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Books

Alice B. McGinty: Wonderful selections from Illinois authors

October is the time of year for the annual Illinois Reading Council Conference and Illinois School Library Media Association Conference. At both conferences, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators features new books by Illinois authors. There are many wonderful newly released picture books to choose from — and here are two of my favorites.

Kelly Strom: Strong women make frightening foes

Never underestimate the power of a woman. Both of today's novels feature damaged women who have been made stronger through their trials. It is the paths they take and the results they see that make each story different.

C-U haiku, Oct. 15, 2017

By JIM O'BRIEN, ANN HART and WILL REGER

Cool grey foggy night

Wispy clouds shade a full moon

Quiet but alive

— Terry Schamber, Sadorus

Submissions may be made to cupoetry@gmail.com with C-U haiku in the subject line. Include your name and city, which will be published with your haiku. Submissions may be edited.

Library events, Oct. 15-21, 2017

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

At 10 a.m. Tuesday at the main library, Erik Johnson, an associate professor of astronomy at Parkland College, will talk about telescopes and the apps that help us understand what we see in the sky.

Entertainment listings, Oct. 12-19, 2017

EVENTS

This weekend

NCSA OPEN HOUSE

Hemingway museum to close Sunday

OAK PARK (AP) — Organizers of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park say the nonprofit historical museum in the Chicago suburb will close Sunday.

Ruth Siburt: Biography will inspire youths

Sometimes when a person feels discouraged by the general state of affairs and the difficulty of perceiving justice in the world, a good both-feet-on-the-ground biography can help.

"Willa: The Story of Willa Cather, an American Writer" by Amy Ehrlich did it for me.

C-U haiku, Oct. 8, 2017

By JIM O'BRIEN, ANN HART and WILL REGER

yellowing stalks and leaves,

giants peacefully dying

awaiting harvest

— Elaine Hershbarger, rural Champaign

Submissions may be made to cupoetry@gmail.com with C-U haiku in the subject line. Include your name and city, which will be published with your haiku. Submissions may be edited.

Library events, Oct. 8-14, 2017

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

At 10 a.m. Tuesday at the main library, Ben Newell, president of Build Equinox, will share how the firm's technology improves ventilation in homes. The presentation is part of Tuesdays at Ten, a series introducing technology and other innovations developed in Champaign-Urbana.

Getting Personal: Elaine Palencia

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, author ELAINE PALENCIA of Champaign chats with staff writer Paul Wood about literature, romance novels and growing up in Appalachia.

Tell us about some of your books. Didn't you start out by selling a couple of romance novels?