The Bookworm has moved to Loveland Centre at 90th and Center Streets. We are waiting for the Certificate of Occupancy for the building before we can officially open. We hope the building inspectors finish their work so we can open for business on Thursday, October 2.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.
Wednesday, October 1 | The Bookworm will sell books at a Holland Lecture featuring Eric Liu, author of Gardens of Democracy: The New American Story of Citizenship, the Economy and the Role of Government and A Chinaman's Chance: One Family's Journey and the Chinese American Dream. See www.firstuuomaha.org or call (402) 345-3039 for more information.
Wednesday, October 1 | The Bookworm will sell books at a Creighton Center for Health Policy and Ethics Women & Health Lecture featuring Monique Truong, author of The Book of Salt (Mariner, $13.95) and Bitter in the Mouth (Random House, $15.00). See www.creighton.edu/ for more information.
Wednesday, October 1 / 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 4 / 10 a.m. | The U.S. Presidents group will discuss Dwight D. Eisenhower by Tom Wicker (Times Books, $25.00). Wicker traces Eisenhower's life from his hardscrabble Kansas childhood, through his West Point years and his dramatic success during the war to his reluctant entry into politics. Throughout, we see a good and determined man -- at times, says Wicker, a great man -- who is remembered as much for his personal magnetism as for his aura of competence and command. And yet his tenure as chief executive can best be described as one of the missed opportunities. His middle-of-the-road politics maintained the status quo, but never rose to the level of visionary leadership that could have led the country forward through uncertain times.. In Wicker's words, "the worst did not happen in his time, but neither did the best. When he left office, the world was as divided and hostile, in some ways more so, than when he was elected." The group will take a field trip to the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home in Abilene, Kansas on Saturday, October 18.
Saturday, October 4 / 10:30 a.m. | Saturday Morning Story Time with Mr. Scott! On Saturday mornings Scott Kurz from the Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre will make stories come alive with dramatic reading from books suitable for ages 3 to 8. The theme for each Saturday will be announced a week in advance via Brigit email, and at Bridget’s website www.bsbtheatre.com. It’ll always be free and it’ll always be fun!
Monday, October 6 | Join a Book and Movie Book Club this fall! The Bookworm in partnership with locally owned Aksarben Cinema invites you to read and discuss three bestselling novels and then watch the movie. Contact The Bookworm at 402.392.2877 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register. The books will be available at The Bookworm at the book club discounted price. The movie tickets will be available at the senior discount price at the theater the day of the event. The discussions will take place in the party room at Aksarben Cinema, 2110 South 67th Street. The October 6 book and movie, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (Broadway Books, $15.00). On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?
Monday, October 6 / 6:30 p.m. | The I Should Have Read That in School classics group will discuss An Enemy of the People (Penguin Plays) by Henrik Ibsen and Arthur Miller (Penguin, $13.00). When Dr. Stockmann discovers that the water in the small Norwegian town in which he is the resident physician has been contaminated, he does what any responsible citizen would do: reports it to the authorities. But Stockmann’s good deed has the potential to ruin the town’s reputation as a popular spa destination, and instead of being hailed as a hero, Stockmann is labeled an enemy of the people. Arthur Miller’s adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s classic drama is a classic in itself, a penetrating exploration of what happens when the truth comes up against the will of the majority.
Tuesday, October 7 / 1 p.m. | The Art Discussion Group will discuss The Paper Garden: An Artist Begins Her Life’s Work at 72 by Molly Peacock (Bloomsbury, $20.00). In 1772, upon the death of her second husband, Mary Delany arose from her grief, picked up a pair of scissors, and, at the age of seventy-two, created a new art form: mixed-media collage. Over the next decade, Mrs. Delany produced an astonishing 985 botanically correct, breathtaking cut-paper flowers, now housed in the British Museum and referred to as the Flora Delanica. As she tracks the extraordinary life of Delany—friend of George Frideric Handel and Jonathan Swift—internationally acclaimed poet Molly Peacock weaves in delicate parallels in her own life and, in doing so, creates a profound and beautiful examination of the nature of creativity and art.
