Batavia's popular noontime book program, Books Between Bites, welcomes author and poet Janice N. Harrington on Thursday, Oct. 18, to discuss her new book of poetry, "The Hands of Strangers: Poems from the Nursing Home."
The monthly series will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave.
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Harrington is a member of the English faculty at University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and 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, 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. Copies of Harrington's books will be available for sale and signing after the program. More information about Harrington can be found at her website, janiceharrington.com.
The public is invited to attend these free programs and reservations are not required. They are 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.
Attendees 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 more information about Books Between Bites, visit the website booksbetweenbites.com or call program director Betty Moorehead at (630) 879-4426. The complete schedule can be found on the website and printed season schedules are available at Batavia Public Library in the entry hall kiosk.