The Bookworm has moved!
The author signings, in-house book clubs and other events shown below are free and open to the public.
90th & Center Streets
2501 South 90th Street, Suite 111
Omaha, NE 68124
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 kno
Wednesday, October 22 | The Bookworm will sell books at a Town Hall Lecture Series event featuring Timothy Egan, author of The Worst Hard Time (Mariner, $14.95), The Big Burn (Mariner, $15.95), and Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher (Mariner, $15.95). See www.omahatownhall.org for more information.
Wednesday, October 22 / 6 p.m. | The Louise Penny Discussion Group will continue with her sixth novel, Bury Your Dead (Minotaur, $15.99). 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 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. In Bury Your Dead violent death is inescapable, even in the apparent sanctuary of the Literary and Historical Society--where an obsessive historian's quest for the remains of the founder of Quebec, Samuel de Champlain, ends in murder. Could a secret buried with Champlain for nearly four hundred years be so dreadful that someone would kill to protect it? Meanwhile, Gamache is receiving disquieting letters from the village of Three Pines, where beloved Bistro owner Olivier was recently convicted of murder. As past and present collide, Gamache must relive a terrible event from his own past before he can begin to bury his dead.
Thursday, October 23 / 6:30 p.m. | The Enquiring Minds Group will discuss Terrorism: A Very Short Introduction by Charles Townshend (Oxford, $11.95). Is one person's terrorist another's freedom fighter? Is terrorism crime or war? Can there be a 'War on Terror'? For many, the terrorist attacks of September 2001 changed the face of the world, pushing terrorism to the top of many political agendas, and leading to a series of world events including the war in Iraq and the invasion of Afghanistan. Charting a clear path through the efforts to understand and explain modern terrorism, Townshend unravels a series of complex questions, including 'Are terrorists criminals?', 'How far does media publicity sustain terrorism?', and 'What can be done about it?'
Friday, October 24 / 6 p.m. | Wendelin Vab Draanen will sign Sammy Keyes and the Kiss Goodbye (Knopf, $16.99). Sammy doesn't go looking for trouble, but she seems to find it everywhere. She's forever sniffing out clues and chasing down bad guys--and driving her friends a little nuts. She's gone up against thieves and counterfeiters and gangsters and blackmailers and murderers, and always stayed one step ahead. Until now. Last night, one of the bad guys caught up. Last night, someone followed Sammy up the fire escape and pushed her from the third story. Now she's in the hospital, out cold. And her friends are left with the questions Sammy's always been so good at answering: Why? How? But most of all . . . WHO?
Friday, October 24 / 6 p.m. | Mark Huntley Parsons will sign his debut young adult novel, Road Rash (Knopf, $16.99). A teenage drummer finds out what life is "really" like on tour with a rock band in this funny and bittersweet YA novel. After being dropped from one band, sixteen-year-old drummer Zach gets a chance to go on tour with a much "better" band. It feels like sweet redemption, but this is one rocky road trip--filled with jealousy, rivalries, and on-stage meltdowns. Mark Parsons has written a fast-paced, feel-good novel about a boy finding his place in the world, in a band, and in the music. Zach is a character teens will stand up and cheer for as he lands the perfect gig, and the perfect girl.
Saturday, October 25 / 10 a.m. | The Civil War Book Group will discuss Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln's Legacy by David Stewart (Simon & Schuster, $15.00). Impeached is as riveting and rollicking as the best Washington novel. There is all kinds of intrigue -- from allegations of bribery by a 'whiskey ring,' to a cabinet secretary barricading himself in his office, to an incoming vice president giving a drunken tirade on Inauguration Day -- all played out at a deadly serious time, with the Union hanging in the balance. Only it's not a novel; it's Stewart's meticulously researched re-rendering of a time in our history that, he argues persuasively, has been distorted to turn a racist and incompetent Andrew Johnson and his anti-impeachment supporters into courageous defenders of Abe Lincoln's legacy.
Saturday, October 25 / 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, October 25 / 2 p.m. | Sandra Dallas will sign A Quilt For Christmas (St. Martin’s, $ 17.99). It is 1864 and Eliza Spooner's husband Will has joined the Kansas volunteers to fight the Rebels, leaving her with their two children and in charge of their home and land. Eliza is confident that he will return home, and she helps pass the months making a special quilt to keep Will warm during his winter in the army. When the unthinkable happens, she takes in a woman and child who have been left alone and made vulnerable by the war, and she finds solace and camaraderie amongst the women of her quilting group. And when she is asked to help hide an escaped slave, she must decide for herself what is right, and who can she can count on to help her.
Sunday, October 26 / 1 p.m. | Vita Coffey will sign Little V’s Hope ($11.99). In 2000, Vita Coffey was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. In the decade that followed, she lost not only her sight and ability to walk, but many friends, her job, her father, and nearly her sanity. Struggling through pain and the debilitating side effects of an ever-changing cocktail of drugs, Vita remained hopeful that one day, she would find a better treatment. Her participation in a new clinical study restored her life and health—and then some. In the battle against her disease, Vita faced many uncertain circumstances, clinging to her journal as a source of hope and stability. In Little V’s Hope, Vita tells her story of love, loss, and recovery, in her own words, for the first time.
Monday, October 27 / 2 p.m. | The World War II Book Group will discuss The Admirals: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy and King -The Five-Star Admirals Who Won the War at Sea by Walter Borneman (Back Bay, $18.00). Only four men in American history have been promoted to the five-star rank of Admiral of the Fleet: William Leahy, Ernest King, Chester Nimitz, and William Halsey. These four men together led the U.S. Navy to victory in World War II, establishing the United States as the world's greatest fleet. In The Admirals, award-winning historian Walter R. Borneman tells their story in full detail for the first time. Drawing upon journals, ship logs, and other primary sources, he brings an incredible historical moment to life, showing us how the four admirals revolutionized naval warfare forever with submarines and aircraft carriers, and how these men-who were both friends and rivals-worked together to ensure that the Axis fleets lay destroyed on the ocean floor at the end of World War II.
Tuesday, October 28/ 6:30 p.m. | The Crime Through Time Book Group will discuss Oscar Wilde and the Murders at Reading Gaol by Gyles Brandreth (Touchstone, $16.00). Oscar Wilde has fled to France after his release from Reading Gaol. Tonight he is sharing a drink and the story of his cruel imprisonment with a mysterious stranger. Oscar has endured the treadmill, solitary confinement, censored letters, no writing materials. Yet even in the midst of such deprivation, his astonishing detective powers remain undiminished--and when first a brutal warder and then the prison chaplain are found murdered, who else should the governor turn to for help other than Reading Gaol's most celebrated inmate?
Thursday, October 30 | The Bookworm will sell books for An Evening with David Sedaris at the Holland Performing Arts Center. See www.davidsedarisontour.com for ticket information. His sardonic humor and incisive social critique have made Sedaris one of our most popular and humorous commentators. David has been named Humorist of the Year by Time magazine and received the Thurber Prize for American Humor.
Friday, October 31 / 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.