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

 Why buy books in your local independent bookstore?

  • You may be about  to make a purchase you'll value for the rest of your life
  • You'll be shopping where you live
  • You'll be helping create local jobs
  • You might just find a book you never knew existed
  • You'll find great gifts for friends and family
  • You can talk to real people about books they know and love
  • You'll be part of your local book-loving community

 

 

Wednesday, November 14 / 6 p.m. | David Grann will sign The White Darkness (Doubleday, $20.00). Henry Worsley idolized Ernest Shackleton, the nineteenth-century polar explorer, who tried to become the first person to reach the South Pole, and later sought to cross Antarctica on foot. Shackleton never completed his journeys, but he repeatedly rescued his men from certain death, and emerged as one of the greatest leaders in history. In 2008, Worsley set out across Antarctica with two other descendants of Shackleton's crew, battling the freezing, desolate landscape, life-threatening physical exhaustion, and hidden crevasses. Yet when he returned home he felt compelled to go back. On November 13, 2015, at age 55, Worsley bid farewell to his family and embarked on his most perilous quest: to walk across Antarctica alone.  Grann tells Worsley's remarkable story with the intensity and power that have led him to be called "simply the best narrative nonfiction writer working today."

 

 

 

Friday, November 16 / 6 p.m. | Dorothy Harmon will sign Intentional Connections: A Practical Guide to Parent Engagement in Early Childhood Classrooms and Beyond ($15.00). A strong parent-teacher connection creates consistency between home and school environments, allowing children to flourish.  Dorothy Harman explains the concept of parent engagement and describes how it creates a mutually beneficial relationship between teacher and parents—one built on open dialogue, trust, deep partnership, and sincere care for the child. 

 

 

 

Saturday, November 17 | Local Author Day

12:30-1:30 | Heidi Hermanson will sign Waking to the Dream ($18.00). In a love letter to the Midwest, Heidi Elaine Hermanson writes of discovery, heartbreak, and redemption in the natural accumulation of her life as a poet. Inspired by a sense of longing for whatever comes next and for wherever life may take us, Waking to the Dream takes readers on a road-trip. Inspired heavily by the relationships we create together and rooted in imagery of place, Hermanson gives readers a sense of home in the search.

1-2 p.m. Tom Furby will sign Eavesdropping on Life ($15.00). Tom Furby’s unpretentious descriptions of scenes from daily life often finish with a twist of humor that keeps you smiling and looking forward to the next poem. The great diversity in topics and titles will pique your interest and draw you in. Enjoy the ride!

1:30-2:30 | Rita Rocker will sign Creating Your Own Destiny: Power Steps for Mind-Body Renewal ($15.00). Be armed and refreshed with educational and inspiring tools, stories and exercises for an amazing life and career-transforming experience. Discover how to combine compelling new inner strength with an amazing professional and profitable persona. Use this book as a powerful, effective friend to create your new destiny…now!

2:00-3:00 | Manya Nogg will sign Aloha Murders ($15.95). Honolulu police detective “Cholly” Chan is striving to become the youngest captain on the force, but her new partner, Woodrow Hawkins, is looking for an easy way to finish his career.  They must solve a series of unusual murders, but the friction between them may prove to be their downfall.

2:30-3:30 | Lisa Neu will sign The Fingers of God (paperback $19.95, hardcover $35.95). These poems reflect a life-time of writing Christian poetry to inspire, teach, and lead others to the grace and mercy of our Heavenly Father, and to share that God's love does reach down and touch the lives of each one of us in our journey here on earth....with all the good, bad, happy, uplifting, depressing, and sometimes lonely situations we each experience in our walk through life. 

3:00-4:00 | J. A. Ford will sign Dr. Ford Freud: A Cure for Nightmares ($14.99). After a traumatic event, eight year old Jeremy Bracken is haunted in his nightmares by a mysterious man in a black business suit.  Will Jeremy be able to outwit the man?  Can world renowned child psychiatrist Dr. Ford Freud end the boy's disturbing nightmares?  This dark tale is a cross between Lemony Snicket and Edgar Allan Poe, and will entertain readers from ages 14 to 114.

3:30-4:30 | David Richardson will sign Pillars & Dreams; a History of the First Unitarian Church of Omaha ($25.00). A history of the First Unitarian Church of Omaha, the publication of the book coincides with the centennial of the dedication of the building at 31st and Harney in 1918, and the Sesquicentennial of the founding of the church in 1869. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, November 18 | 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Join us for the Bookworm Holiday Open House.  The Bookworm offers free gift wrap and friendly, knowledgeable service.  This year give gifts that can be opened again and again. 

The following authors will be present to sign and discuss their books:

Dr. Lee Simmons will sign Doc, Zoo Memories and Animal Stories ($35.00). Join us for a wild book signing. This slightly autobiographical book details the life, stories, and adventures of Dr. Lee Simmons, aka Doc, longtime director of the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.  He hopes that you will tolerate the history and enjoy the memories and animal stories! 
 

Tom Baker will sign That's Close Enough, A Tribute to the Quick Wit, Sharp Humor and Generous Generosity of Joe Henry Baker ($30.00).  Tom illustrates his father's many accomplishments as a husband, father, son, businessman, entrepreneur, and creative mastermind. It is a tribute to a father who was a great and giving man who never sought the spotlight but relished every opportunity to enrich the lives of those around him with wit, humor, generosity, loyalty, and humility. It will give you a renewed appreciation for your own family and will encourage you to thank the many people in your own live who mean so much to you.

