Reluctant Townie: Hey, kids, you should buy my eBook

This week on the Reluctant Townie, we're going to try something new.

In honor of the Halloween season, I have written a short story — hopefully one that you will find amusing — that features a few supernatural twists. The story is longer than my column space will allow, so I've published it on the Kindle Marketplace as an eBook.

True story of the women behind the astronauts

"The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story" by Lily Koppel is the fascinating story of the wives of some of America's first astronauts and their sudden rise to fame in the late 1950s through the early 1970s.

Grandin's tale is one common to us all

"Temple Grandin: How The Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World" (Houghton 2012) by Sy Montgomery is a book for anyone who is weird or knows someone who is odd. That's all of us, right?

Ted Kooser: An American life in poetry, Oct. 20, 2013

Perhaps you've experienced the sudden, unsettling intimacy of putting on somebody else's jacket and finding a wad of tissue in the pocket.

Here's a fine poem by Debra Nystrom, raised in South Dakota and now teaching in Virginia.

Little Parka

Dream of Mom's red parka gone —

someone stole it right out of the closet

of the burned-down house — what

A selection of scary stories to tell in the dark

Each year around this time, I try to share a few titles that have an element of fear. As we've talked about before, there is a broad range of subjects that can be lumped into the category of scary stories. Werewolves, ESP, hauntings, serial killers and demons have each been featured in books with an assigned horror genre.

Library events, Oct. 20-27, 2013

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.

C-U Haiku, Oct. 20, 2013

Leaves swirling round my

feet like playful puppies that

came to walk with me.

— Pat Gallahue, Rantoul

Urbana author coming to Buvons

URBANA — The Meet the Pros series is bringing Robin Luebs, the Urbana author/illustrator of several children's books, to Buvons Wine Bar on Wednesday.

The event starts at 6 p.m. at the wine bar, 203 N. Vine St., U.

The Meet the Pros series is presented by Fine and Applied Arts at Parkland College and co-sponsored by the Champaign-Urbana Design Organization and 40 North 88 West.

'The Goodbye Year' a taste of bittersweet

Each fall, millions of parents in the United States face "The Goodbye Year."

This is the year one of their children is a high school senior: the last year when life stays the same for mothers before one of their babies (or only baby or oldest baby) will leave the nest and fly off to college, a job or maybe the military.

Original take on vampires

Do we really need another vampire novel? If the author is the insanely talented Holly Black, the answer is a resounding yes.

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