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

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Saturday, May 19 / 3 p.m. | The Literature by People of Color Group will discuss The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison (Vintage, $14.95). Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl, prays every day for beauty. Mocked by other children for the dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes that set her apart, she yearns for normalcy, for the blond hair and blue eyes that she believes will allow her to finally fit in. Yet as her dream grows more fervent, her life slowly starts to disintegrate in the face of adversity and strife.  9780307278449 PRH






Saturday, May 19 / 1 p.m. | Samantha Irby will sign Meaty: Essays and We Are Never Meeting Again In Real Life: Essays  (both Vintage, $15.95 each). Rainbow Rowell will discuss Samantha’s essays with her, but will not be signing.

In Meaty, Irby laughs her way through tragicomic mishaps, neuroses, and taboos as she struggles through adulthood: chin hairs, depression, bad sex, failed relationships, masturbation, taco feasts, inflammatory bowel disease and more. Updated with her favorite Instagramable, couch-friendly recipes, this much-beloved romp is treat for anyone in dire need of Irby's infamous, scathing wit and poignant candor. 

We Are Never Meeting Again In Real Life turns the serio-comic essay into an art form. Whether talking about how her difficult childhood has led to a problem in making "adult" budgets, explaining why she should be the new Bachelorette--she's "35-ish, but could easily pass for 60-something"--detailing a disastrous pilgrimage-slash-romantic-vacation to Nashville to scatter her estranged father's ashes, sharing awkward sexual encounters, or dispensing advice on how to navigate friendships with former drinking buddies who are now suburban moms, she's as deft at poking fun at the ghosts of her past self as she is at capturing powerful emotional truths.




Sunday, May 20 / 11 a.m. | The Books and Bagels book group meeting date changed due to Morher's Day. They will read Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (Vintage, $16.00). Ghana, eighteenth century: two half sisters are born into different villages, each unaware of the other. One will marry an Englishman and lead a life of comfort in the palatial rooms of the Cape Coast Castle. The other will be captured in a raid on her village, imprisoned in the very same castle, and sold into slavery. Homegoing follows the parallel paths of these sisters and their descendants through eight generations: from the Gold Coast to the plantations of Mississippi, from the American Civil War to Jazz Age Harlem.





Sunday, May 20 / 1 p.m. | Rhonda Gilliland, the editor of Cooked to Death: More Tales of Crime and Cookery, Volume II: Lying on a Plate ($17.95) will sign. People can be passionate about food. In Cooked to Death that passion is whipped into a murderous froth. Each story revolves around some aspect of food: its origin, preparation, consumption and, in some cases, its convenience as a murder weapon. Appetizers, entrees, salads, desserts--they're all here. It's a delectable menu, served up by some of the region's finest crime and mystery writers. And each story is accompanied by a recipe or two that have been tried and proven entirely non-lethal. Rare or well-done, piquant or bland, sugary sweet or a little on the dry side, no matter, these tales will leave you drooling for more. Crime has never been this tasty.





Monday, May 21 / 2 p.m. | The World War II Book Group will discuss Village of Secrets: Defying the Nazis in Vichy France by Caroline Moorehead (Harper, $16.99). During the Second World War, the inhabitants of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon saved thousands wanted by the Gestapo: resisters, Freemasons, communists, and, above all, Jews, many of them orphans whose parents had been deported to concentration camps. There were no informers, no denunciations, and no one broke ranks. After the war, Le Chambon became one of only two places in the world to be honored by Yad Vashem as Righteous Among the Nations. Just why and how Le Chambon and its outlying villages came to save so many people has never fully been told. Caroline Moorehead paints an inspiring portrait of courage and determination: of what was accomplished when a small group of people banded together to oppose tyranny. 





Monday, May 21 / 6:30 | The Droids and Dragons Book Club will discuss Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (Tor, $8.99).  For a thousand years the Lord Ruler reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison. Kelsier "snapped" and found in himself the powers of a Mistborn. A brilliant thief and natural leader, he turned his talents to the ultimate caper, with the Lord Ruler himself as the mark. This saga dares to ask a simple question: What if the hero of prophecy fails? 





