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Glen Ellyn author to speak at Books Between Bites

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Batavia's noontime book program, Books Between Bites, announces its 25th season. The monthly series is held at the Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave., from noon to 1 p.m.

The 2011-2012 season opens Thursday, Sept. 15, welcoming Glen Ellyn resident Melanie Benjamin, author of "Alice I Have Been" and "The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb." 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," she said.

Benjamin's books will be available for sale and signing at the program.

The public is invited to attend these free programs from noon to 1 p.m. the third Thursday of the month, September through May. Reservations are not required.

The program is held in the large community room located on the main level of the Batavia Public Library. Parking is available in the lot just south and adjacent to the library.

People are invited to bring their lunch and eat as they enjoy the program and discussion. Lunch items, beverages and baked goods can be purchased at 10 South Coffee House, located just inside the library and adjacent to the meeting room. To pre-order for pickup just before the program, call (630) 406-8870.

For details, call program director Betty Moorehead at (630) 879-4426. The schedule can be found at and printed season schedules are available at library in the entry hall kiosk.