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Thursday
September 20 2012

Grace Among Thieves
A Manor House Mystery












Books for Sale
Julie Hyzy
Author/Presenter

We welcome Chicago-area mystery writer Hyzy back to Books Between Bites to tell us about her latest book. A New York Times bestselling author and Anthony and Barry Award winner, Hyzy first visited the program in 2010 to discuss her White House Chef series.

Grace Among Thieves is Hyzy's third book in her Manor House Mystery series, featuring her mansion curator character Grace.

When Grace's former professor calls to warn her that there has been a rash of thefts at various historical sites, Grace isn't surprised because Marshfield Manor has been targeted, too. She starts to wonder if it has something to do with the film crew roaming the grounds, digitally immortalizing the manor, but then she gets distracted by an incident much more dire: the shooting of one guest and the murder of another. Grace does her best not to go looking for trouble, but with a murderer on the loose, she can't leave the dirty work to the cops — especially since the killer still seems to be lurking around town, waiting to finish the job of making Grace history...

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Hyzy

Grace Among Thieves
Thursday
October 18, 2012


The Hands of Strangers:
Poems from the Nursing Home












Books for Sale
Janice N. Harrington
Author/Presenter

 We welcome Harrington back to Batavia. A member of the English faculty at University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, she first visited in 2007 to discuss her children's books  Going North and The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County.

Her new book of poetry focuses on the sad, funny, mundane reality of life in a nursing home. In her own words, Janice N. Harrington worked her way through college as a nurse's aide and wrote The Hands of Strangers because she “cannot forget the ‘girls’ I worked with or the ‘residents’ under my care. I haven’t forgotten what I saw, heard, felt, or learned.”  

Harrington’s debut, Even the Hollow My Body Made Is Gone, earned the 2007 Kate Tufts Discovery Award, the A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize, and an NEA fellowship for poetry.  

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Janice Harrington

Hands of Strangers
Thursday
November 15, 2012


Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation


by Steven Johnson









Roger Breisch
Presenter

Roger Breisch, Executive Director of the Batavia Chamber of Commerce, returns to Books Between Bites to discuss this intriguing book. By reviewing the history of innovation, Steven Johnson teases out characteristics of an environment in which good ideas can emerge.

What’s fascinating is that the characteristics he highlights are often counterintuitive. He documents the essential nature of error…did you know better ideas are developed when “fuzziness” is added to the mix? Have you traveled into the “adjacent possible”? Without it we would never have gone from the abacus to the cell phone. What about patents, secrecy and protection? Good? Bad? You might be surprised. Have you used “exaptation” to innovate? I’ll bet you have and didn’t even know it! Finally, do you participate in “liquid networks”? You should if you want new ideas.

Roger says he has only scratched the surface of the wealth this book has to offer. If groups and organizations lack creativity, this book suggests great ways to spur innovation. Join Breisch to explore where you might find your next great idea!
  

Roger Breisch

Where Good Things
Thursday
December 20, 2012


Return to Wake Robin: One Cabin in the Heyday of Northwoods Resorts









Books for Sale
Marnie O. Mamminga
Author/Presenter


Five generations of Marnie O. Mamminga's family have been rejuvenated by times together in Wisconsin's Northwoods. In a series of evocative remembrances accompanied by a treasure trove of vintage family photos, Mamminga, of Batavia, takes us to Wake Robin, the cabin her grandparents built in 1929 on Big Spider Lake near Hayward, on land adjacent to Moody's Camp.

Along the way, she preserves the spirit and cultural heritage of a vanishing era, conveying the heart of a place and the community that gathered there.

Published by the Wisconsin Historical Society


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Marnie Mamminga

Return to Wake Robin
Thursday
January 17, 2013


The Book That Was Never Published



 

Mayor Jeff Schielke
Presenter

Batavia's Mayor Jeff Schielke makes his annual visit to the program to share stories and historical anecdotes about our city. He learned of documents in the National Archives relating to a long suspected connection between Batavia’s Judge Lockwood and Abraham Lincoln and will have some visuals to share.

Mayor Jeff Schielke
Thursday
February 21, 2013

Over Time:
My Life as a Sportswriter

by Frank Deford
   

Dream Team:
How Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles, and the Greatest Team of All Time Conquered the World and Changed the Game of Basketball Forever

by Jack McCallum
Lester Munson
Presenter

Nationally known commentator and writer, ESPN editor Lester Munson returns for his annual visit to our program.

Deford, the greatest of all sportswriters, describes his work and the role of sports in American culture. 

McCallum, a premier NBA writer, tells the story of the American basketball team in the 1992 Olympics, a team that featured Michael Jordan and ten other members of the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Lester Munson

Over Time  Dream Team

Thursday
March 21, 2013


Pride and Prejudice

by Jane Austen





ONE BOOK, ONE BATAVIA 2012
Dr. Diane Capitani
Presenter

This timeless comedy of manners has delighted generations of readers, and continues to inspire new interpretations even today. 2013 marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice.

Dr. Capitani will explore how Mr. Darcy got his money, why Elizabeth would have turned him down if money was an issue in her family, and the idea that money—not love—is what makes this novel's plot keep turning.

Capitani, Director of the Writing Center and Affiliate Faculty at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary at Northwestern University, serves as the Outreach Director of the Jane Austen Society of North America – Greater Chicago Region. 



Diane Capitani

Pride and Prejudice
Thursday
April 18, 2013


Warm Light,
Cool Shadows:
The Life and Art of Ruth Van Sickle Ford






Books for Sale
Nancy Smith Hopp
Author/Presenter

The fascinating life of a pioneering artist and teacher has been chronicled in a hardcover book illustrated with color images of some of her best paintings. A resident of the Fox Valley her entire life, Ruth Ford (1887 – 1989) was under-appreciated locally. Many of the budding artists she nurtured at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts went on to win Pulitzer Prizes, Oscars, and other prestigious awards. 

With her flamboyant personality and free sense of perspective, she became one of the Midwest’s best watercolorists.  A one-time Ford student herself, Nancy will share some little-known insights from her “hybrid” biography/art book about the artist and her most notable students.  

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Nancy Hopp

Hopp Book
Thursday
May 16, 2013

The Servant:
A Simple Story About the True Essence of Leadership



by James C. Hunter









David A. Newhouse
Presenter

This is the story of an executive who, nearly losing it as a husband, father, and boss, reluctantly goes on a week-long retreat and recovers essential qualities for living in relationship with others.  In fact, the principles addressed in the retreat experience reveal the “true essence of leadership.”  

Pastor David A. Newhouse is the new senior pastor of the Batavia United Methodist Church, continuing a ministry of thirty-nine years.  Works such as “The Servant” have provided significant inspiration for leadership roles in all aspects of community . . . the church, family living, and in relation to all organizations that contribute to our healthy lives. 

David Newhouse

The Servant
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