Tuesday, May 22 / 6:30 p.m. | The Crime Through Time Book Group will discuss The Mapping of Love and Death by Jacqueline Winspear (Harper, $14.99). August 1914. War is declared in Europe--and duty-bound to his father's native country, Michael Clifton sets sail for England to serve in the British army. Three years later, he is listed as missing in action. April 1932. After Michael's remains are unearthed in France, his parents retain London psychologist and investigator Maisie Dobbs, hoping she can find the unnamed nurse whose love letters were among their late son's belongings. It is a quest that leads Maisie back to her own bittersweet wartime love--and to the stunning discovery that Michael Clifton was murdered in his dugout. Suddenly an exposed web of intrigue and violence threatens to ensnare the dead soldier's family and even Maisie herself as she attempts to cope with the impending loss of her mentor and the unsettling awareness that she is once again falling in love. 9780061727689 Harper



Wednesday, May 23 / 6 p.m. |The Mysterious Readers Book Group will read Glass Houses by Louise Penny (Minotaur, $16.99). When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. Then wary. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands unmoving, staring ahead. From the moment its shadow falls over the village, Gamache, Chief Superintendent of the Surete du Quebec, suspects the creature has deep roots and a dark purpose. But he can only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized. But when the figure vanishes and a body is discovered, it falls to Gamache to discover if a debt has been paid or levied. Months later, on a steamy July day as the trial for the accused begins in Montreal, Chief Superintendent Gamache continues to struggle with actions he set in motion that bitter November, from which there is no going back.




Thursday, May 24 / 6 p.m. | The Philosophy Book Discussion Group will continue their discussion of The Choice: Embrace the Possible by Edith Eva Eger (Scribner, $27.00). The Choice is a powerful, moving memoir--and a practical guide to healing--written by Dr. Edith Eva Eger, an eminent psychologist whose own experiences as a Holocaust survivor help her treat patients and allow them to escape the prisons of their own minds. Edith Eger was sixteen years old when the Nazis took her Jewish family to an interment center and then to Auschwitz. Joseph Mengele chose to send her parents were sent to the gas chamber and to let Edie live. Edie managed to stay alive until the American troops liberated the camps in 1945 and found Edie in a pile of dying bodies. She chose to forgive her captors and find joy in her life every day. Today Edie is a renowned psychologist and speaker who specializes in treating patients with traumatic stress disorders. 




Saturday, May 26 / 10 a.m. | The American History Book Club will discuss Braddock's Defeat: The Battle of the Monongahela and the Road to Revolution by David Preston (Oxford University Press, $17.95). On July 9, 1755, British regulars and American colonial troops under the command of General Edward Braddock were attacked by French and Native American forces shortly after crossing the Monongahela River. The long line of red-coated troops struggled to maintain cohesion and discipline as Indian warriors quickly outflanked them and used the dense cover of the woods to masterful and lethal effect. Within hours, a powerful British army was routed, its commander mortally wounded, and two-thirds of its forces casualties in one the worst disasters in military history. The causes of Braddock's Defeat are debated to this day. Preston's work challenges the portrait of an arrogant European officer who refused to adapt to military and political conditions in the New World and the first to show fully how the French and Indian coalition achieved victory through effective diplomacy, tactics, and leadership. 


Monday, May 28 | The Bookworm will be closed in observance of Memorial Day.


Monday, May 28 / 6:30 p.m. | The Books To Die For  Group will not meet due to Memorial Day


Saturday, June 2 / 10 a.m. | The Biography Discussion Group will discuss Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom by Thomas Ricks (Penguin, $17.00). Winston Churchill, the WWII British prime minister, and George Orwell, author of 1984 and Animal Farm, never met. But they admired each other from afar and worked for the same purpose: to save the world from totalitarianism. Ricks entwines the biographies of two figures who fought in strikingly different ways to achieve similar goals. Other politicians roused their people; other writers warned of the Nazi and Soviet menaces. However, Ricks superbly illustrates that Churchill and Orwell made enduring cases for the necessity of moral and political fortitude in the face of authoritarianism.





Monday, June 4 / 6:30 p.m. | The Lit Wits Group will discuss The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (Penguin, $16.00). Thrown in prison for a crime he has not committed, Edmond Dantes is confined to the grim fortress of If. There he learns of a great hoard of treasure hidden on the Isle of Monte Cristo and he becomes determined not only to escape, but also to unearth the treasure and use it to plot the destruction of the three men responsible for his incarceration. Dumas' epic tale of suffering and retribution, inspired by a real-life case of wrongful imprisonment, was a huge popular success when it was first published in the 1840s.





