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Wednesday, June 4, 2008 03:39 pm

Carol Manley’s struggling characters are painfully, wonderfully human

Untitled Document You don’t expect a story that begins: “The brassiere is off, Louella” to gently break your heart, and that’s precisely what makes Spring...
Wednesday, May 14, 2008 08:25 pm

Springfield’s Celia Wesle publishes engaging poetry collection

Untitled Document Imagine sitting in your favorite coffeehouse, surrounded by paintings done in a riot of color. A wise friend is sharing a latte, along with stories from her lif...
Wednesday, April 30, 2008 05:28 am

Dan Guillory channel the Emancipator in engaging collection of poetry

Untitled Document I’ve been reading, over the past week, the 61 poems and their commentaries that make up Dan Guillory’s The Lincoln Poems. It’s been a more mov...
Wednesday, April 9, 2008 06:53 pm

Christy Cameron scores with pair of recent romance novels

Untitled Document Christy Cameron of Pana, in addition to raising two boys adopted from Russia and a recently born daughter, managing a farm household, sometimes drivi...
Wednesday, April 2, 2008 10:20 pm

2012 author should have dabbled in facts more, drugs less

Untitled Document At one point in Daniel Pinchbeck’s fantastical personal exploration of apocalyptic myth and reality in 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, he elaborates on ...
Wednesday, March 26, 2008 01:37 am

Our beloved resident poet produces a graceful autobiography

Untitled Document Our local- and national-award-winning poet John Knoepfle has written an autobiography. Not a complete one — he begins with his roots in Ireland and Switze...
Wednesday, March 5, 2008 10:29 pm

Channeling Virginia Woolf for seven enduring lessons

Untitled Document Central Illinois has many writers’ groups — I can easily name six in Springfield. Some have died: Women Writes waxed awhile, and so did the Snotty L...
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008 09:31 pm

Memories of the Decatur area’s one-room schoolhouses

Untitled Document White. Magee. Kirby. Miller. Renshaw. Columbia. Zion. Fairview. Bethel. Flood. Pleasant Grove. Oreana. Progress. Hickory Point. These are the names of 14 of the...
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008 02:34 pm

New look at Lincoln-Douglas contest answers longstanding questions

Untitled Document The Lincoln-Douglas Debates are like the Magna Carta or the Gadsden Purchase: You kind of know that they’re important and maybe even have a rough notion o...
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008 01:26 pm

The Volkmanns tell the story of Springfield’s distinctive statues and monuments

Untitled Document It’s hot off the press, published Feb. 4 — and hot off the keys, cameras, and many footsteps of our own Carl (retired head of Lincoln Library) and R...

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