11 - 12 Season 
 
Books Between Bites meets from Noon-1 PM at Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Avenue
FREE   Reservations are not required      You are welcome to bring a lunch to eat during the program
OR, order lunch in advance from 10 South Coffee House, located in the Library
Call 630-406-8870 and pick up your order when you arrive

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Our Complete 2011-12 Season Schedule:
Thursday
September 15, 2011

Alice I Have Been
and
The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb



Books for Sale
Melanie Benjamin
Author/Presenter

Inspired by the photograph of a young Alice Liddell, taken by the man who would one day immortalize her as the little girl who fell down a rabbit hole, Alice I Have Been is a love story and a literary mystery. The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb is the story of Mercy Lavinia “Vinnie” Warren Bump, who was only 32 inches tall—but her legend reaches out to us more than a century later. “Never would I allow my size to define me. Instead, I would define it.”

Melanie Benjamin
Thursday
October 20, 2011


A Short History of Nearly Everything

by Bill Bryson

Tom Parisi
Presenter

Tom Parisi is a longtime Fox Valley journalist. He worked previously as managing editor of the St. Charles Republican, senior reporter for the Beacon News and columnist for the Batavia Sun. He currently works in media relations for Northern Illinois University, where his duties include working with science reporters nationwide.

In A Short History of Nearly Everything, best-selling author Bill Bryson, known for his humorous books on travel, tries his hand at writing about the history of science. The result is a fascinating, funny, accessible and hugely successful book that ought to be used as a primer for high school science. In the author's words, the book describes "how we went from there being nothing at all to there being something, and then how a little of that something turned into us, and also what happened in between and since."    

Tom Parisi
Thursday
November 17, 2011

The Pilgrims' Thanksgiving from
A to Z



Books for Sale
Laura Crawford
Author/Presenter

Laura Crawford is a reading specialist at Sleepy Hollow Elementary School. She has enjoyed exploring science and social studies along with her students, and has written six picture books, including The Pilgrims’ Thanksgiving from A to Z, The American Revolution from A to Z, and In Arctic Waters. Her series, Postcards from Washington, Postcards from Chicago, and Postcards from New York City introduces elementary students to the historic and entertaining aspects of these important cities.  

Laura Crawford 
Thursday
December 15, 2011


My G-String Mother: At Home and Backstage with Gypsy Rose Lee

by
Erik Lee Preminger



Jim Edwards
Presenter



Two great entertainment genres were created in the United States—jazz and burlesque. When these two met, the masses had their art form, a new version of ballet. If opera had Salome’s “Dance of the Seven Veils,” then Minsky’s Follies had Gypsy Rose Lee to wow audiences. Gypsy Rose Lee’s son’s book tells all about his mother and her life.

Jim Edwards, a music critic and former high school American Studies instructor, is a writer for the magazine, Clavier Companion.

Thursday
January 19, 2012

Ernie Banks:
Mr. Cub and the Summer of '69


by Phil Rogers

 

Lester Munson
Presenter


Nationally known commentator and writer, ESPN editor Lester Munson returns for his annual visit to share his impressions of this new book. It is a brilliantly researched and well-written profile of one of Chicago’s most beloved sports heroes, combined with a compelling account of the tragic 1969 season. Munson is sure to also mention other good sports books he has recently discovered. 

Lester Munson
Thursday
February 16, 2012


Batavia Literary Highlights, Part 5
Mayor Jeff Schielke
Presenter

Batavia's 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.

 

Mayor Jeff Schielke
Thursday
March 15, 2012


A Night To Remember

by Walter Lord




ONE BOOK, ONE BATAVIA 2012

R.J. Lindsey
Presenter

The One Book, One Batavia selection for 2012 is A Night to Remember by Walter Lord, a nonfiction book about the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic. Presenter R. J. Lindsey will describe how he went about gathering the material he used to create his portrayal of Managing Editor Carr Van Anda of The New York Times as he reacts to the sinking of the Titanic. (The story of the sinking will be presented at the Library at 7 p.m. on March 15.) April 15, 2012, is the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking on its maiden voyage.

Website

A Night To Remember
Thursday
April 19, 2012




Ghosts of the
Fox River Valley
and
Ghosts of
Interstate 90




Books for Sale
Donna Latham
Author/Presenter

Join local author and ghost tour guide Donna Latham as she tells shivery tales from her collections, Ghosts of the Fox River Valley and Ghosts of Interstate 90. She’ll share the area history that inspired her works.

Donna Latham’s been making up stuff, acting it out, and writing it down forever. Her plays have been produced coast to coast. Most recently, Three by the Sea world-premiered at the Looking Glass Theatre in New York, and the chiller Be Bold, Be Bold appeared locally at the Geneva Underground Playhouse.

Donna’s also the award-winning author of dozens of books for children. She received the Henry Bergh Children’s Book Award for Fire Dogs. Her newest book is entitled Garbage: Investigate What Happens When You Throw It Out. Look for Bridges and Tunnels: Discover Feats of Engineering in late 2012.  

Website

Donna Latham
Thursday
May 17, 2012

The Jane Austen Book Club

by Karen Joy Fowler




Barbara Kalina
Presenter

According to Batavia education consultant Barbara Kalina, Jane Austen had it right, two hundred years ago. Through their characters, great authors move us beyond their murky present into a reasoned understanding of life. Austen’s characters are like us, with the external variables  changed. Similarly, Fowler’s characters reveal themselves as they interpret Austen’s characters through their own prisms. They address what all of us ultimately recognize as the essence of our selves: our relationships.

Barbara Kalina
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