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.
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.
Saturday, September 3 / 10 a.m. | The Biography Discussion Group will discuss Stokely: A Life by Peniel Joseph (Basic Books, $18.99). Stokely Carmichael, the charismatic and controversial black activist, stepped into the pages of history when he called for Black Power during a speech one Mississippi night in 1966. A firebrand who straddled both the American civil rights and Black Power movements, Carmichael would stand for the rest of his life at the center of the storm he had unleashed.
Monday, September 5 | The Bookworm will be closed for Labor Day.
Tuesday, September 6 / 6:30 p.m. | The Killing Time Book Group will discuss Mad River by John Sandford (Putnam, $9.99). Bonnie and Clyde, they thought. And what's-his-name, the sidekick. Three teenagers with dead-end lives, and chips on their shoulders, and guns. The first person they killed was a highway patrolman. The second was a woman during a robbery. Then, hell, why not keep on going? As their crime spree cuts a swath through rural Minnesota, some of it captured on the killers' cell phones and sent to a local television station, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers joins the growing army of cops trying to run them down. But even he doesn't realize what's about to happen next.
Wednesday, September 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.
Wednesday, September 7 / 6 p.m. | Amy Hassinger will sign After the Dam (Red Hen, $16.95). Undone by motherhood, judged by her husband, thirty-two-year-old Rachel Clayborne flees with her baby in the middle of the night for the one place on earth that s been her refuge: her grandmother’s lakehouse in northern Wisconsin. Hoping to reconnect with a former, healthier self, she instead faces a confused and dying grandmother, her ever-present nurse who seems bent on thwarting each of Rachel’s desires, and a changed ex-boyfriend - her first and most passionate love. As a constant rain threatens the nearby dam, Rachel struggles to discern what’s happened to the past, who she’s become, and what kind of a life she will make for herself now.
Thursday, September 8 / 6 p.m. | Amiable Adult Readers Discussing Books Almost Always Read by Kids (Aardbaark) will discuss The Extra by Kathryn Lasky (Candlewick, $8.99). One ordinary afternoon, fifeen-year-old Lilo and her family are picked up by Hitler’s police and imprisoned as part of the "Gypsy plague." Just when it seems certain that they will be headed to a labor camp, Lilo is chosen by filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl to work as a film extra. Life on the film set is a bizarre alternate reality. The surroundings are glamorous, but Lilo and the other extras are barely fed, closely guarded, and kept in a locked barn when not on the movie set. And the beautiful, charming Riefenstahl is always present, answering the slightest provocation with malice, flaunting the power to assign prisoners to life or death. Lilo takes matters into her own hands, effecting an escape and running for her life. Kathryn Lasky imagines the lives of the Gypsies who worked as extras for the real Nazi filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl, giving readers a story of survival unlike any other.
Saturday, September 10 / 3 p.m. | Ed Koterba Morgret will sign The Essential Ed Koterba: A Most Outstanding Newspaperman ($39.95). Journalist Ed Koterba, father of author Ed Morgret, died in a plane crash in 1961. In an eulogy the next day, John F. Kennedy called Koterba “a most outstanding newspaperman.” Koterba was a Capitol Hill reporter, White House correspondent, nationally syndicated columnist, and world traveler. Simply put, he was one of the best journalists of his time. His combination of unique, humorous angles and hard-hitting journalism endeared him to more than a million readers. Compiled here are 363 of Koterba’s most memorable articles, including dispatches from India, Antarctica, and Communist Czechoslovakia. Also included are “family” articles providing a fascinating look at everyday life in the 1950s.
Saturday, September 10 / 3 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.
Sunday, September 11 / 11 a.m. | The Books and Bagels book group will discuss The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead, $16.00). Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night, allowing her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
Sunday, September 11 / 1 p.m. | Cara Riggs will sign Rainbows, Lollipops, & Tough Bitches Fight Cancer: Short Stories of Joy, Faith, Friendship and Laughter ($9.95). From diagnosis, through treatment and remission, emotions range from joy, stupidity, fear, faith, humor, darkness and rebirth, all told in short stories by women. "Life isn't always rainbows, lollipops, and unicorns. Bad things do happen to good people, but at its core, life is about what you do with the bumps in the road while you are making the journey."
