Books

Books

C-U haiku, Aug. 13, 2017

By JIM O'BRIEN, ANN HART and WILL REGER

Swaying grass, curved branches,

Colorful, unusual flowers,

Landscape in a vase.

— Vergie Young, 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, Aug. 13-19, 2017

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

At 7 p.m. Monday at the main library, learn about astronaut training and space flight from retired NASA astronaut and U.S. Navy pilot Mike Foreman.

Ruth Siburt: New author arrives on scene with inspirational story

There are few things a book reviewer loves more than finding a new and promising author. OK, discovering the pie pixies left a warm rhubarb pie on her counter is close. Still, count me delighted to introduce debut author Kate Beasley's 2016 middle-grade novel from Farrar, Straus and Giroux, "Gertie's Leap to Greatness."

Alice B. McGinty: Two tales feature lovable critters

Since August provides time to mine the summer for the last of its joys and surprises, here are two terrific new picture books featuring joyful, lovable critters who experience big surprises.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 13, 2017

In June, our MELISSA MERLI published a story about the "NASA Space Exhibit" at the Champaign Public Library.

Entertainment listings, Aug. 10-17, 2017

EVENTS

This weekend

GEORGETOWN FAIR

What: Livestock auction and shows, carnival, tractor pull, rodeo, pedal tractor pull, demo derby, and music by Torn Labels are among the highlights.

When: Continues Aug. 10-12.

Where: Georgetown fairgrounds, 13 N. Seminary, Georgetown.

Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

All that jazz (benefit)

If you want to check out jazz, head to the WEFT Radio benefit show at 6 p.m. today at The Iron Post, Urbana. First up is Jose Gobbo, a young guitarist from Brazil who's a lot of fun. He will be followed at 7 by Kavi Naidu and the Poblano Project, a young quintet I haven't yet heard.

New book uncovers 'mystery' of Allerton Park

MONTICELLO — David Finnigan remembers visiting Allerton Park with his parents when he was a boy, and how they were able to see the gardens but not the interior of the red-brick mansion.

“The house was a big mystery,” he said. “Whenever I was here I would do what thousands of other people have done — peek through the windows.

C-U haiku, Aug. 6, 2017

By JIM O'BRIEN, ANN HART and WILL REGER

She struts through the night

Face marred with perfect craters

I envy the moon

— E.R. Jones, Pontiac

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.

Kelly Strom: Plenty of stories about sisters to choose from

Back in 2013, I wrote an article about the preponderance of fiction about sisters that summer. Little did I know that the summer of 2017 would be the big year for sister fiction! There were so many new books about sisters published in the last several months that I had a hard time choosing just a few of them to read.