlson will sign Your 1960’s TV Guide to Estate Planning (Motivational Press, $19.95). In Your 1960's TV Guide to Estate Planning, the nostalgia andwit make estate planning fun and informative. The author’s creative depictions of beloved 1960's TV families are an ideal stage to spotlight manydifferent types of estate plans while making it easy to understand. The common sense advice for dealing with all types of estate planning challenges from wills and trusts to assisting the elderly or disabled, the advice is both practical and invaluable. From beginning to end, the author’s humor shines through in clever dialogue with an engaging cast of characters. After a quarter century of practicing law, Mr. Carlson decided it was time to combine his humor and experience to introduce readers to estate planning with nostalgia from the 1960’s TV sitcoms to make it fun and informative.
Wednesday, November 12 / 6:30 p.m. | The Wednesday Bookworms will discuss The Honk and Holler Opening Soon by Billie Letts (Grand Central, $13.99). Caney Paxton wanted his cafe to have the biggest and brightest sign in Eastern Oklahoma-the "opening soon" part was supposed to be just a removable, painted notice. But a fateful misunderstanding gave Vietnam vet Caney the flashiest joke in the entire state. Twelve years later, the once-busy highway is dead and the sign is as worn as Caney, who hasn't ventured outside the diner since it opened. Then one blustery December day, a thirtyish Crow woman blows in with a three-legged dog in her arms and a long-buried secret on her mind. Hiring on as a carhop, Vena Takes Horse is soon shaking up business, the locals, and Caney's heart...as she teaches them all about generosity of spirit, love, and the possibility of promise-just like the sign says.
Thursday, November 13 / 6 p.m. | Amiable Adult Readers Discussing Books Almost Always Read by Kids (Aardbaark) will discuss Bomb: The Race to Build and Steal the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin (Roaring Brook, $19.99). In December of 1938, a chemist in a German laboratory made a shocking discovery: When placed next to radioactive material, a uranium atom split in two. That simple discovery launched a scientific race that spanned three continents. In Great Britain and the United States, Soviet spies worked their way into the scientific community; in Norway, a commando force slipped behind enemy lines to attack German heavy-water manufacturing; and deep in the desert, one brilliant group of scientists was hidden away at a remote site at Los Alamos. This is the story of the plotting, the risk-taking, the deceit, and genius that created the world's most formidable weapon. This is the story of the atomic bomb.
Friday, November 14 / 6:30 p.m. | GET LIT with Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre is back! On the second Friday of each month actors will give vivid voice to animate readings that traverse all the genres of literature. The readings will run less than an hour, and will be followed by some sprightly discussion for those in the mood. Designed as an informal but satisfying after-supper interlude, it will deliver a whimsical and unique wind-down from the work week/wind-up for the weekend. The selections will be announced a week in advance via Brigit email and at Brigit’s website www.bsbtheatre.com.
Saturday, November 15 / 10:30 a.m. | Saturday Morning Story Time with Mr. Scott! On Saturday mornings Scott Kurz from the Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre will make stories come alive with dramatic reading from books suitable for ages 3 to 8. The theme for each Saturday will be announced a week in advance via Brigit email, and at Bridget’s website www.bsbtheatre.com. It’ll always be free and it’ll always be fun!
Sunday, November 16 / 1 p.m. | Chris Van Allsburg will sign The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie (Harcourt Brace, $18.99). From two-time Caldecott winner Chris Van Allsburg, creator of Jumanji and The Polar Express, comes a poignant story of one hamster's struggle with destiny. Being a pet store hamster isn't much fun for Sweetie Pie, but life in human homes proves downright perilous. As Sweetie Pie longingly gazes out of his cage at the squirrels frolicking in the trees, he wonders if he'll ever have the chance to feel the wind in his fur. Allsburg's expressive, soft-hued illustrations artfully capture a hamster's-eye view of the wide and wonderful world where maybe, just maybe, Sweetie Pie could someday run free.
