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

 

David Sedaris Appearance Guidelines

The following guidelines will be in effect for the David Sedaris appearance at The Bookworm on Thursday, June 15 at 7 p.m.

  • David Sedaris’ new book, Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002, will be released for sale on Tuesday, May 30.  On May 30, we will begin giving line numbers for the June 15 signing with the purchase of Theft by Finding. The line numbers given with the purchase of Theft by Finding will reserve your place in the line to meet David and have your book signed after he speaks. The line numbers do not apply to seating.
  • Purchases made over the phone will be given a line number only if you pay for Theft by Finding at that time
  • Seating will be on a first come, first served basis. There will be limited seating inside the store, with additional seating available outside the store. A sound system will be provided so those seated both inside and outside the store can hear David’s talk.
  • David’s talk will start at approximately 7 p.m. Immediately following David’s talk, the meet and greet and signing with David will begin inside The Bookworm. We will call line numbers in groups so you can join the queue to meet David and have your books signed.
  • The line for in-store seating will not start until 5 p.m., and doors for inside seating will not open until 6 p.m. No chair saving will be allowed. Due to fire code restrictions, there will no standing inside the store to watch David’s talk.
  • David will meet, greet, and sign books for every person that comes to the event. People who do not have line numbers, i.e. those who did not purchase Theft by Finding at The Bookworm, will wait until all line numbers have been called. At that point, they may get in line to meet David.
  • Dunkin’ Donuts, Planet Sub, Smoothie King, Fareway Meat Market & The Market Basket are located in Loveland Centre. You are encouraged to enjoy their services and products while waiting for your line number to be called.
  • Please do not confuse the line number that was given to you with the purchase of Theft by Finding with guaranteed seating for David’s talk. Seating is first come, first served while the meet and greet is done by line number.
  • Photography and video are strictly prohibited, per David’s request. We ask you as you enter to put away your phones. Anyone taking photos or videos will be escorted from the signing.
  • David will sign any of his books you bring to him. He will also sign New Yorkers, scripts from plays…anything he’s contributed his writing to. He will not sign his sister’s books, another author’s books, or memorabilia.

Thank you for supporting your local independent bookstore. Without your continuing support and patronage, we would not be able to host these exciting community events.

 

 

Saturday, May 27 / 10 a.m. | The American History Book Club will discuss Sitting Bull: The Life and Times of an American Patriot by Robert Utley (Henry Holt, $22.00). Sitting Bull has long been one of the most fascinating and misunderstood figures in American history. Utley has forged a compelling portrait of Sitting Bull, presenting the Lakota perspective for the first time and rendering the most unbiased, historically accurate, and vivid portrait of the man to date. The Sitting Bull who emerges in this fast-paced narrative is a complex, towering figure: a great warrior whose skill and bravery in battle were unparalleled; the spiritual leader of his people; a dignified but ultimately tragically stubborn defender of the traditional ways against the steadfast and unwelcome encroachment of the white man. 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, June 3 / 10 a.m. | The Biography Discussion Group will discuss Sitting Bull: The Life and Times of an American Patriot by Robert Utley (Henry Holt, $22.00). Sitting Bull has long been one of the most fascinating and misunderstood figures in American history. Utley has forged a compelling portrait of Sitting Bull, presenting the Lakota perspective for the first time and rendering the most unbiased, historically accurate, and vivid portrait of the man to date. The Sitting Bull who emerges in this fast-paced narrative is a complex, towering figure: a great warrior whose skill and bravery in battle were unparalleled; the spiritual leader of his people; a dignified but ultimately tragically stubborn defender of the traditional ways against the steadfast and unwelcome encroachment of the white man. 

 

 

 

 

Monday, June 5 / 6:30 p.m. | The Lit Wits group will discuss Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (Bantam, $5.95). Uncle Tom's Cabin was revolutionary in 1852 for its passionate indictment of slavery and for its presentation of Tom, "a man of humanity," as the first black hero in American fiction. Labeled racist and condescending by some contemporary critics, it remains a shocking, controversial, and powerful work -- exposing the attitudes of white nineteenth-century society toward "the peculiar institution" and documenting, in heartrending detail, the tragic breakup of black Kentucky families "sold down the river." An immediate international sensation, Uncle Tom's Cabin was translated into thirty-seven languages, and has never gone out of print: its political impact was immense, its emotional influence immeasurable.

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, June 6 / 6:30 p.m. | The Killing Time Book Group will discuss Superfluous Women by Carola Dunn (St. Martin’s, $16.99). In England in the late 1920s, The Honourable Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher goes to visit three old school friends, all unmarried, who have recently bought a house together. They are a part of the generation of "superfluous women" brought up expecting marriage and a family, but left without any prospects after more than 700,000 British men were killed in the Great War. Daisy and her husband Alec Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher, of Scotland Yard go for a Sunday lunch with Daisy's friends, where one of the women mentions a wine cellar below their house, which remains curiously locked. When Alex opens the door, what greets them is not a cache of wine, but the stench of a long-dead body. Daisy's three friends are the most obvious suspects in a murder and her husband Alec is a witness, so he can't officially take over the investigation. Before the local detective, Superintendent Underwood, can officially bring charges against her friends, Daisy is determined to use all her resources and skills to solve the mystery behind this perplexing locked-room crime.

