By Ted Kooser/U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06
To celebrate my 75th year, I've published a new book of poems, and many of them are about the way in which we come together to help each other through the world. Here's just one:
On a parking lot staircase
I met two fine-looking men
descending, both in slacks
and dress shirts, neckties
Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, a chat with Jake Aurelian, who lives in Vermilion County. He is an award-winning author, a performer and as Ripper the Clown a judge at "The Gong Show" at Sleepy Creek Vineyards near Oakwood.
Q: What kind of books do you write?
Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette
through green gold trees
shush of dying leaves
— Dean Karres, Champaign
In Kathleen Pooler's memoir, "Ever Faithful to His Lead: My Journey Away from Emotional Abuse," readers are introduced to Pooler, who in spite of a "good" childhood, was in two abusive marriages before she found the strength to stand on her own.
Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Today, Janice N. Harrington of Champaign, an author, poet and associate professor of creative writing at the University of Illinois, chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.
What's new with you?
Each week, The News-Gazette offers a series of events provided by area libraries.
Champaign Public Library
Main Library, 200 W. Green St.
Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.
Bring the family to the main library for our Howl-o-ween at 3 p.m. Saturday and get an early start on Halloween with stories, crafts and spook-tacular games.
Autumn is upon us, October leaves are turning and Halloween swiftly approaches. Here are two picture books to help you and your children welcome Halloween in a unique and rousing way.
Every year at about this time, I go out in search of some good horror novels. For me, this is a difficult task. I'm not particularly fond of zombie, vampire or werewolf tales, so that rules out a bunch of titles that are thrown into the horror genre.
Ripper the Clown
CHAMPAIGN — Award-winning writer Jake Aurelian and his character, Ripper the Clown, will read from his latest book and area musicians will perform at a free event from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Boneyard Coffee and Tea, 75 E. Chester St., C.
Ripper will read from the new book "The Life & Mimes (& Zombie Apocalypse) of Ripper the Clown."
OK, let's admit it — we readers are a pretty smart bunch, but I'm guessing most of us can't lay claim to genius status. I'm also guessing that most of us are acquainted with at least one person who can claim genius status.
Maybe that person is your best friend, but maybe not. Furthermore, maybe that person is a little — shall we say, different? Annoying? Aloof?