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



Thursday – Sunday, June 22 – 25 | The Bookworm Sidewalk Sale. Lots of treasures and bargains.



Sunday, June 25 / 1 p.m. | Kelly Sokol will sign The Unprotected (Skyhorse, $ 24.99).  Lara James has it all: a handsome husband, a high-powered job in advertising, and a beautiful home. Lara and Will are happy with their charmed, and childless, life, so no one is more surprised than Lara when she begins yearning for a baby. Will is thrilled, and she gets pregnant quickly, only to suffer a miscarriage. Endless rounds of hormone shots and IVF sessions takes a toll on Lara's body and her marriage, but after four years, she gets pregnant, and baby Auden is born. Lara quits her job to stay at home, but Auden is colicky, and her constant crying chafes at Lara's already raw nerves, while tenuous help from Will makes it worse, and Lara begins to spiral. Hanging on by a thread, it's only in her darkest moment that Lara will discover the true depths of her love and devotion--and what she's willing to face for the family she's so desperately sought. 





Monday, June 26 / 2 p.m. | The World War II Book Group will discuss When Paris Went Dark: The City of Light Under German Occupation, 1940-1944 by Ronald Rosbottom (Back Bay, $18.00). On June 14, 1940, German tanks entered a silent and nearly deserted Paris. Eight days later, France accepted a humiliating defeat and foreign occupation. Subsequently, an eerie sense of normalcy settled over the City of Light. Many Parisians keenly adapted themselves to the situation-even allied themselves with their Nazi overlords. At the same time, amidst this darkening gloom of German ruthlessness, deportations, shortages, and curfews, a resistance arose.  When Paris Went Dark evokes the detail of daily life in a city under occupation, and the brave people who fought against the darkness. 





Monday, June 26 / 2 p.m. | The Books To Die For  Group will discuss Mystic River by Dennis Lehane (Harper, $9.99). When they were children, Sean Devine, Jimmy Marcus, and Dave Boyle were friends. But then a strange car pulled up to their street. One boy got into the car, two did not, and something terrible happened something that ended their friendship and changed all three boys forever. Now, years later, murder has tied their lives together again. 







Tuesday, June 27 / 6:30 p.m. | The Crime Through Time Book Group will discuss Dreaming Spies: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes by Laurie King (Bantam, $16.00).  Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are on a cruising steamer leaving Bombay, bound for Kobe. Aboard the ship, intrigue stirs almost immediately. Holmes recognizes the famous clubman the Earl of Darley, whom he suspects of being an occasional blackmailer: not an unlikely career choice for a man richer in social connections than in pounds sterling. And then there’s the lithe, surprisingly fluent young Japanese woman who befriends Russell and quotes haiku. She agrees to tutor the couple in Japanese language and customs, but Russell can’t shake the feeling that Haruki Sato is not who she claims to be. From the glorious city of Tokyo to the cavernous library at Oxford, Russell and Holmes race to solve a mystery involving international extortion, espionage, and the shocking secrets that, if revealed, could spark revolution and topple an empire. 





Wednesday, June 28 / 6 p.m.| The Mysterious Readers Book Group will discuss The Button Man by Mark Pryor (Seventh Street, $15.95). Former FBI profiler Hugo Marston has just become head of security at the U.S. Embassy in London. He's asked to protect a famous movie-star couple, Dayton Harper and Ginny Ferro, who, while filming a movie in rural England, killed a local man in a hit and run.  Before Hugo even meets them, he finds out that Ferro has disappeared, and her body has been found hanging from an oak tree in a London cemetery. Hours later a distraught Harper gives Hugo the slip, and Hugo has no idea where he's run off to. Taking cues from a secretive young lady named Merlyn, and with a Member of Parliament along for the chase, Hugo's search leads to a quaint English village. There, instead of finding Harper, more bodies turn up. Teaming with local detectives and then venturing dangerously out on his own, Hugo struggles to find connections between the victims. Is this the work of a serial killer--or something else entirely?               





