Lauren Chambers: Stiefvater's latest work doesn't disappoint


What I feared: that the latest Maggie Stiefvater title wouldn't be as magical and surreal as The Raven Cycle series.

What I wanted: to be completely transported by Stiefvater's signature use of lyrical language and to believe in the power of miracles.

Patricia Hruby Powell: 'Distant Near' loaded with great characters

Starting with the matriarch, Ranee Das, in the 1960s, we experience three generations of Bengali women as they assimilate, having moved from India to Ghana to London to New York and beyond, in Mitali Perkins' "You Bring the Distant Near" (2017).

Entertainment listings, Oct. 19-26, 2017


This weekend


What: Back for its fifth year as Central Illinois' premiere haunted attraction with 10,000 square feet of terror, customers will find terror at every turn; "Lights Out" events, Oct. 19 and 30. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Library events, Oct. 15-21, 2017

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

At 10 a.m. Tuesday at the main library, Erik Johnson, an associate professor of astronomy at Parkland College, will talk about telescopes and the apps that help us understand what we see in the sky.

Alice B. McGinty: Wonderful selections from Illinois authors

October is the time of year for the annual Illinois Reading Council Conference and Illinois School Library Media Association Conference. At both conferences, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators features new books by Illinois authors. There are many wonderful newly released picture books to choose from — and here are two of my favorites.

Kelly Strom: Strong women make frightening foes

Never underestimate the power of a woman. Both of today's novels feature damaged women who have been made stronger through their trials. It is the paths they take and the results they see that make each story different.

C-U haiku, Oct. 15, 2017


Cool grey foggy night

Wispy clouds shade a full moon

Quiet but alive

— Terry Schamber, Sadorus

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.

Entertainment listings, Oct. 12-19, 2017


This weekend


Susan McKinney: A good read for fans of Sherlock Holmes

What if Sherlock Holmes was really a woman?

Sherry Thomas explores that possibility in a new series. "A Study in Scarlet Women" is the first installment. It was released a year ago, and I discovered it when I saw advertising for the second book that is coming out in November.

Library events, Oct. 8-14, 2017

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

At 10 a.m. Tuesday at the main library, Ben Newell, president of Build Equinox, will share how the firm's technology improves ventilation in homes. The presentation is part of Tuesdays at Ten, a series introducing technology and other innovations developed in Champaign-Urbana.