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On a lone bench
By the Japanese garden
Six chained bicycles
— Rachel Garrick, Champaign
It pains an old booklover like me to think of somebody burning a book, but if you've gotten one for a quarter and it's falling apart, well, maybe it's OK as long as you might be planning to pick up a better copy.
Here Ron Koertge, who lives in Pasadena, Calif., has some fun with the ashes of love poems.
Burning the Book
The anthology of love poems I bought
A lot of young adult literature is about dystopia, dysfunction and darkness. I'm not knocking dystopia, dysfunction and darkness — some of my favorite books are pretty grim.
But sometimes a funny, action-packed fantasy with just the right amount of romance thrown in, the kind of book that you devour with a silly grin on your face, is a very welcome breath of fresh air.
Lee Gutkind is the founder and editor of the magazine Creative Nonfiction. In his latest book, "You Can't Make This Stuff Up," Gutkind introduces readers to the genre, provides real-life examples and explains the difference between fiction, straight nonfiction and creative nonfiction.
He also instructs people on how to write creative nonfiction if they are interested in pursuing it.
Starting today, the library is hosting a series of events related to common courtesy, manners and respectfulness during Champaign's Civility Week. Check our website for details and note: It's cool to be kind.
The activities begin today with our kickoff concert. David Howie premieres the new "Civility" song, written just for this celebration and initiative.
CHAMPAIGN — The Blind Pig Brewery, 120 N. Walnut St., is having an live music benefit for the TIMES Center at 3 p.m. Tuesday.
There is no admissions charge; all profits from food and beverage sales will go to the TIMES Center, a transitional living program serving homeless men in Champaign County. Last year's event raised more than $4,000.
Each week, The News-Gazette will offer a selection of events provided by area libraries:
Champaign Public Library
Main library, 200 W. Green St.
Douglass branch, 504 E. Grove St.
URBANA — TromBari, the jazz group featuring Jim Pugh on trombone and Glenn Wilson on baritone sax, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Iron Post, 120 S. Race St.
The other players will be Chip Stephens, piano; Larry Gray, bass; and Joel Spencer, drums. All the players are University of Illinois School of Music faculty with extensive professional experience.
CHAMPAIGN — Starting Friday and running through July 12, University of Illinois alumnus Michael L. VanBlaricum will display some highlights from one of the finest private collections of Ian Fleming materials.
The UI Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Spurlock Museum and the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music have invited VanBlaricum to curate a multivenue exhibition.
GIBSON CITY — Side by Side Productions will present Neil Simon's "Barefoot in the Park" this upcoming weekend at Father Kirk Memorial Hall, 534 N. Wood St.
The dessert performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12. To reserve, call 260-782-4378.