Books

Books

Patricia Hruby Powell: Author delivers exquisite story for all ages

"The Passion of Dolssa" (Viking 2016) by Julie Berry is certainly an oddity in the world of young-adult literature — and what a terrific oddity.

Kathy Wicks: Two biographies worth reading

What three people, living or dead, would you invite to dinner? It's a popular question, sometimes used in job interviews and conference icebreakers. I've never been asked the question, but two of my three dinner guests would be Walt Disney and Steve Jobs.

C-U haiku, Jan. 22, 2017

By JIM O'BRIEN, ANN HART and WILL REGER

Cold scent is distinct

Not like a springtime flower

Winter has a smell

— Jim Runyan, Champaign

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

Kelly Strom: Journalist to share struggle with son's addiction

Champaign Public Library staff members are excited to host an author visit from David Sheff at 7 p.m. Monday. The journalist and New York Times bestselling author will discuss his memoir, "Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction," a chronicle of his son's drug use and his journey toward recovery. A book signing will follow.

Library events, Jan. 15-21, 2017

Champaign Public Library
Main library, 200 W. Green St.
Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the main library, preschoolers 2 to 5, accompanied by a caregiver, can jump in their jammies during 30 minutes of stories and music at Goodnight Storytime.

C-U haiku, Jan. 15, 2017

By JIM O'BRIEN, ANN HART and WILL REGER

The black velvet sky,

cloaked in cosmic mysteries,

whispers of stardust.

— Irene Bullard, Urbana

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

Susan McKinney: Second book in Peri Reed series keeps pace

"The Operator" by Kim Harrison is the second book in the Peri Reed series. You might remember that I reviewed the first book, "The Drafter," last year.

These books are set in the future, a future where everything is connected to the internet, every law-enforcement and government agency is using drones daily and "glass" technology is the cutting edge.

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, Jan. 15, 2017

By TED KOOSER
U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06

Marge Saiser is a Nebraska poet about whose work I have said that no contemporary poet is better at writing about love. Here's a love poem from her new book, "I Have Nothing to Say about Fire," from Backwaters Press.

The Print the Whales Make

You and I on the boat notice

C-U haiku, Jan. 8, 2017

By JIM O'BRIEN, ANN HART and WILL REGER

Doors shut so quickly

Old men listen for music

Winter is uncertain

— Will Reger, Champaign

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

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, Jan. 8, 2017

By TED KOOSER
U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06

I'm fond of poems in which we see people working together, helping one another. I've never folded a sail, nor seen anybody fold one, but here I get to watch it happen, and feel it happen, too. Alan Feldman is from Massachusetts, and his most recent book is "Immortality," University of Wisconsin Press, 2015.