Saturday, July 1 / 10 a.m. | The Biography Discussion Group will discuss Amelia Earhart:The Truth at Last by Mike Campbell (Sunbury, $19.95). Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last presents many remarkable new findings, eyewitness accounts and never published revelations from unimpeachable sources including three famous U.S. flag officers and Earhart researcher Fred Goerner's files that reveal the truth about Amelia's death on Saipan, as well as the sacred cow status of this matter within the U.S. government and media establishment. 






Monday, July 3 / 6:30 p.m. | The Lit Wits group will discuss A Passage to India by E. M. Forster (Harvest Books, $14.95). When Adela Quested and her elderly companion Mrs. Moore arrive in the Indian town of Chandrapore, they quickly feel trapped by its insular and prejudiced Anglo-Indian' community. Determined to escape the parochial English enclave and explore the 'real India', they seek the guidance of the charming and mercurial Dr. Aziz, a cultivated Indian Muslim. But a mysterious incident occurs while they are exploring the Marabar caves with Aziz, and the well-respected doctor soon finds himself at the centre of a scandal that rouses violent passions among both the British and their Indian subjects.  






Tuesday, July 4 / 6:30 p.m. | The Bookworm will be closed in observance of Independence Day.

 The Killing Time Book Group will not meet in July.



Wednesday, July 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.



Wednesday, July 5 / 3 to 5 p.m. | Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip! The 2017 Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip RV will visit The Bookworm. Kids and families will have the opportunity to participate in their very own pop-up reading festival, meet some of their favorite authors, and engage in fun reading activities.  Throughout the summer, the RVs will visit 50 cities nationwide, traveling 10,000 miles to spread the  message  about  the  importance  of  summer  reading. Kids and families will enjoy an afternoon of free reading activities including:

· An author visit and book signing from Chris Grine and Jennifer A. Nielsen

· An activity tent filled with reading activities 

· Giveaway tables and a prize wheel

· Costume characters including Clifford the Big Red Dog and Geronimo Stilton

Chris Grine is the author of Time Shifters and Chickenhare.

Jennifer A. Nielsen is the author of the Ascendance Trilogy: The False PrinceThe Runaway King, and The Shadow Throne. She also wrote the Mark of the Thief trilogy: Mark of the Thief, Rise of the Wolf, and Wrath of the Storm; the standalone fantasy The Scourge; the historical thriller A Night Divided; and Book Six of the Infinity Ring series, Behind Enemy Lines

More information can be found here.    




Thursday, July 6 / 6:30 p.m. | The Notable Novellas Group will discuss Animal Farm: A Fairy Story by George Orwell (Plume, $14.00). As ferociously fresh as it was more than a half century ago, this remarkable allegory of a downtrodden society of overworked, mistreated animals, and their quest to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality is one of the most scathing satires ever published. As we witness the rise and bloody fall of the revolutionary animals, we begin to recognize the seeds of totalitarianism in the most idealistic organization; and in our most charismatic leaders, the souls of our cruelest oppressors. 





Saturday, July 8 / 3 p.m. | The Continental European Novel Book 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 July discussion will be Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev (Penguin, $14.00). When first published in 1862, this novel of a divided Russia, with peasants set against masters and fathers set against sons, caused great outrage. But its enduring legacy of social insight and conscience mixed with drama has given it universal appeal. 





Sunday, July 9 / 11 a.m. | The Books and Bagels book group will discuss The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (St. Martin’s, $16.99).  FRANCE, 1939. Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn't believe that the Nazis will invade France...but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When a German captain requisitions Vianne's home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates all around them, she is forced to make one impossible choice after another to keep her family alive. Vianne's sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets Gaetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can...completely. But when he betrays her, Isabelle joins the Resistance and never looks back, risking her life time and again to save others. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France 




