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Thursday, July 1, 2004 04:27 am
No one who reads the remarkable new poems by John Knoepfle can fail to be touched by their penetrating strength. If poems from the sangamon (1985) brought history up out of the Midwest, this on...
Thursday, June 24, 2004 10:44 am
Political potboilers have always scored high on summer-reading lists, and Bush's War for Reelection: Iraq, the White House, and the People seems to qualify. Written by investigative reporter Ja...
Thursday, June 3, 2004 11:47 am
In her last book, Nine Nights on the Windy Tree, Martha Miller introduced Bertha Brannon, a Springfield lawyer who finds herself involved in a mystery. It was a good read, and I was looking for...
Thursday, May 13, 2004 10:13 pm
What happens when 10 siblings decide to join forces? Add 10 cousins to the mix, and imagine the fun and frivolity. Often, downright naughty things happen. Springfield native Helene Odell Moss O'...
Thursday, April 29, 2004 04:55 am
Arbor Day is Friday, April 30, and the Arbor Day Foundation ( is offering you a deal. You can join the Foundation and for $10 receive either 10 flowering trees or 10 pine trees...
Thursday, April 15, 2004 03:58 am
There should be a warning sign for anyone venturing down nostalgia way: "Caution! Platitudes ahead." Why must reminiscences punish the present to paint the past as more precious? In his memoir Now, W...
Thursday, March 25, 2004 03:30 pm
Admit it. When you think of the literary capitals of the world, Springfield doesn't leap to the top of the list. But beginning on Saturday, Springfield shines like a literary luminary on the pr...
Thursday, March 11, 2004 06:25 pm
Like a man to double business bound I stand in pause where I shall first begin. Claudius in Act III of Hamlet Where to be or not to be? Tonight, March 11, two downtown libraries offer excellent ...


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