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.
Monday, July 25 / 2 p.m. | The World War II Book Group will discuss Dog Company: The Boys of Pointe Du Hoc: The Rangers Who Accomplished D-Day's Toughest Mission and Led the Way Across Europe by Patrick O’Donnell (Da Capo, $15.99). It is said that the right man in the right place at the right time can make the difference between victory and defeat. This is the dramatic story of sixty-eight soldiers of the U.S. Army's 2nd Ranger Battalion, D Company--Dog Company--who made that difference, time and again. From D-Day, when German guns atop Pointe du Hoc threatened the Allied landings and the men of Dog Company scaled the ninety-foot cliffs to destroy them; to the thickly forested slopes of Hill 400, in Germany's Hurtgen Forest, where the Rangers launched a desperate bayonet charge across an open field, captured the crucial hill, and held it against all odds. In each battle, the men of Dog Company made the difference.
Tuesday, July 26 / 6:30 p.m. | The Crime Through Time Book Group will discuss The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (Little Brown, $9.99). Breathtakingly suspenseful and beautifully written, The Historian is the story of a young woman plunged into a labyrinth where the secrets of her family's past connect to an inconceivable evil: the dark fifteenth-century reign of Vlad the Impaler and a time-defying pact that may have kept his awful work alive through the ages. The search for the truth becomes an adventure of monumental proportions, taking us from monasteries and dusty libraries to the capitals of Eastern Europe - in a feat of storytelling so rich, so hypnotic, so exciting that it has enthralled readers around the world.
Wednesday, July 27 / 6 p.m. | The Mysterious Readers Book Group will discuss Wicked Autumn by G.M. Malliet (Minotaur, $15.99). Max Tudor has adapted well to his post as vicar of St. Edwold's in the idyllic village of Nether Monkslip. The quiet village seems the perfect home for Max, who has fled a harrowing past as an MI5 agent. Now he has found a measure of peace among urban escapees and yoga practitioners, artists and crafters and New Agers. But this new-found serenity is quickly shattered when the highly vocal and unpopular president of the Women's Institute turns up dead at the Harvest Fayre. The death looks like an accident, but Max's training as a former agent kicks in, and before long he suspects foul play.
Friday and Saturday, July 29 and 30 / 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Join us for Game Days! We will be playing board games for all ages! What if you don't know how to play? Well, we will teach you how! Come to The Bookworm and join in on the fun!
Monday, August 1 / 6:30 p.m. |The What Makes a Classic? group will discuss The Pearl by John Steinbeck (Penguin, $11.00). Like his father and grandfather before him, Kino is a poor diver, gathering pearls from the gulf beds that once brought great wealth to the Kings of Spain and now provide Kino, Juana, and their infant son with meager subsistence. Then, on a day like any other, Kino emerges from the sea with a pearl as large as a sea gull's egg, as "perfect as the moon." With the pearl comes hope, the promise of comfort and of security....
Tuesday, August 2 / 6:30 p.m. | The Killing Time Book Group will discuss The Corsican Caper by Peter Mayle (Vintage, $14.95). Billionaire Francis Reboul is taking in the view at his coastal estate, awaiting the arrival of vacationing friends Sam Levitt and Elena Morales, when he spies a massive yacht whose passengers seem a little too interested in his property. The yacht belongs to rapacious, unscrupulous Russian tycoon Oleg Vronsky, who's decided he'll stop at nothing to obtain Reboul's villa. And when Reboul refuses to sell, Vronsky's methods quickly turn unsavory. Now, it's up to Sam to negotiate with an underworld of mercenaries and hitmen, not to mention the Corsican mafia, to prevent his friend from becoming a victim of Vronsky's "Russian diplomacy."
Wednesday, August 3 / 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, August 3 / 1:30 p.m. | A new pop-up discussion group will discuss bestsellers Too Good to be Forgotten. The first of three books to be discussed is East of Eden by John Steinbeck (Penguin, $18.00). First published in 1952, this sprawling and often brutal novel, set in the rich farmlands of California's Salinas Valley, follows the intertwined destinies of two families--the Trasks and the Hamiltons--whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.