Monday, September 12 / 6:30 p.m. | The What Makes a Classic? group will discuss All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren (Harvest, $15.95). Set in the 1930s, this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel traces the rise and fall of demagogue Willie Stark, a fictional character who resembles the real-life Huey "Kingfish" Long of Louisiana. Stark begins his political career as an idealistic man of the people but soon becomes corrupted by success and caught between dreams of service and an insatiable lust for power.
Wednesday, September 14 / 6:30 p.m. | The Wednesday Bookworms will discuss The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (Penguin, $17.00). Fforde's Great Britain, circa 1985, when time travel is routine, cloning is a reality (dodos are the resurrected pet of choice), and literature is taken very, very seriously, is a bibliophile s dream. England is a virtual police state where an aunt can get lost (literally) in a Wordsworth poem and forging Byronic verse is a punishable offense. All this is business as usual for Thursday Next, renowned Special Operative in literary detection. But when someone begins kidnapping characters from works of literature and plucks Jane Eyre from the pages of Bronte's novel, Thursday is faced with the challenge of her career.
Wednesday, September 14 / 7 p.m. The Bookworm will sell books at a Creighton University Center for Health Policy and Ethics lecture featuring Geraldine Brooks. The event will be at Witherspoon Hall in The Joslyn Art Museum and is open to the public. See http://www.creighton.edu/chpe/events/womenhealthlectures/ for more information.
Thursday, September 15 / 6 p.m. | The World War II At Night 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. 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.
Thursday, September 15 / 6:30 p.m. | The As the Worm Turns Book Group will discuss Provence, 1970: M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, and the Reinvention of American Taste by Luke Barr (Clarkson Potter, $15.00). In the winter of 1970, the iconic culinary figures James Beard, M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, Richard Olney, Simone Beck, and Judith Jones found themselves together in the South of France. They cooked and ate, talked and argued, about the future of food in America, the meaning of taste, and the limits of snobbery. Without quite realizing it, they were shaping today’s tastes and culture, the way we eat now. The conversations among this group were chronicled by M.F.K. Fisher in journals and letters some of which were later discovered by Luke Barr, her great-nephew. He captures this seminal season, set against a stunning backdrop complete with gossip, drama, and contemporary relevance. Betsy Von Kerens will facilitate the discussion.
Sunday, September 18 / 1 p.m. | William Kent Krueger will sign Manitou Canyon (Atria, $24.99). A man camping in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness goes missing and Cork O’Connor is asked by the man s family to stay on the case. Although his daughter’s wedding is fast approaching and the weather looks threatening, he accepts and returns to that vast wilderness on his own. As the sky darkens and the days pass, Cork's family anxiously awaits his return. Finally certain that something has gone terribly wrong, they fly by floatplane to the lake where the missing man was last seen. Locating Cork’s campsite, they find no sign of their father. They do find blood, however. A lot of it. With an early winter storm on the horizon, it’s a race against time as Cork’s family struggles to uncover the mystery behind these disappearances. Little do they know, not only is Cork's life on the line, but so are the lives of hundreds of others.
Tuesday, September 20 / 6:30 p.m. | The International Intrigue Book Group will discuss A Cut-Like Wound by Anita Nair (Bitter Lemon, $14.95). In heat-soaked Bangalore a young man transforms himself into Bhuvana. She is a "hijra," a transgender seeking love in the bazaars of the city. What Bhuvana wants, she nearly gets: a passing man is attracted to this elusive young woman but someone points out that Bhuvana is no woman. For that, the interloper's throat is cut. A case for Inspector Borei Gowda, going to seed, and at odds with those around him including his wife, his colleagues, even the informers he must deal with. More corpses and Urmila, Gowda's ex-flame, are added to this spicy concoction of a mystery novel.
Saturday, September 24 / 10 a.m. | The American History Book Club will discuss American Crucifixion: The Murder of Joseph Smith and the Fate of the Mormon Church by Alex Beam (PublicAffairs, $16.99). In 1844 a mob stormed the jail in Carthage, Illinois and killed the founding prophet of Mormonism, Joseph Smith. Smith had already lived an outsized life. In addition to starting his own religion and creating Book of Mormon he had led his people to Ohio, then Missouri, then Illinois, where he founded a city larger than Chicago. And, secretly, he had married more than thirty women. Beam tells how Smith went from charismatic leader to public enemy: How the doctrine of polygamy created a rift among his people; how that schism turned to violence; and how, ultimately, Smith could not escape the consequences of his ambition and pride. Smith’s assassination propelled the Mormons to colonize the American West and claim their place in the mainstream of American history.
