Joel Shoemaker: A fantastic piece of historical fiction

There is a girl.

UI's youth lit fest to link writers, artists, kids

CHAMPAIGN — Award-winning authors and book illustrators will be interacting with up to 90 schools as part of the University of Illinois' 2016 Youth Literature Festival.

Library events, Oct. 16-23, 2016

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 New York City—based Dimitrije Vasiljevic Quartet will perform as part of the C-U Jazz Festival.

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, Oct. 16, 2016

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

The workings of memory are something that every writer thinks a lot about, and this poem by Peter Everwine, a California poet we've featured before, looks very closely into those workings. His most recent book is "Listening Long and Late" from the University of Pittsburgh Press. This poem is from Five Points, a distinguished quarterly journal.

Ask 'Mimi,' Oct. 16, 2016

Did Janice Harrington have another book published recently?

Yes, the talented poet/University of Illlinois creative writing professor's latest is a book of poetry inspired by the life and art of Horace Pippin, known in the 1930s and '40s for depicting African-American life.

That's entertainment: Spotlighting events throughout the area

Theater scene

Spotlight on gun violence

The Celebration Company at the Station Theatre will present this season the "Gun Play(s) Series," featuring 10 10-minute plays about gun violence in America.

A staged reading of the first two plays will take place on Monday evening.

C-U haiku, Oct. 16, 2016

By Jim O’Brien, Ann Hart and Will Reger

I look for Robins.

I can't recall the last I saw.

Are they already fled?

— David E Hall, Tuscola

Submissions may be made to with C-U haiku in the subject line. Include your name and city, which will be published with your haiku. Submissions may be edited.

Ruth Siburt: A good read about caring families and neighbors

I had the pleasure of meeting author Jason Reynolds last month at the Illinois Reading Council's annual event, where Champaign/Urbana's very own Alice McGinty received this year's Prairie State Excellence Award. Way to go, Alice!

I was impressed by Reynold's open friendliness. So, I picked up his first published work, "When I Was the Greatest," which is a 2014 release from Athenaeum.

Kathy Wicks: The glue that holds the White House together

What has 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, 28 fireplaces, three elevators and more than 200 years of history? It sits at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington, D.C., and is the location of monumental decisions, moments of joy and sadness, and countless crises.

Kelly Strom: Prepare to be scared

Yes, it's that time of year again, when we pull out all the stops to recommend novels with an eerie, brutal or otherwise frightening premise.The days have gotten a little chillier, and the evenings come more quickly, so what else is there to do but curl up and read some books that are the epitome of the season? I have a few here to get you started.