Books

Books

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, Jan. 29, 2017

By TED KOOSER
U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06

Library events, Jan. 29-Feb. 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, singer/songwriter Ben Bedford will perform American folk music.

C-U haiku, Jan. 22, 2017

By JIM O'BRIEN, ANN HART and WILL REGER

Cold scent is distinct

Not like a springtime flower

Winter has a smell

— Jim Runyan, 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.

Kathy Wicks: Two biographies worth reading

What three people, living or dead, would you invite to dinner? It's a popular question, sometimes used in job interviews and conference icebreakers. I've never been asked the question, but two of my three dinner guests would be Walt Disney and Steve Jobs.

Patricia Hruby Powell: Author delivers exquisite story for all ages

"The Passion of Dolssa" (Viking 2016) by Julie Berry is certainly an oddity in the world of young-adult literature — and what a terrific oddity.

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, Jan. 22, 2017

By TED KOOSER
U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06

Those of you who've returned home to visit parents may recognize the way the familiar and the strange wash together in this wise and peaceful poem by Robert Tremmel. The poet is from Iowa, and his most recent book is "There is a Naked Man," Main Street Rag Press, 2010.

All the Questions

Kelly Strom: Journalist to share struggle with son's addiction

Champaign Public Library staff members are excited to host an author visit from David Sheff at 7 p.m. Monday. The journalist and New York Times bestselling author will discuss his memoir, "Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction," a chronicle of his son's drug use and his journey toward recovery. A book signing will follow.

Library events, Jan. 22-28, 2017

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

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, Jan. 15, 2017

By TED KOOSER
U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06

Marge Saiser is a Nebraska poet about whose work I have said that no contemporary poet is better at writing about love. Here's a love poem from her new book, "I Have Nothing to Say about Fire," from Backwaters Press.

The Print the Whales Make

You and I on the boat notice

Library events, Jan. 15-21, 2017

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

At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the main library, preschoolers 2 to 5, accompanied by a caregiver, can jump in their jammies during 30 minutes of stories and music at Goodnight Storytime.