Saturday, September 24 / 1 p.m. | William Matson and descendants of Crazy Horse will sign Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior's Life & Legacy (Gibbs Smith, $30.00). The Edward Clown family, nearest living relatives to the Lakota war leader, presents the family tales and memories told to them about their famous grandfather. In many ways the oral history differs from what has become the standard and widely accepted biography of Crazy Horse. The family clarifies the inaccuracies and shares their story about the past, including what it means to them to be Lakota, the family genealogy, the life of Crazy Horse and his motivations, his death, and why they chose to keep quiet with their knowledge for so long before finally deciding to tell the truth as they know it. This book is a compelling addition to the body of works about Crazy Horse and the complicated and often conflicting events of that time period in American History.
Saturday, September 24 / 2:30 p.m. | Timothy Anderson will sign Lonesome Dreamer: The Life of John G. Neihart ($34.95, Bison Books). Poet and writer John G. Neihardt (1881-1973) possessed an inquiring and spiritual mind. Those qualities came to the fore in Black Elk Speaks, the story of the Lakota holy man Black Elk, for which he is best remembered. Anderson describes Neihardt’s life from his humble beginnings, to being named poet laureate of Nebraska in 1921, to his appearance on the Dick Cavett Show at the age of ninety. Anderson also delves into Neihardt’s success as a poet far from the East Coast literary establishment, his resistance to modernist movements in poetry, and his wish to understand and describe the experience of the Plains Indians. Offering insight into both his personal and his literary life, this biography reaffirms Neihardt's place in American literary history, his successes and failures, and his unbreakable spirit.
Sunday, September 25 / 1 p.m. | Cat Dixon will sign Eva (Stephen Austin University Press, $16.00). Eva Braun was seventeen years old when she was first introduced to Adolf Hitler in 1929. Hitler took her on dates to the opera, to dinner and to the movies. He eventually purchased her a home where she could live with her sister free of her parents. Rooms were set aside for Eva and her sisters and her friend Herta at Hitler’s mountainside home, The Berghof. Even though he bought Eva gifts, gave her a home, an allowance, most of his time was spent on his public image and war management, leaving Eva to feel lonely and useless. She attempted suicide twice while dating Hitler. Some historians portray Eva Braun as naive and selfish. This book, written in verse, shows another side and sets out to explore this woman who stayed by Hitler until the bitter end.
Sunday, September 25 / 1 p.m. | Marjorie Saiser will sign I Have Nothing to Say About Fire (Backwaters Press, $16.00). "When I read Marge Saiser's poetry I feel I am in the presence of someone whose heart beats in rhythm with mine. I recognize the situations, the people, and the world she presents in these poems, but in Saiser's adept hands all things familiar take on the glow of the universal. Marge Saiser is an extraordinary artist who wields the power of poetry with grace and thoughtful crafting. Her poems offer a much-needed kindness in a troubled world." Karen Gettert Shoemaker
Monday, September 26 / 2 p.m. | The World War II Book Group will discuss Wolves at the Door: The True Story of America's Greatest Female Spy by Judith Pearson (Lyons, $15.95). Virginia Hall sought a career in Foreign Service in 1930s Europe, but a physical handicap, her gender, and her outspoken political views stymied her diplomatic ambitions. British Special Operations Executive (SOE) trained her in non-traditional sabotage techniques, and she became the greatest World War II spy heroine.
Monday, September 26 / 6:30 p.m. | The Books To Die For Pop-Up Group will read The Murder in the Rue Morgue: The Dupin Tales by Edgar Allen Poe (Modern Library, $10.00). Between 1841 and 1844, Edgar Allan Poe invented the genre of detective fiction with three mesmerizing stories of a young French eccentric named C. Auguste Dupin. Introducing to literature the concept of applying reason to solving crime, these tales brought Poe fame and fortune. Years later, Dorothy Sayers would describe "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" as "almost a complete manual of detective theory and practice." Indeed, Poe's short mysteries inspired the creation of countless literary sleuths, among them Sherlock Holmes. Today, the unique Dupin stories still stand out as utterly engrossing page-turners.