Sunday, July 9 / 1 p.m. | Denise Lowe will sign The Turtle's Beating Heart: One Family's Story of Lenape Survival (Bison Books, $24.95). Low brings to light deeply held secrets of Native ancestry as she recovers the life story of her Kansas grandfather, Frank Bruner (1889-1963). She remembers her childhood in Kansas, where her grandparents remained at a distance, personally and physically, from their grandchildren, despite living only a few miles away. As an adult, she comes to understand her grandfather's Delaware (Lenape) legacy of persecution and heroic survival in the southern plains of the early 1900s. As a result of such experiences, the Bruner family fled to Kansas City and suppressed their non-European ancestry as completely as possible. As Low unravels this hidden family history of the Lenape diaspora, she discovers the lasting impact of trauma and substance abuse, the deep sense of loss and shame related to suppressed family emotions, and the power of collective memory. 



Sunday, July 9 / 1 p.m. | Thomas Pecore Weso will sign Good Seeds: A Menominee Indian Food Memoir (Wisconsin Historical Society, $19.95). Weso takes readers on a cook's journey through Wisconsin's northern woods. He connects each food--beaver, trout, blackberry, wild rice, maple sugar, partridge--with colorful individuals who taught him Indigenous values. Cooks will learn from his authentic recipes. Amateur and professional historians will appreciate firsthand stories about reservation life during the mid-twentieth century, when many elders, fluent in the Algonquian language, practiced the old ways.Weso uses humor to tell his own story as a boy learning to thrive in a land of icy winters and summer swamps. With his rare perspective as a Native anthropologist and artist, he tells a poignant personal story in this unique book.





Wednesday, July 12 / 6:30 p.m. | The Wednesday Bookworms will discuss The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg (Harper, $15.99). Martha Andersson may be seventy-nine-years-old and live in a retirement home, but that doesn’t mean she’s ready to stop enjoying life. When the new management of Diamond House starts cutting corners to save money, Martha and her four closest friends Brains, The Rake, Christina and Anna-Gretta (a.k.a. The League of Pensioners) won’t stand for it. Fed up with early bedtimes and overcooked veggies, this group of feisty seniors sets about to regain their independence, improve their lot, and stand up for seniors everywhere. Their solution? White collar crime. What begins as a relatively straightforward robbery of a nearby luxury hotel quickly escalates into an unsolvable heist at the National Museum. With police baffled and the Mafia hot on their trail, the League of Pensioners has to stay one walker’s length ahead if it’s going to succeed. 





Thursday, July 13 / 6 p.m. | Amiable Adult Readers Discussing Books Almost Always Read by Kids (Aardbaark) will discuss These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly (Random House, $10.99).  Jo Montfort is beautiful and rich, and soon like all the girls in her class she’ll graduate from finishing school and be married off to a wealthy bachelor. Which is the last thing she wants. Jo dreams of becoming a writer a newspaper reporter. Wild aspirations aside, Jo’s life seems perfect until her father is found dead. The story is that Charles Montfort shot himself while cleaning his revolver, but the more Jo hears about her father s death, the more something feels wrong. And then she meets Eddie a young, smart, infuriatingly handsome reporter at her father’s newspaper and it becomes all too clear how much she stands to lose if she keeps searching for the truth. Life is dirtier than Jo Montfort could ever have imagined, and this time the truth is the dirtiest part of all.





Thursday, July 13 / 6 p.m. | The Philosophy Book Discussion Group shall 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 June discussion is Freud: A Very Short Introduction by Anthony Storr. (Oxford University Press, $11.95). Storr offers a lucid and objective look at Freud's major theories, evaluating whether they have stood the test of time, and in the process examines Freud himself in light of his own ideas. An excellent introduction to Freud's work, this book will appeal to all those broadly curious about psychoanalysis, psychology, and sociology. 