Wednesday, October 8 / 6:30 p.m. | The Wednesday Bookworms will discuss Memory of Running by Ron McLarty (Penguin, $16.00). By all accounts, especially his own, Smithson “Smithy” Ide is a loser. An overweight, friendless, chain-smoking, forty-three-year-old drunk, Smithy’s life becomes completely unhinged when he loses his parents and long-lost sister within the span of one week. Rolling down the driveway of his parents’ house in Rhode Island on his old Raleigh bicycle to escape his grief, the emotionally bereft Smithy embarks on an epic, hilarious, luminous, and extraordinary journey of discovery and redemption.
Wednesday, October 8 / 6:30 p.m. Lemony Snicket will sign the third book of his bestselling series, "Shouldn't You Be in School?" (All the Wrong Questions series), (Little, Brown, $16.00). "Is Lemony Snicket a detective or a smoke detector?" Do you smell smoke? Young apprentice Lemony Snicket is investigating a case of arson but soon finds himself enveloped in the ever-increasing mystery that haunts the town of Stain'd-by-the-Sea. Who is setting the fires? What secrets are hidden in the Department of Education? Why are so many schoolchildren in danger? Is it all the work of the notorious villain Hangfire? How could you even ask that? What kind of education have you had? Maybe "you" should be in school? The signing will be at the Millard Branch of the Omaha Public Library, 13214 Westwood Lane.
Thursday, October 9 / 6 p.m. | Amiable Adult Readers Discussing Books Almost Always Read by Kids (Aardbaark) will discuss What Came from the Stars by Gary Schmidt (HMH, $6.99). The Valorim are about to fall to a dark lord when they send a necklace containing their planet across the cosmos, hurtling past a trillion stars . . . all the way into the lunchbox of Tommy Pepper, sixth grader, of Plymouth, Mass. Mourning his late mother, Tommy doesn't notice much about the chain he found, but soon he is drawing the twin suns and humming the music of a hanorah. As Tommy absorbs the art and language of the Valorim, their enemies target him. When a creature begins ransacking Plymouth in search of the chain, Tommy learns he must protect his family from villains far worse than he's ever imagined.
Friday, October 10 / 6:30 p.m. | GET LIT with Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre is back! On the second Friday of each month actors will give vivid voice to animate readings that traverse all the genres of literature. The readings will run less than an hour, and will be followed by some sprightly discussion for those in the mood. Designed as an informal but satisfying after-supper interlude, it will deliver a whimsical and unique wind-down from the work week/wind-up for the weekend. The selections will be announced a week in advance via Brigit email and at Brigit’s website www.bsbtheatre.com.
Saturday, October 11 / 10:00 a.m. | The Sherlock Holmes group will discuss “The Adventure of the Lion’s Mane” from The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes. These stories are included in Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories, volume 2 by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Bantam Classics, $6.95). All Sherlock Holmes fans are welcome.
Saturday, October 11 / 10:30 a.m. | Saturday Morning Story Time with Mr. Scott! On Saturday mornings Scott Kurz from the Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre will make stories come alive with dramatic reading from books suitable for ages 3 to 8. The theme for each Saturday will be announced a week in advance via Brigit email, and at Bridget’s website www.bsbtheatre.com. It’ll always be free and it’ll always be fun!
Sunday, October 12 / 11 a.m. | The book group Books and Bagels will discuss How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny (Minotaur, $15.99. When Chief Inspector Armand Gamache receives a message from Myrna Landers that a longtime friend has failed to arrive for Christmas in the village of Three Pines, he welcomes the chance to get away from the city. Mystified by Myrna's reluctance to reveal her friend's name, Gamache soon discovers the missing woman was once one of the most famous people not just in North America, but in the world, and now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone except the mad, brilliant poet Ruth Zardo. As events come to a head, Gamache is drawn ever deeper into the world of Three Pines. Increasingly, he is not only investigating the disappearance of Myrna's friend but also seeking a safe place for himself and his still-loyal colleagues. Is there peace to be found even in Three Pines, and at what cost to Gamache and the people he holds dear?
