Rachel Fuller | A story that will stay with you


Elizabeth Acevedo's bestselling young adult novel "The Poet X" follows Xiomara Batista, a young girl in Harlem who feels unheard but is yearning to develop her own voice. Her voice, she finds, can be hard to share while also living with(in) the expectations of family.

Deb Aronson | Get ready for some gross adventures


Entertainment listings, Sept. 6-13, 2018


This weekend


Trump insists he's 'exact opposite' of Woodward's portrayal

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump insisted Wednesday that he's "the exact opposite" of Bob Woodward's portrayal of him in a new book that has set off a firestorm in the White House with its descriptions of current and former aides calling Trump an "idiot" and a "liar."

Patricia Hruby Powell | Author offers powerful story of survival

The voice of Zara, an aspiring teen photographer in Rhode Island, alternates with the story of her mother, Nadja who survived the 1990s Yugoslav war in "We Are All That's Left" (Philomel, 2018), a novel by Carrie Arcos.

C-U haiku, Sept. 2, 2018

Waning crescent moon.

Owl's cries fill the half-lit night.

The pool's stillness quakes.

— Rob Owen, Decatur

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Library events, Sept. 2-9, 2018

Champaign Public Library
Main library, 200 W. Green St.
Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

From 2 to 3:30 p.m. today at the main library, take part in a traditional Eritrean Coffee Ceremony and Tasting outside on the west lawn.

Kelly Strom | Literary suspense in hot locales

Since we are going through a hot spell here in Champaign County, I thought it was only right to read a few books set in similar conditions. When you do something like this, it's easier to commiserate with the characters.

Entertainment listings, Aug. 30-Sept. 6, 2018


This weekend


Don Follis | On defying one's family to earn a Ph.D. from Cambridge

After I finished Tara Westover's memoir "Educated" (Random House, New York, 2018), I saw the book made President Barack Obama's summer reading list, too. He wrote on his Facebook page on Aug.