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Book Groups

bookgroupslogo2 — Book Club in a Bag!
 — Books Talk at Bethany Branch
 — Books Talk at Gere Branch
 — Just Desserts Mystery Discussion Group
“Great Books Reading and Discussion Group”
 — “National Book Clubs” (Oprah, Real Simple, Today Show, etc.)
 — On-Line Book Clubs
 — Non-Library Book Clubs


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In addition to our Preschool Storytimes and various youth-related book discussion activities, the Lincoln City Libraries offers several Book Talk and Book Discussion Groups for adult readers as well. All of the groups listed below are free and open to the public…simply drop in at one of our gatherings, or call the branch location where the meeting is taking place if you have additional questions!

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BGExclaim — Online Booklist Available!  blue-podcast-2 — Podcast Recording Available!

For more information on any of these book groups, contact the branch or location where the group meets. You can also view some booklists from past Book Talks.

>>> Submit your own community Book Discussion Group information! <<<


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Book Clubs and organizations now have the ability to check out several popular titles, including the five One Book – One Lincoln finalists from the past several years, in a new format. For each title, the Book Club in a Bag will contain 10 copies of that book as well as some starter discussion questions. Book Club in a Bag selections will be able to be checked out for 8 weeks but with no renewals. You can find out what titles are available in the Book Club in a Bag program by searching in the library catalog under Subject: Book Club in a Bag. New titles will be added to this service on a regular basis.

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Bethany Branch LibraryBethany BooksTalks
Bethany Branch
1810 North Cotner Blvd.
441-8550

Bethany BooksTalks welcomes everyone for a morning of good books. For the past six years, speakers have presented a group of books, sometimes with a theme and sometimes not. These informal presentations allow for good conversation as well. The Bethany BooksTalk group meets every Friday morning, beginning at 10:30 A.M., unless otherwise noted. Approximately 10-20 regular attendees.

Would you like to receive updates about the Bethany and Gere BooksTalk groups in your e-mail, such as annoucements of upcoming talk themes, schedule changes and/or notices about new booktalk booklists on the BookGuide site? Visit our Sign-Up page, fill out our simple form, and you’ll start receiving book group notices with the next message that is sent!

Our Fall/Winter 2014 schedule has been announced — although specific themes for some sessions are still t.b.a. — click the exclamation point icons — — to see the online booklist for each talk after it has been presented!

January 9, 2015 Title/Theme: TBA — Lisa V., from the Eiseley Branch Library, is today’s presenter.
January 16, 2015 Title/Theme: TBA — Dan D., from the Walt Branch Library, is today’s presenter.
January 23, 2015 Title/Theme: TBA — Meredith M., the former curator of the Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors, is today’s presenter.
January 30, 2015 Title/Theme: TBA — Marcy G., from the South Branch Library, is today’s presenter.
February 6, 2015 Kick-Butt Females of Literature — Carrie K., from the Bennett Martin Public Library downtown, is today’s presenter.
February 13, 2015 Title/Theme: TBA — Donna G., from the Virtual Services Department, is today’s presenter.
February 20, 2015 Title/Theme: TBA — Shannon K., from the Walt Branch Library, is today’s presenter.
February 27, 2015 Title/Theme: TBA — Lisa V., from the Eiseley Branch Library, is today’s presenter.
March 6, 2015 Title/Theme: TBA — Mary and Michael Sauers, from the Nebraska Library Commission, are today’s guest co-presenters.
March 13, 2015 Guest Author: Jennifer Slattery — Jennifer Slattery is a Nebraska author, and will be the guest presenter today. She writes missional romance novels for New Hope Publishers. Her debut, “Beyond I Do,” released in August of 2014 and is available in ebook and print formats. Her latest book, “When Dawn Breaks,” was released on January 5, 2015.
March 20, 2015 Title/Theme: TBA — Fay M., from the Gere Branch Library, is today’s presenter.
March 27, 2015 [ no book talk ]Libraries will be closed for the annual Staff In-Service Training Day.
April 3, 2015 Title/Theme: TBA — Abigael B., from the Anderson and Bethany Branch Libraries, is today’s presenter.
April 10, 2015 Title/Theme: TBA — Debbie A., from the Anderson and Bethany Branch Libraries, is today’s presenter.
April 17, 2015 Title/Theme: TBA — Karen M., from the Anderson and Bethany Branch Libraries, is today’s presenter.
April 24, 2015 Title/Theme: TBA — Sarah D., from the libraries’ administrative offices, is today’s presenter.
May 1, 2015 Susan’s Selections — Susan S., Teen specialist from the Eiseley Branch Library, is today’s presenter.
May 8, 2015 Title/Theme: TBA — Erin I., from the Eiseley Branch Library, is today’s presenter.
May 15, 2015 Title/Theme: TBA — Carol S., from the Collection Management department, is today’s presenter.
May 22, 2015 Title/Theme: TBA — Kris B., from the Walt Branch Library, is today’s presenter.
May 29, 2015 Title/Theme: TBA — Katie M., from the Bennett Martin Public Library downtown, is today’s presenter.
June 5, 2015 Trodding the Boards — Scott C., from the Bennett Martin Public Library downtown, and manager of the BookGuide resources pages, is today’s presenter. Fresh from performing in a Lincoln Community Playhouse production in Jan/Feb, Scott shares books, both fiction and non-fiction, related to “the theatre”!
June 12, 2015 Title/Theme: TBA — Debbie and Abigael, from the Anderson and Bethany Branch Libraries, are today’s co-presenters.
June 12, 2015 Title/Theme: TBA — Layne P., from the Bennett Martin Public Library downtown, is today’s presenter.

