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.
Tuesday, March 28 / 6:30 p.m. | The Crime Through Time Book Group will discuss A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Penguin, $9.00). In the debut of literature's most famous sleuth, a dead man is discovered in a bloodstained room in Brixton. The only clues are a wedding ring, a gold watch, a pocket edition of Boccaccio's Decameron, and a word scrawled in blood on the wall. With this investigation begins the partnership of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Their search for the murderer uncovers a story of love and revenge-and heralds a franchise of detective mysteries starring the formidable Holmes.
Wednesday, March 29 | The Bookworm will sell books at a Nebraska Medical Guild luncheon featuring Amy Dickenson, author of Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Coming Home.
Saturday, April 1 / 10 a.m. | The Biography Discussion Group will discuss Benjamin Franklin in London: The British Life of America's Founding Father by George Goodwin (Yale, $22.00). For more than one-fifth of his life, Benjamin Franklin lived in London. He dined with prime ministers, members of parliament, even kings, as well as with Britain’s most esteemed intellectuals. Having spent eighteen formative months in England as a young man, Franklin returned in 1757 as a colonial representative during the Seven Years’ War, and left abruptly just prior to the outbreak of America’s War of Independence, barely escaping his impending arrest. Goodwin gives a colorful account of Franklin’s British years. It is an enthralling study of an American patriot who was a fiercely loyal British citizen for most of his life—until forces he had sought and failed to control finally made him a reluctant revolutionary at the age of sixty-nine.
Sunday, April 2 / 1 p.m. | Dr. Loren Olson will sign Finally Out: Letting Go of Living Straight ($15.95). Dr. Olson has frequently been asked two questions: How could you not know that you were gay until the age of forty? Wasn't your marriage just a sham to protect yourself at your wife's expense? In Finally Out, Dr. Olson answers these questions by telling the story of his evolving sexuality, into which he weaves psychological concepts and gay history. This book is a exploration of human sexuality, particularly the sexuality of mature men who, like Dr. Olson, lived a large part of their lives as straight men--sometimes long after becoming aware of their same-sex attractions.
Monday, April 3 / 6:30 p.m. | The Lit Wits group will discuss A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce (Penguin, $11.00). The first of Joyce’s novels portrays the Dublin upbringing of Stephen Dedalus, from his youthful days at Clongowes Wood College to his radical questioning of all convention. In doing so, it provides an oblique self-portrait of the young Joyce himself. At its center lie questions of origin and source, authority and authorship, and the relationship of an artist to his family, culture, and race. Exuberantly inventive in style, the novel subtly and beautifully orchestrates the patterns of quotation and repetition instrumental in its hero’s quest to create his own character, his own language, life, and art: to forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race.
Tuesday, April 4 / 6:30 p.m. | The Killing Time Book Group will discuss Killing the Emperors by Ruth Dudley Edwards (Poisoned Pen, $14.95). Baroness Ida Jack Troutbeck is kidnapped, along with an assortment of art critics, consultants, historians, collectors, gallery owners, and artists, all of whom, except Jack, are enthusiastic about the conceptual art movement. Their sociopathic kidnapper, Oleg Sarkovsky, believes each of the people he has snatched has wronged him in some way, and he is determined to exact revenge. While Jack's friends Robert Amiss and Mary Lou Dinsmore work behind the scenes to locate and free Jack, Mary Lou's husband, Detective Inspector Ellis Pooley, handles the official investigation. As some of the kidnap victims begin to show up dead in staged conceptual art installations, the ante is upped dramatically. Jack is the only one of those kidnapped who knows that those who have disappeared from the group are being murdered, but she tries to keep spirits up and protect the others as best she can.
Wednesday, April 5 | The Bookworm will sell books at a Project Harmony Speaking of Children Luncheon featuring John O’Leary, author of On Fire: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life. For more information click here.
Wednesday, April 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.
Sunday, April 9 / 11 a.m. | The Books and Bagels book group will discuss The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan (Regan Arthur, $14.99). Grace Winter, 22, is both a newlywed and a widow. She is also on trial for her life. In the summer of 1914, the elegant ocean liner carrying Grace and her husband Henry across the Atlantic suffers a mysterious explosion. Setting aside his own safety, Henry secures Grace a place in a lifeboat, which the survivors quickly realize has exceeded capacity. For any to live, some must die. As the castaways battle the elements and each other, Grace recollects the unorthodox way she and Henry met, and the new life of privilege she thought she'd found. Will she pay any price to keep it? The Lifeboat is a page-turning novel of hard choices and survival, narrated by a woman as unforgettable and complex as the events she describes.
Wednesday, April 12 | The Bookworm will sell books at a UNO History Department conference featuring Joe Starita, author of A Warrior of the People: How Susan La Flesche Overcame Racial and Gender Inequality to Become America's First Indian Doctor.
