In a Bind
Book groups are taking back what's theirs.
Book clubs have gotten a bad name in the past ten years. With seals from Oprah, Today and Good Morning America marring countless covers, what once denoted a get-together to talk about the finer points of tone, metaphor and plot has turned into a sales angle. Lately, however, readers seem to be reclaiming the tradition; the members of KS Booknerds make up one such faction. The group meets at 4 p.m. Sunday at the House of Cha (21 West Ninth Street in Lawrence, 785-830-8888). Having just kicked off the club with Gregory Maguire's Wicked -- the "real" story of a young, insecure Wicked Witch of the West -- the Booknerds are taking a big step up to Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita, the disquieting tale of a middle-aged man's love for a 12-year-old girl. Perhaps it goes down better with a dozen other readers and a mouthful of bubble tea. See groups.yahoo.com/group/ks_booknerds/ for more information. -- Christopher Sebela
Join William Simpson on the journey, not the destination.
Poet William Simpson is on the road in support of his newest book, From the Path: Verses on the Mystic Journey -- but he's not just doing readings. The hometown author and director of the Conscious Living Foundation reads his spiritual poetry at Barnes & Noble (8625 Northwest Prairie View Road in Zona Rosa, 816-505-3355) at 7 p.m. Friday and Borders (8625 North Boardwalk Avenue in the Northland, 816-741-1787) at 2 p.m. Sunday. Simpson also offers a free meditation workshop at Aquarius Books (3936 Broadway, 816-931-6303) at 3 p.m. Saturday. We guess that means this former local is coming om. -- Rebecca Braverman