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.

Find Waldo Local will again be possible in Omaha this summer. Pick up your passport and other information here at The Bookworm. And have a great time finding Waldo in locally owned independent businesses throughout Omaha through the month of July. Win prizes at the end!!

Saturday, July 26 / 10 a.m. The Civil War Book Group will discuss Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America's Most Perilous Year by David Von Drehle (Picador, $20.00). As 1862 dawned, the American republic was at death's door. The government appeared overwhelmed, the U.S. Treasury was broke, and the Union's top general was gravely ill. The Confederacy--with its booming economy and commanding position on the battlefield--had a clear view to victory. The survival of the country depended on the judgment and resilience of the unschooled frontier lawyer who had recently been elected president. Twelve months later, the Civil War had become a cataclysm but the tide had turned. The Union generals who would win the war had emerged, while the Confederate Army had suffered the key losses that would lead to its doom. The blueprint of modern America had been indelibly inked, and Abraham Lincoln--the man who brought the nation through its darkest hour--had been forged into a singular leader. In Rise to Greatness, Von Drehle has created both a deeply human portrait of America's greatest president and a dramatic narrative about our most fateful year.

Saturday, July 26 / 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, July 28 / 2 p.m. The World War II Book Group will discuss The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945 by Rick Atkinson (Picador, $20.00). In the first two volumes of his bestselling Liberation Trilogy, Atkinson recounted how United States and its allies fought through North Africa and Italy to the threshold of victory. Now he tells the most dramatic story of all--the titanic battle for Western Europe. D-Day marked the commencement of the European war's final campaign, and Atkinson's riveting account of that bold gamble sets the pace for the masterly narrative that follows. The brutal fight in Normandy, the liberation of Paris, the disaster that was Operation Market Garden, the horrific Battle of the Bulge, and finally the thrust to the heart of the Third Reich--all these historic events and more come alive with a wealth of new material and a mesmerizing cast of characters. With The Guns at Last Light, the stirring final volume of this monumental trilogy, Atkinson has produced the definitive chronicle of the war that unshackled a continent and preserved freedom in the West.

Saturday August 2 / 10 a.m. The U.S. Presidents group has previously read Franklin Delano Roosevelt by Roy Jenkins (Times Books, $25.00) in the American Presidents series, so for this meeting participants will read their book of choice about Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Saturday, August 2 / 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, August 3 / 1 p.m. John Ferak will sign Bloody Lies: A CSI Scandal in the Heartland (Black Squirrel, $25.95). The farming community of Murdock, Nebraska, seemed an unlikely setting for one of the heartland's most ruthless and bloody double murders. But on the night of Easter 2006, Wayne and Sharmon Stock were brutally murdered in their home. Barely a week into this double murder investigation, two arrests brought a sense of relief to the victims' family and to local residents. The case appeared to fall neatly into place when a tiny speck of Wayne Stock’ s blood appeared in the alleged getaway car. Then, an obscure clue left at the crime scene took the investigation down a totally different path. By the time this investigation was over, the charges against the original suspects were dismissed and two new individuals emerged from the shadows. The astonishing bloody lies were revealed, culminating in a law enforcement scandal that turned the case on its head and destroyed the career of Nebraska's CSI director, David Kofoed.

Monday, August 4 / 6:30 p.m. The I Should Have Read That in School classics group will discuss Enter Jeeves: 15 Early Stories by P. G. Wodehouse (Dover, $8.95). This collection contains the first eight stories featuring Bertie Wooster, the deliciously dim aristocrat and Jeeves, his brainy, imperturbable manservant. It also has the complete Reggie Pepper (Bertie's prototype) series.

Tuesday, August 5 / 1 p.m. The Art Discussion Group will discuss Vanished Smile: The Mysterious Theft of the Mona Lisa by R. A. Scotti (Vintage, $15.00). On August 21, 1911, Leonardo da Vinci's most celebrated painting vanished from the Louvre. The prime suspects were as shocking as the crime: Pablo Picasso and Guillaume Apollinaire, young provocateurs of a new art. The sensational disappearing act captured the world's imagination. Crowds stood in line to view the empty space on the museum wall. Thousands more waited, as concerned as if Mona Lisa were a missing person, for news of the lost painting. Almost a century later, questions still linger: Who really pinched Mona Lisa, and why? Part love story, part mystery, Vanished Smile reopens the puzzling case that transformed a Renaissance portrait into the most enduring icon of all time.

