Wednesday, July 30, 2008 01:37 am

Story of two Illinois desperadoes captures the romance, grit of Old West

Everybody knows of the exploits of outlaws Frank and Jesse James, but who remembers Ed and Lon Maxwell, two Illinoisans who captured the nation's attention in the early 1880s? The broth...
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 01:42 am

You don’t have to know much about music to find Musicophilia fascinating

Every now and then I tune in to my head to see what's playing there: sometimes nothing, sometimes a childhood song, sometimes an annoying advertising ditty, sometimes a symphonic bit I can ...
Wednesday, July 16, 2008 05:30 am

Andrew Ferguson takes a fresh look at a familiar icon

Untitled Document Andrew Ferguson's personal saga tracing the Lincoln industry and influence began when he was a kid, visiting New Salem and other Lincoln shrines (thus called until r...
Wednesday, June 11, 2008 03:41 pm

Thursday’s next task — keeping the Bennets from becoming too real

Untitled Document Book lovers, if you haven’t already discovered Jasper Fforde, don’t. Danger: addiction. Where else will you find Thursday Next, a literary detective...
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...


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