For examples of some of the titles/themes talked about at previous Bethany BooksTalk meetings, check out our Past Booktalks webpage!


Charles H. Gere Branch LibraryGere BooksTalks
Gere Branch
2400 South 56th Street
441-8560

Everyone is welcome at Gere’s BooksTalk book discussion group! Each week during our Fall/Winter and Spring sessions, we hear about some great reading material from our featured presenter. Popular topics include mysteries, biographies, classic literature worth rereading, time travel books and romance fiction. Our presenters range from Lincoln City Libraries staff, to local authors, to members of the public with special interests to share. Several times a year, we participate in a book-share session, with each participant bringing several titles to talk about with the group. There’s no need to sign up in advance-we’re casual, friendly and always happy to see a new face, so join us, on Monday afternoons from 2:30-4:00 p.m., and broaden your reading horizons. Approximately 12-15 regular attendees.

Would you like to receive updates about the Gere and Bethany BooksTalk groups in your e-mail, such as annoucements of upcoming talk themes, schedule changes and/or notices about new booktalk booklists on the BookGuide site? Visit our Sign-Up page, fill out our simple form, and you’ll start receiving book group notices with the next message that is sent!

Our Fall/Winter 2014 schedule has been announced — although specific themes for some sessions are still t.b.a. — click the exclamation point icons — — to see the online booklist for each talk after it has been presented!

January 12, 2015 Book Share — It’s a Book Share week. No topical presenter.
January 19, 2015 [ no book talk ]Libraries will be closed for the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.
January 26, 2015 Book Share — No presenter this week – an opportunity to share what you’ve been reading lately with other group members.
February 2, 2015 Theme/Title: TBA — Meredith M., former curator of the Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors at Bennett Martin Public Library downtown, is today’s presenter.
February 9, 2015 Theme/Title: TBA — Marcy G., from the South Branch Library, is today’s presenter.
February 16, 2015 [ no book talk ]Libraries will be closed for the Presidents Day Holiday.
February 23, 2015 Theme/Title: TBA — Wyatt P., from the Gere Branch Library, is today’s presenter.
March 2, 2015 Crime in Nebraska — Sandy W., from the Gere Branch Library, is today’s presenter.
March 9, 2015 Theme/Title: TBA — Melanie N., from the Eiseley Branch Library, is today’s presenter.
March 16, 2015 Theme/Title: TBA — Pam B., long-time Gere BooksTalk volunteer, is this week’s presenter.
March 23, 2015 Theme/Title: TBA — Fay M., from the Gere Branch Library, is today’s presenter.
March 30, 2015 Theme/Title: TBA — Sarah D., from the libraries’ administrative offices, is today’s presenter.
April 6, 2015 Theme/Title: TBA — Debbie A. and Abigael B., from the Anderson and Bethany Branch Libraries, are today’s joint presenters.
April 13, 2015 Book Share day — No guest presenter — come share your recent reads!
April 20, 2015 Trodding the Boards — Scott C., from the Bennett Martin Public Library downtown, and manager of the BookGuide resources pages, is today’s presenter. Fresh from performing in a Lincoln Community Playhouse production in Jan/Feb, Scott shares books, both fiction and non-fiction, related to “the theatre”!
April 27, 2015 Recent Good Reads — Susan S., teen specialist at the Eiseley Branch Library, presents her latest recommended reads.
May 4, 2015 Hollywood History — Lisa V., from the Eiseley Branch Library, is today’s presenter.
May 11, 2015 Theme/Title: TBA — Kris B., from the Walt Branch Library, is today’s presenter.
May 18, 2015 Theme/Title: TBA — Pam B., long-time Gere BooksTalk volunteer, is this week’s presenter.

For examples of some of the titles/themes talked about at previous Books Talk meetings at Gere Branch, check out our Past Booktalks webpage!


South Branch LibraryJust Desserts
South Branch Library
27th and South St.
441-8530 (Reference Desk at Bennett Martin – Just Desserts coordinator) or 441-8570 (South Branch)

The Just Desserts discussion group, focusing exclusively on Mystery Fiction, meets monthly at the South Branch Library. This group meets the last Thursday evening each month, January through October, 6:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. A specific mystery novel is selected in advance for discussion during each meeting, although general discussion about mystery fiction may follow the discussion of the selected title. Since our theme is “Death and Desserts,” (i.e. The murderer got their “just desserts.”), any and all participants are encouraged to bring a dessert (cookies, cake, pie, tarts, brownies, cream puffs, etc.) to share with the other group members. [Coffee and juice will be provided.]

