Debut novelist Lori Robinett has penned a sweet and intriguing romance with "Denim and Diamonds." In the novel, she explores what the word family really means and city life versus country life, as well as loyalty, love, romance and perseverance.
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The moon flower blooms
Stretching white trumpets upward.
— Jerry Wood, Paxton
Upcoming events of interest in East Central Illinois:
Parkland faculty art showcase
CHAMPAIGN — The 2014 Parkland College Art and Design Faculty Exhibition will open Monday at the former Parkland Art Gallery, now called the Giertz Gallery at Parkland.
It's time for one last dose of picture book summer fun. Enjoy a romp with language and laughter in these two new barnyard adventures.
The ancient Chinese poets used to say that at some point in each poem the poet ought to lift his (or her) eyes, ought to look beyond the surface of the present into something deeper and more meaningful.
Here is just such a poem by Linda M. Hasselstrom, who lives in South Dakota.
It's not spring yet, but I can't
wait anymore. I get the hoe,
Each week, The News-Gazette offers a selection of events provided by area libraries:
Champaign Public Library
Main library, 200 W. Green St.
Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.
MONTICELLO — A new, 12,350-square-foot Allerton Public Library building could be constructed by the end of next year, according to an architect who presented the first preliminary site plan to the library board.
"We think that if we can break ground in probably March or April of 2015, the project will be complete by the end of 2015," said Mark Misselhorn of Peoria's Apace Design.
Edited by Lee Gurga
For The News-Gazette
parking deck shade is
brief relief before meeting
lawyer one last time
— Dean Karres
Artists make an impression
These two books show that everyone has things they keep to themselves