Books

Books

C-U haiku, July 2, 2017

By JIM O'BRIEN, ANN HART and WILL REGER

The long shadows show

My bike race against sunset

Will be a failure

— Zanne Newman, 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.

Entertainment listings, June 29-July 6, 2017

SPECIAL EVENTS

FORD COUNTY FAIR

What: Horse show, queen pageant, livestock shows, petting and pony rides, carnival rides, face painting, tractor pulls, rodeo, entertainment including Easton Corbin with Walker McGuire concert, June 30, evening bands in beer tent, and evening dance with Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadians on July 1.

Full lineup for 2017 Pygmalion Festival released

CHAMPAIGN — The lineup for Pygmalion, the annual indie-music festival set for Sept. 20-24 in Champaign-Urbana, has been revealed, with Animal Collective among the musical acts.

The festival also includes tech, literature, craft and food components. Festival passes go on sale at noon Friday.

C-U haiku, June 25, 2017

By JIM O'BRIEN, ANN HART and WILL REGER

I'm feeling the funk

oooh gusto flame oh lawdy

this groove I thee wed

— Billy Malanga, 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.

Joel Shoemaker: 'Stay' a great tale about companionship

What may appear to be yet another, simple picture book ends up being a complex and beautifully optimistic tale of lifelong companionship.

Library events, June 25-July 1, 2017

Champaign Public Library

Main Library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

On Monday at the main library, teens will turn cardboard boxes into custom arcade games at a Teen STEAM workshop presented in partnership with the Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab. Sign up for the morning (9 a.m.

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, June 25, 2017

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

One of my favorite poems is Louise Bogan's "The Crossed Apple," which mentions two species, Meadow Milk and Sweet Burning, and since reading it many years ago I have made notes of the names of apples, a poet's delight.

Ruth Siburt: 'Soar' a winning tale full of insight, hope

Recently, my niece loaned me a useful book on mindset. It seems a lot of how we get along depends on how we think.

Do we see situations as permanent or temporary? Do we imagine people as helpful or hurtful?

Joan Bauer's 2016 novel for middle grades, "Soar," is a heartwarming story of a boy courageously practicing a hopeful mindset.

Entertainment listings, June 22-29, 2017

SPECIAL EVENTS

VERMILION COUNTY FAIR

What: Grandstand entertainment includes Little Miss and Talent Show at 6 p.m. June 22, Truck and Tractor Pull at 6 p.m. June 23, Stadium Motocross at 7 p.m. June 24, Demo Derby at 4 p.m. June 25. Livestock shows, 4-H exhibits and shows, carnival, entertainment, food and more.

Mary Wilkes Towner: Two tales to get started with romance

I'm a proud romance-novel reader. I'm drawn to the escapism, the happy endings, the strong characters and, lately, the diversity. Focusing on relationships, these titles run the gamut from sweet to sassy to sexy, and offer all sorts of plots and protagonists.