Upcoming Events at The Bookworm
The following groups will take a break over the holidays:
International Intrigue Book Group
World War II Book Group
Crime Through Time Book Group
Enquiring Minds Group
Civil War Book Group
Wednesday, December 11 / 6:30 p.m. The Wednesday Bookworms will discuss State of Wonder by Ann Patchett (Harper, $15.99). As Dr. Marina Singh embarks upon an uncertain odyssey into the insect-infested Amazon, she will be forced to surrender herself to the lush but forbidding world that awaits within the jungle. Charged with finding her former mentor Dr. Annick Swenson, a researcher who has disappeared while working on a valuable new drug, she will have to confront her own memories of tragedy and sacrifice as she journeys into the unforgiving heart of darkness. Stirring and luminous, State of Wonder is a world unto itself, where unlikely beauty stands beside unimaginable loss beneath the rain forest's jeweled canopy.
Friday, December 13 / 6:30 p.m. GET LIT with Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre! Every Friday evening 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. This week Bridget will perform William Shakespeare's Star Wars by Ian Doescher. For more information see www.bsbtheatre.com and www.http://vimeo.com/81303352?utm_source=YAWP_Dec01&utm_campaign=YAWP05&utm_medium=email
Saturday, December 14 / 10 a.m. The Sherlock Holmes Book Club will discuss “His Last Bow” from The Return 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, December 14 / 10:30 a.m. Saturday Morning Story Time with Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre! 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 on posters at the Bookworm, via Brigit email, and at Bridget’s website www.bsbtheatre.com. It’ll always be free and it’ll always be fun!
Saturday, December 14 / 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Former University of Nebraska women’s volleyball coach Terry Pettit will sign A Fresh Season: Insights into Coaching, Leadership, and Volleyball ($22.00). This is Terry’s new book with columns and essays on sport, volleyball, coaching and leadership. It includes letters to prospective recruits, letters to players, and essays on why coaches get “stuck” and what they can do about it. There are chapters on National Championships and chapters on risks not taken. There is humor in chapters like “Deep Volleyball Thoughts,” and “Dear Mr. Volleyball Know It All,” and reflection on the impact of former players in “Looking For Ghosts.” Hall of Fame Coach Mike Hebert has said “Terry Pettit is the best of our writers in the game of volleyball.” Nebraska Volleyball Head Coach, John Cook, has said, “I don’t know of anyone who has more insight into coaching and leadership.” The forward is by Christy Johnson, former Husker All-American and the Head Volleyball Coach at Iowa State University, who begins with, “Coach Pettit knows some of the best lessons in life come from a well-told story.”
Sunday, December 15 / 1 to 3 p.m. Steve Pivovar will sign Road to the Big Time: A Century-Long Dream Leads Creighton to the Big East (Omaha World-Herald, $29.95). Creighton has been chasing the dream of big-time basketball since balls first began bouncing on the hilltop campus in 1911. The Omaha World-Herald's Steve Pivovar tells the story of the Bluejays’ long quest, led by Hall of Fame coaches and legendary players. The move to the Big East has opened the door to reach the ultimate goal. The 250-page book also features the work of the World-Herald’s award-winning photo staff.
Sunday, December 15 / 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Author Carol Bicak and photographer Chris Machian will sign The Littlest Lion: The Lion Cubs of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium (Omaha World-Herald, $14.95). Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo celebrated the birth of five lion cubs, the first born at the zoo since 1994. But the smallest of the cubs, Zuri, faced challenges from the start. The World-Herald's Carol Bicak and Chris Machian tell how the littlest lion in the litter survived and thrived in a special family.
Sunday, December 15 / 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Steve Jordon will sign The Oracle & Omaha: How Warren Buffett and His Hometown Shaped Each Other (Omaha World-Herald, $29.95). Warren Buffett, "The Oracle of Omaha," often speaks fondly of his hometown. The city provided him a comfortable home base, away from Wall Street’s distractions. In return, Omaha benefited from the worldwide attention that came his way and from the generosity of his early investors. It turned out to be a profitable relationship for both The Oracle and Omaha.