If you’d like to join us, or you would like to be added to an e-mail notification list for news about this group, you can e-mail us to let us know of your interest, at: the BookGuide e-mail address, or fill out our newsletter sign-up form at our Newsletters page.To see a list of the mysteries discussed by the Just Desserts group in the past, visit our Just Desserts archives page…or you can print out a list of the titles discussed in the first nine years of Just Desserts. If you missed one of our past meetings and would like to contribute your own opinion about one of the books we discussed, visit the Just Desserts Blog, and leave a comment on one of the book entries!

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mysicon<<<<< Our Next Meeting!!
Thursday, June 25, 2015 — 6:30-7:45 p.m.

In June, we’re tackling another series together, but participants can read any volume in the series, as the libraries don’t have enough copies of any single volume to accommodate our entire group. So — attendees should read ANY volume in the Doc Ford series by Randy Wayne White. The libraries own all 22 volumes (to date) in the series, from 1990’s Sanibel Flats to 2015’s Cuba Straits. The series features Marion “Doc” Ford, an ex-CIA agent and retired marine biologist, who lives and works in a fictional town on the west coast of Florida. Despite wanting to retire and relax, Doc keeps getting pulled into the troubles of friends and allies, and as the series progresses, he travels the world (especially Cuba, the Caribbean and South America) putting his skill set into use helping those who can’t help themselves. For the purposes of this month’s discussions, do NOT read the following Randy Wayne White titles — Deceived, Gone, Haunted, Last Flight Out — these are stand-alones or parts of other series. Otherwise, be prepared to discuss the Doc Ford series in general, and the specifics of whichever Doc Ford series novel(s) you read when we hold our group discussion.

Here’s a link to the Doc Ford series on FantasticFiction, so you can see the series order. And here’s a link to all of Randy Wayne White’s titles in the Lincoln City Libraries online catalog.
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mysiconThursday, July 30, 2015 — 6:30-7:45 p.m.

In July, the Just Desserts group will finally take on one of the Alex Delaware novels by author Jonathan Kellerman. Volume #27 in that series, out in 2012, was “Victims” — one of the better-reviewed of the reent volumes. Here’s the plot blurb: “Not since Jack the Ripper terrorized the London slums has there been such a gruesome crime scene. By all accounts, acid-tongued Vita Berlin hadn’t a friend in the world, but whom did she cross so badly as to end up arranged in such a grotesque tableau? One look at her apartment–turned–charnel house prompts hard-bitten LAPD detective Milo Sturgis to summon his go-to expert in hunting homicidal maniacs, Alex Delaware. But despite his finely honed skills, even Alex is stymied when more slayings occur in the same ghastly fashion . . . yet with no apparent connection among the victims. And the only clue left behind—a blank page bearing a question mark—seems to be both a menacing taunt and a cry for help from a killer baffled by his own lethal urges. Under pressure to end the bloody spree and prevent a citywide panic, Milo redoubles his efforts to discover a link between the disparate victims. Meanwhile, Alex navigates the secretive world of mental health treatment, from the sleek office of a Beverly Hills therapist to a shuttered mental institution where he once honed his craft—and where an unholy alliance between the mad and the monstrous may have been sealed in blood. As each jagged piece of the puzzle fits into place, an ever more horrific portrait emerges of a sinister mind at its most unimaginable—and an evil soul at its most unspeakable. “This one was different,” Alex observes at the start of the case. This one will haunt his waking life, and his darkest dreams, long after its end.”

Victims is available in hardback, large type, book-on-cd, downloadable audio and e-book formats from the Lincoln City Libraries. Click this link to see all formats and place a hold.
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mysiconThursday, August 27, 2015 — 6:30-7:45 p.m.

In August, we’ll apply ourselves to a popular and quirky new series — the Carpenter & Quincannon Mysteries — a series of light-hearted historical mysteries set in 1890s San Francisco, featuring former Pinkerton operative Sabina Carpenter and her detective partner, ex-Secret Service agent John Quincannon. Here’s the plot blurbs from the first three novels: Bughouse Affair: “Sabina’s case involves the hunt for a ruthless lady “dip” who uses fiendish means to relieve her victims of their valuables at Chutes Amusement Park and other crowded places. Quincannon, meanwhile, is after a slippery housebreaker who targets the homes of wealthy residents, following a trail that leads him from the infamous Barbary Coast to an oyster pirate’s lair to a Tenderloin parlor house known as the Fiddle Dee Dee. The two cases eventually connect in surprising fashion, but not before two murders and assorted other felonies complicate matters even further. And not before the two sleuths are hindered, assisted, and exasperated by the bughouse Sherlock Holmes.”; Spooklight Affair: In 1895 San Francisco young debutantes don’t commit suicide at festive parties, particularly not under the eye of Sabina Carpenter. But Virginia St. Ives evidently did, leaping from a foggy parapet in a shimmer of ghostly light. The seemingly impossible disappearance of her body creates an even more serious problem for the firm of Carpenter and Quincannon, Professional Detective Services. Sabina hadn’t wanted to take the assignment, but her partner John Quincannon insisted it would serve as entrée to the city’s ultra rich and powerful. That means money, and Quincannon loves the almighty dollar. Which is why he is hunting the bandit who robbed the Wells, Fargo office of $35,000.; Bodysnatchers Affair: Two missing bodies and two separate investigations take Carpenter and Quincannon from the heights above San Francisco Bay to the depths of Chinatown’s opium dens. For John Quincannon, this is a first: searching a Chinatown opium den for his client’s husband, missing in the middle of a brewing tong war set to ignite over the stolen corpse of Bing Ah Kee. Meanwhile, his partner, Sabina Carpenter, unsure of the dark secrets her suitor might be concealing, searches for the corpse of a millionaire, stolen from a sealed family crypt and currently being held for ransom.

