Books

Books

Kelly Strom: Slow, deliberate suspense

Author April Smith has written seven or eight novels, and her work has also been nominated for three Emmys and two Writer's Guild awards, writing for such shows as "Cagney & Lacey," "Chicago Hope" and "Lou Grant."

Her latest venture, "Home Sweet Home," primarily takes place in the early 1950s, with a few narrative jumps to a murder in 1985.

Entertainment listings, March 2-9, 2017

SPECIAL EVENTS

This weekend

URBANA FIRST FRIDAYS

What: Presented by Imbibe Urbana. Family-friendly for everyone.

When: 4 to 11 p.m. March 3.

Where: Downtown Urbana.

More info: Email imbibeurbana@gmail.com.

PIATT COUNTY ANTIQUE DAY

Alice B. McGinty: 2 more children's books that made strong impression

In looking further at the American Library Association's 2017 award winners for children's literature, here two more picture books, both of which received a Caldecott Honor for the most distinguished American picture books for children.

Ask 'Mimi,' Feb. 26, 2017

Did pioneering fusion guitarist Larry Coryell play C-U?

Yes. Harlan Smalling, a guitarist from Tuscola, remembers seeing him here four times back in the day, twice with his fusion band Eleventh House. "His brand of fusion always rocked. Never sappy or new age-y," Smalling noted on Facebook.

C-U haiku, Feb. 26, 2017

By JIM O'BRIEN, ANN HART and WILL REGER

spring is here too soon

tulips open to a chorus

birds sing in surprise

— Barbara Mies, Urbana

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.

Sharing their stories at 'Moth Mainstage'

CHAMPAIGN — A 94-year-old Russian immigrant, a Chicago woman who entered the military in the '70s and a Boston man who was wrongly arrested on a train.

They are among the five storytellers who will perform at "Moth Mainstage" on Saturday at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign, telling true stories from their lives.

Library events, Feb. 26-March 4, 2017

CHAMPAIGN PUBLIC LIBRARY
Main library, 200 W. Green St.
Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

At 2 p.m. today at the main library, the Jasmine Field Orchestra will perform a combination of Chinese folk and pop music. The group includes 20 University of Illinois students who learned to play Chinese and Western instruments at an early age.

That's entertainment: Spotlighting events throughout the area

Here's what's happening in the area's

MUSIC SCENE

Big Gigantic visiting the Canopy Club

Big Gigantic, an instrumental electronica, hip-hop and jazz music group based in Boulder, Colo., will perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday at The Canopy Club, Urbana. Tickets are $29.

Joel Shoemaker: Rick Riordan's works won't disappoint

In last month's column, it was noted that, based on the original publication date of S.E. Hinton's "The Outsiders," the young adult novel turns 50 this year. As a result of this milestone, I'd like to highlight various books of that genre.