If your junior high readers enjoy man against nature/adventure novels, then Roland Smith's "Peak" and its sequel, "The Edge," are worth a try.
In October, John Cleese and Eric Idle toured in a sit-down talk show, "John Cleese & Eric Idle: Together Again At Last ... For The Very First Time," with half of their 22 shows in Florida so that, they claimed, they could score a free vacation, as England is so dreary in October.
By Ted Kooser/U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06
Debra Marquart, who teaches at Iowa State, is a poet, a memoirist, a writer of stories and a singer with her own R&B group, The Bone People. She knows the musician's life, and here's a road poem from her most recent book from New Rivers Press, "Small Buried Things."
Traveling with Guitar
It's 1849 in Missouri. Samantha, a Chinese girl, watches her father's grocery store go up in flames. Her father, trapped inside, dies.
Ty Yorkshire, under the guise of helping Samantha, tries to rape her. She whacks him with a scrub brush and he's dead. Being Chinese puts her at a disadvantage with the law, so she flees with Annamae, Yorkshire's black slave girl.
Discussing rare musicals
Steve Young, a former writer for the "The Late Show with David Letterman," will present "The Lost World of Industrial Musicals" at 9:30 p.m. Friday at the Art Theater Co-op, Champaign.
Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette
Frost brushes ginkgo,
and underneath the tree lie
a thousand gold coins
— Lynne Proctor Sancken, Tolono
Selected events at local libraries:
Champaign Public Library
Main library, 200 W. Green St.
Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.
TUSCOLA — Tuscola Tourism will bring Laura Keyes to the Douglas County Museum on Dec. 5 for a Christmas presentation on author Laura Ingalls Wilder.
I thought about giving you a list of holiday cookbooks this week but decided that if you haven't planned out your Thanksgiving meal by now, then maybe I'd just let you wing it.
I can say that because I am well acquainted with the notion of flying by the seat of your pants.
As I write this, I too have not completely planned out the menu for my party of 14 on Thursday.