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, September 18 | Join a Young Adult Book and Movie Club this fall for just three months! The Bookworm in partnership with locally owned Aksarben Cinema invites you to read and discuss three bestselling dystopian young adult novels and then watch the movie. Register for these events individually or for all three. Contact The Bookworm at 402.392.2877 or email@example.com 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 September 18 book and movie, starring Dylan O’Brien, is The Maze Runner by James Dashner (Delacorte, $10.99). If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human. When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone. Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade. Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive. Everything is going to change. Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying. Remember. Survive. Run.
Thursday, September 18 / 6 p.m. | The World War II At Night Group will discuss Infantry Attacks by Erwin Rommel (Zenith, $19.95). In this classic study, Rommel analyzes the tactics that lay behind his success. First published in 1937, it quickly became a highly regarded military textbook. As a leader of a small unit in the First World War, Rommel proved himself an aggressive and versatile commander, with a reputation for using the battleground terrain to his own advantage, for gathering intelligence, and for seeking out and exploiting enemy weaknesses. Rommel graphically describes his own achievements, and those of his units, in the swift-moving battles on the Western Front, in the ensuing trench warfare, in the 1917 campaign in Romania, and in the pursuit across the Tagliamento and Piave rivers. This account seeks out the basis of his astonishing leadership skills, providing an indispensable guide to the art of war written by one of its greatest exponents.
Thursday, September 18 / 6:30 p.m. | The As the Worm Turns Book Group will discuss True Sisters by Sandra Dallas (St. Martin’s, $14.99). In 1856, Mormon converts set out on foot from Iowa City to Salt Lake City. True Sisters tells the story of four women whose lives will become inextricably linked as they endure unimaginable hardships, each one testing the boundaries of her faith and learning the true meaning of survival and friendship along the way: Nannie, who is traveling with her sister and brother-in-law after being abandoned on her wedding day; Louisa, who's married to an overbearing church leader who she believes speaks for God; Jessie, who's traveling with her brothers, each one of them dreaming of the farm they will have in Zion; and Anne, who hasn't converted to Mormonism but who has no choice but to follow her husband since he has sold everything to make the trek to Utah. Jan Amidon will facilitate the discussion.
Saturday, September 20 / 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!
Monday, September 22 | Join a Book and Movie Club this fall for just three months! The Bookworm in partnership with locally owned Aksarben Cinema invites you to read and discuss three bestselling novels and then watch the movie. Register for these events individually or for all three. Contact 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 senior discount price 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 September 15 book and movie, starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey and Jane Fonda, is This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper (Plume Books, $16.00). The death of Judd Foxman's father marks the first time that the entire Foxman clan has congregated in years. There is, however, one conspicuous absence: Judd's wife, Jen, whose affair with his radio- shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public. Simultaneously mourning the demise of his father and his marriage, Judd joins his dysfunctional family as they reluctantly sit shiva-and spend seven days and nights under the same roof. The week quickly spins out of control as longstanding grudges resurface, secrets are revealed and old passions are reawakened. Then Jen delivers the clincher: she's pregnant.
Monday, September 22 / 2 p.m. | The World War II Book Group will discuss Bonheoffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas (Thomas Nelson, $19.99). As Adolf Hitler and the Nazis seduced a nation, bullied a continent, and attempted to exterminate the Jews of Europe, a small number of dissidents and saboteurs worked to dismantle the Third Reich from the inside. One of these was Dietrich Bonhoeffer-a pastor and author. Metaxas takes both strands of Bonhoeffer's life-the theologian and the spy-and draws them together to tell a searing story of incredible moral courage in the face of monstrous evil. Metaxas presents the fullest accounting of Bonhoeffer's heart-wrenching decision to leave the safe haven of America to return to Hitler's Germany, and sheds new light on Bonhoeffer's involvement in the famous Valkyrie plot and in "Operation 7," the effort to smuggle Jews into neutral Switzerland.
Tuesday, September 23/ 6:30 p.m. | The Crime Through Time Book Group will discuss Prophecy: An Elizabethan Thriller by S. J. Parris (Anchor, $15.95). It is the year of the Great Conjunction, the year the powerful planets of Saturn and Jupiter align to herald the end of one age and the dawn of another, and the streets of London are abuzz with predictions of Queen Elizabeth's death. When one of the queen's ladies is found dead amidst rumors of black magic, Elizabeth calls upon Giordano Bruno to solve the crimes, along with the help of her personal astrologer, John Dee. But while Dee turns to a mysterious medium claiming knowledge of the murders, Bruno fears that something far more sinister is at work.
