Wednesday, March 28, 2007 09:10 am

Arrington pushed the Statehouse into the modern era

Untitled Document William Russell Arrington — best known as Russ — was a familiar face and factor in the Illinois General Assembly from 1945 to 1973. Moreover, he was...
Wednesday, March 14, 2007 01:22 pm

A look at three women who sparked up early American culture

Untitled Document Looking for emotion, struggle, determination, and accomplishment? They’re all there in Megan Marshall’s The Peabody Sisters, a fascinating look at t...
Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007 02:32 pm

A nostalgic look at Sangamon’s history-rich neighbor

Untitled Document Arcadia Publishing’s series Images of America enlists various authors to research the history of a certain town or area. Endnotes in the books state ...
Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2007 09:14 pm

Hergé’s meticulously researched comic strip transcends age, language

Untitled Document Billions of bilious blue blistering barnacles! In a thundering typhoon! This is the 100th birthday of Belgian author/artist Hergé. The complete Tintin is...
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2006 09:46 am

Promise of The Sangamo Frontier never realized

For many central-Illinois natives, the subject of Robert Mazrim’s new book, The Sangamo Frontier: History and Archaeology in the Shadow of Lincoln, is a surprise — the concept of archaeolo...
Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2006 02:32 pm

Give your favorite reader a page-turner for the holidays

The holiday season is a perfect time to hit the bookstore and select the ideal book for each reader on your list. Here are suggestions in six different categories. FICTION The number 13 may be consi...
Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2006 02:32 pm

Lincoln wrote to shape and save a nation

Abraham Lincoln said goodbye to Springfield in a succinct, emotion-filled speech on Feb. 11, 1861. “To this place, and the kindness of these people,” Lincoln said, “I owe every thing...
Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2006 05:02 pm

Local woman wins national fiction, poetry competitions

Carol Manley is one of the best writers in Illinois today, but you can’t buy a book with her name on the cover — yet. She is a contributing editor to the “People’s Poetry&rdquo...
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2006 02:32 pm

Jacksonville’s Scott Maruna tells tales of central Illinois

I once had a political-science professor who believed that air conditioning had destroyed the fabric of our society. Before air conditioning, he said, people spent summer nights sitting outdoors on st...


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