Thursday, December 19 / 6 p.m. The World War II At Night Group will discuss Yamamoto Isoroku by Mark Stille (Osprey, $18.95). Yamamoto Isoroku will be forever linked to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Because the attack was such an apparent success, he has gone down as one of the most brilliant naval figures in history. The truth is rather different as explained in this new book on Yamamoto which examines the reality and myth of one of the most important command figures of the Second World War. This new look at Yamamoto carefully examines the myth of Yamamoto and his impact on the War in the Pacific.
Thursday, December 19 / 6:30 p.m. The As the Worm Turns Book Group will discuss Hanukkah Stories: Thoughts on Family, Celebration and Joy (Fredrick Fell, $16.95). Hanukkah Stories is filled with over 101 stories of personal memories, anecdotes, and tales from celebrities to people like you and me. Here you'll find heartwarming reminiscences about Hanukkah experiences across the globe from an RV campground in California, on the ice in Finland, even aboard Spaceship Hubble. There's also a chapter just for latkes, including the new chocolate chip ones. Hanukkah is a joyful holiday. Whatever one's religion, it's a testament to the universal human values of dedication, perseverance, generosity, and remembrance. Whether it's sharing stories with our families today or passing on traditions for tomorrow's generation, Hanukkah is a festival of family, celebration, and joy. The author will facilitate the discussion. Space is limited, so please call to reserve your place.
Friday, December 20 / 6:30 p.m. GET LIT with Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre! Every Friday evening 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. This week Bridget will perform selections from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris. For more information see www.bsbtheatre.com.
Saturday, December 21 / 10:30 a.m. Saturday Morning Story Time with Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre! 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 on posters at the Bookworm, via Brigit email, and at Bridget’s website www.bsbtheatre.com. It’ll always be free and it’ll always be fun!
Tuesday, December 24 The Bookworm will close at 3:00 p.m. for Christmas Eve.
Wednesday, December 25 The Bookworm will be closed for Christmas Day.
Friday, December 27 / 6:30 p.m. GET LIT with Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre will not perform this week.
Friday, December 27 / 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.
Saturday, December 28 / 10:30 a.m. Saturday Morning Story Time with Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre! 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 on posters at the Bookworm, via Brigit email, and at Bridget’s website www.bsbtheatre.com. It’ll always be free and it’ll always be fun!
Tuesday, December 31 The Bookworm will close at 5:00 p.m. for New Year’s Eve.
Wednesday, January 1 The Bookworm will be closed for New Year’s Day.
Wednesday, January 1 / Noon - 1 p.m. What Are You Reading? book chat will break for the holidays
Friday, January 3 / 6:30 p.m. GET LIT with Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre will not perform this week.
Saturday, January 4 / 10 a.m. The U.S. Presidents group will discuss William McKinley by Kevin Phillips (Times Books, $25.00). By any serious measurement, bestselling historian Phillips argues, William McKinley was a major American president. It was during his administration that the United States made its diplomatic and military debut as a world power. McKinley was one of eight presidents who, either in the White House or on the battlefield, stood as principals in successful wars, and he was among the six or seven to take office in what became recognized as a major realignment of the U.S. party system. Phillips argues that McKinley's lackluster ratings have been sustained not by unjust biographers but by years of criticism about his personality, indirect methodologies, middle-class demeanor, and tactical inability to inspire the American public. In this powerful and persuasive biography, Phillips musters convincing evidence that McKinley's desire to heal, renew prosperity, and reunite the country qualify him for promotion into the ranks of the best chief executives.