Tuesday, September 27 / 6:30 p.m. | The Crime Through Time Book Group will discuss The Midwife’s Tale by Sam Thomas (Minotaur. $15.99). It is 1644, and midwife Bridget Hodgson becomes embroiled in a different sort of rebellion. One of her friends has been convicted of murdering her husband and sentenced to be burnt alive. Convinced that her friend is innocent, Bridget sets out to find the real killer.
Wednesday, September 28 | The Bookworm will sell books at an Omaha Town Hall lecture featuring Ted Koppel. See http://omahatownhall.org/ for more information.
Wednesday, September 28 / 6 p.m. | The Mysterious Readers Book Group will discuss Pagan Spring by G. M. Malliet (Minotaur, $15.99). Vicar Max Tudor, reveling in his new-found personal happiness with Awena Owen, feels that life at the moment holds no greater challenge than writing his Easter sermon. With Awena away, he looks forward to a dinner that includes newcomers to the village like West End dramatist Thaddeus Bottle and his downtrodden wife Melinda. But when one of the dinner guests is found dead in the pre-dawn hours, Max knows a poisonous atmosphere has once again enveloped his perfect village of Nether Monkslip. Connections to long-ago crimes, some sparked by the paintings of a famous local artist, help Max unravel the clues but can he restore peace to Nether Monkslip and still manage to finish his sermon?
Saturday, October 1 / 10 a.m. | The Biography Discussion Group will discuss The Wright Brothers by David McCullough (Simon & Schuster, $17.00). In 1903 two bicycle mechanics from Dayton, Ohio, changed history. Orville and Wilbur Wright were men of exceptional courage and determination, and of far-ranging intellectual interests and ceaseless curiosity. When they worked together, no problem seemed to be insurmountable. Wilbur was unquestionably a genius. Orville had such mechanical ingenuity as few had ever seen. That they had no more than a public high school education and little money never stopped them in their mission to take to the air. Nothing did, not even the self-evident reality that every time they took off, they risked being killed. McCullough shows how two Ohio boys from a remarkable family taught the world to fly. He profiles not only the brothers but their sister, Katharine, without whom things might well have gone differently.
Sunday, October 2 / 1 p.m. | Alex Kava will sign Reckless Creed (Putnam, $27.00). In Chicago, a young man jumps from his thirtieth-story hotel room; along the Missouri river, a hunter and his son stumble upon a lake whose surface is littered with snow geese, all of them dead; and in southern Alabama, Ryder Creed and his search-and-rescue dog Grace find the body of a young woman who went missing in the Conecuh National Forest...and it appears she filled her pockets with rocks and walked into the river. Before long Ryder Creed and FBI profiler Maggie O Dell will discover the ominous connection among these mysterious deaths. What they find may be the most prolific killer the United States has ever known.
Monday, October 3 / 6:30 p.m. | The What Makes a Classic? group will discuss Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (Anchor, $12.00). Things Fall Apart tells two intertwining stories, both centering on Okonkwo, a strong man of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The first story traces Okonkwo’s fall from grace with the tribal world. The second concerns the clash of cultures and the destruction of Okonkwo's world with the arrival of aggressive European missionaries. These perfectly harmonized twin dramas are informed by an awareness capable of encompassing at once the life of nature, human history, and the mysterious compulsions of the soul.
Tuesday, October 4 / 6:30 p.m. | The Killing Time Book Group will discuss Entry Island by Peter May (Quercus, $14.99). Only two kilometers wide and three long, Entry Island is home to a population of just more than 100 inhabitants, the wealthiest of whom has just been discovered murdered in his home. Covered in her husband's blood, the dead man's melancholy wife spins a tale for the police about a masked intruder armed with a knife. The investigation appears to be little more than a formality--the evidence points to a crime of passion, implicating the wife. But homicide detective Sime Mackenzie is electrified by the widow during his interview, convinced that he has met her before, even though this is clearly impossible. Despite mounting evidence of the woman's guilt, he finds himself convinced of her innocence, leading to a conflict between the professional duty he must fulfill and the personal destiny he is increasingly sure awaits him.