Just Desserts participants can read any or all of these three volumes (4th due out in 2016) — we’ll be discussing all three of them at this month’s meeting!

The first three volumes in the Carpenter & Quincannon series are available in regular print, large type, and downloadable audio formats (vol 1 and 2 only) from the Lincoln City Libraries. Click this link to see all formats and place a hold.
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mysiconThursday, September 24, 2015 — 6:30-7:45 p.m.

In September, Just Desserts participants will be discussing the latest volume in the Paul Madriani series by Steve Martini, The Enemy Inside. Here’s the plot blurb: “Defending an innocent young man, defense attorney Paul Madriani uncovers a morass of corruption and greed that leads to the highest levels of political power in this electrifying tale of suspense from New York Times best-selling author Steve Martini. One of the most successful lawyers in the country, Olinda Serna, is a master at managing money as well as her influential clients. After years of fierce combat in the political trenches, Serna knows all the dirty secrets, where the bodies are buried, and how deeply they are stacked. When she’s killed in a roadside crash in the high desert of Southern California, powerful heads in Washington begin to panic, worried that their secrets may not be safe anymore. Alex Ives, a friend of Paul Madriani’s daughter, is accused of vehicular manslaughter in Serna’s death. Ives claims he had only one drink on the night of the accident, yet he can’t remember anything between the time he left for a party north of San Diego and the moment he woke up in a hospital the next morning. He’s still dazed and a little bruised but also obviously very afraid. After all, a woman is dead, and he’s sure he didn’t kill her. To save an innocent young man’s life, the brilliant defense attorney must uncover everything he can about Serna and her clients no matter how unsavory – a search that will lead him into a vortex of corruption and, at its center, a devious killer poised to strike again.”

This title is brand new, and as of late June had holds lists for all existing formats. Just Desserts participants wishing to get their hands on a copy in a timely fashion should place holds on it as soon as possible, in order to be able to read it before September 24th, 2015!

The Enemy Inside is available in hardback, large type and book-on-cd formats from the Lincoln City Libraries, and may be added soon in downloadable audio and e-book formats as well. Click this link to see all formats and place a hold.

Charles H. Gere Branch LibraryGreat Books Reading and Discussion Group

The Great Books Reading and Discussion Group is not a class. It is open to everyone interested in talking about some of the classics of the written word. This group meets twice-monthly at the Gere Branch library. This year will feature Great Conversations 5, an anthology of fifteen classic and contemporary selections published by the Great Books Foundation. The libraries, at this time, do NOT have copies of this collection available. You can order a copy for $24.95 plus shipping; phone 1-800-222-5870 and ask for Great Conversations 5, directly from the Great Books Foundation. It is also available for order online at www.greatbooks.org.

For more information call Discussion leader Will Hass at (402-742-9819).

Unless otherwise noted, meetings are Thursday evenings, 6:00 to 7:45 PM, at Gere Branch Library.

The 2014-2015 Great Books Reading and Discussion Group season runs Fall to Spring; check out the list of readings/discussions below!  

Date Title Being Discussed
2014 MEETING DATES
Sep 11, 2014 Euripides: Hekabe
Sep 25, 2014 John Keats: Selected Poems
Oct 9, 2014 Nathanial Hawthorne: Ethan Brand
Oct 23, 2014 John Stuart Mill: Criterion of a Good Form of Government
Nov 13, 2014 George Santayana: Masks
Dec 11, 2014 Bertrand Russell: Philosophy and Knowledge
2015 MEETING DATES
Jan. 8, 2015 D.H. Lawrence: The Man Who Loved Islands
Jan. 22, 2015 Ruth Benedict: Anthropology and the Abnormal
Feb. 12, 2015 Ryunosuke Akutagawa: The Hell Screen
Feb. 26, 2015 Reinhold Neibuhr: The Children of Light and the Children of Darkness
Mar. 12, 2015 Jean-Paul Sartre: Why Write?
Mar. 26, 2015 Richard Wright: Bright and Morning Star
Apr. 9, 2015 Simone Weil: Human Personality
Apr. 23, 2015 Eudora Welty: A Still Moment
May 14, 2015 Doris Lessing: To Room Nineteen
May 28, 2015 (Make-up, if needed)

This Program is Co-sponsored by Lincoln City Libraries, Lincoln, Nebraska


National Book Clubs

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The Masterpiece Theatre Book and Film Club

[2002-2011]

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The Oprah Book Club
and The Oprah Book Club 2.0

[Complete historical list
1996-2002, 2003-2010, 2012-present]

realsimplebookclub The Real Simple Book Club
[Complete historical list 2008– ]

Plus these no-longer-active National Book Clubs:


onlinebookclublogo1Try out our On-Line Book Clubs from DearReader!