Wednesday, August 6 / 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, August 6 / 6 p.m. Sophia Dembling will sign 100 Places in the USA Every Woman Should Go (Travelers' Tales, $19.95). 100 Places in the USA Every Woman Should Go is a lively and highly subjective collection of places that will educate, illuminate, entertain, challenge, or otherwise appeal to women of all kinds. Seeking an unusual place to escape with friends? Want to indulge in a perfect hot spring or mountain retreat? Hoping to gain perspective by exploring women's history or touring a quirky museum? 100 Places in the USA Every Woman Should Go will both inspire and compel you to hit the road—in a group, with a friend, or solo. This guidebook unveils places you've never heard of and gives you a new outlook on places you think you know. It illuminates attractions close to home and reminds you why it's time to plan that special trip far away.

Friday, August 8 / 6:30 p.m. GET LIT with Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre is back with selections from Lepore's Book of Ages. 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, August 9 / 10:00 a.m. The Sherlock Holmes group will discuss “The Problem of Thor Bridge” 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, August 9 / 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, August 9 / 1 p.m. Stanley Struble will sign Gospel of the Feathered Serpent (Black Rose, $16.95). Fear and disbelief grip the Vatican, and the very foundations of Christianity are challenged when a “Holy Man”, an uncorrupted body, and seven papyrus manuscripts are discovered in a Mayan burial box beneath a ruined church in Mexico’s southern Chiapas State. An archaeologist and Muslim friend battle a Papal Inquisitor, a corrupt Mormon official, and the Mayan Indians to possess the miraculous corpse and scrolls, all of them unaware that the greatest treasure of all has been recovered by a Mayan shaman who plans to leave Christianity’s greatest prize in the hands of a renegade Catholic priest.

Sunday, August 10 / 11 a.m. The book group Books and Bagels will discuss Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks (Griffin, $14.99). Budo is lucky as imaginary friends go. He's been alive for more than five years, which is positively ancient in the world of imaginary friends. But Budo feels his age and thinks constantly of the day when eight-year-old Max Delaney will stop believing in him. When that happens, Budo will disappear. Max is different from other children. Some people say he has Asperger's, but most just say he's "on the spectrum." None of this matters to Budo, who loves Max unconditionally and is charged with protecting him from the class bully, from awkward situations in the cafeteria, and even in the bathroom stalls. But he can't protect Max from Mrs. Patterson, a teacher in the Learning Center who believes that she alone is qualified to care for this young boy. When Mrs. Patterson does the unthinkable, it is up to Budo and a team of imaginary friends to save Max-and Budo must ultimately decide which is more important: Max's happiness or his own existence.

Sunday, August 10 / 1 p.m. James Larson will sign “A” is for The Alchemist: a Winnie and Winslow Adventure ($14.00).  Twelve-year-old Winslow who wants to do well in the upcoming football championship. His brilliant kid sister, Winnie is finishing her sure-to-win entry for the national science contest-a robot designed with unique artificial intelligence that enables it to sing any and every piece of music. Unbeknownst to them, Winnie and Winslow's brilliance and bravery are about to be tested by a mad scientist who will stop at nothing to master the art of turning base metal into gold. And he's just discovered that Winnie's robot holds the key to his formula. Joined by Cavalcade, the family cat, and Amulet, a cowardly homeless dog who dreams of being part of the family, too, Winnie and Winslow must set aside their differences and pool their resources if they have any hope of stopping the villainous alchemist before he kills anyone.

Wednesday, August 13 / 1 p.m. Come join us for a new type of book discussion group – a “pop-up”. There will be one meeting and one book discussed per month for three months, and then it’s over. Pop-up attendees will receive a 20% book club discount on the books being discussed. Our first pop-up subject will be armchair travel. The book for August is The Lost Continent : Travels in Small Town America by Bill Bryson (Morrow, $14.99). This is Bryson's unsparing and hilarious account of his travels across America in search of the perfect small town. At the end of his journey, Bryson finds not the idyllic town of his dream, but a true understanding of America--and a certainty that despite the poverty and ignorance, there is much good in the island.

Wednesday, August 13 / 6:30 p.m. The Wednesday Bookworms will discuss The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck (Washington Square Press, $16.00). Though more than sixty years have passed since this remarkable novel won the Pulitzer Prize, it has retained its popularity and become one of the great modern classics. "I can only write what I know, and I know nothing but China, having always lived there," wrote Pearl Buck. In The Good Earth she presents a graphic view of a China when the last emperor reigned and the vast political and social upheavals of the twentieth century were but distant rumblings for the ordinary people. This moving, classic story of the honest farmer Wang Lung and his selfless wife O-lan is must reading for those who would fully appreciate the sweeping changes that have occurred in the lives of the Chinese people during this century.

