Books

Another case to crack

Last year, a new author rocketed into the literary world with the release of his debut novel, "The Cuckoo's Calling." With a large print run and lots of publicity, Robert Galbraith made his mark.

The detective story received great reviews, and the reading world was dying to know, "Who is this Robert Galbraith?"


Library events, July 27-Aug. 3, 2014

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.


Two picks to keep kids reading in the summer

As the summer rolls on, are you yearning for school to begin again? To give you and your children an opportunity for a bit of learning, here are two new picture books that present information in such a way that learning, even in the heart of summer, will be fun.


Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was


A good guide for aspiring entrepreneurs

Miki Agrawal is a 30-something, bright, energetic entrepreneur who encourages readers to follow their dreams and start their own businesses in her new book, "Do Cool Sh*t."


Ted Kooser: An American life in poetry, July 27, 2014

By Ted Kooser/U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06

Who hasn't wished he or she could talk to a carnival worker and find out what their lives are like? Everybody, perhaps, but the carnival workers. Here's a poem by Mark Kraushaar of Wisconsin that captures one of those lives.

The Ring Toss Lady Breaks a Five

It's all of it rigged, she says,


C-U Haiku, July 27, 2014

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

A comfort when I'm hot,

A curse when I'm cold,

The wind.

— Fred Olds, Sidney


Salute to veterans: Legion ball stalwart pens Vietnam book

MONTICELLO — As a youngster, Dick Fox's main passion was baseball.

As a 13-year-old, he was playing American Legion ball against players several years older, and claims there may be "no one in the history of American Legion baseball who played more than I did. I started straight from Little League and went right into Legion ball," where he played for over five years.


Library events, July 20-27, 2014

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.


Words of wisdom for middle-schoolers

If only Shakespeare's play "Henry the IV" was taught in seventh grade, junior high gossipmongers and talebearers might avoid peddling bad news. Alas, the tween-agers in Alexander Vance's novel "The Heartbreak Messenger" remain blissfully unaware of the pitfalls of meddling in other people's lives. This lack is a lucky break for his readers.


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