You can join any of eleven new e-mail book clubs in the following reading categories: Non-Fiction; Business; Fiction; Good News; Mystery; Science Fiction; Horror; Romance; Teen; Pre-Publication and Audio Books.

After signing up for any of the clubs, you will begin receiving brief sections of books in your specified categories via your e-mail account. Each day’s entry will be approximately 5 minutes worth of reading material. By the end of a week, you’ll have read the equivilent of an entire chapter, and if you’re interested in reading the rest, you can place a reserve on it at the library or purchase it through an on-line retailer or through your local bookstore. Please visit our On-Line Book Clubs page for more details! 


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Reading and Writing Nebraska, by Mel Krutz (for The Nebraska Center for the Book) is available for public use in the reference room at the Bennett Martin Public Library (14th & “N” St.), as well as the Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors. This newly-compiled 2004 volume lists over 60 additional book discussion groups in the Lincoln area, with address, telephone and e-mail contact information for each group. Many listings also give a description of the types of materials dicussed by each group, and their meeting frequency.If you’ve got a book group that’s open to the general public, free-of-charge, and you’d like to be included in our list of local Book Discussion Groups here, please visit our Book Groups Survey page and fill out a brief form giving us some information about your group.


Aldersgate Book Clubs

Where We Meet: Aldersgate United Methodist Church
8320 South St.
We meet in individual homes so contact us to obtain the address of our meeting place and what we are reading.
When We Meet: Monthly — The daytime group meets at 1:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month. The evening group meets at 7:00 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month
Group Contact: Shirley Hanley, 402-464-7304; e-mail: aldersgatelinc@windstream.net
We Discuss: A mix of fiction and non-fiction.
Group Description: We enjoy discussing books that we can compare to our own experiences.
Other Notes: We usually read the One Book – One Lincoln nominees. We have also recently read Uncle Tom’s Cabin, The Lacuna, La’s Orchestra Saves the World, Ahab’s Wife and Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand.

Circle 4 Book Discussion Group

Where We Meet: First-Plymouth Congregational Church UCC
2000 “D” St.
When We Meet: Monthly — 11:30 a.m. — usually the third Tuesday, Calvert Parlor
Group Contact: Amy Tuttle, 435-5454
We Discuss: A mixture of Fiction and Non-Fiction. Some examples of past books we’ve read include: David Guterson’s Snow Falling on Cedars; Kent Haruf’s Plainsong; Marcus Borg’s Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time; and J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
Group Description: Lively, open-minded women with an appreciation for interrelations among characters, and consequences of action, as demonstrated in good fiction.
Other Notes: Our 2005-2006 reading list: June 21, 2005 – Khaled Hosseini: The Kite Runner*; July 19 – Kent Haruf: Eventide; August 16 – Yann Martel: The Life of Pi*; September 20 – Tim O’Brien: The Things They Carried*; October 18 – Stephen King: The Green Mile*; November 15 – James Agee: A Death in the Family; December 13 – NOTE DATE – Karen Armstrong: The Spiral Staircase; January 17, 2006: – Marilynne Robinson: Gilead; 15 copies February 21 – Marly Swick: Evening News; March 21 – John Steinbeck: Tortilla Flat; April 18 – Barbara Kingsolver: Pigs in Heaven; May 16 – Willa Cather: My Antonia; June 20 – Chaim Potok: The Chosen.* One Book — One Lincoln semifinalist. We have already read Ted Kooser’s Local Wonders.

Indigo Bridge Books
Haymarket District — The Creamery Building     
701 “P” St. Suite #102
477-7770

