Books

Books

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, Feb. 28, 2016

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

Here's a poem of loss by Jo McDougall from her collected poems, "In the Home of the Famous Dead," from the University of Arkansas Press. Like many deeply moving poems, it doesn't tell us everything; it tells us just enough. McDougall lives and writes in Little Rock.

This Morning

As I drove into town

Look back: HIghlights from Melissa Merli from the week that was

Braving the storm for jazz

That's entertainment: Spotlighting events in the area

Comedy scene

'Randy and Mr. Lahey Live'

"Randy and Mr. Lahey Live," based on the hit TV show "The Trailer Park Boys," will be presented next Sunday night at Vintage Villains, 126 N. Vermilion St., Danville.

Patricia Hruby Powell: Author takes readers on an emotional roller coaster

David Almond's "The Tightrope Walkers" (Candlewick, 2015) is dark, yet inviting. It feels like magical realism, but it's straight-ahead realism.

Almond, a master writer, depicts the post World War II northern England British class system, showing how it defines its characters.

Library events, Feb. 21-28, 2016

Selected events at local libraries in the week ahead:

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, Feb. 21, 2016

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

After my mother died, her best friend told me that they were so close, they could sit together in a room for an hour and neither felt they had to say a word. Here's a fine poem by Dorianne Laux about that kind of silence. Her most recent book is "The Book of Men," W.W. Norton & Co., 2012. She lives in North Carolina.

Mary Wilkes Towner: True stories combined with engaging art

What are graphic novels or graphic stories? Definitions vary, but I consider them full-length tales combining literature with sequential art. You read and see the story simultaneously, blending and interpreting words and images. This duality of format makes the same book appeal to different audiences.

C-U haiku, Feb. 21, 2016

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

frozen morning

naked branches shivering

in the wind

— James Babbs, Stanford

Town hall discussion, book signing scheduled

CHAMPAIGN — The Rev. Dr. Patricia A. Havis and St. Luke Christian Methodist Episcopal Church will host a town hall discussion and book signing at 7 p.m. Tuesday, featuring University of Illinois graduate Julius Bailey, now associate professor at Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio.

Local author will discuss latest work

A local author's new book is the focus of a talk sponsored by the Modern Greek Studies program at the University of Illinois.

UI graduate and novelist Peter T. Tomaras will read an excerpt from his recently published novel, "Innkeeper," and discuss the challenges of writing fiction.