10-11 Season 
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Our 2010-11 Season Schedule:
Thursday
September 16, 2010

Get Capone:
The Secret Plot That Captured America’s Most Wanted Gangster



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Jonathan Eig
Author/Presenter

Based on never-before-seen government documents and newly discovered letters written by Al Capone himself, Get Capone presents America’s most famous gangster as you’ve never seen him before.

The Chicago author, a former reporter for The Wall Street Journal, brings his uncompromising standards for research and his superb knack for storytelling to one of the most thrilling stories in American history.

Book Website

Jonathon Eig
Thursday
October 21, 2010


Being Wrong:
Adventures in the
Margin of Error

by Kathryn Schulz

Roger Breisch
Presenter

Roger Breisch, Executive Director of the Batavia Chamber of Commerce, talks about how he faces the tragedy of feeling we are wrong as he deals with callers to the suicide hotline. He will also touch on his experiences with debates about the future of Batavia, the Socrates Cafe he moderates in Geneva, and with the teens at Operation Snowball. You are sure to walk away with insights on the joy of discovering we are wrong.

Roger Breisch
Thursday
November 18, 2010

Batavia Literary Highlights, Part 4

Mayor Jeff Schielke
Presenter


Mayor Jeff Schielke continues sharing his discoveries in literature, both new and old, which feature Batavia, Illinois, and Batavians. The highly entertaining pieces are sure to catch the interest of local readers. A special feature this year are appearances of the legendary Oke G. Pamp. The tall, Swedish, “Bohemian Batavian” was a champion of barbed letters to the editor.

Mayor Jeff Schielke 
Thursday
December 16, 2010


Getting Sassy




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D.C. Brod
Author/Presenter

Tri-City author D. C. Brod returns to tell about her newest book. With her nearly broke and practically homeless mother about to land on her doorstep, Robyn Guthrie learns that desperation can play havoc with a daughter’s scruples. Otherwise, why would she even consider kidnapping a goat and holding it for ransom?

Publishers Weekly gave Getting Sassy a starred review, saying “Caper fans will relish Brod’s offbeat stand-alone thriller.”

Author's Website


D.C. Brod
Thursday
January 20, 2011

My Occasional Torment

Pen Name —
Bee Robb



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Bruce Steinberg
Author/Presenter


Award winning, star-reviewed author Bruce Steinberg returns with a new moniker for a new novel, My Occasional Torment. This time Bruce's novel is also a powerful play performed at Naperville's beautiful Center Stage Theater, February 2011. Both book and play dare ask the question, What makes a woman a woman — and how in the world would a man know the answer? 

A do-not-miss special treat: actors and producers will appear to discuss adapting this play from the novel, as well as to perform a scene.

Book Website

Bruce Steinberg
Thursday
February 17, 2011


The Last Hero

by Howard Bryant
Lester Munson
Presenter

Nationally known commentator, writer, ESPN editor, and our go-to guy on sports topics, Lester Munson returns for his annual visit to share his impressions this new sports book.

The Last Hero, the first biography of Henry Aaron, tells the story of a great athlete, his battle against racism, and his quest for respect.

An additional bonus, Munson is sure to give his insights into the latest sports stories, and answer your most probing questions.

 

Lester Munson 
Thursday
March 10, 2011

Note change to
2nd Thursday in March

Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry

selected by
Billy Collins


ONE BOOK, ONE BATAVIA 2011
Kevin Stein, Illinois Poet Laureate
Presenter

At a time when many commentators fixate on American poetry's supposed "death," Illinois Poet Laureate Kevin Stein proposes the vitality of its aesthetic hereafter. Instead of pushing up aesthetic daisies, poetry, Stein contends, is up and about on the streets, schools, and universities, as well as online in new digital forms.

Illinois Poet Laureate Webpage

Kevin Stein
Thursday
April 21, 2011


Abraham Lincoln and the
Structure of Reason




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Dan Van Haften
Co-Author/Presenter

For more than 150 years, historians have speculated about what made Abraham Lincoln great. How did Lincoln create his iron logic, his compelling reason, his convincing oratory, and his memorable writing? Some point to Lincoln's study of grammar, literature, and poetry. Others believe it was the deep national crisis that elevated Lincoln's oratory. Most agree though that he honed his persuasive technique in his work as an Illinois attorney.

Authors Hirsch and Dan Van Haften (of Batavia) persuasively argue, for the first time, that it was Lincoln's in-depth study of geometry that gave our sixteenth president his verbal structure.

Website

Lincoln Book
Thursday
May 19, 2011

Sidewalks:
Portraits of Chicago

Sidewalks II: Reflections on Chicago


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Charles Osgood
Photographer/Presenter

Rick Kogan, of the Chicago Tribune and WGN Radio, partners with photographer Charles Osgood for the popular Sidewalks column in the Sunday Chicago Tribune magazine. Two beautiful books have been published, featuring their Sidewalks columns and photographs. Come hear Osgood talk about more of these photos and stories from the "sidewalks" of Chicago. He'll love to answer your questions, as well.

Book Website

Kogan & Osgood 
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