Wednesday, August 3 / 6 p.m. | Jonis Agee will sign The Bones of Paradise (Morrow, $25.99). Ten years after the 7th Calvary massacred more than 200 Lakota men, women, and children at Wounded Knee, J. B. Bennett, a white rancher, and Star, a young Native American woman, are murdered in a remote meadow on J. B.’s land in the unforgiving Nebraska Sandhills. The deaths bring together the scattered members of the Bennett family: his cunning and hard father, Drum; his estranged wife, Dulcinea; and his young sons, Cullen and Hayward. As the mystery of these twin deaths unfolds, the history of the dysfunctional Bennett’s and their damning secrets are revealed—exposing the conflicted heart of a nation caught between past and future. Dulcinea, returned after bitter years of self-exile, yearns for redemption and the courage to mend her broken family and reclaim the land that is rightfully hers. Rose, scarred by the terrible slaughters that have decimated and dislocated her people, struggles to accept the death of her sister, Star, and refuses to rest until she is avenged.
Saturday, August 6 / 10 a.m. | The Biography Discussion Group will discuss Hissing Cousins: The Lifelong Rivalry of Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth by Marc Peyser and Timothy Dwyer (Anchor, $16.00). When Theodore Roosevelt became president in 1901, his beautiful and flamboyant daughter was transformed into Princess Alice. Thirty-two years later, Alice’s first cousin Eleanor moved into the White House as First Lady. The two women had been born eight months and twenty blocks apart in New York City, spent much of their childhoods together, and were far more alike than most historians acknowledge. But their politics and personalities couldn’t have been more distinct. Democratic icon Eleanor was committed to social justice and hated the limelight; Republican Alice was an opponent of big government who gained notoriety for her cutting remarks. The cousins liked to play up their rivalry - they even wrote opposing syndicated newspaper columns and embarked on competing nationwide speaking tours.
Sunday, August 7 / 1 p.m. | Ferial Pearson will sign Secret Kindness Agents: How Small Acts of Kindness Really Can Change the World ($14.95). Wondering if a simple act of kindness could change a life, Pearson thought of the school where she taught and the students she guided every day and wondered, what would happen if we started secretly carrying out small acts of kindness in school? Could a modest act of compassion really change the course of a life? She posed the question to her students. They didn't have the answers but they were willing to find out. And so they became the Secret Kindness Agents. They not only changed the lives of those they met, they changed their own. Their hope, their hearts, and their hunger for happiness will inspire you to change your small corner of the world, in your own way, for the better. Let them show you how they did it, and how you can do the same.
Wednesday, August 10 / 6:30 p.m. | The Wednesday Bookworms will discuss Circling the Sun by Paula McClain (Ballantine, $16.00). McLain transports readers to 1920s Kenya. Circling the Sun breathes life into a fearless and captivating young woman—Beryl Markham, a record-setting aviator whose passionate love triangle with safari hunter Denys Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen, author of Out of Africa, awakens Beryl to her truest self and her fate: to fly.
Thursday, August 11 / 6 p.m. | Amiable Adult Readers Discussing Books Almost Always Read by Kids (Aardbaark) will discuss Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith (Speak, $10.99). In the small town of Ealing, Iowa, Austin and his best friend, Robby, have accidentally unleashed an unstoppable army. An army of horny, hungry, six-foot-tall praying mantises that only want to do two things. Funny, intense, complex, and brave, Grasshopper Jungle brilliantly weaves together everything from testicle-dissolving genetically modified corn to the struggles of recession-era, small-town America in this groundbreaking coming-of-age stunner.
Saturday, August 13 / 1 p.m. | Charlotte Kay Sumner will sign Life Lessons from Four Feet ($11.95). Kids say the funniest and most unexpected things! Life Lessons from Four Feet captures the amusing and insightful observations of two young sisters through the years. This collection includes over 1,100 quotes that will make you laugh out loud, on topics such as boys and dating, holidays and magic, God, parenting, and many more.
