— 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.)
— Non-Library Book Clubs
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!
— Mysteries discussed — Romance fiction discussed — Science Fiction discussed — Western fiction discussed
— Online Booklist Available! — 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! <<<
Book Clubs and organizations now have the ability to check out the current year’s One Book – One Lincoln finalists , in a special 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 an annual basis.
Subscribe to the monthly Book Club Choices Booklist Newsletter, to receive excellent reading suggestions for book groups in your e-mail each month.
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1810 North Cotner Blvd.
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 15-20 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 Winter/Spring 2018 schedule is listed below — although specific themes for some sessions are still t.b.a. Click the [ BOOKLIST ] links (where available) — to see the online booklist for each talk after it has been presented! Click the [ PODCAST ] links to listen to an audio recording of this specific bookstalk!
DATE TITLE/THEME — PRESENTER. February 9, 2018
Gretchen Garrison — Local author Gretchen Garrison (Odyssey Through Nebraska) is today’s special guest.
February 16, 2018
Frogs, Frogs…More Frogs…And a Little Nebraska — Meredith M., retired curator of the Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors, is today’s presenter. [ BOOKLIST ] February 23, 2018
Banchan of Books: Recent Reads Related to Korea — Kathryn K., from the Bennett Martin Public Library downtown, is today’s presenter. [ BOOKLIST ] March 2, 2018
Latest & Greatest Non-Fiction 2018 — Shannon K., from the Walt Branch Library, is today’s presenter. [ BOOKLIST ] [ PODCAST ] March 9, 2018
Title/Theme: TBA — Lisa V., from the Eiseley Branch Library, is today’s presenter.
March 16, 2018
Title/Theme: TBA — Shelley R., Youth Services Librarian at the Bennett Martin Public Library downtown, is today’s presenter.
March 23, 2018
The Becky and Scott Show – 2018 — A pair of married librarians — Scott C., from the Bennett Martin Public Library downtown, and Becky W.C., from the Walt Branch Library, are today’s joint presenters. [ BOOKLIST ] March 30, 2018
Title/Theme: TBA — Debbie A., former library employee, is today’s presenter.
April 6, 2018
Title/Theme: TBA — Karrie S. and Steph E., from the Anderson and Bethany Branch Libraries, are today’s joint presenters. [ BOOKLIST ] April 13, 2018
Tuesday Night Try-Outs — Kolette S., from the Anderson and Bethany Branch Libraries, talks about the Tuesday Night Try-Outs — a series of trivia and craft social events scheduled on Tuesday nights throughout 2018 at the Anderson Branch Library. [Look for links to individual events on our Facebook Events page.] [ no booklist for this session ] April 20, 2017
Title/Theme: TBA — Dan D., from the Walt Branch Library, is today’s presenter.
April 27, 2018
Susan’s Award Winners Talk – 2018 — Susan S., Teen specialist at the Eiseley Branch Library, is today’s presenter. [ BOOKLIST ] May 4, 2018
Title/Theme: TBA — Erin W., current curator of the Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors, is today’s presenter. [Erin was unable to attend this week!] May 11, 2018
One Book – One Lincoln – 2018 Top Eleven — Katie M., coordinator of One Book – One Lincoln, presents a preview of the shortlist of titles being considered for One Book in 2018. [ PODCAST ] May 18, 2018
Title/Theme: TBA — Sarah D., from the Bennett Martin Public Library, and also a published author, previews her next book.
May 25, 2018
[ No BooksTalk today ] — The libraries’ Summer Reading Program Begins Today!
June 1, 2018 Book Share Day — no presenters during the summer. June 8, 2018 Book Share Day — no presenters during the summer. June 15, 2018 Book Share Day — no presenters during the summer. June 22, 2018 Book Share Day — no presenters during the summer. June 29, 2018 Book Share Day — no presenters during the summer. July 6, 2018 Book Share Day — no presenters during the summer. July 13, 2018 Book Share Day — no presenters during the summer. July 20, 2018 Book Share Day — no presenters during the summer. July 27, 2018 Book Share Day — no presenters during the summer. August 3, 2018 Book Share Day — no presenters during the summer. August 10, 2018 Book Share Day — no presenters during the summer. August 17, 2018 Book Share Day — no presenters during the summer. August 24, 2018 Book Share Day — no presenters during the summer. August 31, 2018 Book Share Day — no presenters during the summer.
