Batavia Public Library

One Book, One Batavia 2023

The 2023 selection is “Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers, by Deborah Heiligman

One Book, One Batavia is an annual community-wide reading program presented by the Batavia Public Library in cooperation with Batavia High School and co-sponsored by the Friends of the Batavia Public Library.

Previous Selections

About the book:

Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers
by Deborah Heiligman

Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers tells the true story of the vital role of Theo Van Gogh in the life of his famous brother Vincent. Author Deborah Heiligman based this moving, nuanced portrait on letters exchanged between the brothers, which convey the strong but often volatile bond between them. Vincent and Theo, published in 2017, won the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for nonfiction, and the SCBWI Golden Kite Award for nonfiction, and was named a Printz Honor Book. 

Programs

Book Discussion  
Tues., Feb. 14 
7:30 pm     
In Person 
Registration required 
Join us for an in-person discussionled by a librarian, of Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman. Participants are asked to read the book prior to the discussion. Limit:15.  

Van Gogh: The Artistic Foundations of an Influencer 
Thurs., Feb. 16, 7 pm
In person
As innovative as the artwork of Vincent van Gogh is, it does us well to remember that he was part of a larger tradition in the history of art. Nick Caltagirone will place van Gogh in the larger context of art history. We will see how van Gogh was part of an artistic tradition that went back to the European Middle Ages. We also will look at some non-Western influences on vanGogh’s art, and finally we will see how van Gogh’s art helped change the trajectory of art in the 20th century. Registration required.

Anxiety, Depression and Vincent van Gogh
Wed., Feb. 22, 7 pm
In person
Explore Vincent van Gogh’s reported mental health issues of anxiety and depression and healthful ways to cope with such “dis-ease.” Taught by Jennifer Falbo-Negrom, a licensed clinical professional counselor. Registration required.

About the Author

Deborah Heiligman is the author
of 33 books for young adults and younger readers. Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith won the inaugural YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award and was a Printz Honor Book and a National Book Award Finalist. The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos won the Cook Prize, the Anne Izard Storytelling Award, and was named a New York Times notable book. She lives in New York City.  

Programs

Van Gogh in the South of France
Wed., Mar 1, 7 pm
Online via Zoom from home
or in Library on the big screen
In this live Zoom program, art historian Jeff Mishur discusses Vincent van Gogh’s prolific years in Southern France. Watch online from the comfort of your home or together in a group in the Library. Registration required.

The Fine Art of Letter Writing
Thurs., March 9, 7 pm
In person
We wouldn’t know so much about Vincent van Gogh if he and his brother didn’t write each other so many letters. Kimberly Adami Hasegawa talks about why letter writing is important, and fun ways to fit it into our modern lives. Registration required.

Paint in the Style of Vincent van Gogh
Wed., Mar. 15, 6 pm
In person
Ready to try your hand at impressionism? Paint in the style of Vincent van Gogh with resident artist and librarian, Aimee Marx. Please wear clothing you wouldn’t mind getting paint on or bring an apron. We will provide all supplies, including paint, brushes, canvas, water, easel, etc. All you need is your creativity. Registration required.

Author Spotlight:
Deborah Heiligman 

Thurs., Mar. 30, 7 pm
Online via Zoom from home
or in Library on the big screen
Deborah Heiligman has written many books, including Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Winner “Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers,” this year’s One Book, One Batavia selection. Heiligman will tell how she meticulously researched Vincent van Gogh’s life, drawing on the 658 letters he wrote to his brother, Theo, during his lifetime, weaving a tale of two lives intertwined and the extraordinary love of the van Gogh brothers. You may watch online from the comfort of your home or during a watch party in the Library. Registration required.

One Book, One Batavia is an annual community-wide reading program presented by the Batavia Public Library in cooperation with Batavia High School and co-sponsored by the Friends of the Batavia Public Library.