New leader selected for Danville library

DANVILLE — Theresa M. Tyner will take over as director of the Danville Public Library when Barbara Nolan retires on Oct. 30.

C-U Haiku, July 26, 2015

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

Sultry solstice day

Still mosquito on my sleeve

Mortality's slap.

— Elizabeth Otto, Urbana

History, romance and comedy in one book

"After a Fashion" is a historical romance set in New York City in the 1880s and focuses on two interesting and delightful characters who are full of flaws we can all relate to. This is the first book in a planned series, "A Class of Their Own," by romance author Jen Turano.

Library events, July 26-Aug. 2, 2015

Events scheduled at local libraries. 

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

Love and Death compete

What is more important in life than love and death? In Martha Brockenbrough's young adult novel, "The Game of Love and Death" (Arthur Levine 2015), Love is personified as a gentle man. And Death, a hard woman.

Ted Kooser: An American life in poetry, July 26, 2015

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

Patrick Phillips lives in Brooklyn, but in every city, town and village, and at every crossroads, there's an old guitar.

Here's one from "Elegy for a Broken Machine," a fine book from Alfred A. Knopf.

The Guitar

It came with those scratches

from all their belt buckles,

palm-dark with their sweat

'Ragtime' author E.L. Doctorow dies in New York at 84

HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Few minds were as playful and as serious as E.L. Doctorow's.

Kelly Strom: Family secrets from the 1950s

Having a family fraught with secrets can be a great storytelling tool or plot device in literature and has been used with great success through the years. And who doesn't want to be let in on a few secrets? Confidential information is the key to the stories I've brought you this week, but interestingly, they both also center around rural families in the Midwest in the 1950s.

C-U haiku, July 19, 2015

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette


dart dart zip


— Gabi Fischer, Champaign

That's Entertainment: Spotlighting events in and around the area

Music scene

BACH anniversary

The Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana (BACH) will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. next Sunday to celebrate the 1996 founding of the group and the beginning of its 20th season.