Wednesday, September 24 | The Bookworm will sell books at a Town Hall Lecture Series event featuring Billie Jean King, author of Pressure Is a Privilege: Lessons I've Learned from Life and the Battle of the Sexes (Lifetime, $19.95). See www.omahatownhall.org for more information.
Wednesday, September 24 / 6 p.m. | Omaha World-Herald editorial cartoonist Jeff Koterba will sign Koterba: Drawing You In (Omaha World-Herald, $29.95). Jeff Koterba illustrates with impact. Since 1989 he has delivered humorous, and often biting, commentary on everything from politics to potholes to pop culture. No matter the topic or your opinion, Jeff tells how he does it and shows you some of his favorites.
Wednesday, September 24 / 6 p.m. | The Louise Penny Discussion Group will continue with her fifth novel, The Brutal Telling (Minotaur, $15.99). Chaos is coming, old son. With those words the peace of Three Pines is shattered. Everybody goes to Olivier’s Bistro—including a stranger whose murdered body is found on the floor. When Chief Inspector Gamache is called to investigate, he is dismayed to discover that Olivier’s story is full of holes. Why are his fingerprints all over the cabin that’s uncovered deep in the wilderness, with priceless antiques and the dead man’s blood? And what other secrets and layers of lies are buried in the seemingly idyllic village? Janet Grojean will facilitate the discussion. All readers are welcome, if discovering Louise for the first time or if refreshing acquaintanceship with an old friend. Her books are designed to be self-standing, but there is a strong character development arc. We think you'd enjoy the books even more if read in order. See www.louisepenny.com for more information.
Thursday, September 25 / 6:30 p.m. | The Enquiring Minds Group will discuss The Marquis de Sade: A Very Short Introduction by John Phillips (Oxford, $11.95). Phillips introduces the Marquis de Sade as writer and philosopher, offering concise but comprehensive surveys of his most controversial works, based on contemporary theoretical approaches. An introductory chapter discusses Sade's life and the links between that and his work. Relying on the many letters he wrote to his wife and lawyer from prison and on other authentic, contemporary evidence, the author attempts to disentangle this life from the various myths that Sade's demonic reputation has engendered throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The following six chapters provide broad coverage of Sade's main intellectual and creative activities, showing how all can be seen as the expression of a veritable cult of the body, a veneration of the physical, and the sexual as channels of transcendence.
Friday, September 26 / 7 - 7:30 p.m. | Momaha Night Time Story Time for preschoolers, ages 1 – 5. Put the kids in their pajamas, bring along their favorite stuffed animal, and treat them to an early bedtime story. Expect a little singing, dancing and other fun activities. We’ll have the milk and cookies ready. See www.momaha.com for more information.
Saturday, September 27 / 10 a.m. | The Civil War Book Group will discuss Plenty of Blame to Go Around: Jeb Stuart's Controversial Ride to Gettysburg by Eric Wittenberg and David Petruzzi (Savas Beatie, $22.95). June 1863. The Gettysburg Campaign is in its opening hours. Harness jingles and hoofs pound as Confederate cavalryman James Ewell Brown (JEB) Stuart leads his three brigades of veteran troopers on a ride that triggers one of the Civil Wars most bitter and enduring controversies. Instead of finding glory and victory, two objectives with which he was intimately familiar, Stuart reaped stinging criticism and substantial blame for one of the Confederacy’s most stunning and unexpected battlefield defeats. Plenty of Blame to Go Around investigates the role Stuarts horsemen played in the disastrous campaign.
Saturday, September 27 / 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!
Wednesday, October 1 | The Bookworm will sell books at a Holland Lecture featuring Eric Liu, author of Gardens of Democracy: The New American Story of Citizenship, the Economy and the Role of Government and A Chinaman's Chance: One Family's Journey and the Chinese American Dream. See www.firstuuomaha.org or call (402) 345-3039 for more information.
Wednesday, October 1 | The Bookworm will sell books at a Creighton Center for Health Policy and Ethics Women & Health Lecture featuring Monique Truong, author of The Book of Salt (Mariner, $13.95) and Bitter in the Mouth (Random House, $15.00). See www.creighton.edu/ for more information.