Bookends: U.S. poet laureate to speak during Creighton event

Natasha Trethewey, U.S. poet laureate, will be the featured speaker at Creighton University’s Center for Health Policy and Ethics 23rd Women and Health Lecture.

Natasha Trethewey, U.S. poet laureate, will be the featured speaker at Creighton University’s Center for Health Policy and Ethics 23rd Women and Health Lecture.

Trethewey is the author of four poetry collections. “Native Guard” won the Pulitzer Prize. She also wrote the nonfiction “Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” and is working on a memoir.

Her lecture, which will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 12 in Joslyn Art Museum’s Witherspoon Concert Hall, is free. However, registration at is required.

Gov. Heineman included in book on West Point academy

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman is profiled in the new book “West Point Leadership: Profiles of Courage.” The book has 180 biographies, along with 2,000 photographs, of the founders and high-profile graduates of the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Heineman, who graduated from West Point in 1970, is included with such famous names as George Washington, Ulysses Grant, John J. Pershing, Omar Bradley, Norman Schwarzkopf, Dwight Eisenhower and George Patton, as well as other military leaders, astronauts, inventors, captains of business, physicians, politicians, scholars and educators.

Twenty authors worked three years on the coffee table book. It can be ordered from

Omaha author to donate some proceeds to nonprofit

Omaha author Chaka Heinze will donate some of the income from sales of her book “Under a Withering Sun” to the Abide Network, a nonprofit organization working to end poverty and crime in Omaha, one neighborhood at a time.

The young adult fiction book is scheduled for publication on Aug. 26. It will sell for $14.95 from Athanatos Publishing Group. Find more information at

On the Calendar

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: International Intrigue Book Group, “The Last Detective” by Peter Lovesey, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Bookworm, 87th and Pacific Streets.

Book signing: Shawn D. Brink, author of “The Space Between,” 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sump Memorial Library, 222 N. Jefferson St., Papillion.

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

Book release party: Natalie Guenther, Kim Schenkelberg and Celeste Snodgrass, authors of “It’s Really 10 Months: Delivering the Truth About the Glow of Pregnancy and Other Blatant Lies,” 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, the Corkscrew, 10924 Prairie Brook Road.

Book discussion: Enquiring Minds Group, “Islam: A Very Short Introduction” by Malise Ruthven, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, the Bookworm.

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: Civil War Book Group, “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas, an American Slave” by Frederick Douglas, 10 a.m. Saturday, the Bookworm.

Workshop: Paths to Publication, “Adult Nonfiction” with Ellen Scott, Lisa Pelto, Tunette Powell, Barbara Mohrman, Lisa Kovanda, Marilyn Coffey and Erin Reel or Cindy Grady, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Swanson Library. (Registration at required.)

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

Book signing: Dale Marples, author of “Let God Out,” 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Divine Truth, 84th and Harrison Streets.

Calendar events are free and open to the public.

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