Saturday, July 15 / 11 a.m. | Kathleen Anne Kenney will sign Girl on the Leeside (Nan Talese, $26.95). Siobhan Doyle grew up with her Uncle Kee at their family pub, The Leeside, in rural Ireland. Kee has been staunchly overprotective of Siobhan ever since her mother's death in an IRA bombing, but now that she's an adult, it's clear that in protecting her Kee has unwittingly kept her in a state of arrested development. The pair are content to remain forever in their quiet haven, reading and discussing Irish poetry, but for both Siobhan and Kee fate intervenes. A visiting American literary scholar awakens Siobhan to the possibility of a fulfilling life away from The Leeside. And her relationship with Kee falters after the revelation that her father is still alive. In the face of these changes, Siobhan reaches a surprising decision about her future. 




Tuesday, July 18 / 6:30 p.m. | The International Intrigue Book Group will discuss Murder in the Maris by Cara Black (Soho, $9.99). Aimee Leduc has always sworn she would stick to tech investigation--no criminal cases for her. Especially since her father, the late police detective, was killed in the line of duty. But when an elderly Jewish man approaches Aimee with a top-secret decoding job on behalf of a woman in his synagogue, Aimee unwittingly takes on more than she is expecting. She drops off her findings at her client's house in the Marais, Paris's historic Jewish quarter, and finds the woman strangled, a swastika carved on her forehead. With the help of her partner, Rene, Aimee sets out to solve this horrendous murder, but finds herself in an increasingly dangerous web of ancient secrets and buried war crimes. 




Wednesday, July 19 / 6 p.m. | Chloe Neill will sign Blade Bound (Berkley, $15.00).  Since the night of her brutal attack and unwilling transformation into a vampire, Merit has stood as Sentinel and protector of Chicago's Cadogan House. She's saved the Windy City from the forces of darkness time and again with her liege and lover, Ethan Sullivan, by her side. When the House is infiltrated and Merit is attacked by a vampire who seems to be under the sway of dark magic, Merit and Ethan realize the danger is closer than they could have imagined.






Wednesday, July 19 / 6 p.m. | Kevin Hearne will sign Besieged: Stories from the Iron Druid Chronicles (Del Rey, $27.00). The ancient gods are alive and well in the modern world in this hilarious, action-packed collection of original short stories featuring Atticus O'Sullivan, the two-thousand-year-old Irishman. 
 - In ancient Egypt, Atticus agrees to raid a secret chamber underneath the library of Alexandria, dodging deadly traps. 
 - At a Kansas carnival, fun and games turns to murder and mayhem, thanks to soul-snatching demons and flesh-craving ghouls. 
 - Verily, in olde England, striking up a friendship with William Shakespeare lands both Atticus and the Bard in boiling hot water. 
 - During the Gold Rush, the avatar of greed himself turns the streets of San Francisco red with blood and upsets the elemental Sequoia.. 




Thursday, July 20 / 6 p.m. | The World War II At Night Group will discuss Pendulum of War: The Three Battles of El Alamein by Niall Barr (Overlook, $22.95). Historians traditionally depict World War II's decisive North African tank battles in and around El Alamein as strategic chess matches between German General Rommel and British Commander Montgomery. But this insightful analysis of the 1942 campaign, based on exhaustive research, shows that the resurgent Allied victory was a result of many factors. The hard-fought campaign was dramatic, first, because the battle swung back and forth like a pendulum for months and, second, because it illustrated how the Eighth Army, a force consisting of units from around the empire that was rapidly expanded with minimum training, underwent a "process of development." Barr's account of the events casts aside the notion of a neat, coordinated, top-down command system, preferring instead to illustrate the myriad challenges of desert warfare, including supply-line difficulties, lack of training, transport of heavy equipment, fuel shortages and lack of cover for maintenance and repair. Rather than attribute British victory to Montgomery, Barr finds that it was the combination of circumstances and positional realities, along with the Allied ability to modify its tactics that led to the decisive victory. 