Monday, January 6 / 6:30 p.m. The I Should Have Read That in School classics group will discuss The Time Machine by H. G. Wells (Penguin, $9.00). When a Victorian scientist propels himself into the year a.d. 802,701, he is initially delighted to find that suffering has been replaced by beauty, contentment, and peace. Entranced at first by the Eloi, an elfin species descended from man, he soon realizes that these beautiful people are simply remnants of a once-great culture—now weak and childishly afraid of the dark. They have every reason to be afraid: in deep tunnels beneath their paradise lurks another race descended from humanity—the sinister Morlocks. And when the scientist’s time machine vanishes, it becomes clear he must search these tunnels if he is ever to return to his own era.
Tuesday, January 7 / 1 p.m. The Art Discussion Group will discuss Man with a Blue Scarf: On Sitting for a Portrait by Lucian Freud by Martin Gaysford (Thames & Hudson, $21.95). Lucian Freud, widely regarded as the greatest figurative painter of our time, spent seven months painting a portrait of the art critic Martin Gayford. The daily narrative of their encounters takes the reader into that most private place, the artist's studio, and to the heart of the working methods of this modern master--both technical and subtly psychological. From this emerges an understanding of what a portrait is, but something else is also created: a portrait, in words, of Freud himself. This is not a biography, but a series of close-ups: the artist at work and in conversation at restaurants, in taxis, and in his studio. It takes one into the company of the painter for whom Picasso, Giacometti, and Francis Bacon were friends and contemporaries, as were writers such as George Orwell and W. H. Auden.
Wednesday, January 8 / 6:30 p.m. The Wednesday Bookworms will discuss Straight Man by Richard Russo (Vintage, $15.95). William Henry Devereaux, Jr., spiritually suited to playing left field but forced by a bad hamstring to try first base, is the unlikely chairman of the English department at West Central Pennsylvania University. Over the course of a single convoluted week, he threatens to execute a goose, has his nose slashed by a feminist poet, discovers that his secretary writes better fiction than he does, suspects his wife of having an affair with his dean, and finally confronts his philandering elderly father, the one-time king of American Literary Theory, at an abandoned amusement park.
Thursday, January 9 / 6 p.m. Amiable Adult Readers Discussing Books Almost Always Read by Kids (Aardbaark)
Saturday, January 11 / 10 a.m. The Sherlock Holmes Book Club
Sunday, January 12 / 11 a.m. The book group Books and Bagels will discuss Dear Life: Stories by Alice Munro (Vintage, $15.95). Alice Munro pinpoints the moment a person is forever altered by a chance encounter, an action not taken, or a simple twist of fate. Her characters are flawed and fully human: a soldier returning from war and avoiding his fiancee, a wealthy woman deciding whether to confront a blackmailer, an adulterous mother and her neglected children, a guilt-ridden father, a young teacher jilted by her employer. Illumined by Munro's unflinching insight, these lives draw us in with their quiet depth and surprise us with unexpected turns. Exalted by her clarity of vision and her unparalleled gift for storytelling, Dear Life shows how strange, perilous, and extraordinary ordinary life can be.
Tuesday, January 14 / 6:30 p.m. Art in the Evening - An Art Book Discussion Group. Join us for a informative and entertaining discussion of art ranging from the Renaissance era to contemporary art. Explore artists, their lives, movements, schools and the isms from the wide and varied art world. This is not intended to be an academia type art history course. Although informative, the idea is to have fun while learning about art. The group will select its own books and meet once a month for lively discussions. For those who are looking for a thought provoking, fun and intriguing journey through the astonishing world of art, meet at the Bookworm on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 16 / 6:30 p.m. The As the Worm Turns Book Group will discuss Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (St. Martin’s, $18.99). Eleanor & Park reminded me not just what it’s like to be young and in love with a girl, but also what it’s like to be young and in love with a book.”—John Green, The New York Times Book Review. Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love—and just how hard it pulled you under. A Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of 2013. The author will facilitate the discussion. Space is limited, so please call to reserve your place.
