Illinois author gives us a gripping tale

Debut novelist and Illinois resident Alex Gordon has written a gripping book, "Gideon," that mixes urban fantasy, the paranormal, horror and mystery.

From the first page, it is obvious that Gordon is a storyteller and a master with the written word. She draws you into Gideon, Ill., in 1836, grabs ahold of you and keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very last page.

C-U Haiku, March 22, 2015

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

Calm afternoon

Stone deer eaten by

The creeping moss

— Sam Fu, Champaign

Library events, March 22-29, 2015

A listing of events at area libraries:

Champaign Public Library

Main Library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

At 3 p.m. Monday through Friday this week, kids and teens on spring break can visit the Douglass Branch for DIY activities.

Cozy up with mysteries

As I've mentioned before, there are lots of different subgenres of fiction. In the mystery area, we have the private eyes and the police procedural, and among a few others, there is the cozy mystery.

Here's what's happening on the literary scene

Writer will discuss Uncle Joe Cannon

Retired Danville lawyer Tim Smith, who is working on a biography about Uncle Joe Cannon, will speak at the annual membership meeting of the Douglas County Museum, 700 S. Main St., Tuscola, beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The meeting is open to the public and free to attend.

Ted Kooser: An American life in poetry, March 22, 2015

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

Amanda Strand is a poet living in Maryland. I like this poem for its simplicity, clarity and directness. No frills to decorate it, just the kind of straightforward accounting of an experience that Henry David Thoreau said he looked for in an author.

Father and Daughter

The wedding ring I took off myself,

Young adults will be glued to converging stories

"All the Light We Cannot See" (Scribner 2014) by Anthony Doerr is an adult book, a New York Times Bestseller and is literary — meaning it's thoughtful and beautifully written. It's a good choice for young adults.

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris as World War II looms. At the opening, she is 6 years old, has "rapidly deteriorating eyesight" and will soon be blind.

Reporter Carl Bernstein to lecture at Bradley in April

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Investigative reporter and author Carl Bernstein is scheduled next month to deliver a lecture on seeking the truth at Bradley University in Peoria.

Fisher to have Little Free Library

FISHER — The Fisher school district will join the Little Free Library movement.

Fisher's school board approved librarian Kelly Friedlein's plan to install a box for books on school grounds that anyone in the community will be able to access.

C-U Haiku, March 15, 2015

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

Daylight savings!

The kitchen clock

is right again.

— Joanne Haynes, Urbana