Tuesday, June 5 / 6:30 p.m. | The Killing Time Book Group will discuss A Beautiful Poison by Lydia Kang (Lake Union Publishing, $14.95). With so many victims in her close circle, Allene questions if the deadly Spanish influenza is really to blame. All appear to have been poisoned--and every death was accompanied by a mysterious note. Desperate for answers and dreading her own engagement to a wealthy gentleman, Allene returns to her passion for scientific discovery and recruits her long-lost friends, Jasper and Birdie, for help. The investigation brings her closer to Jasper, an apprentice medical examiner at Bellevue Hospital who still holds her heart, and offers the delicate Birdie a last-ditch chance to find a safe haven before her fragile health fails. As more of their friends and family die, alliances shift, lives become entangled, and the three begin to suspect everyone--even each other. As they race to find the culprit, Allene, Birdie, and Jasper must once again trust each other, before one of them becomes the next victim. 



Wednesday, June 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, June 6 / 6 p.m. | Sam Miller will sign A Lite Too Bright (Harper, $17.99).  Arthur Louis Pullman the Third has been stripped of his college scholarship, is losing his grip on reality, and has been sent away to live with his aunt and uncle. There Arthur discovers a journal written by his grandfather, the first Arthur Louis Pullman, an iconic Salinger-esque author who went missing the last week of his life and died hundreds of miles away from their family home. What happened in that week--and how much his actions were influenced by his Alzheimer's--remains a mystery. Arthur embarks on a cross-country train ride to relive his grandfather's last week, guided only by the clues left behind in the dementia-fueled journal. As Arthur gets closer to uncovering a sad and terrible truth, his journey is complicated by a shaky alliance with a girl who has secrets of her own and by escalating run-ins with a dangerous Pullman fan base.





Thursday, June 7 / 6:30 p.m. | The Notable Novellas group will discuss A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, (Norton, $15.95). In Anthony Burgess's nightmare vision of the future, where the criminals take over after dark, the story is told by the central character, Alex, who talks in a brutal invented slang that renders his and his friends' social pathology. A Clockwork Orange is a frightening fable about good and evil, and the meaning of human freedom. This edition includes the controversial last chapter not published in the first edition.





Sunday, June 10 / 11 a.m. | The Books and Bagels book group will discuss Larose by Louise Erdrich (Harper, $15.99). North Dakota, 1999. Landreaux stalks a deer but accidentally kills his neighbor's five-year-old son, Dusty. The youngest child of his best friend, Pete Ravich, Dusty was best friends with Landreaux's five-year-old son, LaRose. Following an ancient means of retribution, Landreaux and his wife Emmaline will give LaRose to the grieving Peter and Nola.LaRose is quickly absorbed into his new family. Gradually he is allowed shared visits with his birth family, whose sorrow mirrors the Raviches' own. As the years pass, LaRose becomes the linchpin linking the Irons and the Raviches, and eventually their mutual pain begins to heal. But when a vengeful man with a long-standing grudge against Landreaux begins raising trouble, he threatens the tenuous peace that has kept these two fragile families whole. 




Wednesday, June 13 / 6:30 p.m. | The Wednesday Bookworms will discuss Letters from the Earth by Mark Twain (Harper, 14.99). In Letters from the Earth, Twain presents himself as the Father of History -- reviewing and interpreting events from the Garden of Eden through the Fall and the Flood, translating the papers of Adam and his descendants through the generations. First published fifty years after his death, this eclectic collection is vintage Twain: sharp, witty, imaginative, complex, and wildly funny. 





Thursday, June 14 / 6 p.m. | Amiable Adult Readers Discussing Books Almost Always Read by Kids (Aardbaark) will discuss The Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eager (Candlewick, $8.99). While her friends are spending their summers having pool parties and sleepovers, twelve-year-old Carolina Carol is spending hers in the middle of the New Mexico desert, helping her parents move the grandfather she's never met into a home for people with dementia. At first, Carol avoids prickly Grandpa Serge. But as the summer wears on and the heat bears down, Carol finds herself drawn to him, fascinated by the crazy stories he tells her about a healing tree, a green-glass lake, and the bees that will bring back the rain and end a hundred years of drought. As the thin line between magic and reality starts to blur, Carol must decide for herself what is possible and what it means to be true to her roots. 




