Haiku study group / starts in Champaign-Urbana / you can take part too

CHAMPAIGN — Lee Gurga, editor of the C-U Haiku feature in Sunday's News-Gazette, is starting a haiku study group that will meet Sunday afternoons.

The first meeting is set for 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 8 in the second-floor Foundation Room 222 at the Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St.

Ted Kooser: American life in poetry Aug. 28, 2013

Here's a fine poem about the stages of grief by Helen T. Glenn, who lives in Florida.

Noguchi's Fountain

The release of water in the base

so controlled that the surface tension,

tabletop of stability, a mirror,

remains unbroken. Moisture seeps

down polished basalt sides.

This is how I grieve, barely

enough to dampen river stones,

Service-arts group to raise awareness of violence against women

URBANA — One People, a local service and arts organization founded in April, will present "The Lounge" at 7 p.m. Sept. 6 at The Hub, 912 W. Springfield Ave.

"The Lounge" is a community event that provides a platform for local performers to raise awareness and support for nonprofit organizations and causes.

Get acquainted with steampunk artwork

I first learned about steampunk when I read a young adult book in this genre titled "The Hunchback Assignments" by Arthur Slade. Anyone who has seen the movies "Wild, Wild West" or "The League of Extraordinary Gentleman" has encountered steampunk, too.

C-U Haiku Aug. 25, 2013

Garden bounty treat

Succulent, moist, delicious.

Illinois sweet corn

— Jerry Wood, Paxton

Classics — with plot twists

With this month's back- to-school excitement, I find myself thinking about all the classic books I've read in class. This includes even the basics, such as "The Three Little Pigs" and "Goldilocks and the Three Bears." This week, you'll recognize those two well-known classics — with some hilarious twists:

Library events, Aug. 25-Sept. 1

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.

Weaving a good mystery

I love a good mystery, and I read all types in the genre. Police procedural, suspense and international mysteries are all exciting, but nothing compares to the quirkiness and fun of a cozy mystery. The characters often have odd jobs, friends or both — all while trying to solve a hometown murder.

MacRae to sign books in Champaign

Molly MacRae, who writes the national bestselling and award-winning Haunted Yarn Shop mysteries for Penguin Random House, will sign copies of her books from 7 to 8 p.m. Sept. 1 at Barnes & Noble in Champaign.

Author sets book signing

Michael Kleen, author of "Tales of Coles County, Illinois," will sell and sign copies of his book from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Bidwell's Cafe in Mattoon and from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Jackson Ave. Coffee in Charleston.

The events will include a reading, as well as a question-and-answer session. The 10th anniversary edition of the book was released earlier this month.

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