Library events, May 31-June 6, 2015

Selected events scheduled at local libraries:

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

Author whips up an entertaining novel

"The Cake Therapist" by Judith Fertig is a debut novel with a delicious cover and an even more appetizing main character and plot.

It explores the theme of re-creating oneself in mid-life, plus adds a little love and romance and a mystery to be solved, bringing readers to the satisfactory ending.

Readers will dig this series

Is there anything more delightful than discovering an author whose stories leave us hoping for more?

Readers at the upper middle grade level (and this senior reader) have a treat coming in author Roland Smith's new series, beginning with "Beneath."

Library to dedicate Hegeler Stage on Saturday

DANVILLE — Local performers will break in a new community stage downtown when the Danville Public Library dedicates its new venue.

Tragedy at the track

New book looks at crash that killed two drivers in 1964 Indy 500

As a child, I grew up watching a lot of automobile racing. We watched it on television and also visited several race tracks. A popular one for us was Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis.

Born in Indianapolis and an avid race fan, my father raced and worked the races in a few different roles.

Library events, May 24-31, 2015

Events scheduled at local libraries:

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, kids 2 to 5 (with a caregiver) can wear their jammies and attend a half hour of stories, music and fun during Goodnight Storytime.

Author explores several themes in debut novel

"Liar's Bench" by Kim Michele Richardson is a well-crafted, beautifully written debut novel set in 1972 in the South — Peckinpaw, Ky., to be exact.

It tells the story of a 17-year-old girl living in a town full of lies and turmoil, dating back to 1860 when a slave was hanged in front of the courthouse.

A well-researched transgender story from the 1800s

"The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell" (St. Martin's Press 2015) by William Klaber is based on the true story of Lucy Lobdell, who became Mrs. George Slater and bore Helen Slater before becoming Joseph Lobdell in 1853.

The author began his project as non-fiction about this historic figure before changing to the fictionalized "memoir" it has become.

Here's what's happening on the literary scene

Author to sign books in Danville

Georgetown native Thomas Lopinski, now of Los Angeles, will sign copies of his second novel, "The Art of Raising Hell," at Book World in Danville's Village Mall from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. The book was published by Dark Alley Press.

Ted Kooser: An American life in poetry, May 24, 2015

Poets often do their best work when they're telling us about something they've seen without stepping into the poem and talking about themselves. Here's a lovely poem of observation by Terri Kirby Erickson, who lives in North Carolina.

Hospital Parking Lot

Headscarf fluttering in the wind,

stockings hanging loose on her vein-roped