 

Trilety Wade & Megan Thomas will sign The Two Birds Bakery Cookbook ($19.99).  Megan and Trilety opened a little bakery in 2013 in Elkhorn, Nebraska., and amassed a cult following of customers who craved the Two Birds original vegan cinnamon rolls, vegan scones, and vegan layer cakes. The bakery closed, but the recipes will live on in this delightful little cookbook that features over 30 original recipes with lovely accompanying photos. These easy to follow recipes will astound your taste-buds and amaze your friends and loved ones. Buy for yourself, or for your favorite home bakers.

 

 

 

Wednesday, November 21 | The Bookworm will close at 6 p.m.

Thursday, November 22 | The Bookworm will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving Day.

 

Saturday, November 24 | Small Business Saturday and Indies First. Indies First celebrates independent bookstores and local communities in conjunction with Small Business Saturday. Why buy books in your local independent bookstore?

  • You may be about to make a purchase you'll value for the rest of your life
  • You'll be shopping 1n your local community
  • You'll be helping create local jobs
  • You might just find a book you never knew existed
  • You'll find great gifts for friends and family
  • You can talk to real people about books they know and love
  • You'll be part of your local book-loving community

And that’s just the beginning. Thank you for being a big supporter of small business and your neighborhood. 

 

Sunday, December 2 / Noon to 3 p.m. | Pet lovers and their furry friends are invited for the 11th annual Santa Paws event for Hearts United for Animals. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to pose with pets. Elves from the University of Nebraska at Omaha will take a photo of the pet on Santa's lap, print the photo on site and turn it into a holiday card. All photos will also be emailed to pet owners. The fee is $25, with a $5 discount to $20 if you bring a donation of pet supplies. All proceeds go directly to Hearts United for Animals, a no-kill shelter and animal welfare organization. Hearts United receives no government funding and exists solely on donations and the all-volunteer staff. The annual event is sponsored by the UNO chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). For the last 10 years, students have planned the event and donated the proceeds to a local animal shelter or rescue groups.

 

 

 

Tuesday, December 4 / 6 p.m. | Channy Chhi Laux will sign Short Hair Detention: Memoir of a Thirteen-Year-Old Girl Surviving the Cambodian Genocide. Short Hair Detention is Laux's memoir of surviving the Cambodian genocide (1975 -1979). Her story begins when the Communists took over, progresses through multiple escape attempts and concludes with how freedom was regained. The book reveals intimate details of how she learned to survive unforgiving conditions and the many agonizing moments including when the Khmer Rouge separated her from her parents. Throughout the horrific journey, she experienced constant reminders to keep faith in God and to not lose hope that her family would somehow be able to survive. 

 

 

 

Thursday, December 6th / 6 p.m. | Kate Klise will sign her books including her newest picture book, Stay, a Girl, a Dog and a Bucket List (Macmillan, $17.99). Illustrations are by the author's sister, Sarah Klise. Eli the dog has been with Astrid since her parents brought her home as a baby. Now Astrid is getting older, and so is Eli. Before he slows down too much, Astrid wants to make fun memories with him. So she makes a bucket list for Eli, which includes experiences such as eating with him in a restaurant, and taking him down a slide at the playground. But in the end, what is most important to Eli is the time he spends with Astrid, whom he loves dearly. Sisters Kate and M. Sarah Klise have created a story that reminds readers of all ages that time with our loved ones is the most precious gift of all. Kate's other books include the 43 Old Cemetery Road series and the Three Ring Rascals series. 

 

 

 

Saturday, December 8 / 1 p.m. | The Nebraska Writers Guild will present the second edition of their popular Voices from the Plains anthology, featuring a new crop of talented local authors. There are thrilling short stories and novel excerpts; thought-provoking poems and essays; as well as a script excerpt and excerpt from a biography. Nebraska Writers Guild is a state-wide writers non-profit that advocates literacy and literature throughout Nebraska. Many of the authors featured in Voices from the Plains will be present to sign and discuss their works.

 

 

 

 

Thursday, December 13 / 4:30 p.m. | Author Jessica Hische will meet Bookworm customers and talk about her book, Tomorrow I'll Be Brave (Penguin, $17.99). Journey through a world filled with positive and beautifully hand-lettered words of widsom, inspiration, and motivation. As this book reminds readers, tomorrow is another day, full of endless opportunities--all you have to do is decide to make the day yours.  This will be a more casual event for younger ones! 

 

 

 

 

Friday, December 14 / 6 p.m. | Clayton Anderson will speak and sign his latest book A is for Astronaut: Blasting Through the Alphabet (Sleeping Bear, $16.99). Astronaut Clayton Anderson takes readers on an A to Z flight through the alphabet from astronaut to spacewalk. Topics cover the history of NASA, science, and practical aspects of being an astronaut using fun poems for each letter paired with longer expository text in the sidebars. Perfect for science buffs, budding astronauts, and astronomy lovers of all ages.  

 

 

 

Monday, December 24 | The Bookworm will close at 3 p.m. in observance of Christmas Eve.

Tuesday, December 25 | The Bookworm will be closed in observance of Christmas Day.

Monday, December 31 | The Bookworm will close at 6 p.m. in observance of New Years Eve.

Tuesday, January 1 | The Bookworm will be closed in observance of New Years Day.

 

 

 

  • Astronaut Clayton Anderson returns to The Bookworm on Friday, December 14 at 6 p.m.

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