Thursday, January 16 / 6 p.m. The World War II At Night Group will discuss We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of the American Women Trapped On Bataan by Elizabeth Norman (Random House, $16.00). In the winter of 1941, as Japanese bombs began to fall on Luzon, American Army and Navy nurses stationed in the Philippines suddenly found themselves caught in a fiery hell of war. Undaunted, they did everything in their power to aid the soldiers, setting up much needed field hospitals in the jungles of Bataan and the tunnels of Corregidor, where they tended to the most devastating injuries of war amidst the raining shells and shrapnel. But the worst was still to come: As Bataan and Corregidor fell, ninety-nine of the nurses were herded into internment camps, where they endured three years of suffering, brutality, and starvation. Here, in letters, diaries, and firsthand accounts, is the story of what really happened during those dark days, woven together into a compelling saga of women in war.
Saturday, January 18 / 1 to 3:30 p.m. Write From the Heart: A Writing and Creativity Workshop with Lucy Adkins and Becky Breed. Write From the Heart will take participants through a series of writing exercises to help individuals realize their writing potential and maximize their creative energies. By creating out of our hearts--writing from our inner selves, our experiences, and what we dream, we tap into our creative abilities and find more inspiration in our lives. The registration fee for the workshop is $40 which includes a copy of Writing in Community. Participants are asked to pre-register by coming to The Bookworm and getting their copy of the book prior to January 18. The balance of $27 will be paid for on the day of the workshop. The workshop fee for participants who have a copy of Writing in Community is $27.
Saturday, January 18 / 2 p.m. Lydia Kang will sign Control (Dial, $17.99). Set in 2150 -- in a world of automatic cars, nightclubs with auditory ecstasy drugs, and guys with four arms -- this is about the human genetic "mistakes" that society wants to forget, and the way that outcasts can turn out to be heroes. When their overprotective father is killed in a terrible accident, Zel and her younger sister, Dylia, are lost in grief. But it's not until strangers appear, using bizarre sensory weapons, that the life they had is truly eviscerated. Zel ends up in a safe house for teens that aren't like any she's ever seen -- teens who, by law, shouldn't even exist. One of them -- an angry tattooed boy haunted by tragedy -- can help Zel reunite with her sister. But only if she is willing to lose him.
Sunday, January 19 / 2 p.m. Danielle Herzog will sign The Mother of All Meltdowns: Real Stories of Moms' Finest (Worst, Completely Awful) Moments ($9.99). Every mother, at some point, inevitably becomes her own worst enemy. In a millisecond, her halo crumbles and she has a moment so crazed it is forever known as the one...The Mother of All Meltdowns. The following anthology was written by women who have had their moments. Together we have experienced the anguish and frustration of the adult-sized tantrum. We have shed the tears, dropped to our knees in agony, and asked the age-old question, "Why me?" From poop-decorated rooms to having our liquid gold scrutinized and confiscated by TSA, we're not afraid to share our collection of thirty tell-all stories. We are survivalists and know that within every meltdown there is a silver lining.
Tuesday, January 21 / 6:30 p.m. The International Intrigue Book Group will discuss The End of the World in Breslau by Marek Krajewski (Melville, $15.95). 1927, Breslau, Poland: Two elaborate and sadistic murders are discovered within days of each other. The body of an unknown musician, bound and gagged, is found behind a false wall in a shoemaker's workshop. The victim had been sealed in alive. Elsewhere in the city, the horrifically mutilated body of a locksmith is found. Next to each victim is a torn-out calendar page, with the day of the death marked in blood. Nothing else seems to connect the cases. It falls to Criminal Councillor Eberhard Mock to solve the case, the mystery taking him still further into the Breslau underworld he knows only too well. Meanwhile, his hard-drinking nocturnal habits soon threaten his volatile marriage, and prompt some strange behavior from his wife ... and before long, Mock and his team will be investigating not only two of the grisliest murders in the city's history, but the councillor's own wife.