Tuesday, November 18 / 6:30 p.m. | The International Intrigue Book Group will discuss Devil-Devil by Graeme Kent (Soho, $14.00). It's not easy being Ben Kella. As a sergeant in the Solomon Islands Police Force, as well as an aofia, a hereditary spiritual peacekeeper of the Lau people, he is viewed with distrust by both the indigenous islanders and the British colonial authorities. In the past few days he has been cursed by a magic man, stumbled across evidence of a cargo cult uprising, and failed to find an American anthropologist who had been scouring the mountains for a priceless pornographic icon. Then, at a mission station, Kella discovers an independent and rebellious young American nun, Sister Conchita, secretly trying to bury a skeleton. The unlikely pair of Kella and Conchita are forced to team up to solve a series of murders that tie into all these other strange goings-on.
Wednesday, November 19 / 6 p.m. | The Louise Penny Discussion Group will continue with her seventh novel, Trick of the Light (Minotaur, $15.99 ). All readers are welcome, if discovering Louise for the first time or if refreshing acquaintanceship with an old friend. Janet Grojean will facilitate the discussion "Hearts are broken," Lillian Dyson carefully underlined in a book. "Sweet relationships are dead." But now Lillian herself is dead. Found among the bleeding hearts and lilacs of Clara Morrow's garden in Three Pines, shattering the celebrations of Clara's solo show at the famed Musee in Montreal. Chief Inspector Gamache, the head of homicide at the Surete du Quebec, is called to the tiny Quebec village and there he finds the art world gathered, and with it a world of shading and nuance, a world of shadow and light. Where nothing is as it seems. Behind every smile there lurks a sneer. Inside every sweet relationship there hides a broken heart. And even when facts are slowly exposed, it is no longer clear to Gamache and his team if what they've found is the truth, or simply a trick of the light.
Thursday, November 20 | Young Adult Book and Movie Book Club! The Bookworm in partnership with locally owned Aksarben Cinema invites you to read and discuss bestselling dystopian young adult novels and then watch the movie. Call The Bookworm at 402.392.2877 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register. The books will be available at The Bookworm at the book club discounted price. The movie tickets will be available at the theater the day of the event. The discussions will take place in the party room at Aksarben Cinema, 2110 South 67th Street. The November 20 book and movie, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Julianne Moore, is Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic, $12.99). Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena alive, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what's worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe, either. Not Katniss's family, not her friends, not the people of District 12.
Thursday, November 20 / 6 p.m. | The World War II At Night Group will discuss Rendezvous with Destiny: How Franklin D. Roosevelt and Five Extraordinary Men Took America into the War and into the World by Michael Fullilove (Penguin, $18.00). In the dark days between Hitler’s invasion of Poland in September 1939 and Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, Franklin D. Roosevelt sent five remarkable men—Sumner Welles, William “Wild Bill” Donovan, Harry Hopkins, Averell Harriman, and Wendell Willkie—on dramatic and dangerous missions to Europe. The five envoys’ highly unorthodox missions took them into the middle of the war and exposed them to the leading figures of the age. Taken together, they plot the arc of America’s transformation from a divided and hesitant middle power into a global leader. Drawing on vast archival research, Rendezvous with Destiny is narrative history at its most delightful, stirring, and important.
Thursday, November 20 / 6:30 p.m. | The As the Worm Turns Book Group will discuss In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming (Minotaur, $14.99). Clare Fergusson, St. Alban's new priest, fits like a square peg in the conservative Episcopal parish at Millers Kill, New York. She is not just a "lady," she's a tough ex-Army chopper pilot, and nobody's fool. Then a newborn infant left at the church door brings her together with the town's police chief, Russ Van Alstyne, who's also ex-Army and a cynical good shepherd for the stray sheep of his hometown. Their search for the baby's mother quickly leads them into the secrets that shadow Millers Kill like the ever-present Adirondacks. What they discover is a world of trouble, an attraction to each other-and murder... Judy Benetz will facilitate the discussion.
Saturday, November 22 / 10 a.m. | The Civil War Book Group will discuss Terrible Swift Sword: The Life of General Philip H. Sheridan by Joseph Wheelan (Da Capo, $16.99). In this compelling and crisply written biography, historian Joseph Wheelan examines the life and wars of the indomitable General Phil Sheridan, whose leadership and aggressive tactics helped win the Civil War, crush the marauding Plains Indians-and save Yellowstone.
