Author addresses several heavy themes

"The Newlyweds" by Nell Freudenberger is an interesting look at the lives of Amina and George, who meet on an Internet dating site for Asian women wanting to get married to American men. Amina, an interesting and heartwarming character who readers can really get behind, is 24 years old and from Bangladesh. She is a modern day mail-order bride.

Top of the Morning, Nov. 18, 2014

Popular author Neal Shusterman is in town today, taking questions at Champaign Public Library (7-9 p.m.) and talking shop with kids at area schools. We know he doesn't like working at home — "a villa in Cabo or on a cruise ship — I get some of my best writing done in places like that" — and that he has a wide range of favorites, from Kurt Vonnegut to J.R.R. Tolkien to John Irving.

Library events, Nov. 16-23, 2014

Each week, The News-Gazette offers a series of events provided by local libraries.

Champaign Public Library

Main Library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

Ted Kooser: An American life in poetry, Nov. 16, 2014

As a writer and reader, there's hardly anything I enjoy more than coming upon fresh new ways of describing things, and here's a sparkling way of looking at an avalanche by Marty Walsh, who lives in Maine.

The snow's/feet slip

out from

under it

and down

the mountain

slope it comes

flat on its back

white skirt

and billowy


Here's what's happening on the literature scene

The author of the popular "Unwind" series for teens and young adults will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Barnes & Noble will have books available for purchase at 6:30 p.m., and author Neal Shusterman will sign copies after his talk.

Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

A moving peformance

C-U Haiku, Nov. 16, 2014

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

empty bench

touched by November sun

an invitation

— Eunie Kim, Champaign

Woodson's memoir deserves recognition

"Brown Girl Dreaming" (Paulsen/Penguin 2014) is Jacqueline Woodson's memoir about growing up in a loving but broken family in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement.

Written in accessible, vivid verse and a National Book Award finalist, we'll find out Monday whether it wins. It should.

Book will change the way you think

"Think Like a Freak" is a sequel to the popular New York Times Bestselling "Freakonomics." In the latest installment, authors Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner claim they can retrain your brain to think like a freak and become more productive, more creative and more rational.

Here's what's happening on the literature scene

Author will share stories of war