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Omaha Public Library announces 2013 Omaha Reads title

Omaha Public Library announces 2013 Omaha Reads title
August 16, 2013
Each year, Omaha Public Library (OPL) encourages the community to join together in reading one book as part of the Omaha Reads campaign. Omaha Reads promotes literacy and provides the City with a common theme to discuss. The selection is celebrated with book talks, an author visit and related programs. This September, the chilling 1959 murders of the Clutter family in Holcomb, Kansas, will be commemorated with the reading of In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. 

“Our community chose In Cold Blood as this year’s Omaha Reads selection in a public vote. Truman Capote’s classic work continues to ignite conversation and thought as a pioneer true crime novel. It continues to be required reading for most college students, and has been in print since its publication in 1966,” said OPL Executive Director Gary Wasdin. “The purpose of Omaha Reads is to encourage each of us to read or reread a compelling literary work that will spark conversations throughout our community. In Cold Blood is a great example of a book that gets people talking.” 

Author and Random House editor-at-large David Ebershoff will speak on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2:30 p.m., at KANEKO, 1111 Jones St. Ebershoff is considered a leading expert on the works of Truman Capote and works with Capote's estate to oversee Capote publications for Random House. He was the editor of The Complete Stories of Truman Capote, Summer Crossing, and Portraits and Observations. Following his discussion, there will be a brief Q&A session, as well as cocktails and hors d’oeuvers. Books will be available for purchase and signing. For more information about Ebershoff, visit

Additional programs will be offered at various OPL locations.  

Movie viewing
  • Tuesday, Sept. 3, 6:30 p.m. at Milton R. Abrahams Branch, 5111 N. 90th St., 402.444.6284
  • Wednesday, Sept. 11, 6:30 p.m. at South Omaha Library, 2808 Q St., 402.444.4850
  • Tuesday, Sept. 17, 6:30 p.m. at Milton R. Abrahams Branch
  • Tuesday, Sept. 24, 5:45 p.m. at Florence Branch, 2920 Bondesson St., 402.444.5299
  • Wednesday, Sept. 25, 5:30 p.m. at Charles B. Washington Branch, 402.444.4849
  • Saturday, Oct. 5, noon at Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch, 2100 Reading Plz., 402.289.4367

Book discussions
  • Tuesday, Sept. 10, 6:30 p.m. at Florence Branch 
  • Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2 p.m. at A.V. Sorensen Branch, 4808 Cass St., 402.444.5274
  • Tuesday, Sept. 17, 6:30 p.m. at Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Ln., 402.444.4848

Inside the Omaha Police Department Crime Lab
  • Tuesday, Sept. 24, 6:30 p.m. at Milton R. Abrahams Branch

A complete schedule of events and registration information is available at Reserve your copy of In Cold Blood today. Visit for information about additional programs offered at Omaha Public Library’s 12 metro locations. 

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