It could be awhile before the next big music act is booked at State Farm Center but campus will have that concert feel again at 3 p.m. Friday, when the Marching Illini join Tina Horton to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the famed Altgeld Hall chimes.

Hilary Leichter’s “Temporary” recounts an unnamed woman’s journey through a variety of temporary jobs, ranging from the odd, such as delivering cursed pamphlets for a witch who lives in a cave, to the surreal, like when she has to fill in for absent sea-life by being a human barnacle.

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I recently had the good fortune of joining one of the library’s book clubs in reading “The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek” by Kim Michele Richardson. I had heard of the novel, it had been on the bestseller lists a while back, but had never picked it up. I am so glad I finally did!

Autumn is upon us — a season of harvest with pumpkins, apples and more — and a perfect time to showcase this incredible new book: “The Farm That Feeds Us: A year in the life of an organic farm,” (2020, Quarto Publishing plc, written by Nancy Castaldo, illustrated by Ginny Hsu, ages 5-12).

I suppose everyone is entitled to have a little fun at work. So I’m taking that into account as I come to terms with Robert De Niro’s latest comedic foray, “The War with Grandpa,” a harmless trifle an upstart distributor company is throwing into empty multiplexes in an effort to lure people back.

This week's lineup: Allison Semmes on Ollie Watts Davis; Carol Marin on Joe Wenzel; Michael Kelly on Heywood ‘Woody’ Sanders; Roxanne Decyk on Emily Watts; Carol Ross Barney on Jack Baker; Grace Hou-Ovnik on Louis Liebovich; Amber McReynolds on Brian Gaines; Scott Atlas on Gilbert Haight; Susan Avery on Marvin Geller; and Arielle Gross Samuels on Paul Braun.