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North Central College welcomes Sesquicentennial author Bill Bryson Oct. 26

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Oct. 7, 2011—North Central College will host a talk by Bill Bryson Oct. 26 as part of the College’s Sesquicentennial Author Series presented by Anderson’s Bookshops.

Bryson’s talk begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, in the Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St. The cost is $22 and includes a copy of a new paperback edition of his book “At Home: A Short History of Private Life,” and admission to the author event, question-and-answer session and signing line.

Visit Anderson’s Bookshops’ Naperville store at 123 W. Jefferson Ave., call 630-355-2665 or visit to purchase a book or to learn more.

Bryson is a best-selling American-born author of humorous books on travel, as well as books on the English language and on science. He has lived in Britain for most his professional life, and serves as chancellor of Durham University.

In his latest book, “At Home: A Short History of Private Life,” published by Random House in 2010, Bryson writes, “Houses aren’t refuges from history. They are where history ends up.” He journeys about his Victorian parsonage where he lives with his family, going from room to room and writing “a history of the world without leaving home.” The bathroom provides the occasion for a history of hygiene; the bedroom, sex, death, and sleep; the kitchen, nutrition and the spice trade; and so on, as Bryson shows how each has figured in the evolution of private life.

Bryson’s appearance concludes North Central College’s Sesquicentennial Author Series, which included talks by Tyra Banks on Sept. 15, Caroline Kennedy on Oct. 5 and Philippa Gregory on Oct. 23.

Anderson’s Bookshops specialize in book sales, author events, booksignings and building a sense of community, learning and fun. The store has been helping Naperville readers for six generations. Based in downtown Naperville since 1878, Anderson’s operates a second location in downtown Downers Grove. Anderson’s Bookshops was named the 2011 Bookstore of the Year by Publishers Weekly, the highest honor recognizing independent booksellers. Becky Anderson Wilkins, a co-owner of Anderson’s Books, is a 1982 alumna of North Central College and current president of the American Booksellers Association. Anderson’s Bookshops’ Naperville store is located at 123 W. Jefferson Ave. Visit or call 630-355-2665 to learn more.

North Central College’s yearlong Sesquicentennial Celebration commemorates the 150th anniversary of the first day of classes on November 11, 1861, and the College’s role in helping to shape the fabric of the Naperville community. Throughout its history, North Central College alumni have distinguished themselves as leaders in the arts, sciences, business, education and many other areas of study. Numerous Sesquicentennial events and projects are planned throughout 2011 and into 2012. Visit to learn more.