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 beginning June 30th. 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!!
Sunday, July 13 / 11 a.m. The book group Books and Bagels will discuss The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (Speak, $12.99). Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at the Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars, a #1 New York Times bestseller, brilliantly explores the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.
Sunday, July 13 / 1 p.m. Nancy Sue Hansen and Barbara Ann Dush will sign Nebraska Authors and Nebraskans Remember ($20.00 each). Nebraska Authors (The Nebraska Authors Project) is a venture into Nebraska history, comprised of multiple short biographical descriptions, of selected Nebraska authors. By showcasing the author’s works’ these stories help to highlight our state’s rich history thru the perspective of Nebraska authors themselves. Nebraskan’s Remember (The Nebraska Military Project) is a compilation of biographical stories honoring the military service of men and women, and highlighting their roles in military state history. Over 50 members from World War I to present conflicts are presented in their own words.
Tuesday, July 15 / 6:30 p.m. The International Intrigue Book Group will discuss Prime Time Suspect by Alicia Giminez-Barlett (Europa, $14.95). A detested television journalist specializing in muckraking, Ernestos Valdé, has been murdered. Inspector Petra Delicado and her sentimental sidekick Garzn are thrown into the ruthless world of show business, high society, and belligerent celebrities, where public and private lives meet in an explosive and deadly mix. Valdé did not lack for enemies, ranging from his ex-wife to the countless celebrities and politicians who had been excoriated in his column. When more murder victims turn up, Delicado suspects a connection with a politically more sensitive case.
Wednesday, July 16 / 6 p.m. Larry Baker will sign The Education of Nancy Adams (Ice Cube Press, $17.95). Nancy Adams has spent the previous four years slowly spending her dead husband's estate and drinking too much. Afraid of becoming the town’s official spinster, she finally accepts her first real full-time job ever, as a history teacher at the Florida high school from which she graduated twenty years earlier. She is about to finally become educated.
Thursday, July 17 / 6 p.m. The World War II At Night Group will discuss The Battle of Kursk by David Glantz and Jonathan House (University Press of Kansas, $17.95). Immense in scope, ferocious in nature, and epic in consequence, the Battle of Kursk led to staggering losses-including nearly 200,000 Soviet and 50,000 German casualties-within the first ten days of fighting. Glantz and House offer the definitive work on arguably the greatest battle of World War II. Drawing on both German and Soviet sources, Glantz and House separate myth from fact to show what really happened at Kursk and how it affected the outcome of the war. The Battle of Kursk shows what the Red Army knew about the plans for Hitler's offensive, relives tank warfare and hand-to-hand combat, and how the tide of battle turned. Its vivid portrayals of fighting in all critical sectors place the famous tank battle in its proper context.
Thursday, July 17 / 6:30 p.m. The As the Worm Turns Book Group will discuss Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality by Jacob Tomsky (Anchor, $15.00). Heads in Beds is a funny, authentic, and irreverent chronicle of the highs and lows of hotel life, told by a keenly observant insider who's seen it all. Prepare to be amused, shocked, and amazed as he spills the unwritten code of the bellhops, the antics that go on in the valet parking garage, the housekeeping department's dirty little secrets-not to mention the shameless activities of the guests, who are rarely on their best behavior. Prepare to be moved, too, by his candor about what it's like to toil in a highly demanding service industry at the luxury level, where people expect to get what they pay for (and often a whole lot more). Along his journey Tomsky also reveals the secrets of the industry, offering easy ways to get what you need from your hotel without any hassle. Andy Ketterson will facilitate the discussion.
Saturday, July 19 / 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, July 19 / 1 p.m. James Kimble will sign Prairie Forge: The Extraordinary Story of the Nebraska Scrap Metal Drive of World War II (Bison, $19.95). In the wake of Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt called for the largest arms buildup in history. A shortage of steel, however, quickly slowed the program's momentum, and arms production fell dangerously behind schedule. The country needed scrap metal. Henry Doorly, publisher of the Omaha World-Herald, had the solution. Prairie Forge tells the story of the great Nebraska scrap drive of 1942--a campaign that swept the nation and yielded five million tons of scrap metal, literally salvaging the war effort itself. Kimble chronicles Doorly's conception of a fierce competition pitting county against county, business against business, and, in schools across the state, class against class--inspiring Nebraskans to gather 67,000 tons of scrap in only three weeks. This astounding feat provided the template for a national drive. A tale of plowshares turned into arms, Prairie Forge gives the first full account of how home became home front for so many civilians.
Sunday, July 20 / 1 p.m. Dwaine Spieker, winner of the 2011 Nebraska Book Award for Poetry and a finalist for the 2014 Pablo Neruda poetry prize, will read from his newly released second collection of poems, The Way Magellan Must Have Felt, published by Rogue Faculty Press. Spieker, a native of Wayne, Nebraska, has been lauded for his ability to craft insightful, poignant short poems about local experiences.
Tuesday, July 22/ 6:30 p.m. The Crime Through Time Book Group will discuss Veil of Lies: A Medieval Noir by Jeri Westerson (Griffin, $15.99). Crispin Guest is a disgraced knight, stripped of his rank and his honor - but left with his life - for plotting against Richard II. In 1383, Guest is called to the compound of a merchant - a reclusive mercer who suspects that his wife is being unfaithful and wants Guest to look into the matter. Not wishing to sully himself in such disgraceful, dishonorable business but in dire need of money, Guest agrees and discovers that the wife is indeed up to something, presumably nothing good. But when he comes to inform his client, he is found dead - murdered in a sealed room, locked from the inside. Now Guest has come to the unwanted attention of the Lord Sheriff of London and most recent client was murdered while he was working for him. And everything seems to turn on a religious relic - a veil reported to have wiped the brow of Christ - that is now missing.
Wednesday, July 23 / 10 a.m. Ooh – la- la! Calling all Fancy Girls! Our Fancy Nancy Party – a storytelling and fashion show -- will be at The Bookworm. Fancy Nancy is a series of delightful children’s books that celebrates being extremely fancy, tres chic – boas, tiaras, and of course tons of pearls and jewels! Making a special appearance will be Omaha’s very own Fancy Nancy, the Bookworm’s Nancy Rips. Fancy girls of all ages are welcome to come dressed in their fanciest attire for the storytelling session and style show at The Bookworm. Put on your pearls, girls! A percentage of Fancy Nancy sales that day will be donated to The Literacy Council.
Thursday, July 24 / 6:30 p.m. The Enquiring Minds Group will discuss Architecture: A Very Short Introduction by Andrew Ballantyne (Oxford, $11.95). This highly original and sophisticated look at architecture helps us to understand the cultural significance of the buildings that surround us. It avoids the traditional style-spotting approach and instead gives us an idea of what it is about buildings that moves us, and what it is that makes them important artistically and culturally. The book begins by looking at how architecture acquires meaning through tradition, and concludes with the exoticism of the recent avant-garde period. Illustrations of particular buildings help to anchor the general points with specific examples, from ancient Egypt to the present day.
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!
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.
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!
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 Bomb: The Race to Build and Steal the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin (Roaring Brook, $19.99). In December of 1938, a chemist in a German laboratory made a shocking discovery: When placed next to radioactive material, a Uranium atom split in two. That simple discovery launched a scientific race that spanned three continents. In Great Britain and the United States, Soviet spies worked their way into the scientific community; in Norway, a commando force slipped behind enemy lines to attack German heavy-water manufacturing; and deep in the desert, one brilliant group of scientists was hidden away at a remote site at Los Alamos. This is the story of the plotting, the risk-taking, the deceit, and genius that created the world's most formidable weapon. This is the story of the atomic bomb.
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!
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 book is not yet decided.
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!
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 book is not yet decided.
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.