 

 

 

Wednesday, June 7 / 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.

 

 

Thursday, June 8 / 6 p.m. | Amiable Adult Readers Discussing Books Almost Always Read by Kids (Aardbaark) will discuss Counting by 7’s by Sloan Goldberg (Puffin, $8.99). Willow Chance is a twelve-year-old genius, obsessed with nature and diagnosing medical conditions, who finds it comforting to count by 7s. It has never been easy for her to connect with anyone other than her adoptive parents, but that hasn’t kept her from leading a quietly happy life . . . until now. Suddenly Willow’s world is tragically changed when her parents both die in a car crash, leaving her alone in a baffling world. The triumph of this book is that it is not a tragedy. This extraordinarily odd, but extraordinarily endearing, girl manages to push through her grief. Her journey to find a fascinatingly diverse and fully believable surrogate family is a joy and a revelation to read. 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, June 9 / 6 p.m. | The Philosophy Book Discussion Group shall initially draw from British and Germanic thinkers, meeting the second and fourth Thursdays.  A major focus will be to 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 Marx: A Very Short Introduction by Peter Singer (Oxford University Press, $11.95). Singer identifies the central vision that unifies Marx's thought, enabling us to grasp Marx's views as a whole. He sees him as a philosopher primarily concerned with human freedom, rather than as an economist or a social scientist.

 

 

 

Saturday, June 10 / 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 June discussion will be Death in Venice by Thomas Mann (Penguin Classics, $13.00).  Death in Venice tells about a ruinous quest for love and beauty amid degenerating splendor. Gustav von Aschenbach, a successful but lonely author, travels to the Queen of the Adriatic in search of an elusive spiritual fulfillment that turns into his erotic doom. 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, June 11 / 11 a.m. | The Books and Bagels book group will discuss Ms. Bixby's Last Day by John David Anderson (Walden Pond, $6.99). Everyone knows there are different kinds of teachers. The good ones. The not-so-good ones. The boring ones, the mean ones, the ones who try too hard. The ones you’ll never remember, and the ones you want to forget. But Ms. Bixby is none of these. She’s the sort of teacher who makes you feel like the indignity of school is worthwhile. Who makes the idea of growing up less terrifying. Who you never want to disappoint. What Ms. Bixby is, is one of a kind. Topher, Brand, and Steve know this better than anyone. And so when Ms. Bixby unexpectedly announces that she is very sick and won’t be able to finish the school year, they come up with a plan. Through the three very different stories they tell, we begin to understand just what Ms. Bixby means to Topher, Brand, and Steve and what they are willing to go to such great lengths to tell her. 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, June 14 / 6:30 p.m. | The Wednesday Bookworms will discuss Son of the Gamblin' Man: The Youth of an Artist by Mari Sandoz (Bison Books, $16.95). Sandoz  tells of the gambler and townsite promoter who founded Cozad, Nebraska, and of his family, particularly his younger son, who became a world-famous artist and teacher known as 'Robert Henri.' This tale is essentially Robert's story, the story of a sensitive talented boy growing up in the midst of frontier violence. But it is also the story of the ambitious promoter and of frontier people fighting hunger, cold, blizzards, drouths, grasshoppers, prairie fires, and ruthless cattlemen. 9780803258334

 

 

 

 

Thursday, June 15 / 6 p.m. | The World War II At Night Group and the As the Worm Turns Book Group will not meet in June.

 

 

Thursday, June 15 / 7:00 p.m. | David Sedaris will sign Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002 (Little Brown, $28.00). It's no coincidence that the world's best writers tend to keep diaries. David Sedaris has recorded everything that has captured his attention--overheard comments, salacious gossip, soap opera plot twists, secrets confided by total strangers. These observations are the source code for his finest work, and with them he has honed his self-deprecation and learned to craft his cunning, surprising sentences. Now Sedaris shares his private writings with the world in Theft By Finding: Diaries 1977-2002. This is the first-person account of how a drug-abusing dropout with a weakness for the International House of Pancakes and a chronic inability to hold down a real job became one of the funniest people on the planet. 


Most diaries -- even the diaries of great writers -- are impossibly dull, because they generally write about their emotions, or their dreams, or their interior life. Sedaris's diaries are unique because they face outward. He doesn't tell us his feelings about the world, he shows us the world instead, and in so doing he shows us something deeper about himself. Written with a sharp eye and ear for the bizarre, the beautiful, and the uncomfortable, and with a generosity of spirit that even a misanthropic sense of humor can't fully disguise, Theft By Finding proves that Sedaris is one of our great modern observers. It's a potent reminder that there's no such thing as a boring day--when you're as perceptive and curious as Sedaris, adventure waits around every corner. 

The following guidelines will be in effect for the David Sedaris appearance at The Bookworm on Thursday, June 15 at 7 p.m.

