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Omaha, NE 68124
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.
Friday and Saturday, June 26 and 27 | Announcing the First Annual Bookworm at Loveland Centre Sidewalk Sale! We will have awesome bargains for you outside and some special promotions going on within the store. For every $20 you spend, you can enter your name in a drawing for a Bookworm gift card (so if you spend $40 your name goes in 2 times etc.) Also, if you spend $100, you can draw for a discount or dollar amount off of your purchase. Everything in the store will be included towards your total, even the sale items! Please join us for good bargains and a chance to win a $50 or $100 Bookworm gift card! Just a few things that we'll have at the sidewalk sale: books, sideline items, some jewelry, children's sidelines, some discontinued Filofaxes and....(drumroll please) all remaining Patience Brewster items! If you are a Patience Brewster fan, this is your last chance to get her items from us as she's stopped selling to retail stores. See you early!
Saturday, June 27 / 10 a.m. | The Civil War Book Group has broadened its scope to become the American History Book Club, focusing on the 1760 to 1900 time period. The June book is Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence by Joseph Ellis (Vintage, $15.95). The summer months of 1776 witnessed the most consequential events in our country's founding. While the thirteen colonies came together and agreed to secede from the British Empire, the British were dispatching the largest armada ever to cross the Atlantic to crush the rebellion in the cradle. The Continental Congress and the Continental Army were forced to make decisions on the run, improvising as history congealed around them. Ellis meticulously examines the figures in this propitious moment, including George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and Britain's Admiral Lord Richard and General William Howe. He weaves together the political and military experiences as two sides of a single story, and shows how events on one front influenced outcomes on the other.
Saturday, June 27 | Local Authors Day
12 p.m. | Peggy Williams will sign Look Up ($14.99). The book Look Up shows how clouds speak without saying a word (example, the alphabet). Clouds are a small part of the heavens which declare the glory of God.
1 p.m. | Shandy Loberg will sign Surviving Life: How to Turn Nightmares into Dreams ($12.99). The darkest moments in our lives are generally faced alone; no one can save us in those moments but God and ourselves. But God does place people in our lives to support us on our journeys through the dark times. I share my story in this book to do just that-help people on their own journeys of darkness. Through my story, I hope to tell others how to face the demons in their own nightmares, conquer them, and thrive emotionally, spiritually, and physically in spite of them.
2 p.m. | Britny Cordera will sign Wingmakers ($17.00). Wingmakers combines Britny Cordera's lyric and prose poems with David Burton's illustrations to create an imaginative world of animal lore. Through the eyes of the muse, Urania, and the creatures of the air embodied within the constellations--dove, owl, dragon, thunderbird, phoenix, and others--each poem related stories and invokes the wisdom of our mythological pasts. The animals in Cordera's constellations share the wonders, frailties, and concerns of humans. This enchanting book of poetry, poetic prose, and art invites readers to view the constellations and our human life from new perspectives.
3 p.m. | T. J. Rourke will sign The Walls of Wind and Fire ($19.95). Two great legends — past their time, lost on a Quest of a Thousand Years — stumble upon a lost realm. There they discover forgotten terrors, quirky gods, sinister agents, ancient wonders — and the brutal conflict underlying all of them — revealing the truth behind nine words older than spacetime.
4 p.m. | Michael Tan Creti will sign The Great Crowd: A Love Story about a Large Urban Parish ($18.99). Founded in 1885, All Saints Episcopal Church has continued to succeed as a religious community deeply enmeshed in the life of the city. It was from the beginning a distinctly urban parish and, as change came for the city, underwent its changes, including a major relocation of its facility. In the author's telling, the story becomes a critical tool for understanding how a Christian community works and for providing a basis for a critical assessment of the purpose and meaning of religious community in American life.
5 p.m. | Chad Bishoff will sign Surviving Puberty: Erecting Your Future and Making the Breast Decisions ($18.95). It's rare that a person comes into contact with their former self as they are going through the difficult years of puberty. But author Chad Bishoff shares his own journey through his raw, sometimes hilarious-and often surprisingly profound-journal entries as a preteen boy. Surviving Puberty explores Bishoff's shocking realization of how those thoughts and experiences shaped and changed him as an adult.
Monday, June 29 / 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. | Omaha Magazine Launch Party. Learn more about the people whose stories will unfold in Omaha Magazine’s July/August issue at a Launch Party hosted by the Bookworm. Please join the staff of Omaha Magazine, their writers, and, most importantly, the fascinating people they’re profiling in the magazine in this fun, informal event. Jane Kleeb, named “Nebraska’s Most Controversial Woman” in the July/August cover story, will attend.
