Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, Sept. 20, 2015

By Ted Kooser/U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06

I've seen many poems about the atomic bomb drills that schoolchildren were put through during the Cold War, but this one reaches beyond that experience. John Philip Johnson lives and writes in Nebraska and has an illustrated book of poems, "Stairs Appear in a Hole Outside of Town."

There Have Come Soft Rains

Event a bittersweet homecoming for creator of Dahmer comic book

One of the stars of the Dark History Con this weekend is a name who will be familiar to many in Champaign: Hart Fisher.

Fisher made the news back in 1992, fresh out of the University of Illinois, when his Boneyard Press published the comic book, "Jeffrey Dahmer: An Unauthorized Biography."

Cutting it close, textbooks arrive at G-RF

GEORGETOWN — About 25,000 new math and reading textbooks, workbooks and teaching materials are now in the Georgetown-Ridge Farm school district's hands, although officials said that their last-minute arrival caused some logistical challenges.

Author delivers a great piece of historical fiction

Once upon a time, Newbery Award-winning author Richard Peck came to central Illinois to present a workshop on writing. This event booked up almost immediately, and journalist Kate Hannigan was in attendance. I remember this because during our read-aloud first pages for Peck, Hannigan was the only reader who evoked this response: "Perfect! Don't change a thing. Go right on exactly this way."

C-U Haiku, Sept. 13, 2015

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

Leaves crunch underfoot

Soft breeze

Deep sigh

— Alison Dey, Urbana

Suspenseful secrets

Maybe your neighbors and co-workers seem like nice, "normal" people. You've known them for a while, gone out a few times, maybe have been to their house, met the family everything seems rather commonplace, nothing seems suspicious at all. Perhaps this is what they want you to believe.

These three novels that I bring you today all deal with a seemingly average family with big secrets.

That's Entertainment: Spotlighting events in and around the area

Music scene

WEFT-FM celebration

WEFT-FM will celebrate its 34th year on the air with its annual WEFT-Fest from 5 to 10 p.m. today at Mike N Molly's, 105 N. Market St., C.

The free event will feature music and food, with a local talent that reflects the programming at the community-based station:

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, Sept. 13, 2015

By Ted Kooser/U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06

They say that when undergoing cancer treatment, the patient's attitude is all-important. Here, Robert King, a poet now living in Colorado, looks with wit and bemusement at his chemotherapy. His most recent book is "Some of These Days," Conundrum Press, 2013.

Embedding the Cancer Port

New library a resource on Alzheimer's, dementia

CHAMPAIGN — A new community resource library for families dealing with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia has opened at First United Methodist Church, 210 W. Church St.

Monticello library bid documents nearly ready

MONTICELLO — Bid documents for a new Allerton Public Library building should be completed this week, a large next step toward breaking ground for a new, 12,450-square-foot library.