For examples of some of the titles/themes talked about at previous Bethany BooksTalk meetings, check out our Book Group Archives webpage!
2400 South 56th Street
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 8-15 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 Winter/Spring 2018 schedule is listed below — although specific themes for some sessions are still t.b.a. — Click the [ BOOKLIST ] links (where available) — to see the online booklist for each talk after it has been presented! Click the [ PODCAST ] links to listen to an audio recording of this specific bookstalk!
DATE TITLE/THEME — PRESENTER. January 15, 2018
[ No BooksTalk today ] — Closed for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday
January 22, 2018
Title/Theme: TBA — [Cancelled due to bad weather]
January 29, 2018
Animal Tales — Pam B., long-time Gere BooksTalk volunteer, is today’s presenter.
February 5, 2018
Winsome Women in Historical Fiction — Katie M., from the Bennett Martin Public Library, is today’s presenter. [ BOOKLIST ]
February 12, 2018
Youth Non-Fiction — Sandy W., from the Gere Branch Library, is today’s presenter. [ BOOKLIST ]
February 19, 2018
[ No BooksTalk today ] — Closed for the Presidents Day holiday
February 26, 2018
Savor the Color of Life: African-American Authors — Brenda E., Gere Branch supervisor, is today’s presenter.
March 5, 2018
Historical Fiction and Non-Fiction — Cait L., from the Gere Branch Library, is today’s presenter. [ BOOKLIST ]
March 12, 2018
Title/Theme: TBA — Lisa V., from the Eiseley Branch Library, is today’s presenter.
March 19, 2018
Non-Fiction — Meagan M., from the Gere Branch Library, is today’s presenter.
March 26, 2018
The Becky and Scott Show – 2018 — A pair of married librarians — Scott C., from the Bennett Martin Public Library downtown, and Becky W.C., from the Walt Branch Library, are today’s joint presenters. [ BOOKLIST ]
April 2, 2018
Title/Theme: TBA — Erin W., curator of the Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors, is today’s presenter.
April 9, 2018
Book Share Day — Plus view a short video about the Lincoln City Libraries from 1940!.
April 16, 2018
Susan’s Award Winners Talk – 2018 — Susan S., Teen specialist at the Eiseley Branch Library, is today’s presenter. [ BOOKLIST ]
April 23, 2018
Random Reads From a Retired Librarian — former librarian Susan V. is today’s guest presenter. [ BOOKLIST ]
April 30, 2018
Recent Reads From a Retired Librarian — former librarian Richard M. is today’s guest presenter. [ BOOKLIST ]
May 7, 2018
Title/Theme: TBA — Sarah D., from the Bennett Martin Public Library, and also a published author, previews her next book.
May 14, 2018
One Book – One Lincoln – 2018 Top Eleven — Katie M., coordinator of One Book – One Lincoln, presents a preview of the shortlist of titles being considered for One Book in 2018.
June 11, 2018 Book Share Day — no presenters during the summer. July 9, 2018 Book Share Day — no presenters during the summer. August 13, 2018 “Eek? eBooks Don’t Have to Be Frightening” — We will combine with this Adult/Teen program today (2:00 – 3:30 pm – note the slight time change)
For examples of some of the titles/themes talked about at previous Bethany BooksTalk meetings, check out our Book Group Archives webpage!
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 ten 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!
Thursday, August 30, 2018 — 6:30-7:45 p.m.<<<<< Our Next Meeting!!
In August, we’ll be enjoying another author new to the group — legal thriller author James Grippando, and a recent entry in his ongoing series featuring Jake Swyteck, Most Dangerous Place.
Most Dangerous Place is Grippando’s 13th series novel, and here’s the description:
“According to the FBI, the most dangerous place for a woman between the ages of twenty and thirty is in a relationship with a man. Those statistics become all too personal when Jack Swyteck takes on a new client tied to his past.
It begins at the airport, where Jack is waiting to meet his old high school buddy, Keith Ingraham, a high-powered banker based in Hong Kong, coming to Miami for his young daughter’s surgery. But their long-awaited reunion is abruptly derailed when the police arrest Keith’s wife, Isabelle, in the terminal, accusing her of conspiring to kill the man who raped her in college. Jack quickly agrees to represent Isa, but soon discovers that to see justice done, he must separate truth from lies—an undertaking that proves more complicated than the seasoned attorney expects.