Wednesday, July 1 / 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.
Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4 | The Bookworm will close at 6 p.m. on Friday and will be closed Saturday in observance of Independence Day. We will be open our normal hours, noon to 4 p.m., on Sunday, July 5.
Monday, July 6 / 6:30 p.m. | The I Should Have Read That in School classics group will discuss The Illiad by Homer (Penguin, $14.00). Homer's Iliad tells the story of the darkest episode of the Trojan War. At its center is Achilles, the greatest warrior-champion of the Greeks, and his conflict with his leader Agamemnon. Interwoven in the tragic sequence of events are powerfully moving descriptions of the ebb and flow of battle, the besieged city of Ilium, the feud between the gods, and the fate of mortals. Discussion will continue in the August meeting.
Tuesday, July 7 / 1 p.m. | The Art Discussion Group will discuss In Montmartre: Picasso, Matisse and the Birth of Modernist Art by Sue Roe (Penguin, $29.95). In Montmartre relates the birth of Modernist art as it arose from one of the most astonishing collections of artistic talent ever assembled. It begins in October 1900, as a teenage Pablo Picasso first makes his way up the hillside of Paris’s famous district. Over the next decade, the young Spaniard is joined Henri Matisse, André Derain, Maurice de Vlaminck, Georges Braque, Amedeo Modigliani, Constantin Brancusi, Gertrude Stein, and many more. Roe writes a remarkable group portrait of the men and women who profoundly changed the arts of painting, sculpture, dance, music, literature, and fashion. She describes the origins of movements like Fauvism, Cubism, and Futurism, and reconstructs the stories behind immortal paintings by Picasso and Matisse and illuminates the excitement of the moment when these bold experiments in artistic representation and performance began to take shape.
Tuesday, July 7 / 6 p.m. | Rinker Buck will sign The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey (Simon & Schuster, $28.00). Told with humor and heart, this is a major work of participatory history: an epic account of traveling the entire 2,000-mile length of the Oregon Trail for the first time in a century the old-fashioned way, in a covered wagon with a team of mules. Buck also relates the rich history of the trail, the people who made the migration, and its significance to the country. This book was partially inspired by a covered wagon trip across PA that Buck's father took his eleven kids on in 1958. It was a magical experience for Rinker who was seven at the time, and when he sets out to cross the Oregon Trail he brings along his extremely colorful brother Nick, and Nick's loveable Jack Russell Terrier, Olive Oyl, as a way of reconnecting with family and finally addressing the haunting loss of his father years earlier.
Tuesday, July 7 / 6:30 p.m. | The Killing Time Book Group will discuss An Eye for an Eye by T. Frank Muir (Soho, $9.99). Six corpses have appeared in the cobbled back streets of St. Andrews in recent times, all known spousal abusers who suffered the same gruesome fate: stabbed to death in the left eye. But with no new leads left to explore, detective Andy Gilchrist is forced off the case. What is the significance of the left eye? Gilchrist can’t seem to focus on anything else, and with his career and his reputation on the line, he vows to catch the killer even if it means he must do it alone.
Wednesday, July 8 / 6:30 p.m. | The Wednesday Bookworms will discuss Comet’s Tale: How the Dog I Rescued Saved My Life by Steve Wolf (Algonquin, $14.95). Comet’s Tale is a story about a friendship between two former winners, both a little down on their luck, who together stage a remarkable comeback. A former hard-driving attorney, Steven Wolf has reluctantly left his job and family and moved to Arizona for its warm winter climate. There he is drawn to a local group that rescues abused racing greyhounds. Although he can barely take care of himself because of a spinal condition, Wolf adopts Comet, an elegant cinnamon-striped racer. Or does Comet adopt Wolf? In Comet’s Tale we follow their funny and moving journey as Wolf teaches Comet to be a service dog. With her boundless enthusiasm and regal manners, Comet attracts new friends to Wolf’s isolated world. And finally, she plays a crucial role in restoring his health, saving his marriage, and broadening his definition of success.
Thursday, July 9 / 6 p.m. | Desha Kelly will sign Almost Crimson (Consortium, $15.95). From a young age CeCe copes with her mother's crippling depression, their severe poverty, an absentee father, and her own insecurities. With gorgeous language, a vivid cast of characters, and an eye for poignant detail, Kelly tells the story of CeCe's struggle to break free from the grips of codependency and poverty to find confidence and success in her career and her personal life, finally becoming the strong woman she's always dreamed of being. "CeCe couldn't remember when her mother became too weak to carry anything but tears. When the Sad started to come, pressing her mother to their bed, her Mama cried slick silent tears for a long, long time. Longer than a game of hopscotch. Longer than singing the alphabet in her head five times. Longer than a nap, even. The Sad made her mother cry all the time."