Indigo Bridge Books, in the Creamery Building in the heart of Lincoln’s downtown Haymarket District, sponsors several regularly scheduled bookclubs, with specific themes. Most of these clubs focus on discussing a specific, pre-selected book at each meeting, as identified below. To see the specifics, including titles scheduled for upcoming discussions, please visit the Indigo Bridge Books Web site, and click on Book Clubs.
Graphic Novel Book Club
Wednesdays
7:00 P.M.
A book club for discussing Graphic Novels. Check the Indigo Bridge Books web site for specific dates and titles.
Upcoming Book Discussions: See schedule on the Indigo Bridge web site. Book titles not posted for individual meetings on that web site.
We Discuss: Past titles discussed include: The Losers by Andy Diggle; Kiss Ass by Mark Miller; Joker by Brian Azzarello; and Luther by Brian Azzarello, Like a Sniper Lining Up His Shot by Jean-Patrick Manchette; (Sept 28) Axe Cop by Malachai Nicolle; (Oct 12) Petrograd by Philip Gelatt; The Crow by James O’Barr; (Nov 9) The Three Paradoxes by Paul Hornschemeier.
The Lacy Lucys YA Book Club
Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m. The Lacy Lucys meet every Tuesday at 4. While the book selections are great for young adults they are also good for mature younger readers and older adults who like fantastic books. Books come predominantly from the YA section but you’ll also see straight fiction, fantasy and whatever looks best while the club picks out books.
Upcoming Book Discussions: See schedule on the Indigo Bridge web site. Book titles not posted for individual meetings on that web site.
LGBTQ Literature Book Club
First Saturdays of each month The LGBTQ Book Club meets monthly at 1 o’clock on the first Saturday. Meetings are usually an hour and a half, with the first hour dedicated to discussing the book. This is followed by a short break and then the final half hour is dedicated to choosing the next book to be read by universal vote. This is an open gathering of anyone who is interested in reading works by and about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning persons.
Upcoming Book Discussions: See schedule on the Indigo Bridge web site. Book titles not posted for individual meetings on that web site.
Mystery FictionMystery Monday Book Club
2nd Mondays
7:30 P.M.
This mystery fiction discussion group — which formerly met at the now-defunct Lee Booksellers — meets on the second Monday evening of each month, starting at 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Anne at 402-768-6162 or e-mail at cb40006(at)windstream.net Approximately 5-10 regular attendees.
Upcoming Book Discussions: See schedule on the Indigo Bridge web site. Book titles not posted for individual meetings on that web site.
We Discuss: Past titles discussed: (Apr 12) Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn; (May 10) Exposed by Alex Kava; (Jun 14) Grave Goods by Ariana Franklin; (Jul 12) Starvation Lake by Brian Gruley; and (Aug 9) The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson; and (Nov 8) Shanghai Moon by S.J. Rozan; (Jan 10) Flower Net by Lisa See; (Apr 11) Fourth Watcher by Timothy Hallinan; (May 9th) Still Life by Louise Penny; (Jun 13th) Snow Angels by James Thompson; (Jul 11th) Random Violence by Jassy Mackenzie; (Aug 9th) All of My Enemies by Barry Maitland, (Oct 10th) The Case of the Missing Servant by Tarquin Hall; (Nov 11th) Citizen Vince by Jess Walter.
Women’s Diabetes Support Group
Every other Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. The Women’s Diabetes Support Book Group is a community social support program, hosted by Amelia Montes, for women who are interested in a new dietary way to live. This is one part information and education based and one part support and shared experience based. You don’t have to be a woman living with diabetes to join this group, as its goal is to help create a better life balance for those with diabetes or those helping loved ones. Meetings are every other Wednesday beginning at 7 p.m. You don’t have to read a specific book to attend, discussion revolves around a variety of sources.
Upcoming Book Discussions: See schedule on the Indigo Bridge web site. Book titles not posted for individual meetings on that web site.

The Lincoln Book Club #1

Where We Meet: Join the group at Facebook.com for additional information (you must be logged into your Facebook account to view this page!)
When and Where We Meet: Monthly — 3:00 p.m. — the first Sunday of every month — at locations to be determined — check the Facebook page for the most up-to-date information — this group appears to have gone dormant
Group Contact: The organizers can be contacted at the Facebook group page or in the past could be reached by e-mail at LincolnNEBookClub@gmail.com
We Discuss: Upcoming titles for discussion: None listed currently — this group may have gone dormant.
Group Description: Formed via online meeting organization site Meetup.com in September 2009, then quickly migrated to Facebook in late 2009, and was meeting regularly through June of 2012, when the organizer left Lincoln — no meetings have been held since then. The Lincoln Book Club is open to anyone who’d like to join the group. Visit the site (via links above) for additional information.

Some examples of past books this group has read and discussed include: Verghese’s Cutting for Stone, Sayers’ Murder Must Advertise, Jarvis’ The Necklace, Fowles’ The Magus; Bauby’s The Diving Bell and the Butterfly; Shaffer’s The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society; Strout’s Olive Kitteridge; Dillard’s The Maytrees; Enger’s Peace Like a River; Allen’s Without Feathers; Russo’s Empire Falls; Sijie’s Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress; Onan’s A Prayer for the Dying; Murakami’s Kafka at the Shore; Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Stockett’s The Help, Doctorow’s The March, Munro’s Too Much Happiness, Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs and Young’s The Shack.

The Lincoln Book Club #2 (age 20s and 30s)

Where We Meet: Join the group at Meetup.com for additional information
When and Where We Meet: Once a Month — Time and Date vary — generally meet at group members’ homes — check the Meetup.com page for the most up-to-date information
Group Contact: The organizers can be contacted at the Meetup.com group page
We Discuss: Upcoming titles for discussion: ???
Group Description: Formed via online meeting organization site Meetup.com in May 2012, The Lincoln Book Club describes themselves as “A gathering for people between 20 and 39 who love to read. We’re currently working out day and time details, so more to come! Ladies and gents of all sorts are welcome.” The group has also met socially for movie outings, often for movies based on works of literature. Visit the site (via link above) for additional information.