Inspired by an actual case involving a victim of sexual assault sent to prison for the death of her attacker, James Grippando’s twisty thriller brilliantly explores the fine line between victim and perpetrator, innocence and guilt, and cold-blooded revenge and rightful retribution..”
To find out more about James Grippando and his novels, follow these links:
Thursday, September 27, 2018 — 6:30-7:45 p.m.
In September, we’ll all enjoy another author new to the group — best-selling Australian author Jane Harper, and the first volume in her new Aaron Falk series.
The Dry is Harper’s debut novel, and here’s the description:
“A small town hides big secrets in The Dry, an atmospheric, page-turning debut mystery by award-winning author Jane Harper.
After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke’s steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn’t tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead.
Amid the worst drought in a century, Falk and the local detective question what really happened to Luke. As Falk reluctantly investigates to see if there’s more to Luke’s death than there seems to be, long-buried mysteries resurface, as do the lies that have haunted them. And Falk will find that small towns have always hidden big secrets.”
To find out more about Jane Harper and her novels, follow these links:
Thursday, October 25, 2018 — 6:30-7:45 p.m.
For our final meeting of 2018, in October, the Just Desserts group will be looking back at one of the most classic American mystery writers of the 20th century — Rex Stout, and his Nero Wolfe series.
From 1934 through his passing in 1975, Stout wrote a series of 33 novels and 40 novellas that featured the portly, short-tempered, reclusive, orchid-growing gourmand, Nero Wolfe, and his more action-oriented leg man, Archie Goodwin. The libraries have quite a few of these books in our collection, some are available in free digital editions online, and they are also commonly available in new reprint editions and through the used-book market. For the purposes of Just Desserts, attendees are encouraged to read ANY one or more of the books in the Nero Wolfe series. During the meeting, we’ll discuss the series in broad terms, and do a round-robin, during which all participants will have the opportunity to speak briefly about whichever Stout/Wolfe volume they read, and their impressions of it. This meeting will be audio-recorded, for release as part of the libraries’ audio podcasts series.
In 1959, Stout received the Mystery Writers of America’s Grand Master Award. The Nero Wolfe corpus was nominated Best Mystery Series of the Century at Bouchercon XXXI, the world’s largest mystery convention, and Rex Stout was nominated Best Mystery Writer of the Century. To find out more about Rex Stout and his Nero Wolfe novels, follow these links:
The Wolfe Pack — The official website of the Nero Wolfe Society
Great 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 6, 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 6, 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 2015-2016 Great Books Reading and Discussion Group season runs Fall to Spring; check out the list of readings/discussions below!
Date Title Being Discussed 2015 MEETING DATES Sep 10, 2015 Seneca: On Tranquility of Mind
Sep 24, 2015 Francis Bacon: The New Organon
Oct 8, 2015 John Locke: A Letter Concerning Toleration
Oct 22, 2015 Joshua Reynolds: Discourse Seven
Nov 12, 2015 Edward FitzGerald (trans)/Browning: The Rubbaiyat of Omar Khayyam/Rabbi Ben Ezra
Dec 10, 2015 George Eliot: The Lifted Veil
2016 MEETING DATES Jan. 14, 2016 Mark Twain: The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg
Jan. 28, 2016 Friedrich Nietzsche: On the Advantage and Disadvantage of History for Life
Feb. 11, 2016 Jane Addams: The Devil Baby at Hull House
Feb. 25, 2016 H.G. Wells: The Man Who Could Work Miracles
Mar. 10, 2016 Thomas Mann: Mario and the Magician
Mar. 24, 2016 Katherine Mansfield: The Daughters of the Late Colonel
Apr. 14, 2016 Karel Capek: R.U.R. Apr. 28, 2016 Mary McCarthy: My Confession
May 12, 2016 Deborah Eisenberg: Holy Week
May 26, 2016 (Make-up, if needed)
This Program is Co-sponsored by Lincoln City Libraries, Lincoln, Nebraska
|ALA Book Club Central
The Oprah Book Club
|The Real Simple Book Club
[Complete historical list 2008– ]
Plus these no-longer-active National Book Clubs:
Reading and Writing Nebraska [R 028.9 Kru]
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 and/or the church’s Fellowship Hall, 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: Contact the church office to learn more about what we’re reading, 402-489-1510; [e-mail inquiry form] e-mail: email@example.com [website] 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 by Harriet Beecher Stowe, The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver, La’s Orchestra Saves the World by Alexander McCall-Smith, Ahab’s Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund and Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson.