Sunday, August 14 / 11 a.m. | The Books and Bagels book group will discuss The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin (Bantam, $16.00). When Anne Morrow, a shy college senior with hidden literary aspirations, travels to Mexico City to spend Christmas with her family, she meets Colonel Charles Lindbergh, fresh off his celebrated 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic. Enthralled by Charles’s assurance and fame, Anne is certain the aviator has scarcely noticed her. But Charles sees in Anne a kindred spirit, a fellow adventurer, and her world will be changed forever. The two marry in a headline-making wedding. But despite major achievements, she is viewed merely as the aviator’s wife. The fairy-tale life she once longed for will bring heartbreak and hardships, ultimately pushing her to reconcile her need for love and her desire for independence, and to embrace, at last, life’s infinite possibilities for change and happiness.
Sunday, August 14 / 1 p.m. | Paul Hedren will sign Powder River: Disastrous Opening of the Great Sioux War (University of Oklahoma Press, $34.95). The Great Sioux War of 1876-77 began when Colonel Joseph J. Reynolds and six cavalry companies struck a village of Northern Cheyennes, allies of the Sioux. The ensuing last stand of the Sioux against American settlement spanned some eighteen months, playing out across more than twenty battle and skirmish sites and costing hundreds of lives on both sides and many millions of dollars. Hedren recounts the wintertime Big Horn Expedition and its singular great battle, along with the stories of the Northern Cheyennes and their elusive leader Old Bear, tracking both sides of the conflict. The disarray and incompetence of the war’s beginnings in many ways anticipated the catastrophe that later occurred at the Little Big Horn.
Tuesday, August 16 / 6:30 p.m. | The International Intrigue Book Group will discuss Kingdom of Strangers by Zoe Ferraris (Back Bay, $15.00). A secret grave is unearthed in the desert revealing the bodies of 19 women and the shocking truth that a serial killer has been operating undetected in Jeddah for more than a decade. However, lead inspector Ibrahim Zahrani’s mistress has suddenly disappeared, but he cannot report her missing since adultery is punishable by death. Ibrahim brings the case to Katya, one of the few women in the police department. Drawn into both investigations, she must be increasingly careful to hide a secret of her own. Portraying the lives of women in one of the most closed cultures in the world, Ferraris weaves a tale of psychological suspense around an elusive serial killer and the sinister forces trafficking in human lives in Saudi Arabia.
Thursday, August 18 / 6 p.m. | The World War II At Night Group will discuss Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid That Avenged Pearl Harbor by James Scott (Norton, $18.95). Four months after Pearl Harbor, on April 18, 1942, sixteen U.S. Army bombers under the command of daredevil pilot Jimmy Doolittle lifted off from the deck of the USS Hornet on a one-way mission to pummel the Japanese factories, refineries, and dockyards and then escape to Free China. Here are portraits of Doolittle and the young pilots, navigators, and bombardiers who raised their hands to volunteer for a mission from which few expected to return. Most of the bombers ran out of fuel and crashed. Captured raiders suffered torture and starvation in Japan’s notorious POW camps. Those who made it to China faced a harrowing escape via boat, rickshaw, and foot with the Japanese Army in pursuit.
Thursday, August 18 / 6:30 p.m. | The As the Worm Turns Book Group will discuss The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Tinker Buck (Simon & Schuster, $16.99). Buck tells his 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 Pennsylvania 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. Lee Myers will facilitate the discussion.
Saturday, August 20 / 1 p.m. | Judy Polumbaum will sign Juxtapositions: Images from the Newseum Ted Polumbaum Photo Collection ($24.95). As a photojournalist, Ted Polumbaum documented some of the most important news events and social movements of the second half of the twentieth century. On assignment for the era’s great picture magazines as well as through independent projects, he photographed athletes, artists, parades, protests, and more. Above all, traveling throughout the Americas and around the world, he chronicled the lives and aspirations of ordinary people. Along with cameos of political and cultural icons, the book offers a clear and generous vision of the human condition in all its commonality and variety. Using the motif of paired pictures, this volume draws attention to human connections across time, culture, and geography that all generations can appreciate.
Sunday, August 21 / 1 p.m. | Two authors from the Omaha World-Herald will sign their new books.
