Bookends: Nebraska's Kava pens novella for publication in e-book -
Published Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 1:00 am / Updated at 2:38 pm
Bookends: Nebraska's Kava pens novella for publication in e-book

Kava, partners write super storm e-book

Fans of Nebraska writer Alex Kava who are eager for a dose of her writing and her character, FBI agent Maggie O’Dell, are in luck. She has written a novella that appears in “Storm Season,” an e-book that is available from and

She has again collaborated with J.T. Ellison and Erica Spindler to bring three stories connected by a single storm, an Alberta clipper that has dipped down from Canada and collided with a storm system from the Gulf of Mexico. The three authors’ first collaboration was 2011’s “Slices of Night.”

In “Storm Season,” Spindler’s novella has Mary Catherine “M.C.” Riggio and Kitt Lundgren, Rockford, Ill., Violent Crimes Bureau detectives, investigating a young woman’s murder as the bad weather threatens to shut down the city.

Kava sends O’Dell and her partner, R.J. Tully, to stormy Pensacola, Fla., where they have to investigate the disappearance of a U.S. senator’s family.

And Ellison puts Taylor Jackson, a Nashville, Tenn., homicide lieutenant, in Washington, D.C., trapped in a blizzard-isolated hotel with an assassin.

All this for $3.99 is a bargain.

Hautman to sign books at Bookworm

Pete Hautman, a well-regarded author of young adult novels, will be signing his books Wednesday at the Bookworm in Countryside Village, 87th and Pacific Streets. He is promoting his latest, “Obsidian Blade,” the first volume of the Klaatu Diskos series.

Hautman won the National Book Award in 2004 for the coming-of-age novel, “Godless.” His other titles include “Invisible,” “The Big Crunch,” “Blank Confession,” “Hole in the Sky,” “Mr. Was” and “What Boys Really Want.” He collaborated with his wife, Mary Logue, on the “Bloodwater Mysteries” books.

His presentation and signing will begin at 6 p.m.

Potential bio, memoir writers invited

Anyone who is interested in writing about family history, an ancestor’s biography or a memoir is invited to a meeting at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 3 at the W. Dale Clark Library, 215 S. 15th St.

This will be a founding get-together to gauge writer interest. Times, frequency and subjects of future meetings will be determined.

Participants can park in the library parking lot and walk in that door to Meeting Room 1.

On the Calendar

Reading/author reception: Thom Sibbitt, author of “The Turnpike,” 5 p.m.-8 p.m. today, OM Center, 1216 Howard St.

Book discussion: World War II Book Group, “The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War” by Andrew Roberts, 2 p.m. Monday, the Bookworm.

Book signing: Kathryn Bolkovac, co-author of “The Whistleblower: Sex Trafficking, Military Contractors and One Woman’s Fight for Justice,” 4:30 p.m. Monday, Room 131 Copeland Hall, University of Nebraska at Kearney. (Film based on the book, 2:30 p.m., same location.)

Readings: WriteLife Writers’ Open Mic, 7 p.m.-8 p.m. Monday, Pizza Shoppe Collective, 6056 Maple St.

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

Lecture: Pulitzer Prize-winner Douglas Blackmon, author of “Slavery by Another Name,” 7 p.m. Thursday, Countryside Community Church, 87th and Pacific Streets. ($10 donation)

Book sale: Friends of the Columbus Public Library, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 1:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 3, 2504 14th St., Columbus, Neb.

Book discussion: U.S. Presidents Group, “James Buchanan” by Jean Baker, 10 a.m. Saturday, the Bookworm.

— Events open to the public and free unless otherwise noted.

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Contact the writer: Carol Bicak    |   402-444-1067

Carol writes about community news, local profiles, the arts and books. She also covers the zoo.

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