C-U haiku, Nov. 11, 2018

Tear-drop ruby leaf

Wind drifts from top of elm branch

Onto the curbed road.

— Kathleen Owen, Decatur

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Kelly Strom | Books look at varied moods of the holidays

It's the time of year that is filled with the juxtaposition of love and hate. We love all of the holiday food but hate the extra poundage. We love buying gifts for others but hate the commercialism. We love seeing loved ones but hate the stress that comes with it.

I have pulled two books that address some of these things but in different ways.

Meredith Corp. selling Fortune brand for $150M to Thai businessman's firm

NEW YORK (AP) — Media and publishing giant Meredith Corp. says it is selling its Fortune brand for $150 million in cash to Fortune Media Group.

The deal, subject to regulatory approval, is expected to close by the end of the year. Meredith said Friday it will use the proceeds to pay down debt.

Entertainment listings, Nov. 8-15, 2018


This weekend


What: Featuring the work of Craft League of Champaign-Urbana's artists exhibiting new, original works in basketry, ceramics, fiber, fiber/batik, glass, jewelry, painting/printmaking, photography and woodworking.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 10 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 11.

Amazon considering N.Y. amid reports headquarters will be split

NEW YORK (AP) — New York is one of the finalists in Amazon's search to build another headquarters, according to a person familiar with the talks.

After a yearlong search for a second home, Amazon is now reportedly looking to build offices in two cities instead of one, a surprise move that could still have a major impact on the sites it ultimately selects.

Patricia Hruby Powell | Loyalty, love prevail in funny story

Ronney, 15, takes care of his little sister, Mina. He repairs the damaged wall, reseals the driveway and has the carpet changed because it's soaked in blood. Why?

His depressed father rarely gets out of his bedroom or even his pajamas, since he lost his job, and attempted suicide.

Lauren Chambers | 'Hazel Wood' will keep you guessing


Magic and reality come crashing together around one girl and her family in author Melissa Albert's debut novel, "The Hazel Wood."

Alice has a very unusual life. Alice's grandmother, Althea, is the famous author of the hard-to-find fairy tale book, "Tales from the Hinterland," which has a voracious fan following.

Library events, Nov. 4-11, 2018

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

From 1 to 4 p.m. today at the main library, celebrate International Games Week with board games, big-screen Wii, nostalgic video games and virtual reality. The event is for people of all ages.

Poetry is key to why he's an ACE awards honoree

ST. JOSEPH — Jim O'Brien focuses on the black-and-white-lettered keys on his red 1960s Olivetti typewriter. A blank, narrow piece of cardstock sits there waiting for words.

It's so quiet in the St. Joseph township library that you can hear tires swooshing over the rain-soaked highway outside.

Entertainment listings, Nov. 1-8, 2018


This weekend


What: A Klose Knit Fashion Show — Where Knitting Meets Passion. Silent auction and raffle. Presented by Imbibe Urbana.

When: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 2.

Where: held in the back hallway of Lincoln Square Mall in Urbana, behind Common Ground Food Co-op, 300 S. Broadway Ave., #166, downtown Urbana.