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Most of us are familiar with "Chicken Soup for the Soul" books — in the last few years, it seems as if there is one of these books for every profession, age group and hobby —from nurses to teens to dog lovers.
Mark Sanders, who lives in Texas, is not only a good poet, but he's an old friend to the poetry of my home ground, working hard as a teacher, editor and publisher to bring Great Plains poetry to the attention of readers across the country. Here's an example of one of his poems.
I call my wife outdoors to have her listen,
Each week, The News-Gazette offers a selection of events provided by area libraries:
Champaign Public Library
Main library, 200 W. Green St.
Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.
There are a lot of stereotypes about librarians out there, and while I have never worn my hair in a bun, I must admit that I do fit the description in some ways. I've always been rather quiet and serious, I like comfortable shoes and my house is overflowing with stacks of books.
Seed catalogs arriving
Out the window there is snow
Hurry cries my cold bones.
— Laura Shuler-Battle, Champaign
CHAMPAIGN — Kathleen Graber, a former high school English teacher who was inspired to write poetry after taking students on a field trip, will read from her critically acclaimed collections at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Illini Union Bookstore, 809 S. Wright St.
URBANA — Amara Yoga & Arts at Lincoln Square Village will present on Saturday the exhibition and opening for "Colorful Spirit," featuring work by Lee Boyer, Michael Hoag, Evelyne Tardy and poet Natalie Kettleson.
The opening will be from 6 to 8 p.m.; the show will remain on view through April 11.
Information on the four artists:
As we're confronted this month with a manufactured commercial holiday full of hearts and flowers and a barrage of xxooxxoo, you can read stories featuring your ideals of romance with a variety of themes.
It doesn't take a tome of 500 pages to tell a powerful, gripping and captivating story. Jessica Bell has managed to do this in less than 150 pages in her latest work, "The Book."
"Wonder" (Knopf 2012) by R.J. Palacio is the story of August, who has a radically deformed face — no ears, his eyes at cheek level, a cleft palate that has required numerous surgeries. He's smart and funny, but you can almost imagine the torture he endures from children and adults both, especially when he starts school for the first time in the fifth grade.