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

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Thursday, January 18 / 6 p.m. | The World War II At Night Group will discuss Goodbye Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific War by William Manchester (Back Bay, $16.99). The nightmares began for William Manchester 23 years after WW II. In his dreams he lived with the recurring image of a battle-weary youth (himself), "angrily demanding to know what had happened to the three decades since he had laid down his arms." To find out, Manchester visited those places in the Pacific where as a young Marine he fought the Japanese, and in this book examines his experiences in the line with his fellow soldiers. He gives us an honest and unabashedly emotional account of his part in the war in the Pacific.

 

 

 

 

Thursday, January 18 / 6:30 p.m. | The As the Worm Turns Book Group will discuss Dear Fahrenheit 451, Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks: A Librarian’s Letters and Breakup Notes To The Books In Her Life by Annie Spence (Flatiron, $19.99). If you love to read ... you know that some books affect you so profoundly they forever change the way you think about the world. Some books, on the other hand, disappoint you so much you want to throw them against the wall.  Librarian Annie Spence has crafted love letters and breakup notes to the iconic and eclectic books she has encountered over the years. From breaking up with The Giving Tree (a dysfunctional relationship book if ever there was one), to her love letter to The Time Traveler's Wife (a novel less about time travel and more about the life of a marriage, with all of its ups and downs), Spence will make you think of old favorites in a new way. : Erin Duerr will facilitate the discussion. 

 

 

 

Saturday, January 20 / 1 to 4 p.m. | Concierge Marketing Local Book Expo – authors and their books to come

 

 

Saturday, January 20 / 3 p.m. | The Literature by People of Color Group will discuss Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (Harper, $16.99). One of the most important works of twentieth-century American literature, Zora Neale Hurston's 1937 classic is an enduring Southern love story sparkling with wit, beauty, and heartfelt wisdom. Told in the captivating voice of a woman who refuses to live in sorrow, bitterness, fear, or foolish romantic dreams, it is the story of fair-skinned, fiercely independent Janie Crawford, and her evolving selfhood through three marriages and a life marked by poverty, trials, and purpose. Hurston's masterwork remains as relevant and affecting today as when it was first published--perhaps the most widely read and highly regarded novel in the entire canon of African American literature.

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, January 21 / 1 p.m. | Rebecca Rotert will read from and sign All the Animals That We Ever Were (Gilbratar Editions, $40.00). All the Animals That We Ever Were is a handmade, letterpress limited edition containing 14 poems by Rebecca Rotert, with a woodcut by Amy Haney.

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, January 22 / 2 p.m. | The World War II Book Group will discuss The Secret War: Spies, Ciphers, and Guerrillas, 1939-1945 by Max Hastings (Harper, $18.99). The Secret War is a sweeping examination of one of the most important yet underexplored aspects of World War II--intelligence--showing how espionage successes and failures by the United States, Britain, Russia, Germany, and Japan influenced the course of the war and its final outcome. Spies, codes, and guerrillas played unprecedentedly critical roles in the Second World War, exploited by every nation in the struggle to gain secret knowledge of its foes, and to sow havoc behind the fronts. In The Secret War, Max Hastings presents a worldwide cast of characters and some extraordinary sagas of intelligence and resistance, to create a new perspective on the greatest conflict in history.

 

 

 

 

Monday, January 22 / 6:30 p.m. | The Books To Die For  Group will discuss Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household (New York Review, $14.95). 1930-something: a professional hunter is passing through a Central European country that is in the thrall of a vicious dictator. The hunter wonders whether he can penetrate undetected into the dictator's private compound. He does. He has the potential target in his sites and is wondering whether to pull the trigger when security catches up with him. Imprisoned, tortured, doomed to a painful death, the hunter makes an extraordinary and harrowing escape, fleeing through enemy territory to the safety of his native England. But that safety is delusive: his pursuers will not be diverted from their revenge by national borders; the British government cannot protect him without seeming to endorse his deed. The hunter must flee society, and he goes literaly underground, like a fox to its earth. The hunter has become the hunted.  

 

 

 

 

4th Tuesday, January 23 / 6:30 p.m. | The Crime Through Time Book Group selection is pending.

 

 

 

Wednesday, January 24 / 6 p.m. |The Mysterious Readers Book Group will discuss The Mapping of Love and Death: A Maisie Dobbs Novel by Jacqueline Winspear (Harper, $14.99). August 1914. As Michael Clifton is mapping land he has just purchased in California, war is declared in Europe--and the young cartographer sets sail for England to serve in the British army. Three years later, he is listed as missing in action. April 1932. After Michael's remains are unearthed in France, his parents retain London psychologist and investigator Maisie Dobbs, hoping she can find the unnamed nurse whose love letters were among their late son's belongings. It is a quest that leads Maisie back to her own bittersweet wartime love--and to the stunning discovery that Michael Clifton was murdered in his dugout.