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 This group appears to have gone dormant. 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. This group appears to have gone dormant. Group Description: Lively, open-minded women with an appreciation for interrelations among characters, and consequences of action, as demonstrated in good fiction. This group appears to have gone dormant. 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 – 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. This group appears to have gone dormant.
Cliffhangers Book Club
Where We Meet: Bagels & Joe
4701 Old Cheney Rd.
When We Meet: Monthly — 9:00 a.m. beginning in the Spring of 2018 Group Contact: Organized on MeetUp.com — click here for the group’s Meet-Up page We Discuss: Thrillers and Suspense Fiction. Group Description: Love heart-pounding suspense and page turners you can’t put down? Enjoy books with twists and turns that keep you guessing? Then this is the book club for you! Join us for coffee or tea as we discuss bestselling thriller and suspense novels, new and old. Other Notes: This is a brand-new group as of the Spring of 2018. Next Discussion: Apr 21 2018 – The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson.
Indigo Bridge Books
Haymarket District — The Creamery Building
701 “P” St. Suite #102
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 2nd and 4th Wednesdays
Known to the group as GNBC, this book club self-describes their meeting as, “We spend anywhere from 1-3 hours discussing the reading selection, similar topics and things not even tangentially related. Whenever possible we make-up excuses to see comic adaptations together. Or have a holiday party. Or play board games. The group currently meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month. Check the Indigo Bridge Books web site for specific dates and titles.
Upcoming Book Discussions: Apr 11 2018: Saga Vol. 8 by Brian K. Vaughn & Fiona Staples; Apr 25 2018: Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 1 by Ryan North and Erica Henderson. 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 Human Rights Book Club [Meeting schedule unknown – check with Indigo bridge] This book club meets monthly to discuss topical books for culturally relevant human rights crises. The members work to humanize groups in our society that may get unfairly represented in news media, court systems, cultural media and every day life.
Upcoming Book Discussions: See schedule on the Indigo Bridge web site. Book titles not posted for individual meetings on that web site.
The Modern Fiction Book Club First Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m. The Modern Fiction Book Club meets once per month, to discuss general fiction titles.
Upcoming Book Discussions: May 3 2018: How Winter Began by Joy Castro (featuring Joy Castro in attendance); Jun 7 2018: When Will There Be Good News by Kate Atkinson. See schedule on the Indigo Bridge web site. Book titles not posted for individual meetings on that web site.
The Young Adult Book Club The last Tuesday of every month, at 7:00 p.m. Aimed at readers, ages 13 to 20, this group meets monthly.
Upcoming Book Discussions: Apr 24 2018: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao; May 29 2018: Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. 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 since 2012
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 since 2012. 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: Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese, Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy Sayers, The Necklace by Cheryl Jarvis, The Magus by John Fowles; The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean Dominique Bauby; Shaffer’s The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society; Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout; Dillard’s The Maytrees; Peace Like a River by Leif Enger; 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; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, The Help by Kathryn Stockett, The March by E.L. Doctorow, Munro’s Too Much Happiness, Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear 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: [unknown] 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: May 2012: Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James; Aug 2012: The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King; Sep 2012: The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera; Oct 2012: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky; Nov 2012: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern; Dec 2012: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness; Jan 2013: Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry; Feb 2013: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.
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: [unknown] 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.
Nebraska History Book Club
When and Where We Meet: Monthly — on the 4th Friday of each month — at the Nebraska History Museum, 131 Centennial Mall North, from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 p.m.
Group Contact: Questions: Contact Judy Keetle by e-mail or call 402-471-4757 [website] We Discuss: Upcoming titles for discussion: [unknown] Group Description:
This group was formed to discuss books about Nebraska history, highlighting the books on the Nebraska150books.org booklist. Everyone is welcome. Feel free to bring lunch. Come when you can!