Sunday, October 12 / 1 p.m. | Joy Johnson will sign The Boob Girls VI: From the Eye of the Moose (Grief Illustrated, $14.95). A haunted bed and breakfast. A mummy. A mysterious key. A bank robber who is also a Goth. A strange but beautiful little old lady with dementia whose only words are, “Shut up and drink.” Put all those together in the monster of a mansion that Dr. Robinson Leary, retired professor from Creighton University has inherited from an unknown great aunt, and the Burned Out Old Broads at Table 12 have their hands full and Geoffrey the mastiff is no protection at all. Set deep in the farm country of central Nebraska, the imaginary town of Salem’s Crossing will never be the same after Robbie Leary, Hadley Joy Morris-Whitfield, Mary Rose McGill and retired homicide detective Marge Aaron arrive with cleaning supplies, high spirits and determination. Another laugh-out-loud novel in the BOOB Girl series, this one will also keep you on the edge of your seat and remind you of the scary but innocent movies of your youth.
Monday, October 13 / 6 p.m. | Marie Lu, author of the bestselling novels Legend, Prodigy, and Champion, will sign her latest novel, The Young Elites (Putnam, $18.99). Adelina Amouteru survived the blood plague but is left physically scarred. Cast out by her family, Adelina finds refuge within the secret society of Young Elites. To some, the Elites are heroes, but to the Inquisition Axis, they are monsters with demonic powers. Marie won the Nebraska Golden Sower Award given by the Nebraska Library Association for Legend, the first book in her dystopian trilogy.
Thursday, October 16 / 6 p.m. | Charles Fort will sign Mrs. Belladonna’s Supper Club Waltz – New and Selected Prose Poems (Backwaters Press) “Charles Fort, as though the hellhound were on his trail as it was on his spectacular work's chief spiritual presence, Robert Johnson, will take you on a hard ride here. Robert Johnson was perhaps the supreme eminence in that profoundest formal contribution to American poetry, the blues; and yet Fort's choice of a breathless, even a rampaging prose-poem manner at once pays homage to his great mentor and encompasses a huge swath of history -- social, political, religious, familial, neighborly, generational. The reader may first imagine these poems as surreal, but in fact they are super-real: Charles Fort has found an utterly precise and moving idiom for things large and small, ones that would -- before Mrs. Belladonna's Supper Club Waltz -- have seemed beyond expression." - Sydney Lea, Vermont Poet Laureate
Thursday, October 16 / 6 p.m. | The World War II At Night Group will discuss Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour by Lynne Olson (Random House, $17.00). The author reveals the behind-the-scenes story of how the United States forged its wartime alliance with Britain, told from the perspective of three key American players in London: Edward R. Murrow, the handsome, chain-smoking head of CBS News in Europe; Averell Harriman, the hard-driving millionaire who ran FDR's Lend-Lease program in London; and John Gilbert Winant, the shy, idealistic U.S. ambassador to Britain. Each man formed close ties with Winston Churchill-so much so that all became romantically involved with members of the prime minister's family. Olson skillfully depicts the dramatic personal journeys of these men who, determined to save Britain from Hitler, helped convince a cautious Franklin Roosevelt and reluctant American public to back the British at a critical time.
Thursday, October 16 / 6:30 p.m. | The As the Worm Turns Book Group will discuss The Boys in the Boat : Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown (Penguin, $17.00). With a team composed of the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington’s eight-oar crew team was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did, going on to shock the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler. The emotional heart of the tale lies with Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not only to regain his shattered self-regard but also to find a real place for himself in the world. Drawing on the boys’ own journals and vivid memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, Brown has created an unforgettable portrait of an era, a celebration of a remarkable achievement, and a chronicle of one extraordinary young man’s personal quest. Peter Zandbergen will facilitate the discussion.
Saturday, October 18 / 10:30 a.m. | Saturday Morning Story Time with Mr. Scott! On Saturday mornings Scott Kurz from the Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre will make stories come alive with dramatic reading from books suitable for ages 3 to 8. The theme for each Saturday will be announced a week in advance via Brigit email, and at Bridget’s website www.bsbtheatre.com. It’ll always be free and it’ll always be fun!
Saturday, October 18 / 1 p.m. | Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz will sign Dr. Mutter's Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine (Gotham, $27.50). Imagine undergoing an operation without anesthesia performed by a surgeon who refuses to sterilize his tools--or even wash his hands. This was the world of medicine when Thomas Dent Mutter began his trailblazing career as a plastic surgeon in Philadelphia during the middle of the nineteenth century. Mutter was an audacious medical innovator who pioneered the use of ether as anesthesia, the sterilization of surgical tools, and a compassion-based vision for helping the severely deformed, which clashed spectacularly with the sentiments of his time. Brilliant, outspoken, and brazenly handsome, Mutter was flamboyant in every aspect of his life. He wore pink silk suits to perform surgery, added an "umlaut" to his last name just because he could, and amassed an immense collection of medical oddities that would later form the basis of Philadelphia's Mutter Museum.