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, January 25 / 2 p.m. | Cather and Friends will not meet in January

 

 

Thursday, January 25 / 6 p.m. | The Philosophy Book Discussion Group will continue their discussion of What Darwin Got Wrong by Jerry Fodor and Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini (Picador, $18.00). Combining the results of cutting-edge work in experimental biology with crystal-clear philosophical arguments, Fodor and Piattelli-Palmarini mount a reasoned and convincing assault on the central tenets of Darwin's account of the origin of species. This is a concise argument that will transform the debate about evolution and move us beyond the false dilemma of being either for natural selection or against science. 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, January 27 / 10 a.m. | The American History Book Club will discuss Lincoln's Autocrat: The Life of Edwin Stanton by William Marvel (University of North Carolina Press, $25.00). Marvel offers a detailed reexamination of Stanton's life, career, and legacy. Marvel argues that while Stanton was a formidable advocate and politician, his character was hardly benign. Stanton used his authority--and the public coffers--to pursue political vendettas, and he exercised sweeping wartime powers with a cavalier disregard for civil liberties.  Marvel suggests that Stanton's tenure raises important questions about Lincoln's actual control over the executive branch. This insightful biography also reveals why men like Ulysses S. Grant considered Stanton a coward and a bully, who was unashamed to use political power for partisan enforcement and personal preservation. 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, January 27 / 1 p.m. |  Larissa Schultz will sign Why Do I Pee When I Sneeze?: A Picture Book for Women Over the Age of 40 ($19.95).  Larissa Schultz takes a simplistic, slightly cynical, yet realistic look into the life and mind of a woman struggling to cope with one of the pressures of being a strong female - aging. Written by a woman who knows what women accomplish, who they love, and who loves them yet still continues to struggle in the art of gracefully aging. A woman, who, as she becomes more wise, experienced, and purposeful, struggles with why it seems the trade-off for that wisdom means losing the activeness and glow of her youth. This book is written by a woman, who supports women in their success in being a woman. In keeping it real, keeping it honest, and knowing honesty doesn't sacrifice capability.

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, February 1 / 6:30 p.m. | The Notable Novellas group will discuss The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Vintage, $9.95). The Baskerville family curse tells of how a terrifying, supernatural hound roams the moors around Baskerville Hall and preys on members of the family in revenge for a terrible crime committed by one of their ancestors. When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead in his grounds, with a large animal footprint near his lifeless body, the locals are convinced that the hound is back. It is up to Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson to uncover the truth and keep the new heir to Baskerville Hall safe from danger.

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, February 3 / 10 a.m. | The Biography Discussion Group will discuss The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War by H. W. Brands (Anchor, $17.95). At the height of the Korean War, President Harry S. Truman and General Douglas MacArthur, the willful, fearless, and highly decorated commander of the American and U.N. forces, were clearly in opposition, and one man would have to make way. The contest of wills between these two titanic characters unfolds against the turbulent backdrop of a faraway war and terrors conjured at home by Joseph McCarthy. From the drama of Stalin's blockade of West Berlin to the daring landing of MacArthur's forces at Inchon to the shocking entrance of China into the war, The General and the President vividly evokes the making of a new American era. 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, February 5 / 6:30 p.m. | The Lit Wits Group will discuss A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare (Bantam, $4.99). When four young lovers, fleeing the Athenian law and their own mismatched rivalries, take to the forest of Athens, their lives become entangled with a feud between the King and Queen of the Fairies. Some Athenian tradesmen, rehearsing a play for the forthcoming wedding of Duke Theseus and his bride, Hippolyta, unintentionally add to the hilarity. The result is a marvelous mix-up of desire and enchantment, merriment and farce, all touched by Shakespeare's inimitable vision of the intriguing relationship between art and life, dreams and the waking world. 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, February 6 / 6:30 p.m. | The Killing Time Book Group will discuss Woman with a Blue Pencil by Gordon McAlpine (Seventh Street, $13.95). On the eve of Pearl Harbor, Sam Sumida, a Japanese-American academic, has been thrust into the role of amateur P.I., investigating his wife's murder, which has been largely ignored by the LAPD. Grief stricken by her loss, disoriented by his ill-prepared change of occupation, the worst is yet to come, Sam discovers that, inexplicably, he has become not only unrecognizable to his former acquaintances but that all signs of his existence (including even the murder he's investigating) have been erased. Unaware that he is a discarded, fictional creation, he resumes his investigation in a world now characterized not only by his own sense of isolation but by wartime fear. 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, February 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.

 

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