Thursday, July 9 / 6 p.m. | Amiable Adult Readers Discussing Books Almost Always Read by Kids (Aardbaark) will discuss Anomaly by Tonya Kuper and Control by Lydia Kang. The authors will be invited.
Anomaly (IPS, $9.99): What if the world isn't what we think? What if reality is really only an illusion? What if you were one of the few who could control it? Yeah, Josie Harper didn't believe it, either, until strange things started happening. When this hot guy tried to kidnap her, shouting about ultimate observers and pushing and consortiums hell-bent on controlling the world ... well, that's when things got real.
Control (Penguin, $9.99): When their overprotective father is killed in a terrible accident, Zel and her younger sister, Dylia, are lost in grief. But it's not until strangers appear, using bizarre sensory weapons, that the life they had is truly eviscerated. Zel ends up in a safe house for teens that aren't like any she's ever seen -- teens who, by law, shouldn't even exist. One of them -- an angry tattooed boy haunted by tragedy -- can help Zel reunite with her sister. But only if she is willing to lose him.
Saturday, July 11 / 1 p.m. | Marcus Sikora will sign Black Day - The Monster Rock Band. Brad is a paper boy who wants to be a rock star, so when he discovers the band Black Day playing in old Professor Hammer’s garage, he really wants to join. The band’s monsters have a different idea and send him away, “No humans!” Brad sets out to change their minds, but the monsters have bigger problems than finding a bass player. Halloween may never be the same again.
Sunday, July 12 / 11 a.m. | The book group Books and Bagels will discuss All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (Scribner, $17.00). Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks. When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure's great uncle lives. In another world in Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, grows up with his younger sister, Jutta, both enchanted by a crude radio Werner finds. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent that wins him a place at an elite and brutal military academy and, ultimately, makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure.
Sunday, July 12 / 1 p.m. | Kira Gale will sign Meriwether Lewis: The Assassination of an American Hero and the Silver Mines of Mexico ($24.95). This new full-length biography of Meriwether Lewis is presented within the context of the turbulent times of the early American Republic. After Thomas Jefferson’s election, Lewis lived in the White House as his confidential aide. In 1803, he left the White House as the leader of an elite army unit to reinforce America’s claim to the Pacific Northwest. When he returned, Jefferson appointed him governor of Louisiana Territory based in St. Louis with orders to remove followers of Aaron Burr from positions of power and influence. Within two years Meriwether Lewis was dead at the age of 35, killed by an assassin’s bullets in 1809. This biography of Lewis offers a very different interpretation of his character and achievements, supporting the idea that, if he had lived, Lewis was in line to become president of the United States. It presents a detailed account of his activities as a loyal Jefferson supporter, presidential aide, leader of a continental expedition, and governor of Louisiana Territory.
Monday, July 13 / 2 – 4 p.m. | Alan Guebert and Mary Grace Foxwell will sign The Land of Milk and Uncle Honey (University of Illinois Press, $17.95). "The river was in God's hands, the cows in ours." So passed the days on Indian Farm, a dairy operation on 700 acres of rich Illinois bottomland. Alan Guebert and his daughter-editor Mary Grace Foxwell recall Guebert's years working in the all-consuming collaborative effort known as the family farm. Here are Guebert's tireless parents, measuring the year not in months but in seasons; Jackie the farmhand, needing ninety minutes to do sixty minutes' work and cussing the entire time; Hoard the dairyman, sore fingers wrapped in electrician's tape; and the unflappable Uncle Honey, spreading mayhem via mistreated machinery, flipped wagons, and the careless union of diesel fuel and fire. Guebert's heartfelt and humorous reminiscences depict the hard labor and simple pleasures to be found in ennobling work, and show that in life, as in farming, Uncle Honey had it right with his succinct philosophy for overcoming adversity: "the secret's not to stop."
Monday, July 13 / 6:30 p.m. | A Mockingbird Pop-Up Discussion Group focusing on Harper Lee and her books will discuss To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper, $14.99), Harper Lee's classic novel of a lawyer in the Deep South defending a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has earned many distinctions since its original publication in 1960. It won the Pulitzer Prize, has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than thirty million copies worldwide, and been made into an enormously popular movie. Most recently, librarians across the country gave the book the highest of honors by voting it the best novel of the twentieth century.