Wednesday, October 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.
Saturday, October 8 / 1 p.m. | John Dechant will sign Scoreless: Omaha Central, Creighton Prep, and Nebraska's Greatest High School Football Game (Bison Books, $18.95). In October 1960, Omaha Central and Creighton Prep met for what many Nebraskans consider the greatest high school football game ever played. Future NFL Hall of Famer Gale Sayers scored seventy points while leading Central s powerful offense through its first four games. Prep’s strong defense, on the other hand, allowed only twenty points all season. Legendary coaches patrolled both sidelines, and Prep was aiming for its third straight state championship. Fifteen thousand fans packed into Omaha’s Municipal Stadium to watch the early season championship clash. Stubborn defenses ensured parity. Back and forth the teams battled, mired around the 50-yard line, punt after punt soaring into the sky. With no overtime to settle things and the defenses holding fast, the game ended in a scoreless tie. When both teams won their remaining games, they shared the state title that year. Scoreless retells the details of this legendary game, the buildup to it, and the story behind the teams and their renowned coaches and players.
Sunday, October 9 / 11 a.m. | The Books and Bagels book group will discuss The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles (Back Bay, $16.00). This international bestseller and modern classic, made into a film starring Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons, is an intricate portrait of Victorian relationships and love. In the story, Charles Smithson is engaged to a wealthy woman, but breaks off the engagement over his secret affair with the beautiful, mysterious Sarah Woodruff, a woman known locally as the forsaken lover of a French lieutenant. The novel offers three different endings to encourage you to reach your own conclusions.
Wednesday, October 12 / 6:30 p.m. | The Wednesday Bookworms will discuss Bread or Death: Memories of My Childhood During and After the Holocaust by Milton Kleinberg ($16.95). The author relates how his family used bribery and darkness of night to flee as the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939 on a 4,500-mile journey from Poland through Russia and Siberia and eventually to Uzbekistan in Central Asia. He tells in vivid detail the wretched journey in cramped cattle cars through frigid Russia, the indignities of forced labor, the shame of begging for bread just to survive, and death of those closest to him. The family's plight includes abandonment, hunger, and separation (and later remarkable twists of fate and reunion) quite unlike other Holocaust stories. This coming-of-age, Holocaust memoir is the author's personal account of how through great sacrifices by his mother he managed to survive the worst atrocities in human history.
Thursday, October 13 / 6 p.m. | Amiable Adult Readers Discussing Books Almost Always Read by Kids (Aardbaark) will discuss two books:
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson (HarperTeen, $12.99). Nimona is an impulsive young shape-shifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are. But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past.
Lightning Dreamer by Margarita Engle (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $7.99). Opposing slavery in Cuba in the nineteenth century was dangerous. The most daring abolitionists were poets who veiled their work in metaphor. Of these, the boldest was Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda, nicknamed Tula. In passionate, accessible verses of her own, Engle evokes the voice of this book-loving feminist and abolitionist who bravely resisted an arranged marriage at the age of fourteen, and was ultimately courageous enough to fight against injustice. Historical notes, excerpts, and source notes round out this exceptional tribute.
Tuesday, October 18 / 6:30 p.m. | The International Intrigue Book Group will discuss Hour of the Red God by Richard Crompton (Picador, $16.00). Nairobi, 2007. In Africa's sprawling megacity, a small elite holds power over an impoverished, restless majority. With Kenya's presidential elections looming on the horizon, tensions in the city have reached an all-time high. So when the body of a prostitute is discovered inside Uhuru Park, the police are too preoccupied to care. But Detective Mollel does, and deeply. He is a former Maasai warrior, and the dead girl was Maasai too. As he ventures from slums to skyscrapers, from suburbs to sewers in search of the killer, Mollel is forced to confront his turbulent past and the terrifying realization that this homicide is anything but typical.
Thursday, October 20 / 6 p.m. | The World War II At Night Group will discuss Pacific Payback: The Carrier Aviators Who Avenged Pearl Harbor at the Battle of Midway by Stephen Moore (New American Library, $17.00). The six months from Pearl Harbor to the Battle of Midway was a dark time during which the Japanese scored victory after victory. The small band of American aviators saw almost constant deployment, intense carrier combat, and fearsome casualties. Many were killed by enemy Zero fighters, antiaircraft fire, or deadly crash landings, while others were captured and spent years in POW camps. Yet the Enterprise’s Dauntless crews would be the first to strike an offensive blow against Japanese installations in the Marshall Islands, would be the first to sink a Japanese warship, and would shepherd the Doolittle Raiders bombing of Tokyo. Not until Midway, though, would Dauntless crews get the chance to settle the score...and change the course of World War II.