Tuesday, October 21 / 6:30 p.m. | The International Intrigue Book Group will discuss Death of a Red Heroine by Qiu Xiaolong (Soho, $15.95). In this Anthony Award-winning debut, Inspector Chen of the Shanghai Police must find the murderer of a National Model worker, and then risk his own life and career to see that justice is done. In contemporary China, politics dictate most personal decisions, and the new capitalists are on the rise. Inspector Chen faces a difficult choice.
Wednesday, October 22 | The Bookworm will sell books at a Town Hall Lecture Series event featuring Timothy Egan, author of The Worst Hard Time (Mariner, $14.95), The Big Burn (Mariner, $15.95), and Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher (Mariner, $15.95). See www.omahatownhall.org for more information.
Wednesday, October 22 / 6 p.m. | The Louise Penny Discussion Group will continue with her sixth novel, Bury Your Dead (Minotaur, $15.99). Janet Grojean will facilitate the discussion. All readers are welcome, if discovering Louise for the first time or if refreshing acquaintanceship with an old friend. Her books are designed to be self-standing, but there is a strong character development arc. We think you'd enjoy the books even more if read in order. See www.louisepenny.com for more information. In Bury Your Dead violent death is inescapable, even in the apparent sanctuary of the Literary and Historical Society--where an obsessive historian's quest for the remains of the founder of Quebec, Samuel de Champlain, ends in murder. Could a secret buried with Champlain for nearly four hundred years be so dreadful that someone would kill to protect it? Meanwhile, Gamache is receiving disquieting letters from the village of Three Pines, where beloved Bistro owner Olivier was recently convicted of murder. As past and present collide, Gamache must relive a terrible event from his own past before he can begin to bury his dead.
Thursday, October 23 / 6:30 p.m. | The Enquiring Minds Group will discuss Terrorism: A Very Short Introduction by Charles Townshend (Oxford, $11.95). Is one person's terrorist another's freedom fighter? Is terrorism crime or war? Can there be a 'War on Terror'? For many, the terrorist attacks of September 2001 changed the face of the world, pushing terrorism to the top of many political agendas, and leading to a series of world events including the war in Iraq and the invasion of Afghanistan. Charting a clear path through the efforts to understand and explain modern terrorism, Townshend unravels a series of complex questions, including 'Are terrorists criminals?', 'How far does media publicity sustain terrorism?', and 'What can be done about it?'
Friday, October 24 / 6 p.m. | Wendelin Vab Draanen will sign Sammy Keyes and the Kiss Goodbye (Knopf, $16.99). Sammy doesn't go looking for trouble, but she seems to find it everywhere. She's forever sniffing out clues and chasing down bad guys--and driving her friends a little nuts. She's gone up against thieves and counterfeiters and gangsters and blackmailers and murderers, and always stayed one step ahead. Until now. Last night, one of the bad guys caught up. Last night, someone followed Sammy up the fire escape and pushed her from the third story. Now she's in the hospital, out cold. And her friends are left with the questions Sammy's always been so good at answering: Why? How? But most of all . . . WHO?
Friday, October 24 / 6 p.m. | Mark Huntley Parsons will sign his debut young adult novel, Road Rash (Knopf, $16.99). A teenage drummer finds out what life is "really" like on tour with a rock band in this funny and bittersweet YA novel. After being dropped from one band, sixteen-year-old drummer Zach gets a chance to go on tour with a much "better" band. It feels like sweet redemption, but this is one rocky road trip--filled with jealousy, rivalries, and on-stage meltdowns. Mark Parsons has written a fast-paced, feel-good novel about a boy finding his place in the world, in a band, and in the music. Zach is a character teens will stand up and cheer for as he lands the perfect gig, and the perfect girl.