Saturday, January 25 / 10 a.m. The Civil War Book Group will discuss Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II by Douglas Blackmon (Anchor, $17.00). Blackmon brings to light an "Age of Neoslavery" that thrived from the aftermath of the Civil War through the dawn of World War II. Using original documents and personal narratives, Blackmon unearths the lost stories of slaves and their descendants who journeyed into freedom after the Emancipation Proclamation and then back into the shadow of involuntary servitude shortly thereafter. By turns moving, sobering, and shocking, this unprecedented account reveals the stories of those who fought unsuccessfully against the re-emergence of human labor trafficking, the companies that profited most from neoslavery, and the insidious legacy of racism that reverberates today.
Saturday, January 25 / 1 p.m. Julie Kramer will sign Delivering Death (Atria, $24.99). TV reporter Riley Spartz is a star investigative journalist for Channel 3 --and no stranger to the seedier side of her hometown. But when she receives a package of human teeth in the mail at work, she's quickly embroiled in a homicide investigation that spirals into one of the odder cases the Minneapolis police force has ever seen. Though the cops try to keep certain grisly details quiet, this murder has a strange twist--it seems that the killer wants the crime publicized. Is it a revenge killing, or something more? Riley's investigation takes her inside a lucrative identity theft ring that links low-life crooks to white-collar opportunists. While Riley pushes to keep the homicide in the news, her boss is convinced that coverage of the Mall of America's unique version of a royal wedding is key to the station's winning ratings. As the stakes continue to rise for her job and her life, Riley must outwit the killer in a trap that could leave yet another person dead.
Sunday, January 26 / 1 p.m. Kent Sievers will sign Little Man ($17.00). It is the dead of winter. In Omaha’s north downtown, homeless men are disappearing. Alex Capstain sees it when no one else does because he lives among them. For nearly two years he has called a doghouse home. After losing everything to a failing economy, he’s working his way off the street one recycled can and odd job at a time. Days away from taking the first big steps toward his dream of indoor living and a reunion with a daughter lost in divorce many years before, he’s beaten, robbed and left for dead. The driver of a church van comes to his rescue. Alex has no way of knowing the ride will put him on a collision course with a monster and the decades-old web of murder, corruption and greed that set him loose on the world.
Monday, January 27 / 2 p.m. The World War II Book Group will discuss Panzer Leader by Heinz Guderian (Da Capo, $19.99). General Heinz Guderian's revolutionary strategic vision and his skill in armored combat brought Germany its initial victories during World War II. Combining Guderian's land offensive with Luftwaffe attacks, the Nazi Blitzkrieg decimated the defenses of Poland, Norway, France--and, very nearly, Russia--at the war's outset. But in 1941, when Guderian advised that ground forces should take a step back, Hitler dismissed him. Guderian shares his candid point of view on what would have led Germany to victory, and what ensured that it didn't. In addition to providing a rare inside look at key members of the Nazi party, Guderian reveals in detail how he developed the Panzer tank forces and orchestrated their various campaigns, from the break through at Sedan to his drive to the Channel coast that virtually decided the Battle of France. Panzer Leader became a bestseller within one year of its original publication in 1952 and has since been recognized as a classic account of the greatest conflict of our time.
Tuesday, January 28/ 6:30 p.m. The Crime Through Time Book Group will discuss An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears (Riverhead, $18.00). It is 1663, and England is wracked with intrigue and civil strife. When an Oxford don is murdered, it seems at first that the incident can have nothing to do with great matters of church and state. Who poured the arsenic into the victim's brandy? The evidence points to Sarah Blundy, a servant girl....She confesses to the crime and is sentenced to be hanged. Yet, little is as it seems in this gripping novel, which dramatizes the ways in which witnesses can see the same events yet remember them falsely. Each of four narrators -- a Venetian medical student, a young man intent on proving his late father innocent of treason, a cryptographer and an archivist -- fingers a different culprit... an erudite and entertaining tour de force.