Some examples of past books this group has read and discussed include: Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl (February 2013), Lois Lowry’s Gathering Blue (January 2013), Deborah Harkness’ A Discovery of Witches (December 2012), Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus (November 2012), Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower (October 2012), Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being (September 2012), Laurie R. King’s The Beekeeper’s Apprentice (August 2012), E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey (May 2012).

Lincoln Mom’s Book Club

When and Where We Meet: Monthly — times, dates and locations seem to vary — check the group’s Meetup.com page for the most up-to-date information
Group Contact: This group’s organizer is Jennifer, and she can be reached through her Meetup.com profile page.
We Discuss: Upcoming titles for discussion: ???
Group Description: Formed via online meeting organization site Meetup.com in May 2009, Lincoln Mom’s started a book group as part of their activities in September 2011. Visit the site (via links above) for additional information.

Some examples of past books this group has read and discussed include: Austen’s Emma, Grisham’s Skipping Christmas, Verghese’s Cutting for Stone, and See’s Shanghai Girls.

Something Different

When and Where We Meet: Monthly — We meet the first Thursday of every month, at 9:30 a.m. at the 52nd & “O” St. Barnes & Noble.
Group Contact: This group’s organizer is Phyllis, and she can be reached by phone at 402-483-2601 or by e-mail.
We Discuss: Upcoming titles for discussion:The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce, with “companion books” The Round House by Louise Erdrich and The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian (October); American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin (November).
Group Description: We’re a book club that believes in reading “Something Different” for every monthly meeting. Over the past 12 years, we’ve read fiction, non-fiction, autobiographies, mysteries, historical fiction, current best sellers – basically, anything that interests us. One of our recent additions has been the selection of a “companion” book for the monthly choice. This book is roughly connected to the main selection, either to add insight to the topic under discussion; or an understanding of the historical time period; or an additional glimpse of the subject matter.

For the complete, extensive, list of what this group has read and discussed, dating back to 2002, check out their official web site.

Star Base Andromeda: Lincoln’s Science Fiction Club

When and Where We Meet: Science Fiction discussed on this dateOur regular weekly meetings are at The Coffee House (1326 “P” St.), Tuesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.. Approximately once every 5 to 6 weeks, we have a Book Discussion meeting at a different location — the Downtown UNL Student Union
14th and “R” St. (Near Food Court)
Group Contact: Scott Clark, 325-0246
We Discuss: Upcoming Titles for Discussion: The Magicians by Lev Grossman (Nov); The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein (Dec).

We exclusively discuss Science Fiction and Fantasy literature, with occasional dips into Horror. We alternate between established “classics” of these genres (pre-1980), and works by prominent contemporary authors (1980s to the present).

Group Description: This general-interest Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror club meets weekly Tuesday night meetings, and occasional Sunday afternoon events. We have a Book Discussion night approximately every six weeks. Membership in the club is not necessary to participate in Book Discussions, and guests are always welcome.

Books we’ve recently discussed in recent years include: Mary Gentle’s Rats and Gargoyles, Andre Norton’s The Crossroads of Time, Clive Barker’s The Thief of Always, H. Beam Piper’s Little Fuzzy, Joe Haldeman’s The Forever War, Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash, David Gerrold’s The Man Who Folded Himself, Jane Yolen’s collection Sister Emily’s Lightship and Other Stories, Leigh Brackett’s classic The Long Tomorrow, the anthology Beyond Singularity, Fritz Leiber’s The Big Time, Kage Baker’s In the Garden of Iden, Philip K. Dick’s Eye in the Sky, Elizabeth Moon’s Nebula-winning The Speed of Dark, Jack Williamson’s The Humanoids, Charles Stross’ Accelerando, Theodore Sturgeon’s More Than Human, John Ringo’s There Will Be Dragons, The Worm Ouroboros by E.R. Eddison, “Farewell to the Master” by Harry Bates (the story which became the film The Day the Earth Stood Still), Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson, Her Smoke Rose Up Forever by James Tiptree Jr. (Alice Sheldon), Fledgling by Octavia Butler, Rogue Moon by Algis Budrys, Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, Watership Down by Richard Adams, Paul of Dune by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut, Hunter’s Run by George R.R. Martin, Gardner Dozois and Daniel Abraham, Minority Report by Philip K. Dick, Dying Inside by Robert Silverberg, Little Brother by Cory Doctorow, Voyage of the Space Beagle by A.E. van Vogt, Undertow by Elizabeth Bear, What Mad Universe by Fredric Brown, Declare by Tim Powers, The Best of Cordwainer Smith by Cordwainer Smith, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon, The Space Merchants by Frederik Pohl and C.M. Kornbluth, Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman, Time and Again by Jack Finney, The Practice Effect by David Brin, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, World War Z by Max Brooks, Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany, The Dervish House by Ian McDonald, Roadside Picnic by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky, Timescape by Gregory Benford, The Skylark of Space by E.E. “Doc” Smith, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams, To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Philip Jose Farmer, A Shadow in Summer by Daniel Abraham, A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Kirinyaga by Mike Resnick, Deathbird Stories by Harlan Ellison, Player of Games by Iain M. Banks, Non-Stop by Brian Aldiss, The Bookman by Lavie Tidhar, The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury, The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper and Among Others by Jo Walton.A Case of Conscience by James Blish; The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi; The Mote in God’s Eye by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle; Downbelow Station by C.J. Cherryh; The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle; Spin by Robert Charles Wilson; 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne; Redshirts by John Scalzi; Brave New World by Aldous Huxley; The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume One: 1929-1964 edited by Robert Silverberg (Dec 2013 – our 100th book discussion!), The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson, The Ship Who Sang by Anne McCaffre; After the Golden Age by Carrie Vaughn (Apr); Bug Jack Barron by Norman Spinrad; Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro; 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke; Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie; Year of the Quiet Sun by Wilson “Bob” Tucker.

