Books

Gimme five: Greatest living author?

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?

CORMAC MCCARTHY

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."

HARLAN COBEN


Library events, June 8-15, 2014

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.


Ted Kooser: An American life in poetry, June 8, 2014

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,


Nurses played crucial roles during WWII

By Patricia Hruby Powell


Quick read packed with good advice for a healthy life

David B. Agus, M.D., the author of "The End of Illness" and one of the world's leading cancer doctors and researchers, is back with a second small but important book, "A Short Guide to a Long Life."


Gardeners can harvest good ideas at library

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.


Jim Dey: Buy dad a book

Just two weeks remain before dutiful wives and kids feign affection for dad with those mandatory Father's Day presents. But what to buy?


C-U Haiku, June 1, 2014

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

While I was shaving

the cardinal's red razor flew

Slashing the oak leaves

— Dane Richardson, Champaign


Library events, June 1-8, 2014

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.


Ted Kooser: An American life in poetry, June 1, 2014

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,


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