Thursday, July 16 / 6 p.m. | The World War II At Night Group will discuss Patton, Montgomery, Rommel: Masters of War by Terry Brighton (Three Rivers, $17.00). Brighton presents a study of the land war in the North African and European theaters, as well as their chief commanders--three men who also happened to be the most compelling dramatis personae of World War II. He illuminates the personal motivations and historical events that propelled the three men's careers: how Patton's, Montgomery's, and Rommel's Great War experiences helped to mold their style of command--and how, exactly, they managed to apply their arguably megalomaniacal personalities (and hitherto unrecognized political acumen and tact) to advance their careers and strategic vision. Opening new avenues of inquiry into the lives and careers of three men, Brighton answers numerous lingering and controversial questions.
Thursday, July 16 / 6 p.m. | Steven Hendricks will sign Little Is Left to Tell ($16.00). Readers enter a narrative rabbit hole through bedtime stories that Mr. Fin, a man with dementia, conjures for his long-lost son. Virginia the Wolf writes her last novel to lure her daughter home. A rabbit named Hart Crane must eat words to speak, while passing zeppelins drop bombs. Mr. Fin tries to read the past in marginalia and to rebuild his son from boat parts. The haunting fables in this lyrical first novel trace the fictions that make and unmake us.
Saturday, July 18 / 11 a.m. | Cynthia Swanson will sign The Bookseller (Harper, $25.99). Denver, 1962: Kitty Miller has come to terms with her unconventional single life. She loves the bookshop she runs with her best friend, Frieda, and enjoys complete control over her day-to-day existence. She can come and go as she pleases, answering to no one. There was a man once, a doctor named Kevin, but it didn’t quite work out the way Kitty had hoped. Then the dreams begin. Denver, 1963: Katharyn Andersson is married to Lars, the love of her life. They have beautiful children, an elegant home, and good friends. It’s everything Kitty Miller once believed she wanted but it only exists when she sleeps. Convinced that these dreams are simply due to her overactive imagination, Kitty enjoys her nighttime forays into this alternate world. But with each visit, the more irresistibly real Katharyn’s life becomes. Can she choose which life she wants? If so, what is the cost of staying Kitty, or becoming Katharyn? As the lines between her worlds begin to blur, Kitty must figure out what is real and what is imagined. And how do we know where that boundary lies in our own lives?
Saturday, July 18 / 1 p.m. | Marilyn June Coffey will sign Thieves, Rascals, and Sore Losers: The Unsettling History of the Dirty Deals That Helped Settle Nebraska ($19.95). On they came, from Belgium and New Hampshire, from Ireland, Germany and Scandinavia, from the Chicago fire, from the territories: Utah, Wyoming, Kansas, the Dakotas. All the way they brawled, about Indians, about border lines, about slavery, about who was the bigger imbecile. And then they fought County Seat Wars in most of the 3,000 new counties. A thousand of those remaining ended up in south central Nebraska, scrapping about Harlan County and which still-imagined town should hold the seat of government. In Nebraska, a person could get away with as much as he dared.
Saturday July 18 / 2:30 p.m. | The U.S. Presidents group will become the Biography Discussion Group and discuss Eleanor: The Years Alone by Joseph Lash (Norton, $15.95). Lash, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer and National Book Award-winning writer of Eleanor and Franklin, turns to the seventeen years Eleanor Roosevelt lived after FDR's death in 1945. Already a major figure in her own right, Roosevelt gained new stature with her work at the United Nations and her contributions to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. She continued her activism on behalf of civil rights, as well as her humanitarian work, which led President Harry Truman to call her the First Lady of the World. Lash has created an extraordinary portrait of an extraordinary person.
Sunday, July 19 / 1 p.m. | Mary Widdifield will sign Behind the Wall ($16.95). When Elin Widdifield learned her son’s mental illness diagnosis, she and her sister, Mary Widdifield, recognized that stories about the parenting experience had not been told. Though Elin is professionally trained in psychology and has years of experience treating families and individuals, she became acutely aware that living with a person who has mental illness is quite distinct from treating that person. Each remarkably candid story in Behind the Wall highlights parents’ shared experience; the first signs of disorder, the search for proper diagnosis and treatment, and the coping mechanisms families are forced to acquire. Through each story and each parent’s journey, readers will gain insight into how these parents moved through grief, guilt, hope, and recovery. The book also provides a valuable resource for mental health professionals, raising a deeper awareness of the condition they’re treating. –
Sunday, July 19 / 2 p.m. | Bob Suren will sign Crate Digger: An Obsession with Punk Records (Perseus, $14.95). A small town Florida teenager discovers punk rock through a loaned mix tape and punk music and culture slowly takes over all aspects of his life. His new passion causes him to form a band, track down out-of-print records that he loves and begin to reissue them, open a record store, begin a record distribution operation as a public service, mentor a host of young musicians, and befriend all manner of punk luminaries along the way. Slowly, his life s pursuit pushes him to the point of personal ruination and ultimately redemption.