Other Notes: Our format is that everyone participating in the discussion should have read the pre-selected book before the meeting. We try to have at least 3 to 4 books selected in advance. Please see Star Base Andromeda Web site for the current reading/discussion schedule, or our Book Discussions page for information about our past, present and upcoming selections. Approximately 5-10 regular attendees.

Third Tuesday Mystery Book Club

Where We Meet: Braeda Fresh Express Cafe
48th & “O” St.
When We Meet: 7:00 p.m. the 3rd Tuesday of every month.
Group Contact: Check out this group’s Facebook Page for additional updated information! (You do not need to log into a Facebook account to connect to the group’s page!)
We Discuss: Upcoming titles for discussion includeNov 2014: The Yard by Alex Grecian; Dec 2014: Norwegian by Night by Derek B. Miller; Jan 2015: A Murder at Rosemunde’s Gate bySusanna Calkins
Group Description: This group of mystery fans, which formerly met at Lee Booksellers, has continued since the demise of that Lincoln bookstore, enjoying mysteries and thrillers each month.

Some of our past books for discussion: August 2010: The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo; September: Messenger of Athens by Anne Zouroudi; October: A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick; November: The Killing Way by Tony Hays; December: The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters; January 2011: In the Shadow of Gotham by Stefanie Pintoff; February 2011: The Calling by Inger Ash Wolfe; March 2011: A Small Death in the Great Glen by A.D. Scott; April 2011: The Murdered House by Pierre Mangan; May 17: The Sixth Lamentation by William Brodrick; Jun 21: Crazy Eights by Elizabeth Gunn; July 19: The Case of the Missing Servant by Tarquin Hall; Aug 16: The Eye of Jade by Diane Wei Ling. Oct 2011: Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin; Dec 2011: Field of Blood by Denise Mina; Jan 2012: Jacquot and the Waterman by Martin O’Brien; Feb 2012: Hunting Ivory by Suzanne Arruda; [March through July 2012 information not available.]; Aug 2012: A Trust Betrayed by Candace Robb; Sep 2012: Jade Lady Burning by Martin Limon; Oct 2012: Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen.; Nov 2012: The Holy Thief by William Ryan; Dec 2012: Shoofly Pie by Tim Downs; Jan 2013: The Illusion of Murder by Carol McCleary; Feb 2013: Portello by Ruth Rendell; Mar 2013: The Bookseller by Mark Pryor; Apr 2013: The Instruments of Death by Imogen Robertson; May 2013: The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton;Jun 2013: Killed at the Whim of a Hat by Colin Cotterill. Sep 2013: The Hynpotist by Lars Kepler; Oct 2013: Detective Inspector Huss by Helene Tursten; Nov 2013: Expats by Chris Pavone; Dec 2013: Death of a Red Heroine by Xiaulong Qui; Mar 2014: The Damage Done by Hilary Davidson; Apr 2014: Live by Night by Dennis Lehane; May 2014: Unpardonable Crime by Andrew Taylor; Jun 2014: Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus; Jul 2014: The Midwife’s Tale by Sam Thomas; Aug 2014: Pot Thief Who Studied Pythagoras by Michael Orenduft; Sep 2014: Raggedy Man by Clyde Curley; Oct 2014: Under a Silent Moon by Elizabeth Haynes

Wednesday Morning Book Discussion Group

Where We Meet: St. Paul United Methodist Church
1144 “M” St. – Room 155/157
When We Meet: 10:00 A.M. the 4th Wednesday of each month
(August through May, excluding December)
Group Contact: Judy Jensen, 420-6370 or jensenjkay(at)yahoo.com
We Discuss: We read and discuss group selected fiction, non-fiction, biographies, a classic, a title authored by a Nebraskan and the One Book – One Lincoln titles. We strive to experience literature that will expand our horizons in learning about others in order that we can make a difference perhaps in our little corner of the world. Many of the titles we read can be found in the church’s library.
Group Description: We are a very enthusiastic small group, who love reading and discussing books with each other. Although we are sponsored by the church, we do not read only religious books (in fact very few) and our membership is not limited to church members. In fact, several are not, and I’m sure anyone would feel comfortable there.
Other Notes: Members select books for the upcoming year at a Spring meeting. Members come with lists of books they’re interested in, and the group selects from among those. Coffee and cookies are served at each meeting, and a little social and get acquainted time is allowed.