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...
Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008 04:26 am

Homerville’s stories are unique, but the themes are universal

Untitled Document So where’s Homerville? In Pike County, west of Jacksonville, north of Pittsfield, and close enough to the Illinois River that one character jumps in it to...
Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2007 04:57 pm

Oak Ridge Cemetery’s dead come to life in new book

Untitled Document As you walk through Oak Ridge Cemetery’s beautiful 365 acres, it’s easy to forget that each tombstone represents a life — a person with friend...
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2007 07:17 am

A wealth of books build on Pride and Prejudice author’s legacy

Untitled Document You don’t read just anything when you’re really sick. C.S. Lewis said that at his lowest all that would suffice was The Wind in the Willows. I ...
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2007 06:28 am

Fascinating book recounts the struggle for rich cache of Indian artifacts

Untitled Document The subtitle of David LaVere’s Looting Spiro Mounds is a footnote to perhaps the greatest public grave robbery in history: Howard Carter’s 1924 disc...
Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2007 03:41 am

Clever story will leave you dizzy with literary references

Untitled Document Recently, during my family excavations, I unearthed a homemade booklet, “Books Read in 1900,” belonging to my grandmother. She’d have been 30....
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007 01:15 am

Sara Nelson shares her love of books in a chatty, witty style

Untitled Document I resisted opening this book, even though it was an autographed gift from the author’s sister-in-law, a longtime Springfieldian. I thought that it was ano...


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