*Take a break from all your holiday shopping to stop by The Bookworm in Countryside Village at 87th and Pacific, Saturday, Nov. 27, to meet World-Herald editorial cartoonist and Prairie Cat Jeffrey Koterba. He’ll be signing copies of his new book, Inklings, now in paperback. The book recounts Koterba’s evolution as a cartoonist, a hobby he began as a way to detach himself from the pandemonium surrounding him. Surrounded by floor-to-ceiling garage sale finds his father continuously accumulated and resold as a way to make extra money, the painfully shy Jeff found solace in drawing. To his surprise, Koterba found himself drawn back to his family and the father he tried so hard to escape from. The book has received high marks from Entertainment Weekly, Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly . The free event starts at 1 p.m. For more information, call the store at 392.2877. * The Omaha Public Library would like to get your thoughts on what the library’s role should be in the future and they’re holding forums to get ideas. The forums are expected to last approximately 90 minutes and are part of a long-term strategic-planning process to help the library better serve the public. Forums are free and open to the public. Here are the remaining days, locations and times: * Wednesday, Nov. 17, 5:30–7 p.m., Florence City Hall, 2864 State St., 444.4896 * Thursday, Nov. 18, 6–7:30 p.m., Benson Branch, 6015 Binney St., 444.4846 * Friday, Nov. 19, 6–7:30 p.m., South Omaha Library, 2808 Q. St., 444.4850 * Saturday, Nov. 20, 10:30 a.m.–Noon, Saddlebrook Branch, 14850 Laurel Ave., 884.7473 * Sunday, Nov. 21, 3–4:30 p.m., Milton R. Abrahams Branch, 5111 N. 90th St., 444.6284 * In other bookstore news, the protest blog Waging Nonviolence is urging readers and shoppers to move copies of former President George W. Bush’s recently released memoir, Decision Points, to the crime section of bookstores. Participants are urged to take a photo and upload it onto Facebook. To get the full scoop on the protest, go to wagingnonviolence.org. Comments? Questions? Want more? Check out our Booked blog online at thereader.com. Or email us at booked@thereader.com.


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