Past Discussions: February 25 2017: Black Elk Speaks by John G. Neihardt; March 24 2017: Sharpie: The Life of Evelyn Sharp – Nebraska’s Aviatrix by Diane Bartels; April 21 2017: Hector’s Bliss by Dennis Vossberg (3rd Friday, because the Museum is closed on Arbor Day, the 4th Friday in April); May 26 2017: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. September 29 2017: The Bones of Paradise by Jonis Agee (this is the 5th Friday, Judy Keetle will be the discussion leader); October 27 2017: Bloody Mary, Gentle Woman by Frances G. Reinehr (Diane Wiehn will be the discussion leader); November 17 2017: The Christmas of the Phonograph Record by Mari Sandoz (this is the 3rd Friday, so as to avoid conflicting with the holiday — We will do a choral reading of the book); January 26 2018: Book TBD; February 23 2018: Have You Seen Mary? by Jeff Kurrus or another book about Sandhills Cranes (Kathy Putensen will be the discussion leader)
Read, Meet & Eat 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 Emily. The group is closed, but you can ask to join at their Meetup.com profile page. We Discuss: Upcoming titles for discussion: [unknown] Group Description: Formed via online meeting organization site Meetup.com in August 2016, Lincoln Mom’s started a book group as part of their activities in September 2011. This is a book club for anybody interested in reading books and meeting new people over a burger and a beer. All books are welcome as are all people. Come join us for an intellectual discussion (or not!) on the book of the month we jointly choose. Visit the site (via links above) for additional information.
Some examples of past books this group has read and discussed include: The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro, Lives of the Monster Dogs by Kirsten Bakis, The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, and Lab Girl by Hope Jahren.
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: May 2018: Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann; June 2018: Lonesome Dreamer by Timothy G. Anderson (Anderson will be attending this meeting to meet readers); July 2018: Where’d You Go, Bernadette?; August 2018: The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone. 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: Our regular weekly meetings are at The Coffee House (1324 “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 & “R” St. – near food court), or The Coffee House (1324 “P” St.).
See Star Base Andromeda’s Book Discussions page for current schedule and title information
Group Contact: Scott Clark, 325-0246 We Discuss: Upcoming Titles for Discussion: May 2018: A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess; June 2018: Unnatural Issue by Mercedes Lackey.
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 discussed since we began having “Book Discussion” meetings include: 1999: Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke; I, Robot by Isaac Asimov. 2000: Neuromancer by William Gibson; The Parafaith War by L.E. Modesitt; Citizen of the Galaxy by Robert Heinlein; Marrow by Robert Reed. 2001: Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury; Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes; FlashForward by Robert Sawyer; Mission of Gravity by Hal Clement. 2002: The Boat of a Million Years by Poul Anderson; Newton’s Cannon by J. Gregory Keyes; Tangled Up in Blue by Joan D. Vinge; Interstellar Pig by William Sleator; At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft; The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Leguin; Darwin’s Radio by Greg Bear. 2003: Lincoln’s Dreams by Connie Willis; The Dying Earth by Jack Vance; Perdido Street Station by China Mieville; The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester; Revelation Space by Alistair Reynolds; Unicorn Variations by Roger Zelazny. 2004: The Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold; Protector by Larry Niven; Coraline by Neil Gaiman; City by Clifford Simak; Rats and Gargoyles by Mary Gentle. 2005: The Crossroads of Time by Andre Norton, The Thief of Always by Clive Barker, Little Fuzzy by H. Beam Piper, The Forever War by Joe Haldeman, Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. 2006: The Man Who Folded Himself by David Gerrold, collection Sister Emily’s Lightship and Other Stories by Jane Yolen, The Long Tomorrow, by Leigh Brackett, the anthology Beyond Singularity, The Big Time by Fritz Leiber. 2007: In the Garden of Iden by Kage Baker, Eye in the Sky by Philip K. Dick, The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon, The Humanoids, by Jack Williamson, Accelerando by Charles Stross, More Than Human by Theodore Sturgeon. 2008: There Will Be Dragons by John Ringo, 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. 2009: 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. 2010: 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, or The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley. 2011: 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. 2012: 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 (a.k.a. Starship) 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. 2013: 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!). 2014: The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson, The Ship Who Sang by Anne McCaffrey; 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; The Magicians by Lev Grossman; The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein. 2015: Beaker’s Dozen by Nancy Kress; The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien; The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell; The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick; Mort by Terry Pratchett; First Men in the Moon by H.G. Wells; The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North; Make Room, Make Room by Harry Harrison; House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski; Wild Seed by Octavia Butler. 2016: Fly by Night by Frances Hardinge; The Chrysalids by John Wyndham; The Dog Said Bow-Wow by Michael Swanwick; Lest Darkness Fall by L. Sprague de Camp; The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu; Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny; Planetfall by Emma Newman; The Shockwave Rider by John Brunner; Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King; Nerves by Lester Del Rey. 2017: A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge; The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton; Transcendental by James Gunn; Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm; Blindsight by Peter Watts; A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle; Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang; The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Leguin; Soldier of the Mist by Gene Wolfe; Dragon’s Egg by Robert L. Forward; Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer; The Shrinking Man by Richard Matheson; Black Hole (a graphic novel) by Charles Burns.
