Readers are going to have several opportunities to meet local book writers in the next few weeks. The first event is today.
An author fair will be open from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Council Bluffs Public Library, 400 Willow Ave. Participating authors include Jack Loscutoff, Marilyn Coffey, Robin Donovan, Jan Mallette, Bill Ramsey, Betty Shrier, Sharon Van Orman, Mary Conneally, Tracy Lovett, Ryan Roenfeld, Kat and Bruce Gregory, John Price, Donna Schoeppner, Larry Schulenberg, Lorna Seilstad, Elizabeth Senden, Jewell Tweedt and Al Tukker.
Then, on Saturday, another batch of authors with local ties will be making an appearance at the Barnes & Noble at 3333 Oak View Blvd.
The group will include Bruce Arant, author of “Simpson’s Sheep Won’t Go to Sleep,” 11 a.m.; Carol Bicak and Chris Machian, author and photographer on “The Littlest Lion,” 11 a.m.; Joy Johnson, author of the “BOOB Girls” series, noon; the Rev. Servando Perales, “Cry of the Warrior,” and Aledia Kartchner, author of “Inside Out,” 1 p.m.
Researcher maps states with books
An enterprising researcher at BusinessInsider.com has created a map of the United States on which he attached the title of a famous book set in each state.
Nebraska’s book, no big surprise, is “My Antonia” by Willa Cather and Iowa’s is “A Thousand Acres” by Jane Smiley.
Other Midlands states and their books include “The Round House” by Louise Erdrich for North Dakota, “A Long Way Home” by Tom Brokaw for South Dakota, “The Shining” for Colorado and “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by Frank L. Baum for Kansas.
Check out the selections on the website, and see if you agree with the choices.
ON THE CALENDAR
Book signing: Steve Pivovar, author of “Road to the Big Time: A Century-Long Dream Leads Creighton to the Big East,” 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. today, the Bookworm, 87th and Pacific Streets.
Book signing: Marianne Szegedy-Maszak, author of “I Kiss Your Hand Many Times,” 1 p.m. today, the Bookworm.
Workshop: Family History Writers Group, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. today, W. Dale Clark Library, 215 S. 15th St.
Book discussion: World War II Book Group, “The End: Defiance and Destruction of Hitler’s Germany, 1944-1945” by Ian Kershaw, 2 p.m. Monday, the Bookworm.
Readings: WriteLife’s Writers Open Mic, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Pizza Shoppe Collective, 6056 Maple St.
Book discussion: Crime Through Time Book Group, “Tutankhamun: The Book of Shadows” by Nick Drake, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Bookworm.
Book signing: Leo Adam Biga, author of “Alexander Payne: His Journey in Film,” 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Abrahams Library, 5111 N. 90th St.
Book signing: Debra Hall, author of “The Easterner” and a new novel to be revealed, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Stoysich House of Sausage, 24th and Bancroft Streets.
Workshops: Mentoring for high school writers, 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday; Nebraska Writers Workshop for poetry, script writing and fiction, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Baright Library in Ralston.
Book signing: Debra Hall, author of “Wind Across the Prairie” and a new novel to be revealed, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Coldwater Creek at Shadow Lake Towne Center, 72nd Street and Nebraska Highway 370, Papillion.
GET LIT: Brigit St. Brigit Theater actors give readings from several genres, 6:30 p.m. Friday, the Bookworm.
Workshop: Nebraska Novelists critique group, 7 p.m. Friday, Crossroads Barnes & Noble, 72nd and Dodge Streets.
Momaha Story Time: For kids 1 to 5 years old, who can dress in their P.J.s, 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, the Bookworm.
Story time: Brigit St. Brigit’s Scott Kurz reads from children’s books, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, the Bookworm.