Entertainment listings, Nov. 16-23, 2017


This weekend


What: Free horse and carriage rides, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Have your picture taken with Santa! Over 30 vendors from seasonal decor to baked goods. Coffee, hot chocolate, donuts, breakfast and lunch provided by food vendors. Shop at the local village shops. Brochures and maps available day of event.

Best-selling author's own story is also a page-turner

When best-selling author JAMIE FORD appears at the Champaign Public Library today as part of its "Great Authors at the Library" series, it will be before a packed house.

"We're sold out," promotions manager Evelyn Shapiro said of the free event, which will be held in a 120-seat room. "And we've got dozens of people on the waiting list."

C-U haiku, Nov. 12, 2017


Hike through Busey Woods

Molten mass of sunlit gold

November's great hoard

— Rosemary Laughlin, Urbana

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Library events, Nov. 12-18, 2017

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

At 7 p.m. Wednesday at the main library, Manzanar survivor Yuki Llewellyn will return to Champaign to share her story about living with her mother in a U.S. internment camp for Japanese-Americans.

Kelly Strom: Cookbooks to help you plan your holiday menus

As the days get colder and leaves are quickly falling, it's time to take a look at some our new seasonal cookbooks. It's been a couple of years since we've reviewed these specialty books, so let's start planning early and start perusing for perfect dishes and desserts. As always, we have a wide selection of cookbooks, so the ones I've mentioned here are just the tip of the iceberg.

Patricia Hruby Powell: A novel for the girl who needs to be empowered

By its name, "What Girls Are Made Of" (Carolrhoda Lab 2017) by Elana K. Arnold might be a women's health book like "Our Body, Ourselves." But it's a novel. However, it could serve as a woman's health guide.

Entertainment listings, Nov. 9-16, 2017


This weekend


What: Get in the Christmas spirit while enjoying Christmas carols and samples of delicious Christmas goodies.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 10 and 11, and noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 12.

Where: Main Street, downtown Arcola.

More info:Call 217-268-3576.

Sci-fi-focused Uncanny Magazine takes up residence in Urbana

URBANA — An award-winning online science-fiction magazine read by people all over the world has made the move to Urbana.

University of Illinois graduate Lynne M. Thomas is now a top librarian at the UI, but most of the literary world knows her as a five-time winner of the Hugo, the World Science Fiction Society's top award.

Library events, Nov. 5-11, 2017

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

At 2 p.m. today at the main library, listen to Idea Garden's original songs and traditional bluegrass performed by Dan Andree (fiddle) and Aaron Dorfman (guitar) at this month's In Concert at CPL.

Kathy Wicks: It's time to pregame for 'The Last Jedi'

As we count down the days until the release of "The Last Jedi," the Star Wars expanded universe has been busy adding new and immersive titles to your fandom reading list. In the spirit of Star Warriors who are on a never-ending quest to fill in the gaps between the movies, this year I read three new novels in the Star Wars timeline.