Thursday, July 20 / 6:30 p.m. | The As the Worm Turns Book Group will discuss The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson (Hachette, $16.00). After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop.  So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash, some unpleasant criminals, a friendly hot-dog stand operator, and an elephant (not to mention a death by elephant). It would be the adventure of a lifetime for anyone else, but Allan has a larger-than-life backstory: Not only has he witnessed some of the most important events of the twentieth century, but he played a key role in them. Starting out in munitions as a boy, he somehow finds himself involved in many of the key explosions of the twentieth century and travels the world, sharing meals and more with everyone from Stalin, Churchill, and Truman to Mao, Franco, and de Gaulle. Barry Combs will facilitate the discussion. 






Saturday, July 22 / 10 a.m. | The American History Book Club will discuss The First Battle of Manassas: An End to Innocence, July 18-21, 1861 by John Hennessy (Stackpole, $19.95). On July 21, 1861, near a Virginia railroad junction twenty-five miles from Washington, D.C., the Union and Confederate armies clashed in the first major battle of the Civil War. Hennessy's classic is the premier tactical account of First Manassas/Bull Run. It combines narrative, analysis, and interpretation into a clear, easy-to-follow account of the battle's unfolding. It features commanders who would later become legendary, such as William T. Sherman and Thomas J. Jackson, who earned his "Stonewall" nickname at First Manassas. 







Monday, July 24 / 2 p.m. | The World War II Book Group will discuss South from Corregidor by John Morrill ($11.95). This is the amazing true-life war story of Lt.-Comm. John Morrill and 18 crewmembers of the US Navy mine sweeper Quail (AM-15), who rather than surrender to the Japanese, sailed from Corregidor Island to eventual freedom in a 36-foot motor launch. The crew of the small boat successfully navigated more than 2000 miles in enemy-infested seas, and successfully reached the safety of Australia after 31 days at sea. 




Monday, July 24 / 2 p.m. | The Books To Die For  Group will discuss In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences by Truman Capote (Vintage, $16.00).  On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues. As Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, he generates both mesmerizing suspense and astonishing empathy. In Cold Blood is a work that transcends its moment, yielding poignant insights into the nature of American violence. 






Tuesday, July 25 / 6:30 p.m. | The Crime Through Time Book Group will discuss Absolution by Murder by Peter Tremayne (Signet, $7.99). The King of Northumbria has requested the services of a wise counsel to decide the people's religious future. Among the select priests, elders, and scholars from Ireland and Rome is Sister Fidelma of Kildare. Trained as an advocate of the courts, she was expecting to rule on issues of law. Instead she was plunged into unholy murder. Dead was the Abbess Etain, a leading Celtic speaker, her throat slashed. With the counsel in an uproar and civil war threatening, the desperate king has turned to the sharp-witted Sister Fidelma for help. With the aide of her dear friend Brother Eadulf and her faith in the truth, she must act in haste before the killer strikes again.






Wednesday, July 26 / 6 p.m. | The Mysterious Readers Book Group will discuss Maise Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear (Soho, $15.95). Maisie Dobbs entered domestic service in 1910 at thirteen, working for Lady Rowan Compton. When her remarkable intelligence is discovered by her employer, Maisie becomes the pupil of Maurice Blanche, a learned friend of the Comptons. In 1929, following an apprenticeship with Blanche, Maisie hangs out her shingle: "M. Dobbs, trade and personal investigations." She soon becomes enmeshed in a mystery surrounding The Retreat, a reclusive community of wounded WWI veterans. At first, Maisie only suspects foul play, but she must act quickly when Lady Rowan's son decides to sign away his fortune and take refuge there. Maisie hurriedly investigates, uncovering a disturbing mystery, which, in an astonishing denouement, gives Maisie the courage to confront a ghost that has haunted her for years.




Thursday, July 27 / 6 p.m. | The Philosophy Book Discussion Group shall 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 June discussion is Freud: A Very Short Introduction by Anthony Storr. (Oxford University Press, $11.95). Storr offers a lucid and objective look at Freud's major theories, evaluating whether they have stood the test of time, and in the process examines Freud himself in light of his own ideas. An excellent introduction to Freud's work, this book will appeal to all those broadly curious about psychoanalysis, psychology, and sociology.


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