Tuesday, July 21 / 6:30 p.m. | The International Intrigue Book Group will discuss An Easy Thing by Paco Ignacio Taibo (Poisoned Pen, $14.95). An Easy Thing introduces readers to Taibo's human and world-weary protagonist, independent detective Hector Belascoaran Shayne. In this debut outing, our hero, who possesses an insatiable appetite for Coca Cola and cigarettes, tackles three cases simultaneously: a killing in a corrupt factory; the deadly threats against a former porn starlet's teenage daughter; and, strangely, the search for Emiliano Zapata, folk hero and leader of the Mexican Revolution, rumored to be alive and hiding out in a cave outside Mexico City. Combining black comedy, social history and a touch of surrealism, Paco Taibo's wonderfully idiosyncratic detective novels are admired the world over and are particularly popular in Europe and in the Spanish-speaking world.
Wednesday, July 22 / 6 p.m. | The Mysterious Readers Group will discuss Donna Leon’s third novel, Dressed for Death by (Grove, $15.00). Venetian Commissario Guido Brunetti's hopes of escaping the sweltering heat of Venice in August for a refreshing family holiday in the mountains are dashed when a gruesome discovery is made in a field in Marghera--a body so badly beaten the face is completely unrecognizable. The victim appears to be a transsexual prostitute. Brunetti searches Venice--including the red-light district--for someone who can identify the corpse, but he is met with a wall of silence. Then he receives a phone call promising tantalizing information, provided he meets with the caller under a bridge outside of town in the middle of the night. This dangerous rendezvous leads to more senseless murders, but despite the danger, Brunetti remains determined to uncover the truth.
Thursday, July 23 / 6:30 p.m. | The Enquiring Minds Group will discuss Nothing: A Very Short Introduction by Frank Close (Oxford University Press, $11.95). What remains when you take all the matter away? Can empty space--"nothing"--exist? To answer these questions, eminent scientist Frank Close takes us on a lively and accessible journey that ranges from ancient ideas and cultural superstitions to the frontiers of current research, illuminating the story of how scientists have explored the void and the rich discoveries they have made there. Readers will find an enlightening history of the vacuum: how the efforts to make a better vacuum led to the discovery of the electron; the ideas of Newton, Mach, and Einstein on the nature of space and time; the mysterious aether and how Einstein did away with it; and the latest ideas that the vacuum is filled with the Higgs field. The story ranges from the absolute zero of temperature and the seething vacuum of virtual particles and anti-particles that fills space, to the extreme heat and energy of the early universe.
Saturday, July 25 / 10 a.m. | The Civil War Book Group will broaden its scope to become the American History Book Club, focusing on the 1760 to 1900 time period. The July book is Mr. and Mrs. Madison's War: America's First Couple and the War of 1812 by Hugh Howard (Bloomsbury, $18.00). The War of 1812 remains the least understood of America's wars. Neither side gained a clear triumph, but in truth it was our second War of Independence, settling once and for all that America would never again submit to Britain. It featured humiliating disasters - Washington was attacked, the White House burned - and stirring successes, like the Battle of Lake Erie, one of the greatest naval victories in American history. Here Howard brings a forgotten conflict alive, and offers a vivid portrait of two key figures at its center, President James Madison and his courageous First Lady, Dolley.
Monday, July 27 / 2 p.m. | The World War II Book Group will continue its discussion of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich:A History of Nazi Germany by Willian Shirer. (Simon & Schuster, $29.99). Famed foreign correspondent and historian Shirer spent five and a half years sifting through the vast paperwork behind Hitler's drive to conquer the world to bring this definitive record of one of the most frightening chapters in the history of mankind.” One of the most important works of history of our time”-The New York Times.
Tuesday, July 28 / 6:30 p.m. | The Crime Through Time Book Group will discuss The Ides of April by Lindsey Davis (Minotaur, $15.99). Flavia Albia is the adopted daughter of Marcus Didius Falco and Helena Justina. From her mother, she learned how to blend in at all levels of society; from her father, she learned the tricks of the private informer trade. Hired to help investigate a fatal accident, she finds herself stuck with a truly awful person for a client and facing a well-heeled, well-connected opponent. That is, until her client unexpectedly dies under what might be called "suspicious circumstances." While this is not a huge loss for society, it is a loss for Flavia Albia's pocket. Even worse, it's just one of a series of similar deaths for which she now finds herself under suspicion. Before things go from abysmal to worse, Flavia must sort out what is happening.