Wednesday, April 12 / 6:30 p.m. | The Wednesday Bookworms will discuss All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (Scribner, $27.00). 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.
Thursday, April 13 / 6 p.m.| Amiable Adult Readers Discussing Books Almost Always Read by Kids (Aardbaark) will discuss Tease by Amanda Maciel (Harper, $9.99). We didn't mean to hurt anyone. Emma Putnam is dead, and it's all Sara Wharton's fault. At least, that's what everyone seems to think. Sara, along with her best friend and three other classmates, has been criminally charged for the bullying and harassment that led to Emma's shocking suicide. Now Sara is the one who's ostracized, already guilty according to her peers, the community, and the media. During the summer before her senior year, in between meetings with lawyers and a court-recommended therapist, Sara is forced to reflect on the events that brought her to this moment and ultimately consider her role in an undeniable tragedy. And she'll have to find a way to move forward, even when it feels like her own life is over.
Saturday, April 15 / 1 p.m. | Jane Hamilton will sign The Excellent Lombards (Grand Central, $14.99). Mary Frances "Frankie" Lombard is fiercely in love with her family's sprawling apple orchard and the tangled web of family members who inhabit it. Content to spend her days planning capers with her brother William, competing with her brainy cousin Amanda, and expertly tending the orchard with her father, Frankie desires nothing more than for the rhythm of life to continue undisturbed. But she cannot help being haunted by the historical fact that some family members end up staying on the farm and others must leave. Change is inevitable, and threats of urbanization, disinheritance, and college applications shake the foundation of Frankie's roots. As Frankie is forced to shed her childhood fantasies and face the possibility of losing the idyllic future she had envisioned for her family, she must decide whether loving something means clinging tightly or letting go.
Monday, April 17 / 6:30 p.m. | NEW GROUP: The Droids and Dragons Book Club will discuss will discuss Science and Fantasy books the third Monday of alternate months. April’s book is Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (Broadway, $16.00). It's the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place. Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune--and remarkable power--to whoever can unlock them. 9780307887443
Tuesday, April 18 / 6:30 p.m. | The International Intrigue Book Group will discuss Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton (Minotaur, $16.99). In such a small community as the Falkland Islands, a missing child is unheard of. In such a dangerous landscape it can only be a terrible tragedy, surely. When another child goes missing, and then a third, it's no longer possible to believe that their deaths were accidental, and the villagers must admit that there is a murderer among them. Even Catrin Quinn, a damaged woman living a reclusive life after the accidental deaths of her own two sons a few years ago, gets involved in the searches and the speculation.And suddenly, in this wild and beautiful place that generations have called home, no one feels safe and the hysteria begins to rise. But three islanders, Catrin, her childhood best friend, Rachel, and her ex-lover Callum are hiding terrible secrets. And they have two things in common: all three of them are grieving, and none of them trust anyone, not even themselves.
Wednesday, April 19 | The Bookworm will be selling books at the ICAN Women’s Leadership Conference. Click here for more information.
Thursday, April 20 / 6 p.m.| The World War II At Night Group will discuss Operation Drumbeat: The Dramatic True Story of Germany's First U-Boat Attacks Along the American Coast in World War II by Michael Gannon (U.S. Naval Institute Press, $23.95). In the first eight months of 1942, German submarines sank nearly 400 Allied freighters and tankers along the U.S. Atlantic coast with a loss of more than 5,000 merchant seamen and sailors--twice the number of fatalities at Pearl Harbor. This book helps readers understand the complexities of the long Battle of the Atlantic by examining those disastrous early days of war and following the U-boats into action. The book traces the voyages of five U-boats to their destinations as they sink twenty-five ships unmolested by the U.S. Navy, which failed to follow through on British intelligence warnings. It also provides a compilation of personal stories from crewmen and officers of U-123 and from the Allied sailors and merchant seamen cast adrift in lifeboats by the U-boat's torpedoes.
Thursday, April 20 / 6:30 p.m.| The As the Worm Turns Book Group will discuss The Life We Bury by Allen Eskins (Seventh Street Books, $15.95). College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Iverson is a dying Vietnam veteran--and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home, after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder. As Joe writes about Carl's life, especially Carl's valor in Vietnam, he cannot reconcile the heroism of the soldier with the despicable acts of the convict. Joe, along with his skeptical female neighbor, throws himself into uncovering the truth, but he is hamstrung in his efforts by having to deal with his dangerously dysfunctional mother, the guilt of leaving his autistic brother vulnerable, and a haunting childhood memory. Betsy Von Kerens will facilitate the discussion.
