Books

Books

Cooking up some good reading

A fabulous new novel, "Kitchens of the Great Midwest" by J. Ryan Stradal, sat next to my bed for a couple of weeks. I always seemed to find something else to do or something else to read besides this book. It had sounded intriguing in the reviews, but when I brought it home, I just wasn't looking forward to reading it.

Library events, Aug. 30-Sept. 6, 2015

Selected events at local libraries:

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, Aug. 30, 2015

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

C-U Haiku, Aug. 23, 2015

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

Roadside chicory,

tassled corn, and Queen Anne's lace —

this, our prairie now.

— Lynne Proctor Sancken, Tolono

Library events, Aug. 23-30, 2015

Selected events at local libraries:

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

At 2 p.m. today, singer-songwriter Emily Otnes (experimental pop) will take the stage for a free concert at the main library. The event is sponsored by the Library Friends.

Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

That's Rentertainment's final bow

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, Aug. 23, 2015

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

Having been bitten by a rabid bat I was trying to save from a fire, I'd like to never again see bats up close. And here, in this poem by D.R. Goodman, who lives in California, I get to watch them from a safe distance.

Exiting the Night

By living late, and sleeping late, we miss

Margo Dill: An eye-opening view of the justice system

"Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption" by Bryan Stevenson is the true story of the author's fight for justice, starting as an intern at the Southern Prisoners Defense Committee at 23 years of age in 1983 and rising to executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, which he founded to defend those most desperate in need.

Ruth Siburt: A story that will keep you reading to the last page

It's a rare book that keeps me turning pages until I reach the last one. That's how I read Kimberly Willis Holt's new novel for middle grades, "Dear Hank Williams."

Eleven-year-old Tate P. Ellerbee lives with her Aunt Patty Cake and her Uncle Jolly in Rippling Creek, La.

Kelly Strom: Humorous fiction

Sometimes you just need a little levity. When you get bored with all of the cute little quips on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, try some of the humorous books at the library.

We have a wide variety of titles to tickle your fancy — anything from comic strips to essays by the national pundits.