Authors lead to new author, frightful thriller/ghost story

Every year at about this time, I go out in search of some good horror novels. For me, this is a difficult task. I'm not particularly fond of zombie, vampire or werewolf tales, so that rules out a bunch of titles that are thrown into the horror genre.

Ted Kooser: An American life in poetry, Oct. 19, 2014

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

To celebrate my 75th year, I've published a new book of poems, and many of them are about the way in which we come together to help each other through the world. Here's just one:


On a parking lot staircase

I met two fine-looking men

descending, both in slacks

and dress shirts, neckties

Studio Visit: Jake Aurelian

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, a chat with Jake Aurelian, who lives in Vermilion County. He is an award-winning author, a performer and as Ripper the Clown a judge at "The Gong Show" at Sleepy Creek Vineyards near Oakwood.

Q: What kind of books do you write?

C-U Haiku, Oct. 19, 2014

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

autumn rain

through green gold trees

shush of dying leaves

— Dean Karres, Champaign

Getting Personal: Janice Harrington

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Today, Janice N. Harrington of Champaign, an author, poet and associate professor of creative writing at the University of Illinois, chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

What's new with you?

Memoir offers a message of hope

In Kathleen Pooler's memoir, "Ever Faithful to His Lead: My Journey Away from Emotional Abuse," readers are introduced to Pooler, who in spite of a "good" childhood, was in two abusive marriages before she found the strength to stand on her own.

Library events, Oct. 19-26

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

Champaign Public Library

Main Library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

Bring the family to the main library for our Howl-o-ween at 3 p.m. Saturday and get an early start on Halloween with stories, crafts and spook-tacular games.

Usher in Halloween with two great tales

Autumn is upon us, October leaves are turning and Halloween swiftly approaches. Here are two picture books to help you and your children welcome Halloween in a unique and rousing way.

That's entertainment: Spotlighting events around the area

Ripper the Clown

CHAMPAIGN — Award-winning writer Jake Aurelian and his character, Ripper the Clown, will read from his latest book and area musicians will perform at a free event from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Boneyard Coffee and Tea, 75 E. Chester St., C.

Ripper will read from the new book "The Life & Mimes (& Zombie Apocalypse) of Ripper the Clown."

Ask 'Mimi' Oct. 12, 2014

Mimi, I heard the host of MTV's "Catfish: The TV Show," will be appearing nearby in person.