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 5-15 regular attendees.
Third Tuesday Mystery Book Club
Where We Meet: Braeda Fresh Express Cafe
4231 S. 33rd St. (33rd & Pioneers)
When We Meet: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.. the 3rd Tuesday of every month. Group Contact: Facebook Group page for the Lincoln Third Tuesday Mystery Book Club, restarted anew in March 2017. (Not to be confused with the earlier Third Tuesday Mystery Book Club of Lincoln FB group page, which is no longer active).
We Discuss: Upcoming titles for discussion include — Apr 2018: The Zig-Zag Girl by Elly Griffiths; May 2018: The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker; Jun 2018: Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann (Non-Fiction); Jul 2018: Chemistry of Death by Simon Beckett; Aug 2018: The Dry by Jane Harper.
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 at the Braeda Fresh Express Cafe at 33rd and Pioneers Blvd.
Some of our past books for discussion: 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; Nov 2014: The Yard by Alex Grecian; Dec 2014: Norwegian by Night by Derek B. Miller; Jan 2015: A Murder at Rosemunde’s Gate by Susanna Calkins. Aug 2015: The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo; Sep 2015: Messenger of Athens by Anne Zouroudi; Aug 2016: Murder Most Malicious by Alyssa Maxwell; Sep 2016: Under Tower Peak by Bart Paul; Oct 2016: Language of the Dead by Stephen Kelly; Nov 2016: Lethal Investments by K.O. Dahl; Dec 2016: Bones of Contention by Jeanne Matthews; Jan 2017: Dinosaur Feather by Sissel-Jo Gazan; Feb 2017: Murder is a Fine Art by David Morrell, Mar 2017: Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Poetzsch, Apr 2017: Delivering the Truth by Edith Maxwell; May 2017: Collecting the Dead by Spencer Kope; Jun 2017: The Killing Kind by Chris Holm; Jul 2017: Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer; Aug 2017: The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney; Sep 2017: All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda; Oct 2017: His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet; Nov 2017: The Anatomist’s Wife by Anne Lee Huber; Dec 2017: The Ex by Alafair Burke; Jan 2018: A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn; Feb 2018: The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware; Mar 2018: In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen.
Thursday Afternoon Book Group
Where We Meet: St. Mark’s United Methodist Church
8550 Pioneers Blvd., Lincoln, NE 68520 – Lower Fellowship Hall
When We Meet: 1:15 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month (year-round) [website] Group Contact: Dennis Hanneman, e-mail form at: http://www.stmarks.org/litesite.cfm?page_content=pe_include.cfm&pid=9byy14h1d2216ht792d&q=m&content=smallgroup
We Discuss: A mixture of fiction and non-fiction This group appears to have gone dormant.
Group Description: Thursday Afternoon Book Group picks a new book each month to read and discuss. This group appears to have gone dormant.
Other Notes: Titles are selected in advance for an entire year. Here are the 2016 selections: January 7: Gray Mountain by John Grisham; February 4: The Promise of a Pencil by Adam Braun; March 3: Death Zones & Darling Spies by Beverly D. Keever (a One Book One Nebraska selection); April 7: Wish You Well by David Baldacci; May 5: Being Mortal by Atul Gawande (later announced as the One Book – One Lincoln selection); June 2: House Divided by Mike Lawson; July 7: The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown; August 4: Tamarack County by William Kent Krueger; September 1: Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac; October 6: At the Water’s Edge by Sarah Gruen; November 3: (unknown); December 1: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. This group appears to have gone dormant.
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) This group appears to have gone dormant.
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. This group appears to have gone dormant.
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. This group appears to have gone dormant.
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. This group appears to have gone dormant.