Thursday, August 14 / 6 p.m. Amiable Adult Readers Discussing Books Almost Always Read by Kids (Aardbaark) will discuss Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz (Simon & Schuster, $9.99). Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

Saturday, August 16 / 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, August 17 / 1 p.m. William Kent Kruger will sign Windigo Island (Simon & Schuster, $24.99). When the body of a teenage Ojibwe girl washes up on the shore of an island in Lake Superior, the residents of the nearby Bad Bluff reservation whisper that it was the work of a mythical beast, the Windigo, or a vengeful spirit called Michi Peshu. Such stories have been told by the Ojibwe people for generations, but they don’t solve the mystery of how the girl and her friend, Mariah Arceneaux, disappeared a year ago. At the request of the Arceneaux family, Cork O’Connor, former sheriff turned private investigator, is soon on the case. But on the Bad Bluff reservation, nobody’s talking. Still, Cork puts enough information together to find a possible trail. In Duluth, he learns from an Ojibwe social worker that both Duluth and the Twin Cities are among the most active areas in the US for sex trafficking of vulnerable women, many of whom are young Native Americans. As the investigation deepens, so does the danger. Cork realizes he’s not only up against those who control the lucrative sex enterprise—he must also battle government agencies more than willing to look the other way.

Tuesday, August 19 / 6:30 p.m. The International Intrigue Book Group will discuss Death on Demand by Paul Thomas (Bitter Lemon Press, $14.95). Maori cop Ihaka, unkempt, overweight, intemperate, unruly, unorthodox, and profane, is a cop unable to play the police politics necessary for promotion, but he's a man who has a way with women, and he's a stubborn investigator with an uncanny instinct for the truth. Tito Ihaka is in the wilderness, having fallen foul of the new regime at Auckland Central. Called back to follow up a strange twist in the unsolved case that got him into trouble in the first place, Ihaka finds himself hunting a shadowy hitman who could have several notches on his belt. His enemies want him off the case, but the bodies are piling up. Ihaka embarks on a quest to establish whether police corruption was behind the shooting of an undercover cop and-to complicate matters-he becomes involved with an enigmatic female suspect who could hold the key to everything.

Thursday, August 21 / 6 p.m. The World War II At Night Group will discuss A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II by Adam Makos (Berkley, $17.00). December, 1943: A badly damaged American bomber struggles to fly over wartime Germany. At the controls is twenty-one-year-old Second Lieutenant Charlie Brown. Half his crew lay wounded or dead on this, their first mission. Suddenly, a Messerschmitt fighter pulls up on the bomber's tail. The pilot is German ace Franz Stigler--and he can destroy the young American crew with the squeeze of a trigger... What happened next would defy imagination and later be called "the most incredible encounter between enemies in World War II." The U.S. 8th Air Force would later classify what happened between them as "top secret." It was an act that Franz could never mention for fear of facing a firing squad. It was the encounter that would haunt both Charlie and Franz for forty years until, as old men, they would search the world for each other, a last mission that could change their lives forever.

Thursday, August 21 / 6:30 p.m. Rainbow Rowell will sign Landline (St. Martin’s, $24.99). Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply—but that almost seems beside the point now. Maybe that was always beside the point. Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her—Neal is always a little upset with Georgie—but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go without her. When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything. That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts. . . . Is that what she’s supposed to do?

Thursday, August 21 / 6:30 p.m. The As the Worm Turns Book Group will discuss Homicide in Hardcover: A Bibliophile Mystery by Kate Carlisle (Obsidian, $7.99). The streets of San Francisco would be lined with hardcovers if rare book expert Brooklyn Wainwright had her way. And her mentor wouldn't be lying in a pool of his own blood on the eve of a celebration for his latest book restoration. With his final breath he leaves Brooklyn a cryptic message, and gives her a priceless and supposedly cursed copy of Goethe's Faust for safekeeping. Brooklyn suddenly finds herself accused of murder and theft, thanks to the humorless but attractive British security officer who finds her kneeling over the body. Now she has to read the clues left behind by her mentor if she is going to restore justice? Sharon Larson will facilitate the discussion. Space is limited, so please call to reserve your place.

