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Our Complete 2013-14 Season Schedule:
Thursday
September 19, 2013

Beyond Bartman, Curses & Goats:
104 Reasons Why It's Been 104 Years





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Chris Neitzel
Author/Presenter

For our opening program we welcome Oswego teacher and coach Chris Neitzel to the program. His book is an attempt to lay out 104 rational reasons why the Cubs have not won a World Series title since 1908. Chapters include Near Misses, Ones that Got Away, Daft Drafts, Money Matters, and more. A lively discussion will, no doubt, ensue. 


Beyond Bartman
Thursday
October 17, 2013


Barack Obama, Abraham Lincoln, and the Structure of Reason

by Dan Van Haften
and David Hirsh




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Dan Van Haften
Co-Author/Presenter

Dan Van Haften and David Hirsch discovered Abraham Lincoln's systematic writing structure. That structure is revealed in Abraham Lincoln and the Structure of Reason, published in 2010. Their second book, Barack Obama, Abraham Lincoln, and the Structure of Reason, demonstrates how President Barack Obama has embraced Lincoln's structure.

Dan Van Haften, of Batavia, presents the detail, with many interesting stories. The book shows precisely how President Obama duplicates the structure Abraham Lincoln used in the Gettysburg Address
(and in virtually all of Lincoln’s great speeches.) 

  

Website

Van Haften

Obama Structure of Reason
Thursday
November 21, 2013


Kessen's Kronikles: The Adventures of a Cross Country Canine 



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Jennifer Rae
Author/Presenter

Kessen, a retired therapy dog, was destined at birth to be of service to persons with disabilities. Here he shares his story as only a dog might tell it.

For 10 years, Jennifer Rae Trojan (who writes as Jennifer Rae) of west suburban Chicago has helped raise puppies for service organizations that breed, train, and donate dogs to the disabled.

Using Kessen’s voice, Rae puts into words what dogs might experience during their journey toward service.
  

 

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Jennifer Rae

Kessen
Thursday
December 19, 2013


Give Me Chocolate











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Annie Hansen
Author/Presenter


Batavia author Annie Hansen will discuss her first novel—the first in her Kelly Clark mystery series. Kelly Clark comes home to quaint Geneva, Illinois, for a fresh start after a horrific divorce. She settles into the apartment above Chocolate Love, her sister’s specialty dessert shop in the Historic District. Just when it looks like she is getting her life on track, she stumbles over a dead body in the kitchen of Chocolate Love. Has her violent past followed her home? 

Hansen is a graduate of the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Biology. She is a partner with Hansen Search Group, a staffing firm she cofounded with her husband and business partner, Brent Hansen, in 2001.

She was named the winner of the Helen McCloy Mystery Writers of America Scholarship in 2011 for her submission of Give Me Chocolate.


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Annie Hansen

Give Me Chocolate
Thursday
January 16, 2014


Batavia Celebrities,
1908–1909




 

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.

This year he shares a whole file of materials put together by the late Batavia historian, Bill Wood, about the famous folk of Batavia, just over a century ago.

Mayor Jeff Schielke
Thursday
February 20, 2014

Ramblers: Loyola Chicago 1963 — The Team that Changed the Color of College Basketball

by Michael Lenehan















UPDATE:  We are sorry that Lester Munson is unable to be with us on Thursday, as he is covering a trial for ESPN.

We are honored to welcome instead Michael Lenehan, the author of the book Lester was going to discuss

Lester Munson, nationally known commentator and ESPN senior writer and legal analyst, returns for his annual visit to our program to discuss the story of a Loyola University basketball team that shattered barriers on its way to a national championship. 

A key turning point in the game of basketball was 1963, when the Loyola Ramblers of Chicago took the NCAA men’s basketball title from Cincinnati, the two-time defending champions. It was one of Chicago’s most memorable sports victories. 

Author
Michael Lenehan is an award-winning journalist who was the longtime chief editorial executive of the "Chicago Reader" and a contributing editor of "The Atlantic."


Lester Munson

Ramblers

Thursday
March 20, 2014


The Good Food Revolution:
Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities

by Will Allen





ONE BOOK, ONE BATAVIA 2014

Jennifer Downing
Presenter

In this memoir, MacArthur “genius grant” recipient Will Allen tells the inspiring true story of the Milwaukee urban farm he developed by cashing in his retirement fund. After a professional basketball career and success in the corporate world, he took on the challenge of addressing several issues in one fell swoop: the urban food desert, public health, racism, and unemployment.

Jennifer Downing, a champion of real food, offers consultations, events and classes teaching you to feed those you love.  



Jennifer Downing

Good Food Revolution
Thursday
April 17, 2014



Rediscovering Great Chicago Writers:
The Works of Willard Motley
and John  Bartlow Martin









Rick Kogan
Presenter

We have long awaited the return of program favorite, Rick Kogan, of the Chicago Tribune and WGN radio. We are delighted he can be with us this season to discuss these two great Chicago writers:  Willard Motley and John Bartlow Martin.

Motley (1909–1965) was born in Chicago and published a column in the Chicago Defender under the pen name Bud Billiken. His first and best known novel was Knock on Any Door. He also wrote Let No Man Write My Epitaph.  Both of these novels were turned into movies.

Martin (1915–1987) wrote for Saturday Evening Post, Colliers, LIFE, Atlantic Monthly and Harper's. In 1952 he became a speechwriter for Adlai Stevenson and wrote his biography Adlai Stevenson and the World. He later worked for John and Robert Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and Hubert Humphrey. He lived in Highland Park for more than 40 years and wrote many other books of non-fiction.

Rick Kogan

John Bartlow Martin
Martin

Motley
Thursday
May 15, 2014

A Girl of the
Limberlost



by
Gene
Stratton-Porter










Pam Otto
Presenter

Travel back in time with one of many enchanting tales from the pen of Indiana author/naturalist Gene Stratton-Porter. This quaint story, first published in 1909, follows young Elnora Comstock as she matures from awkward teen to fine young adult--a spectacular transformation mirrored by the book’s other leading “characters": the caterpillars and moths.

Otto, who also dabbles in writing, is avidly involved with nature in her work as a St. Charles Park District manager, will highlight specific passages and present examples of the moths portrayed in Stratton’s vivid prose. 

Gene Stratton-Porter Memorial Society Website

This book is available for a free download for Kindle,
and other e-readers

Pam Otto|
Girl of the Limberlost
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