Chris Peters will sign A New Home for LoLo ($14.95). The African Grasslands exhibit is a beautiful new home for wildlife at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo. But the zoo’s littlest giraffe, LoLo, wasn't sure she wanted to move into her new neighborhood. The World-Herald's Chris Peters tells how LoLo learned that moving can mean new adventures and new friends.
Jeff Sheldon will sign Nebraska Volleyball: Number One ($29.95). From the beginning of practice, the Nebraska volleyball team had one goal: Make it to Omaha, the site of the NCAA Final Four. Relive the journey that captures all of the excitement that ended in a national championship. Jeff Sheldon tells you the story of how the Huskers navigated through a difficult schedule that prepared them for their greatest test. Photographs capture all of the action and emotions in beautiful color images.
Monday, August 22 / 2 p.m. | The World War II Book Group will discuss Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941-1942 by Nigel Hamilton (Mariner,16.95). Based on years of archival research and interviews with the last surviving Roosevelt aides and family members, The Mantle of Command offers a new perspective on Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s masterful and underappreciated leadership of the Allied war effort as he took personal charge of the military direction of World War II. After the disaster of Pearl Harbor, we see Roosevelt devising a global strategy that will defeat Hitler and the Japanese, rescue Churchill and the British people, and quell a near insurrection of his own American generals and the War Department. The Mantle of Command is an intimate, sweeping look at a great President in history’s greatest conflict.
Tuesday, August 23 / 6:30 p.m. | The Crime Through Time Book Group will continue their discussion of The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (Little Brown, $9.99). Breathtakingly suspenseful and beautifully written, The Historian is the story of a young woman plunged into a labyrinth where the secrets of her family's past connect to an inconceivable evil: the dark fifteenth-century reign of Vlad the Impaler and a time-defying pact that may have kept his awful work alive through the ages. The search for the truth becomes an adventure of monumental proportions, taking us from monasteries and dusty libraries to the capitals of Eastern Europe - in a feat of storytelling so rich, so hypnotic, so exciting that it has enthralled readers around the world.
Wednesday, August 24 / 6 p.m. | The Mysterious Readers Book Group has not yet made their selection for August.
Saturday, August 27 / 10 a.m. | The American History Book Club will discuss Guest of Honor: Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and the White House Dinner That Shocked a Nation by Deborah Davis (Atria, $15.00). In 1901, President Theodore Roosevelt invited Booker T. Washington to have dinner at the executive mansion with the First Family. The next morning, news that the president had dined with a black man sent shock waves through the nation. Fueled by inflammatory newspaper articles, political cartoons, and even vulgar songs, the scandal escalated and threatened to topple two of America s greatest men.
Sunday, August 28 / 1 p.m. | Anthony Deane will sign Ramadi Declassified: A Roadmap to Peace in the Most Dangerous City in Iraq ($28.99). In May of 2006, Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, had become the most dangerous city in Iraq. The civilian government had collapsed, and the fledgling Iraqi security forces proved incapable of protecting the population. It quickly became clear that street fighting with insurgents was not the path to victory. The Battle of Ramadi is widely considered the Gettysburg of the Iraq War, and Ramadi Declassified puts the reader into the middle of the fighting. Colonel Deane tells the powerful story of his troops' sacrifice and innovation in raw, gripping detail as he outlines both the path to success in defeating Al Qaeda, and the causes of the unraveling chaos now choking the life out of present day Iraq.
Wednesday, August 31 / 6 p.m. | Dr. Ali Khan will sign The Next Pandemic: On the Front Lines Against Humankind's Gravest Dangers (PublicAffairs, $26.99). Throughout history, humankind’s biggest killers have been infectious diseases: the Black Death, the Spanish Flu, and AIDS alone account for over one hundred million deaths. In his long career as a public health first responder protected by a thin mask from infected patients, making life-and-death decisions on limited, suspect information Dr. Khan has found that rogue microbes will always be a problem, but outbreaks are often caused by people. We make mistakes, politicize emergencies, and, too often, fail to imagine the consequences of our actions. The Next Pandemic is a firsthand account of disasters like and how we could do more to prevent their return. It is both a gripping story of our brushes with fate and an urgent lesson on how we can keep ourselves safe from the inevitable next pandemic.