Saturday, August 23 / 10 a.m. The Civil War Book Group will discuss Libby Prison Breakout by Joseph Wheelan (PublicAffairs, $14.99). During the winter of 1863-1864, 1,200 Union officers lived in squalor and semi-starvation in Richmond's Libby Prison, known as "The Bastille of the South." On February 9, 109 of those officers wriggled through a fifty-five-foot tunnel to freedom. After an all-out Rebel manhunt, survivors reached Washington, and their testimony spurred far-reaching investigations into the treatment of Union prisoners. Libby Prison Breakout tells the largely unknown story of the most important escape of the Civil War from a Confederate prison, one that ultimately increased the North's and South's willingness to use prisoners in waging "total war."

Saturday, August 23 / 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, August 24 / 3 p.m. Ben Carson will sign One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America's Future (Sentinel, $25.95). Ben Carson says “In February 2013 I gave a speech at the National Prayer Breakfast. I warned my fellow citizens of the dangers facing our country and called for a return to the principles that made America great. We seem to have lost our ability to discuss important issues calmly and respectfully regardless of party affiliation or other differences. As a doctor rather than a politician, I care about what works, not whether someone has an (R) or a (D) after his or her name. We have to come together to solve our problems. I have endeavored to propose a road out of our decline, appealing to every American’s decency and common sense. If each of us sits back and expects someone else to take action, it will soon be too late. But with your help, I firmly believe that America may once again be “one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” Signing restrictions will apply.

Monday, August 25 / 2 p.m. The World War II Book Group will discuss The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan (Touchstone, $16.00). In 1943 the United States government recruited thousands of young women from across the country to work at “Site X,” a city that, as far as the rest of the world knew, didn’t exist. Told only what they were required to know to perform their individual jobs, and working in ignorance of their ultimate purpose, they had a front-row seat to history. The Girls of Atomic City weaves interviews with the last surviving members of this unique sisterhood into a full portrait of Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Drawing on a wealth of original research, this extraordinary bestseller recounts the incredible true story about a city not found on any map and the women who lived and worked there in complete secrecy to help create the weapon designed to end World War II. Kiernan takes readers to an extraordinary community whose mission was world-changing and whose residents, many of them away from home for the first time, struggled to live normal lives in a place that was anything but.

Tuesday, August 26/ 6:30 p.m. The Crime Through Time Book Group will discuss Morality Play by Barry Unsworth (Norton, $13.95). The time is the fourteenth century. The place is a small town in rural England, and the setting a snow-laden winter. A small troupe of actors accompanied by Nicholas Barber, a young renegade priest, prepare to play the drama of their lives. Breaking the longstanding tradition of only performing religious plays, the group’s leader, Martin, wants them to enact the murder that is foremost in the townspeople’s minds. A young boy has been found dead, and a mute-and-deaf girl has been arrested and stands to be hanged for the murder. As members of the troupe delve deeper into the circumstances of the murder, they find themselves entering a political and class feud that may undo them.

Wednesday, August 27 / 6:30 p.m. One of our favorite authors, Louise Penny, will visit The Bookworm on Friday, August 29 to sign her tenth and latest novel, The Long Way Home, featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Quebec Surete and set in Three Pines, Quebec. To bring everyone’s reading up to date we are continuing the Louise Penny Discussion Group with her third and fourth novels, The Cruelest Month and A Rule Against Murder (both Minotaur, $15.99 each). 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 quite 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 and the order of her books.

Thursday, August 28 / 6:30 p.m. The Enquiring Minds Group will discuss Ethics: A Very Short Introduction by Simon Blackburn (Oxford, $11.95). Ethics is the area of philosophy which touches most on everyday life - its central theme is how we ought to live. Our self-image as moral, well-behaved creatures is dogged by scepticism, relativism, hypocrisy, and nihilism, by the fear that in a Godless world science has unmasked us as creatures fated by our genes to be selfish and tribalistic, or competitive and aggressive. In this clear introduction to ethics Simon Blackburn tackles the major moral questions surrounding birth, death, happiness, desire and freedom, showing us how we should think about the meaning of life, and how we should mistrust the sound bite-sized absolutes that often dominate moral debates.

Friday, August 29 / 6 p.m. Louise Penny will sign The Long Way Home (Minotaur, $27.99). Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he’d only imagined possible. While Gamache doesn’t talk about his wounds, his neighbor Clara Morrow tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache’s help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. And then he gets up and joins her. Together with his former second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, and Myrna Landers, they journey deeper and deeper into Québec. And deeper and deeper into the soul of Peter Morrow. A man so desperate to recapture his fame as an artist, he would sell that soul. And may have. The journey takes them further and further from Three Pines, to the very mouth of the great St. Lawrence river.  To an area so desolate, so damned, the first mariners called it "the land God gave to Cain." And there they discover the terrible damage done by a sin-sick soul. Signing restrictions will apply.