* 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 medical staff, will be at the store from 1-3 p.m. to talk about their experience providing care in Haiti in the aftermath of the Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake. They’ll also sign copies of their book, Help and Hope for Haiti, which offers an eyewitness take on the turmoil and their struggle to deliver medical and surgical care within a shattered infrastructure. Proceeds from the book benefit the Haitian Relief Fund. Finally, if you’re looking for book suggestions, consider swinging by the store Wednesday, Feb. 2, for the “What Are You Reading” book chat from noon-1 p.m. where attendees will discuss what’s been scratching that proverbial literary itch. * For those of you keeping track, the American Dialect Society chose “app” as their word of the year. The runner-up was “nom.” One-hundred and fifty linguists weighed in on this important decision and gave their OK, so feel free to start using “app” and “nom” at will. * Speaking of apps, publisher Simon & Schuster recently created a FourSquare page (foursquare.com/simonschuster) that allows readers to get all sorts of info, ranging from free books to tips from authors on their favorite haunts. * If you’ve got some literary-inspired ink, you might be set for life in terms of books from your favorite publishers. Both Black Ocean and Octopus Books are offering lifetime subscriptions to their books if you get a tattoo inspired by one of their titles. Henna doesn’t count. If you’re tattoo-averse, you can always shell out $64 for a lifetime subscription to Octopus titles. * Remember that unofficial sequel to Catcher in the Rye — 60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye that imagined what Holden Caulfield would be up to now? J.D. Salinger’s estate finally settled its lawsuit against author and publisher Fredrik Colting. He agreed to refrain from selling the book in the U.S. and Canada until Catcher enters public domain. He’s free to sell it anywhere else in the world, but he can’t refer to Catcher in the Rye or Salinger in the book. Comments? Questions? Want more? Email us at booked@thereader.com.

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