Saturday, November 22 / 10:30 a.m. | Saturday Morning Story Time with Mr. Scott! On Saturday mornings Scott Kurz from the Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre will make stories come alive with dramatic reading from books suitable for ages 3 to 8. The theme for each Saturday will be announced a week in advance via Brigit email and at Bridget’s website www.bsbtheatre.com. It’ll always be free and it’ll always be fun!
Saturday, November 22 / 1 p.m. | Karen Shoemaker will sign the Omaha Reads selection for 2014, The Meaning of Names (Red Hen Press, $15.95). Stuart, Nebraska is a long way from the battlefields of Western Europe, but it is not immune to the horrors of the first Great War for Peace. Like all communities, it has lost sons and daughters to the fighting, with many more giving themselves over to the hatred only war can engender. Set in 1918 in the farm country at the heart of America, The Meaning of Names is the story of an ordinary woman trying to raise a family during extraordinary times. Estranged from her parents because she married against their will, confronted with violence and prejudice against her people, and caught up in the midst of the worst plague the world has ever seen, Gerda Vogel, an American of German descent, must find the strength to keep her family safe from the effects of a war that threatens to consume the whole world.
Sunday, November 23 | The Bookworm Holiday Open House
Monday, November 24 / 2 p.m. | The World War II Book Group will discuss Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh and America’s Fight Over World War II by Lynne Olson (Random House, $16.00). Spanning the years 1939 to 1941, Those Angry Days vividly re-creates the rancorous internal squabbles that gripped the United States in the period leading up to Pearl Harbor. After Germany vanquished most of Europe, America found itself torn between its traditional isolationism and the urgent need to come to the aid of Britain, the only country still battling Hitler. The conflict over intervention was, as FDR noted, "a dirty fight," rife with chicanery and intrigue. In Washington, a group of high-ranking military officers, including the Air Force chief of staff, worked to sabotage FDR's pro-British policies. Roosevelt, meanwhile, authorized FBI wiretaps of Lindbergh and other opponents of intervention. At the same time, a covert British operation, approved by the president, spied on antiwar groups, dug up dirt on congressional isolationists, and planted propaganda in U.S. newspapers.
Tuesday, November 25 | The Crime Through Time Book Group will break for the holidays.
Thursday, November 27 | The Bookworm will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving Day.
Thursday, November 20 | The Enquiring Minds Group will break for the holidays.
Friday, November 28 / 7 - 7:30 p.m. | Momaha Night Time Story Time will break for Thanksgiving weekend.
Saturday, November 29 | Small Business Saturday. Shop at The Bookworm and support your neighborhood. Thank you for being a big supporter of small business.
Saturday, November 29 / 10:30 a.m. | Saturday Morning Story Time with Mr. Scott! On Saturday mornings Scott Kurz from the Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre will make stories come alive with dramatic reading from books suitable for ages 3 to 8. The theme for each Saturday will be announced a week in advance via Brigit email and at Bridget’s website www.bsbtheatre.com. It’ll always be free and it’ll always be fun!
Saturday, November 29 / 1 p.m. | Scott Lerette will sign The Unbreakable Boy: A Father's Fear, a Son's Courage, and a Story of Unconditional Love (Thomas Nelson, $24.99). Like any other teenage boy, Austin loves pizza, movies, dancing, and girls. But unlike most other eighteen-year-olds, he has a rare brittle-bone disease, was locked in a mental ward as a child, and is autistic. Yet Austin doesn't let any of that stop him. His is a world where suffering a broken back is a minor inconvenience and the quest for the ultimate strawberry shake just might be the best day of his life. Written with remarkable candor by Austin's father and Susy Flory, The Unbreakable Boy weaves the beautiful and often humorous tale of how Austin teaches his father--and everyone else he encounters--to have faith in God and trust that one day life's messes will all make sense. Austin's journey dares us all to believe that miracles "are "possible, that hope "does" spring eternal, and that we "can" find joyous moments to celebrate every day.