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Bookends: Omaha Public Library gets grant for Muslim-themes series

Bookends: Omaha Public Library gets grant for Muslim-themes series

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The National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association have given the Omaha Public Library a grant for the five-part reading and discussion series, “Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys.”

The Omaha Public Library is one of 125 organizations across the country selected to participate in the project. It is designed to help public audiences learn about the people, places, history, faith and culture of Muslims, both those who live in this country and those who live in other countries.

All the programs will be presented by Dr. Paul A. Williams, chairman and associate professor of religious studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and will be held at the Millard Library, 13214 Westwood Lane.

The sessions, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., are free and open to the public. Books will be available for participants. When the program ends, the books will be added to the Omaha Public Library catalog so they can be checked out.

The schedule:

• Thursday, story-weaving based on “When Asia Was the World” by Stewart Gordon.

• Oct. 17, mosaic craft based on “The House of Wisdom” by Jim Al-Khalili.

• Oct. 29, panel discussion based on “The Ornament of the World” by Maria Rosa Menocal.

• Nov. 14, discussion of “Leo Africanus” by Amin Maalouf, with introduction of “Muslim Journeys” book club kits.

• Nov. 21, connecting the three faiths described in “In an Antique Land” by Amitav Ghosh, with Tri-Faith Initiative members.

More information is available at or by calling 402-444-3399.

Barry Lopez to participate in Prairie Schooner event

Author Barry Lopez, a winner of the National Book Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Pushcart Prize and five National Science Foundation Fellowships, will be the featured guest at a Prairie Schooner event Monday in Lincoln.

Lopez, author of “Arctic Dreams,” “Of Wolves and Men” and “Resistance,” will read from his work, participate in an onstage interview with Dr. Mary Pipher and sign books at the 7:30 p.m. event in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Union Ballroom.

The free program is open to the public.

Lopez’s essay “Six Thousand Pieces” will appear in the Fall 2013 issue of Prairie Schooner.

Author looks for former students of his grandmother

Kent Steinke of Alliance, Neb., is writing a book about his grandmother, June Steinke, who taught in the Omaha Public Schools in the 1950s and ’60s.

He would like to hear from families of the children she taught or from her colleagues. You can reach him at

On the Calendar

Capote expert: Author and Random House editor David Ebershoff will discuss Truman Capote and his books as part of Omaha Reads: “In Cold Blood,” 2:30 p.m. today, Kaneko, 1111 Jones St.

Book signing: Harriet Welty Rochefort, author of “Joie de Vivre,” 1 p.m. today, the Bookworm, 87th and Pacific Streets.

Book sale: Friends of the Council Bluffs Public Library, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. today, 400 Willow Ave.

Workshop: Family History Writers Group, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. today, W. Dale Clark Library, 215 S. 15th St.

Author presentation: Broughton Coburn, author of “The Vast Unknown,” 3 p.m. today, Columbus (Neb.) Public Library, 2424 14th St.

Author presentation: Broughton Coburn, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Millard Library, 13214 Westwood Lane.

Workshop: WriteLife Presents: Writers’ Open Mike, 7 p.m. Monday, the Pizza Shoppe Collective, 6056 Maple St.

Book discussion: Not Just a Book Club, “West of Last Chance” by Kent Haruf, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney.

Book discussion: Art Discussion Group, “Leonardo’s Lost Princess: One Man’s Quest to Authenticate an Unknown Portrait by Leonardo da Vinci” by Peter Silverman, 1 p.m. Tuesday, the Bookworm.

Author presentation: Broughton Coburn, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Florence Library, 2920 Bondesson St.

Lunch at the Library: Barbara Schmitz, author of “Path of Lightning: A Seeker’s Jagged Journey,” 12:10 p.m. Wednesday, Bennett Martin Public Library, 14th and N Streets, Lincoln.

Workshops: Mentoring for teen 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: John Havick, author of “The Ghosts of NASCAR: The Harlan Boys and the First Daytona 500,” 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Bookworm.

Book sale: Friends of the Omaha Public Library, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Swanson Library, 9101 West Dodge Road.

Author presentation: Joy Johnson, author of “The BOOB (Burnt Out Old Broads) V: The Secret of the Red Cane,” 11 a.m. Thursday, Florence Library.

Workshop: WriteLife Writers’ Workshop, 6 p.m. Thursday, Pizza Shoppe Collective.

For kids: Momaha’s Bellevue Story Time, theme is “Apples,” 7 p.m. Thursday, Bellevue Public Library, 1003 Lincoln Road.

Book discussion: Jane Austen Tea Society, “Tess of the D’Urbervilles” by Thomas Hardy, 11:30 p.m. Friday, Our Specialtea, 1630 Washington St., Blair, Neb. (RSVP by Wednesday)

Workshop: Nebraska Novelists critique group, 7 p.m. Friday, Crossroads Barnes & Noble, 72nd and Dodge Streets.

GET LIT: Brigit St. Brigit Theater actors give readings from several genres, 6:30 p.m. Friday, the Bookworm.

Book discussion: U.S. Presidents Group, “Benjamin Harrison” by Charles Calhoun, 10 a.m. Saturday, the Bookworm.

Story Time: Brigit St. Brigit’s Scott Kurz reads from children’s books, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, the Bookworm.

Book signing: Charlotte Clovis, author of “Curious Creatures of the Sea,” 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, LeWonderment, 421 S. 11th St.

Calendar events are open to the public and free.

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