With Maya Angelou's passing, we wondered who now holds the title of greatest living author. Who better to cast an expert vote than local librarians?
Devin Black of the Tuscola Public Library says: "His writing ranges from the violent to the beautiful and I can only describe it as overwhelming."
M.D. Waters' debut novel is full of intrigue, romance and deceit, set in a future dystopian world where women, especially fertile women, are a shortage, and scientists are trying to solve the problem.
"Archetype" is a fast-paced, exciting novel that readers will devour, sometimes in one day, while they race with the main character, Emma, to figure out what is real and what is not.
I like the looks of trellises and arbors and those miniature barns that keep your bushel baskets of tools dry. Here's a poem by Frank Osen, who lives in Pasadena, about a garden shelter that's returning to the earth.
The Lath House
Wood strips, cross-purposed into lattice, made
this nursery of interstices — a place
that softened, then admitted, sun with shade,
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armored tank black clouds
thundering across the sky
every body runs
— Ruth S. Walker, Urbana
It has felt a lot like summer around here during the past few weeks, with the weather heating up and students wrapping up their studies for the year.
Each week, The News-Gazette offers a selection of events provided by area libraries:
Champaign Public Library
Main library, 200 W. Green St.
Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.
Just two weeks remain before dutiful wives and kids feign affection for dad with those mandatory Father's Day presents. But what to buy?
By Ted Kooser/U.S. Poet Laurete 2004-06
The Impressionists, on both sides of the Atlantic, gave us a number of handsome paintings of rural scenes, and here's a poem by the distinguished American poet, Catharine Savage Brosman, that offers us just such a picture, not in pigments but in words.
Cattle Fording Tarryall Creek
With measured pace, they move in single file,
I was browsing through our new nonfiction books the other day and picked up a few on gardening. It was such a horrible winter that I've been eager to get outside and see things grow. Like some of you, I did have some plants that didn't make it back this year. Among the deceased were some lemon wave hydrangeas, a beautiful rose, some lavender and a butterfly bush.