Each month, the minds behind The House of Loom hold an Encyclopedia Show. They pick a topic and invite ten artists, performers and assorted creatives to come up with an original piece related to that theme. This month’s Encyclopedia show will happen Wednesday the 7th at 7 p.m. The house band includes All Young Girls Are Machine Guns and a super special surprise guest. All ages are welcome and it’ll cost you $5 to get in (it’s a suggested donation, though, so be sure to pony up).

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries will hold an event celebrating former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser’s work this Friday at 5:30 p.m. at the Van Brunt UNL Visitor Center at 13th and Q in Lincoln this Friday. The ceremony will be held to thank Kooser for the donation of his journals and correspondence dating from 1968 to the present.

Four-time Agatha Award winner Louise Penny be at the Bookworm at 87th and Pacific this Wednesday to sign copies of her new book, A Trick of the Light at 6 p.m.

Following a day of visiting Omaha high schools, Ellen Hopkins will read and discuss her work at the Millard Branch of the Omaha Public Library at 132nd and Westwood Lane this Tuesday, September 13th, at 7 pm.  Hopkins’ books (her first was Crank based on her daughter’s meth addiction) have been criticized for their dark and often tough, adult topics – but they are very popular with many teenagers. Hopkins’ new book, Perfect tells the story of four teens feeling the pressure to be more than what they think they can be in high school.  Staff from the Bookworm will be at the library to sell Ms. Hopkins’ books.

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