  • David Sedaris’ new book, Theft by Finding, will be released for sale on Tuesday, May 30.  On May 30, we will begin giving line numbers for the June 15 signing with the purchase of Theft by Finding. The line numbers given with the purchase of Theft by Finding will reserve your place in the line to meet David and have your book signed after he speaks. The line numbers do not apply to seating.
  • Purchases made over the phone will be given a line number only if you pay for Theft by Finding at that time
  • Seating will be on a first come, first served basis. There will be limited seating inside the store, with additional seating available outside the store. A sound system will be provided so those seated both inside and outside the store can hear David’s talk.
  • David’s talk will start at approximately 7 p.m. Immediately following David’s talk, the meet and greet and signing with David will begin inside The Bookworm. We will call line numbers in groups so you can join the queue to meet David and have your books signed.
  • The line for in-store seating will not start until 5 p.m., and doors for inside seating will not open until 6 p.m. No chair saving will be allowed. Due to fire code restrictions, there will no standing inside the store to watch David’s talk.
  • David will meet, greet, and sign books for every person that comes to the event. People who do not have line numbers, i.e. those who did not purchase Theft by Finding at The Bookworm, will wait until all line numbers have been called. At that point, they may get in line to meet David.
  • Dunkin’ Donuts, Planet Sub, Smoothie King, Fareway Meat Market & The Market Basket are located in Loveland Centre. You are encouraged to enjoy their services and products while waiting for your line number to be called.Please do not confuse the line number that was given to you with the purchase of Theft by Finding with guaranteed seating for David’s talk. Seating is first come, first served while the meet and greet is done by line number.
  • Photography and video are strictly prohibited, per David’s request. We ask you as you enter to put away your phones. Anyone taking photos or videos will be escorted from the signing.
  • David will sign any of his books you bring to him. He will also sign New Yorkers, scripts from plays…anything he’s contributed his writing to. He will not sign his sister’s books, another author’s books, or memorabilia.

Thank you for supporting your local independent bookstore. Without your continuing support and patronage, we would not be able to host these exciting community events.

 

 

Monday, June 19 / 6:30 p.m. | The Droids and Dragons Book Club will discuss A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab (Tor, $15.99). Kell is one of the last Travelers--magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes--as such, he can choose where he lands. Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they'll never see--a dangerous hobby. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations, who first robs him, then saves him from a dangerous enemy, and then forces him to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure. But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive--and that is proving trickier than they hoped. 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, June 20 / 6:30 p.m. | The International Intrigue Book Group will discuss Night Soldiers by Alan Furst (Random House, $16.00). Bulgaria, 1934. A young man is murdered by the local fascists. His brother, Khristo Stoianev, is recruited into the NKVD, the Soviet secret intelligence service, and sent to Spain to serve in its civil war. Warned that he is about to become a victim of Stalin’s purges, Khristo flees to Paris. Night Soldiers masterfully re-creates the European world of 1934 45: the struggle between Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia for Eastern Europe, the last desperate gaiety of the beau monde in 1937 Paris, and guerrilla operations with the French underground in 1944.  

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, June 22 / 2 p.m. | Introducing a new book club—Cather and Friends.  This group will read and discuss the work of Willa Cather, her contemporaries, and fellow Nebraskans.  Tea will be served, so bring your favorite cup. Please call 402-392-2877 to register or sign up at the store. The book for today’s discussion will be The Song of the Lark (Vintage, $13.95). In this powerful portrait of the self-making of an artist, Willa Cather created one of her most extraordinary heroines. Thea Kronborg, a minister's daughter in a provincial Colorado town, seems destined from childhood for a place in the wider world. But as her path to the world stage leads her ever farther from the humble town she can't forget and from the man she can't afford to love, Thea learns that her exceptional musical talent and fierce ambition are not enough. 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, June 22 / 6 p.m. | The Philosophy Book Discussion Group shall initially draw from British and Germanic thinkers.  This split prompts a sharp distinction between science and theology/philosophy, as expressed in the division of ‘mind’ and ‘brain’.  A major focus will be to 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 Marx: A Very Short Introduction by Peter Singer (Oxford University Press, $11.95). Singer identifies the central vision that unifies Marx's thought, enabling us to grasp Marx's views as a whole. He sees him as a philosopher primarily concerned with human freedom, rather than as an economist or a social scientist.

 

 

 

 

Saturday, June 24 / 10 a.m. | The American History Book Club will discuss Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and a Great American Land Grab by Steve Inskeep (Penguin, $17.00). Five decades after the Revolutionary War, the United States approached a constitutional crisis. One man we recognize: Andrew Jackson war hero, populist, and exemplar of the expanding South whose first major initiative as president instigated the massive expulsion of Native Americans known as the Trail of Tears. The other is a half-forgotten figure: John Ross a mixed-race Cherokee politician and diplomat who used the United States own legal system and democratic ideals to oppose Jackson. Representing one of the Five Civilized Tribes who had adopted the ways of white settlers, Ross championed the tribes cause all the way to the Supreme Court. Ross and his allies made their case in the media, committed civil disobedience, and benefited from the first mass political action by American women. Their struggle contained ominous overtures of later events like the Civil War and defined the political culture for much that followed. 

 

 

 

 

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?               

 

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