Omaha’s Borders safe despite company’s woes

* The big news for book lovers last week was the announcement that Borders had filed for bankruptcy protection and was closing 200 stores. The good news is that none of the three Omaha-area stores are among them. In an email to customers, President and CEO Mike Edwards assured customers that the stores are still open for business and that their loyalty program, Borders Rewards, is still in effect and that their...

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Booked: Discussions, Poetry and Prose

It’ll be a busy weekend at the Bookworm, located at 87th and Pacific. On Saturday, Feb. 12, author David Philip Mullins will sign copies of his book, Greetings from Below at 1 pm. Winner of the McCarthy Prize for short fiction, Mullins’ debut has been praised for its raw confessional style. On Sunday, book discussion group Books and Bagels will meet to discuss Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris, the...

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A Busy Week at the Bookworm; Show Off Your Literary Tattoos

* There’s a lot going on at The Bookworm at 87th and Pacific in Countryside Village this week. Saturday, Jan. 29, bestselling romance author Victoria Alexander, aka Cherry Griffin, will sign copies of her latest book, The Perfect Mistress, at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30, Haitian-born physician and University of Nebraska Medical Center Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Dr. Rubens J. Pamies, along with several UNMC...

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Orphan Trail

Author Marilyn June Coffey says she tears up every time she reads this part of Teresa Martin’s story: “As she slipped her wide foot into her shoe, she felt like Cinderella donning the glass slipper. Up from ashes. She could hardly breathe. After all those school children’s taunts, after the years living with the hurtful Biekers, the years scrubbing floors, the lonely fight to be educated, after a lifetime of...

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New J.D. Salinger bio, David Foster Wallace

* What books will you be reading this year? Kenneth Slawenski’s portrait of the Catcher in the Rye author, J.D. Salinger: A Life is rumored to be the most in-depth biography yet. O: A Presidential Novel by an anonymous author that proudly claims to “have been in the room with Barack Obama” is said to be “about aspiration and delusion, set during the presidential election of 2012 and written by an anonymous...

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American Hate

For seven years while UNO criminology professor Pete Simi lived with and researched neo-Nazis, death threats against him and his family were common. “[It was] one of the things I had to get used to, in terms of doing interviews and hanging out,” Simi says. “‘If we ever find out you’re a cop, we’ll hunt you down and kill you. We’ll hunt down and kill your family.’” Simi’s brazen research was...

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E-books and the future of publishing

The publishing industry has undergone a major shift in the past few years, and is still reeling from the double whammy of a lousy economy coupled with the introduction and growing adoption of e-readers. The way we consume information is changing. And it’s these e-readers — Kindle, Nook and the iPad to name three — that will continue to morph and shape the way we interact with books. Though the printed,...

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