Thursday, June 14/ 6 p.m. | The Philosophy Book Discussion Group will discuss The Meaning of Life: A Very Short Introduction by Terry Eagleton (Oxford University Press, $11.95). Eagleton examines how centuries of thinkers and writers have responded to the ultimate question of meaning. He suggests that it is only in modern times that the question has become problematic. Eagleton notes many educated people believe that life is an evolutionary accident that has no intrinsic meaning. If our lives have meaning, it is something with which we manage to invest them, not something with which they come ready made. Eagleton probes this view of meaning as a kind of private enterprise, and concludes that it fails to holds up. He argues instead that the meaning of life is not a solution to a problem, but a matter of living in a certain way. It is not metaphysical but ethical. It is not something separate from life, but what makes it worth living--that is, a certain quality, depth, abundance and intensity of life. 



Saturday, June 16 / 3 p.m. | The Literature by People of Color Group will discuss Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (Vintage, $16.00). Invisible Man has continued to engage readers since its appearance in 1952. It won the National Book Award for fiction and established Ralph Ellison as one of the key writers of the century. The nameless narrator of the novel describes growing up in a black community in the South, attending a Negro college from which he is expelled, moving to New York and becoming the chief spokesman of the Harlem branch of "the Brotherhood," and retreating amid violence and confusion to the basement lair of the Invisible Man he imagines himself to be.  





Monday, June 18 / 6:30 | The Droids and Dragons Book Club's selection is Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill (Voyager, $15.99). It's been thirty years since the apocalypse and fifteen years since the murder of the last human being at the hands of robots. Most of the world is controlled by an OWI--One World Intelligence--the shared consciousness of millions of robots, uploaded into one huge mainframe brain. But not all robots are willing to cede their individuality--their personality--for the sake of a greater, stronger, higher power. One of these resisters is Brittle, a scavenger robot trying to keep a deteriorating mind and body functional in a world that has lost all meaning. Although unable to experience emotions like a human, Brittle is haunted by the terrible crimes the robot population perpetrated on humanity. As Brittle roams the Sea of Rust, a large swath of territory that was once the Midwest, the loner robot slowly comes to terms with horrifyingly raw and vivid memories--and nearly unbearable guilt.




Thursday, June 21 / 6 p.m. | The World War II At Night Group will discuss All the Gallant Men: An American Sailor's Firsthand Account of Pearl Harbor by Donald Stratton and Ken Gire (Morrow, $15.99). At 8:06 a.m. on December 7, 1941, Seaman First Class Donald Stratton was consumed by an inferno. A million pounds of explosives had detonated beneath his battle station aboard the USS Arizona, barely fifteen minutes into Japan's surprise attack on American forces at Pearl Harbor. Near death and burned across two thirds of his body, Don hauedl himself hand over hand across a rope tethered to a neighboring vessel. In the only memoir written by a survivor of the USS Arizona--ninety-five-year-old veteran Donald Stratton finally shares his unforgettable personal tale of bravery and survival on December 7, 1941, his harrowing recovery, and his inspiring determination to return to the fight. Stratton would sail back to the Pacific War in 1944, where he would participate in the invasion of Okinawa and other major battles.



Thursday, June 21 / 6:30 p.m. | The As the Worm Turns Book Group will discuss The Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz (Harper, $16.99). Editor Susan Ryeland has worked with bestselling crime writer Alan Conway for years, so she has no reason to think his latest novel will be much different from his others. Readers love his detective, Atticus Pünd, a celebrated solver of crimes in the sleepy English villages of the 1950s. But Conway's latest tale of murder at Pye Hall is not quite what it seems. Yes, there are dead bodies and a host of intriguing suspects, but hidden in the pages of the manuscript lies another story: a tale written between the very words on the page, telling of real-life jealousy, greed, ruthless ambition and murder. Masterful, clever and relentlessly suspenseful, Magpie Murders is a doubly devilish take on vintage English crime fiction, in which the reader becomes the detective. 




Saturday, June 23 / 10 a.m. | The American History Book Club will discuss The Quartermaster: Montgomery C. Meigs, Lincoln's General, Master Builder of the Union Army by Robert O’Harrow ( Simon & Schuster, $18.00).  Montgomery C. Meigs graduated from West Point, helped build America's forts and served under Lt. Robert E. Lee to make navigation improvements on the Mississippi River. He designed the Washington aqueducts in a city where people were dying from contaminated water, and built the spectacular wings and the massive dome of the new U.S. Capitol. During the Civil War Meigs became Lincoln's Quartermaster, in charge of supplies. He commanded Ulysses S. Grant's base of supplies that made Union victories, including Gettysburg, possible. He sustained Sherman's army in Georgia, and the March to the Sea. After the war, Meigs built Arlington Cemetery (on land that had been Robert E. Lee's home). 




