Artist to give presentation at Parkland

CHAMPAIGN — Local artist Doug Burgett, creative director for the University of Illinois Office of Communications for Enrollment Management, will give a free lecture from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday for Parkland College's "Meet the Pros" series.

The talk, in Room C118 on campus, is open to the public.

Band planned for courtyard in Danville

DANVILLE — The band, ParaDocs, a five-piece ensemble that plays swing and jazz standards, will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in the Mardi Gras Courtyard of Vermilion Place, 14 N. Hazel St.

The Mardi Gras Courtyard will open at 5 p.m. to feature steak, chicken and burgers from the grill. Food will be available for purchase throughout the evening.

C-U Haiku Sept. 8, 2013

August cicadas

Light breeze through open window

Afternoon nap — Zzzzzz

— Rosemary Laughlin, Urbana

In beautiful tale, boy faces uphill battle with speech disorder

The paperboy stutters. He has difficulty uttering his own name, which begins with V — a sound difficult to make. The paperboy is known as Little Man. Not until the very end does the author, Vince Vawter, disclose the paperboy's name — Victor Volmer — in the book "Paperboy" (Delacorte 2012).

'Beyond Belief' provides thought-provoking essays

"Beyond Belief: The Secret Lives of Women in Extreme Religions" is an anthology edited by Susan Tive and Cami Ostman, who both chose to enter religious communities they weren't born into.

They met in a memoir writing class: Ostman has written a book about running a marathon on every continent, and Tive was working on writings about her years spent in Orthodox Judaism.

Biographical fiction fans will like 'Freud's Mistress'

A few years ago, I read a novel that I really enjoyed titled "Loving Frank" by Nancy Horan. Several book clubs also have picked up this novel about the infamous love affair between architect Frank Lloyd Wright and society maven Mamah Cheney.

With their both being married to other people, their relationship was scandalous and frequent fodder for gossip in the society pages.

Concert to mark 9/11 anniversary

URBANA — The University of Illinois School of Music will present its annual concert in memory of the victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The concert will start at 7:46 a.m. Wednesday at Smith Recital Hall, 805 S. Mathews Ave., U, at the time the first airplane hit the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan.

Studio Visit: Kristina Boerger

Studio visit is a Q&A with an artist. Here, Melissa Merli chats with Kristina Boerger, the interim director of choral activities at the University of Illinois.

Q: It's so nice to see your smile and feel your positive energy again. Why are you back?

Author conducting 10-week workshop

CHAMPAIGN — Amy Hassinger, author of "Nina: Adolescence" (Putnam 2003) and "The Priest's Madonna" (Putnam 2006), will offer a workshop for writers of fiction and nonfiction starting the week of Sept. 16 and running for 10 weeks.

Hassinger, who lives in Urbana, teaches with the University of Nebraska low-residency master's of fine arts in writing program.

Jazz walk planned at Meadowbrook

URBANA — The Urbana Park District's ninth annual Jazz Walk in Meadowbrook Park will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday.