C-U Haiku, May 24, 2015

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

Yard's a mess,

Who's cleaning up?

Take a guess.

— Fred Olds, Sidney

Author explores several themes in debut novel

"Liar's Bench" by Kim Michele Richardson is a well-crafted, beautifully written debut novel set in 1972 in the South — Peckinpaw, Ky., to be exact.

It tells the story of a 17-year-old girl living in a town full of lies and turmoil, dating back to 1860 when a slave was hanged in front of the courthouse.

A well-researched transgender story from the 1800s

"The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell" (St. Martin's Press 2015) by William Klaber is based on the true story of Lucy Lobdell, who became Mrs. George Slater and bore Helen Slater before becoming Joseph Lobdell in 1853.

The author began his project as non-fiction about this historic figure before changing to the fictionalized "memoir" it has become.

Tragedy at the track

New book looks at crash that killed two drivers in 1964 Indy 500

As a child, I grew up watching a lot of automobile racing. We watched it on television and also visited several race tracks. A popular one for us was Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis.

Born in Indianapolis and an avid race fan, my father raced and worked the races in a few different roles.

Ted Kooser: An American life in poetry, May 24, 2015

Poets often do their best work when they're telling us about something they've seen without stepping into the poem and talking about themselves. Here's a lovely poem of observation by Terri Kirby Erickson, who lives in North Carolina.

Hospital Parking Lot

Headscarf fluttering in the wind,

stockings hanging loose on her vein-roped

Library events, May 24-31, 2015

Events scheduled at local libraries:

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the main library, kids 2 to 5 (with a caregiver) can wear their jammies and attend a half hour of stories, music and fun during Goodnight Storytime.

Here's what's happening on the literary scene

Author to sign books in Danville

Georgetown native Thomas Lopinski, now of Los Angeles, will sign copies of his second novel, "The Art of Raising Hell," at Book World in Danville's Village Mall from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. The book was published by Dark Alley Press.

Two great selections to celebrate spring

To help us further usher in springtime, two pairs of acclaimed authors and illustrators have created these 2015 releases, hot off the presses.

Ted Kooser: An American life in poetry, May 17, 2015

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

People speak of "hearts and flowers" when they're talking about poems with predictable sentimentality, but here's an antidote to all those valentines, from Sally Bliumis-Dunn, who lives in New York. Her most recent book of poems is "Second Skin," Wind Publications, 2010.


She has painted her lips

Library events, May 17-24, 2015

Selected events at local libraries:

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

Attend our fun, hands-on cooking class for school-age children, Rookie Cooks, at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Douglass Branch. Kids can sample the healthy treats they make.