Saturday, April 22 / 10 a.m. | The American History Book Club will discuss American General: The Life and Times of William Tecumseh Sherman by John S. D. Eisenhower (New American Library, $16.00). A century and a half after the Civil War, Sherman remains one of its most controversial figures. His scruffy, disheveled appearance belied an unconventional and unyielding intellect. Intensely loyal to superior officers, especially Ulysses S. Grant, he was also a stalwart individualist. Dubbed no soldier during his years at West Point, Sherman later rose to the rank of General of the Army, and he had great affection for the people of the South despite his commitment to the Union cause. Eisenhower takes readers from Sherman’s Ohio origins and his fledgling first stint in the Army to his years as a businessman in California and his hurried return to uniform at the outbreak of the war. From Bull Run through Sherman’s epic March to the Sea, Eisenhower offers up a fascinating narrative of a military genius whose influence helped preserve the Union.
Sunday, April 23 / 1 p.m. | Robert Mundy will sign I Fell from Earth and Slipped Through the Cracks and Other Stories ($12.95). Robert Mundy explores themes of loss and control, as well as the secrets we keep from each other, in this collection of short stories. Focusing on relationships-within families or between strangers-Mundy's writing reveals our essential loneliness and the shallowness of our perceived intimacy.
Monday, April 24 / 2 p.m. | The World War II Book Group will discuss All This Hell: U. S. Nurses Imprisoned by the Japanese by Evelyn Monahan and Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee (University Press of Kentucky, $19.95). More than one hundred U.S. Army and Navy nurses were stationed in Guam and the Philippines at the beginning of World War II. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, five navy nurses on Guam became the first American military women of World War II to be taken prisoner by the Japanese. More than seventy army nurses survived five months of combat conditions in the jungles of Bataan and Corregidor before being captured, only to endure more than three years in prison camps. When freedom came, the U.S. military ordered the nurses to sign agreements with the government not to discuss their horrific experiences. Evelyn Monahan and Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee have conducted numerous interviews with survivors and scoured archives for letters, diaries, and journals to uncover the heroism and sacrifices of these brave women.
Monday, April 24 / 6:30 p.m. | The Books To Die For Group will discuss Early Autumn by Robert Parker (Dell, $7.99). A bitter divorce is only the beginning. First the father hires thugs to kidnap his son. Then the mother hires Spenser to get the boy back. But as soon as Spenser senses the lay of the land, he decides to do some kidnapping of his own. With a contract out on his life, he heads for the Maine woods, determined to give a puny 15 year old a crash course in survival and to beat his dangerous opponents at their own brutal game.
Tuesday, April 25 / 6:30 p.m. | The Crime Through Time Book Group will discuss The Last Kashmiri Rose by Barbara Cleverly (Soho, $9.99). Calcutta, 1922. In a land of saffron sunsets and blazing summer heat, an Englishwoman has been found dead, her wrists slit, her body floating in a bathtub of blood and water. But is it suicide or murder? The case falls to Scotland Yard inspector Joe Sandilands, who survived the horror of the Western Front and has endured six sultry months in English-ruled Calcutta. Sandilands is ordered to investigate and soon discovers that there have been other mysterious deaths, with sinister ties to the present case. Now, as the sovereignty of Britain is in decline and an insurgent India is on the rise, Sandilands must navigate the treacherous corridors of political decorum to bring a cunning killer to justice, knowing the next victim is already marked to die.
Wednesday, April 26 | The Bookworm will sell books at an Omaha Town Hall lecture series event featuring Ruth Reichl, food writer, restaurant critic and author of My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life . Click here for more information.
Wednesday, April 26 / 6 p.m. | The Mysterious Readers Book Group will discuss Crypt Thief by Mark Pryor (Seventh Street Books, $15.95). It’s summer in Paris and two tourists have been murdered in Pere Lachaise cemetery. The cemetery is locked down and put under surveillance, but the killer returnsand breaks into the crypt of a long-dead Moulin Rouge dancer. In a bizarre twist, he disappears under the cover of night with part of her skeleton. One of the dead tourists is an American and the other is a woman linked to a suspected terrorist; so the US ambassador sends the embassy s head of security Hugo Marston to help the French police with their investigation. When the thief breaks into another crypt at a different cemetery, stealing bones from a second famed dancer, Hugo is stumped. How does this killer operate unseen? And why is he stealing the bones of once-famous can-can girls? Hugo cracks the secrets of the graveyards but soon realizes that old bones aren’t all this killer wants.
Thursday, April 27 | The Bookworm will sell books at a College of Saint Mary Great Conversations luncheon featuring bestselling author Elizabeth Berg. Click here for more information.
Thursday, April 27 / 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. We will begin with Cather’s 1923 novel, A Lost Lady (Vintage, $13.00). Cather's classic novel is a portrait of a talented woman trapped in the conventions and economic restraints of a marriage. It is the story of a woman who defies expectations, and whose personal changes coincide with the transforming American Frontier. In this work, Willa Cather expressed her profoundly modern feminist views in the life of an ordinary and gifted woman who is stifled by marriage. This mid-life work explores the themes of lost innocence, lost fortunes and indeed, lost beauty. Join us in this discussion.