Monday, June 25 / 2 p.m. | The World War II Book Group will discuss The Wrong Stuff: The Adventures and Misadventures of an 8th Air Force Aviator by Truman Smith (University of Oklahoma Press, $19.95). Between April and July 1944, Truman Smith flew thirty-five bombing missions over France and Germany. He was only twenty years old. Although barely adults, Smith and his peers worried about cramming a lifetime's worth of experience into every free night, each knowing he probably would not survive the next bombing mission. Written with blunt honesty, wry humor, and insight, The Wrong Stuff is Smith's gripping memoir of that time. In a new preface, the author comments with equal honesty and humor on the impact this book has had on his life. 





Monday, June 25 / 6:30 p.m. | The Books To Die For  Group will discuss Cape Fear by John D. McDonald (Random House, $16.00). Sam Bowden has it all: a successful law career, a devoted wife, and three children. But a terrifying figure from Bowden's past looms in the shadows, waiting to shatter his pristine existence. Fourteen years ago, Bowden's testimony put Max Cady behind bars. Ever since, the convicted rapist has been nursing a grudge into an unrelenting passion for revenge. Cady has been counting the days until he is set free, desperate to destroy the man he blames for all his troubles. Now that time has come. 






Tuesday, June 26 / 6:30 p.m. | The Crime Through Time Book Group will discuss The Fifth Servant by Kenneth Wishnia (Morrow, $15.99). The Fifth Servant carries readers back to 16th century Prague in the shadow of the Papal Inquisition--and introduces a uniquely unforgettable protagonist, a young Talmudic scholar who has three days to solve a heinous murder before official reprisals decimate the city's Jewish community. A richly atmospheric tale of religion, mystery, and intrigue, The Fifth Servant recreates life in the era when Emperor Rudolph II occupied the throne--a time of uncertainty and fear viewed through the eyes of an intrepid rabbinical student on a quest for truth and justice. 




Wednesday, June 27 / 6 p.m. | The Mysterious Readers Book Group will discuss Breaking Creed by Alex Kava (Putnam, $9.99).  Ryder Creed and his dogs have intercepted several major drug stashes smuggled through Atlanta's airport. But their newfound celebrity has also garnered some unwanted attention. When Creed and one of his dogs are called in to search a commercial fishing vessel off the coast of Pensacola Beach, they discover a secret compartment. But the Colombian cartel's latest shipment isn't drugs. It's human. Meanwhile, FBI agent Maggie O'Dell is investigating a series of murders she suspects to be the work of a brutal assassin. By the time she uncovers a hit list with Creed's name on it, it might be too late to help him. For someone is already on the way.




Thursday, June 28 / 2 p.m. | Cather and Friends reads and discusses the work of Willa Cather, her contemporaries, and fellow Nebraskans.  Tea will be served, so bring your favorite cup. Please call 402-392-2877 to register or sign up at the store. The book for June discussion will be The Professor's House (Vintage, $16.00). Professor Godfrey St. Peter is a man in his fifties who has devoted his life to his work, his wife, his garden, and his daughters, and achieved success with all of them. But when St. Peter is called on to move to a new, more comfortable house, something in him rebels. And although at first that rebellion consists of nothing more than mild resistance to his family's wishes, it imperceptibly comes to encompass the entire order of his life. The Professor's House combines a delightful grasp of the social and domestic rituals of a Midwestern university town in the 1920s with profound spiritual and psychological introspection. 




Thursday, June 28 / 6 p.m. | The Philosophy Book Discussion Group will continue their discussion of The Meaning of Life: A Very Short Introduction by Terry Eagleton (Oxford University Press, $11.95). Eagleton examines how centuries of thinkers and writers have responded to the ultimate question of meaning. He suggests that it is only in modern times that the question has become problematic. Eagleton notes many educated people believe that life is an evolutionary accident that has no intrinsic meaning. If our lives have meaning, it is something with which we manage to invest them, not something with which they come ready made. Eagleton probes this view of meaning as a kind of private enterprise, and concludes that it fails to holds up. He argues instead that the meaning of life is not a solution to a problem, but a matter of living in a certain way. It is not metaphysical but ethical. It is not something separate from life, but what makes it worth living--that is, a certain quality, depth, abundance and intensity of life.







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