Thursday, October 20 / 6:30 p.m. | The As the Worm Turns Book Group will discuss The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George (Broadway Books, $16.00). From Monsieur Perdu’s floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can't seem to heal through literature is himself; he's still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened. After Perdu is finally tempted to read the letter, he hauls anchor and departs on a mission to the south of France, hoping to make peace with his loss and discover the end of the story. Joined by a bestselling but blocked author and a lovelorn Italian chef, Perdu travels along the country’s rivers, dispensing his wisdom and his books, showing that the literary world can take the human soul on a journey to heal itself. Janet Grojean will facilitate the discussion.
Saturday, October 22 / 10 a.m. | The American History Book Club will discuss The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789 by Joseph Ellis (Vintage, $16.00). Ellis gives us the unexpected story of why the thirteen colonies, having just fought off the imposition of a distant centralized governing power, would decide to subordinate themselves anew. The Quartet is the story of this second American founding and of the men responsible-- some familiar, such as George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison, and some less so, such as Robert Morris and Governeur Morris. It was these men who shaped the contours of American history by diagnosing the systemic dysfunctions created by the Articles of Confederation, manipulating the political process to force a calling of the Constitutional Convention, conspiring to set the agenda in Philadelphia, orchestrating the debate in the state ratifying conventions, and, finally, drafting the Bill of Rights to assure state compliance with the constitutional settlement
Monday, October 24 / 2 p.m. | The World War II Book Group will discuss They Dared Return: The True Story of Jewish Spies Behind the Lines in Nazi Germany by Patrick O’Donnell (Da Capo, $15.95). At the height of World War II, with the Third Reich's final solution in full operation, a small group of Jews who had barely escaped the Nazis did the unthinkable: They went back. Spies now, these men took on a dangerous mission behind enemy lines. They Dared Return is their story--a tale of adventure, espionage, love, and revenge.
Monday, October 24 / 6:30 p.m. | The Books To Die For Pop-Up Group will read The Glass Key by Dashiell Hammett (Vintage Crime, $15.00). Paul Madvig was a cheerfully corrupt ward-heeler who aspired to something better: the daughter of Senator Ralph Bancroft Henry, the heiress to a dynasty of political purebreds. Did he want her badly enough to commit murder? And if Madvig was innocent, which of his dozens of enemies was doing an awfully good job of framing him? Dashiell Hammett's tour de force of detective fiction combines an airtight plot, authentically venal characters, and writing of telegraphic crispness.
Tuesday, October 25 / 6:30 p.m. | The Crime Through Time Book Group will discuss Flying Too High: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (Poisoned Pen, $15.95). Phryne Fisher takes on a fresh case at the pleading of a hysterical woman who fears her hot-headed son is about to murder his equally hot-headed father. Phryne, bold as we love her to be, first upstages the son in his own airplane at his Sky-High Flying School, then promptly confronts him about his mother s alarm. To her dismay, however, the father is soon killed and the son taken off to jail. Then a young girl is kidnapped, and Phryne goes off to the rescue. Engaging the help of Bert and Cec, the always cooperative Detective-Inspector Robinson, and her old flying chum Bunji Ross, Phryne in her typical fashion saves the day, with plenty of good food and hot tea all around.
Wednesday, October 26 / 6 p.m. | The Mysterious Readers Book Group has not yet made their selection for October.
Thursday, October 27 / 6:30 p.m. | Publisher Book Talk featuring reading selections for your personal enjoyment as well as gift ideas for the holidays. Are you interested in finding a title for book club but don’t know where to start? Maybe you’re interested in a good vacation read. Or just possibly you’d like to find a book that you really love. Join Penguin Random House representatives Bridget Piekarz, Jason Goble and Stefan Moorehead as they suggest a variety of titles for your consideration. Feel free to bring something to eat or drink …. and don’t forget your pen!