Saturday, October 25 / 10 a.m. | The Civil War Book Group will discuss Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln's Legacy by David Stewart (Simon & Schuster, $15.00). Impeached is as riveting and rollicking as the best Washington novel. There is all kinds of intrigue -- from allegations of bribery by a 'whiskey ring,' to a cabinet secretary barricading himself in his office, to an incoming vice president giving a drunken tirade on Inauguration Day -- all played out at a deadly serious time, with the Union hanging in the balance. Only it's not a novel; it's Stewart's meticulously researched re-rendering of a time in our history that, he argues persuasively, has been distorted to turn a racist and incompetent Andrew Johnson and his anti-impeachment supporters into courageous defenders of Abe Lincoln's legacy.
Saturday, October 25 / 10:30 a.m. | Saturday Morning Story Time with Mr. Scott! On Saturday mornings Scott Kurz from the Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre will make stories come alive with dramatic reading from books suitable for ages 3 to 8. The theme for each Saturday will be announced a week in advance via Brigit email and at Bridget’s website www.bsbtheatre.com. It’ll always be free and it’ll always be fun!
Saturday, October 25 / 2 p.m. | Sandra Dallas will sign A Quilt For Christmas (St. Martin’s, $ 17.99). It is 1864 and Eliza Spooner's husband Will has joined the Kansas volunteers to fight the Rebels, leaving her with their two children and in charge of their home and land. Eliza is confident that he will return home, and she helps pass the months making a special quilt to keep Will warm during his winter in the army. When the unthinkable happens, she takes in a woman and child who have been left alone and made vulnerable by the war, and she finds solace and camaraderie amongst the women of her quilting group. And when she is asked to help hide an escaped slave, she must decide for herself what is right, and who can she can count on to help her.
Sunday, October 26 / 1 p.m. | Vita Coffey will sign Little V’s Hope ($11.99). In 2000, Vita Coffey was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. In the decade that followed, she lost not only her sight and ability to walk, but many friends, her job, her father, and nearly her sanity. Struggling through pain and the debilitating side effects of an ever-changing cocktail of drugs, Vita remained hopeful that one day, she would find a better treatment. Her participation in a new clinical study restored her life and health—and then some. In the battle against her disease, Vita faced many uncertain circumstances, clinging to her journal as a source of hope and stability. In Little V’s Hope, Vita tells her story of love, loss, and recovery, in her own words, for the first time.
Monday, October 27 / 2 p.m. | The World War II Book Group will discuss The Admirals: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy and King -The Five-Star Admirals Who Won the War at Sea by Walter Borneman (Back Bay, $18.00). Only four men in American history have been promoted to the five-star rank of Admiral of the Fleet: William Leahy, Ernest King, Chester Nimitz, and William Halsey. These four men together led the U.S. Navy to victory in World War II, establishing the United States as the world's greatest fleet. In The Admirals, award-winning historian Walter R. Borneman tells their story in full detail for the first time. Drawing upon journals, ship logs, and other primary sources, he brings an incredible historical moment to life, showing us how the four admirals revolutionized naval warfare forever with submarines and aircraft carriers, and how these men-who were both friends and rivals-worked together to ensure that the Axis fleets lay destroyed on the ocean floor at the end of World War II.
Tuesday, October 28/ 6:30 p.m. | The Crime Through Time Book Group will discuss Oscar Wilde and the Murders at Reading Gaol by Gyles Brandreth (Touchstone, $16.00). Oscar Wilde has fled to France after his release from Reading Gaol. Tonight he is sharing a drink and the story of his cruel imprisonment with a mysterious stranger. Oscar has endured the treadmill, solitary confinement, censored letters, no writing materials. Yet even in the midst of such deprivation, his astonishing detective powers remain undiminished--and when first a brutal warder and then the prison chaplain are found murdered, who else should the governor turn to for help other than Reading Gaol's most celebrated inmate?
Thursday, October 30 | The Bookworm will sell books for An Evening with David Sedaris at the Holland Performing Arts Center. See www.davidsedarisontour.com for ticket information. His sardonic humor and incisive social critique have made Sedaris one of our most popular and humorous commentators. David has been named Humorist of the Year by Time magazine and received the Thurber Prize for American Humor.
Friday, October 31 / 7 - 7:30 p.m. | Momaha Night Time Story Time for preschoolers, ages 1 – 5. Put the kids in their pajamas, bring along their favorite stuffed animal, and treat them to an early bedtime story. Expect a little singing, dancing and other fun activities. We’ll have the milk and cookies ready. See www.momaha.com for more information.