Books

Books

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, Sept. 4, 2016

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

Stuart Dybek was born in Chicago, where there are at least a couple of hundred hotels a poet might stroll past, looking up at the windows. Here's a poem from his book, "Streets in Their Own Ink," from Farrar, Strauss and Giroux.

Curtains

Sometimes they are the only thing beautiful

about a hotel.

Ask 'Mimi,' Sept. 4, 2016

How many photo books has Larry Kanfer put out?

The UI Press just released his ninth, "A Prairie State of Mind," with 124 pages in color of prairie landscapes in Illinois and other states. There will be a book launch event from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Kanfer gallery on South Neil Street.

Ruth Siburt: A cautionary piece of historical fiction

I tried not to pick up Lois Sepahban's 2016 middle-grade novel, "Paper Wishes," from my library's new books shelf. I worried that reading it might make me feel even worse about our country's division in regard to ethnicities and trust.

C-U haiku, Sept. 4, 2016

By Jim O’Brien, Ann Hart and Will Reger

Life is made up of

Beautiful geometry

Together apart

— Anya Troyer, Savoy

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: Business books for Labor Day

In order to be the best, it usually takes a little research and experimentation. This can apply to personal issues and creative undertakings, as well as business practices. In honor of Labor Day this weekend, here are some business books that may help you in more than one area of daily life.

C-U haiku, Aug. 28, 2016

By Jim O’Brien, Ann Hart and Will Reger

Once Great Inland Sea,

now dinosaur descendants skim

rolling waves of soy.

— David E. Hall, Tuscola

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.

Susan McKinney: Mystery will keep you flipping pages

In "The Woman in Cabin 10," Ruth Ware has written a modern mystery that keeps you hanging until the very end.

Laura Blacklock is a journalist for a travel magazine. She's never made it very far in her business, and she hopes to move upward someday.

Patricia Hruby Powell: Imagination on full display in 'Lie Tree'

Frances Hardinge sets "The Lie Tree" (Amulet 2016) in Victorian England amidst the argument of God vs. Darwin's theory of evolution. Faith, 14 years old, soon to be a woman, must feign ignorance in order to discuss natural science.

Library events, Aug. 28-Sept. 4, 2016

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

From 1:30 to 5 p.m. today at the main library's FriendShop Bookstore, buy used books for $1 per bagful at this month's Tag Bag Sale.

From 3 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the main library, teens are invited to stop by for snacks and fun.