Future Five: Entertainment for the week ahead


Eggers gets nod for elite group

At 94, Roger Angell keeps collecting honors.

'Texts' is cute and a little confusing

The title of this book, "Texts from Jane Eyre and Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters," is intriguing, especially if you love to communicate with text messaging, as so many people do.

Ask 'Mimi,' March 1, 2015

Did trumpeter Clark Terry (above) have connections to this area?

Here's what's happening on the literary scene

Focus on comics and graphic novels at Urbana library

Get Graphic @ The Urbana Free Library will feature three events this month about comics and animation, with the first being "Comics and Comix and Graphic Novels and Damian Duffy."

A story about overcoming adversity

"Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina" (Knopf 2014) by Michaela DePrince is a memoir co-written with her adoptive mother, Elaine DePrince.

Mabinty Bangura is born to loving parents in war-torn Sierra Leone. She's ridiculed in her tribe due to her skin pigment condition, vitiligo, which makes her skin appear spotted. She's a cast-out nicknamed "leopard."

Library events, March 1-8, 2015

Champaign Public Library

Main Library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

Jim Dey: Wooden biography reveals a complicated figure

UCLA's John Wooden was one of the most successful coaches in the history of college basketball, winning 10 national championships during a 12-year run from the early 1960s to the mid-1970s.

Ted Kooser: An American life in poetry, March 1, 2015

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

Several years ago, Judith Kitchen and I published an anthology of poems about birds, and since then, I keep finding ones I wished we'd known about at the time. Here's one by Barbara Ellen Sorensen, who lives in Colorado.


Under warm New Mexico sun,

we watched the pelican place

C-U Haiku, March 1, 2015

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

Beneath the big snowfall

come the muffled voices

of spring sprites

— Hiroko Schatz, Champaign