2016-17 Program Flyer
Our Next Program:

Thursday
April 20, 2017
Noon - 1 PM


Rembering
Legendary Chicagoans,
Continued


Rick Kogan, Presenter

Kogan, of the Chicago Tribune and WGN radio, returns to continue his discussion of Chicago legends. The past two seasons he shared wonderful clips from a video library source he had found: mediaburn.org. Kogan is looking forward to sharing more clips and stories of legendary Chicagoans he came to know so well through his work and personal life.

Our 2016-17 season schedule:

Thursday
September 15, 2016
Noon - 1 PM

Cubs 100:
A Century at Wrigley




by Dan Campana
and Rob Carroll


Dan Campana,
   Author & Presenter



The Cubs and Wrigley Field share the most unique relationship in all of sports, and the 2016 season marks the 100th season of Cubs baseball at the Friendly Confines. Hear about the ballpark's memorable moments, great games, and the many people who have made Wrigley what it is today.

Dan Campana is a writer and communications consultant. His license plate is BRXNIVY (bricks and ivy) for Wrigley Field, his son's name is Ryne and he has a tremendously understanding wife.

Campana's book will be available for sale and signing.







Thursday
October 20, 2016
Noon - 1 PM


The Dream

 by Harry Bernstein 
















Sammi King, Presenter

Sammi King chose the book, The Dream, by Harry Bernstein, because it reminded her of her grandmother, who came to America from Sweden when she was 6 years old. “She traveled with her mother and her two younger sisters and often said that the journey was the most frightening time of her life."

Harry Bernstein’s story tells of the struggles that immigrants faced, and is the dramatic account of a mother’s dream of a better life for her children in America and the reality that they faced when they arrived.  

Sammi King is a fourth generation Batavian who has spent the last nineteen years writing about Batavia’s people, events and history for the Daily Herald. Prior to that, she spent seven years writing Mom’s Time Out, a family column for the Beacon News. For fifteen years she worked  in corporate communications as the Corporate Advertising Manager for Dukane Corporation. She is also the facilitator for the Holmstad writers group, encouraging resident to write the stories of their lives.


Thursday
November 17, 2016
Noon - 1 PM


Remembering the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

At Dawn We Slept: The Untold Story of Pearl Harbor

by Gordon W. Prange







Dan Hoefler, Presenter


December 7, 2016 marks the 75th anniversary of the attack at Pearl Harbor.

At Dawn We Slept
, a brilliant re-creation of the thoughts and personalities of the officers on both sides who fought at Pearl Harbor, adds details to what was previously known about the American side. Failures of imagination, excessive adherence to routine, poor coordination and communication, and bad luck contributed to the debacle.

Hoefler—who has served on the Batavia City Council, the Historic Preservation Commission, and the Batavia Historical Society board—is a retired Oswego High School history and government teacher.



Thursday
December 15, 2016
Noon - 1 PM

Christmas Season Writings with a Connection to Batavia


Mayor Jeff Schielke, Presenter

Batavia's Mayor Jeff Schielke, who was the very first speaker at the very first Books Between Bites in Batavia, makes his 30th annual visit to the program. Well known and appreciated as Batavia's resident historian, Mayor Schielke has shared many programs about Batavia history and books and literature that have a connection to our city. This year he shares the Batavia-related writings he has found that have a Christmas season theme.


Thursday
January 19, 2017
Noon - 1 PM



Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

by Susan Cain

















Rev. Dr. Cynthia Anderson, Presenter

Reverend Dr. Cynthia Anderson is senior pastor of Batavia United Methodist Church. She is a lifelong reader and lover of language and books. Several years ago, she read Susan Cain’s book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, and appreciated its compelling argument for the ways in which introverts are often undervalued in a culture that values extroversion, big personalities, and self-promotion.    

Called to pastoral ministry after working as a public relations and communications executive, she served has served churches in Itasca and Barrington prior to her appointment at Batavia.  She received her master of divinity degree and her Ph.D in systematic theology at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (G-ETS) and is an ordained elder in the Northern Illinois Conference. 

Pastor Anderson is the author of
Reclaiming Participation: Christ as God’s Life for All, published by Fortress Press in 2014. She is married to Bruce Anderson and they have two adult children.


Thursday
February 16, 2017
Noon - 1 PM


Father of Route 66: The Story of Cy Avery

and

Rt. 66: The Highway and Its People



 
by Susan Croce Kelly





Susan Croce Kelly, Author/Presenter

Author Susan Kelly has been in and around Route 66 most of her life. She grew up near old 66 in St. Louis. Later she lived in Springfield, Missouri, and in Chicago – all Route 66 cities.

She is the author of two award-winning books on the history of Route 66 and the man who created the highway.

FATHER OF ROUTE 66, the story of Cy Avery, won Missouri’s Walter Williams Major Book Award in 2015, and was a finalist in the Oklahoma Book Awards and Indie Book Awards, Biography category.

ROUTE 66, THE HIGHWAY AND ITS PEOPLE, is a history of the highway from the 1920s until the arrival of the Interstates.

Kelly's books will be available for sale and signing.




Thursday
March 16, 2017
Noon - 1 PM


The Last Innocents
by Michael Leahy

Shaken
by Tim Tebow


and

All the Way: 
My Life on Ice
 
by Jordin Tootoo



Lester Munson, Presenter

Lester Munson, nationally known commentator and ESPN senior writer and legal analyst, returns for his annual visit to our program. He has selected three sports-related books this year.

The Last Innocents explores societal and racial issues in Major League Baseball.

Shaken by Tim Tebow, in which the Heisman Trophy winner shares glimpses of his journey staying grounded in the face of disappointment, criticism, and intense media scrutiny.  

All the Way: My Life on Ice is an honest and sincere account of a hockey player of Inuk descent who fought alcoholism on his road to the National Hockey League.

Munson might also spend a few moments talking about the (hopefully) triumphant Cubs!

  

  

Thursday
April 20, 2017
Noon - 1 PM


Rembering
Legendary Chicagoans,
Continued


Rick Kogan, Presenter

Kogan, of the Chicago Tribune and WGN radio, returns to continue his discussion of Chicago legends. The past two seasons he shared wonderful clips from a video library source he had found: mediaburn.org. Kogan is looking forward to sharing more clips and stories of legendary Chicagoans he came to know so well through his work and personal life.

Thursday
May 18, 2017
Noon - 1 PM


Strangers Tend to
Tell Me Things













Amy Dickinson, Author/Presenter

Amy Dickinson is author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, The Mighty Queens of Freeville: A Story of Surprising Second Chances, a chronicle of her experiences and misadventures as a single mother to her daughter, Emily.
Her newest book is Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things.

Dickinson writes the syndicated advice column "Ask Amy," which is carried in over 150 newspapers and read by an estimated 22 million readers daily. She is known not only for her wisdom but her wit. Since 2006, she has been a featured panelist on National Public Radio’s comedy quiz show, “Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me.”

Dickinson was born and raised on a dairy farm in tiny Freeville, New York, (pop. 454) on land her family has lived on since the Revolutionary War. She is a graduate of Georgetown University. After living in New York, London, Washington DC and Chicago, she moved back to her hometown, married a local contractor she had known since childhood, and is now mother to five daughters.

Her books will be available for sale and signing.












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