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Lee Gurga leading haiku lecture and workshop

[SEPT. 21, 2002]  Lee Gurga will present a haiku lecture and workshop at the Japan House, 2000 S. Lincoln Ave. in Urbana, on Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Dr. Gurga, a Lincoln dentist, is past president of the Haiku Society of America and editor of the journal entitled Modern Haiku. In 1998 the Illinois Arts Council awarded him a poetry fellowship for his work in haiku. Two of his books have won first prize in the Haiku Society of America’s annual book awards.

Workshop participants will be given a brief introduction to the art of Japanese haiku. Participants will also have a chance to write their own haiku and share insights with others. Haiku is a social art as well as a literary art, and sharing is an important part of the haiku tradition. This sharing allows both the writer and the listener to grow.

The registration deadline is Oct. 4. For more information call Japan House at (217) 244-9934.

[News release]

‘Details at 10’

[SEPT. 25, 2002]  "Details at 10," Ardella Garland. Simon & Schuster, 207 pages. Genre: mystery.

Georgia Barnett is a reporter and a newshound. She loves fighting for a lead story. She knows that a lead story is especially hard for a black woman to lock down. She feels underappreciated, forced to work the fluff stories and pimped, but she is having none of it. "To show some pride, you have to work around the journalism prejudice."


"Details at 10" follows Georgia as she covers the story of a small child named Little Butter.

Unfortunately, Little Butter is missing and it’s all Georgia’s fault. While covering yet another drive-by shooting in the Chicago neighborhood of Englewood, she interviews a young girl at the scene of the crime who describes the shooter. Several days later, Georgia receives a call from a frantic mother stating that her daughter has turned up missing, and because of the police’s unwillingness to help find yet another one of "those" types of kids, the frantic mother calls upon the local television station for help. When Georgia goes to interview the mother of the child for a spot on the news, she realizes that this is the same child that she has interviewed about the shooting.


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Georgia enlists the help of the handsome Detective Doug Eckhart, the man with a voice of steel and a heart of gold. Georgia finds herself in the middle of a gang war in her search for the missing child and needs all the help the detective can give her.

Ardella Garland is the nom de plume of Yolanda Joe, author of the Blackboard best-selling novels "Falling Leaves of Ivy," "He Say, She Say," and "Bebe’s by Golly Wow." A news writer at CBS in Chicago for 12 years, Joe is a graduate of Yale University and the Columbia University School of Journalism. Raised by her grandparents, she grew up in Chicago and still lives there. The name "Ardella Garland," a combination of her grandparents’ names, was created to honor them.

[Bobbi Reddix, Lincoln Public Library District]

Mid-Illinois Book Center offers online book club

[SEPT. 24, 2002]  So many good books, so little time. The Mid-Illinois Talking Book Center has been offering free audio book selections to members and is now launching a new free service: an online book club that delivers books electronically.

If you like audio books, you can listen to them in your e-mail by signing up for the audio book club. This is a great way to discover great books if you are too busy to visit the library or cannot visit the library because of a disability.

 Each day, Monday through Friday, the library e-mails subscribers a book portion that takes about five minutes to read, and subscribers can read three chapters during a week.

Each week the club features new books, and with seven book clubs to choose from, there is something for everyone. Patrons can read fiction, nonfiction, romance, business, good news and teen books. Soon there will be a mystery book club.

The Talking Books online book club is delivered to you through a service provided by

Chapter-A-Day founder and CEO Suzanne Beecher said, "It’s an honor to welcome Talking Books to our e-mail online book clubs. Talking Books helped me through a difficult time in my life. I have an eye disorder, and for a while I walked with a red and white cane and spent many afternoons on a sofa in my sunroom listening to Talking Books. They were my lifeline to a better quality of life for me at the time."


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Readers can sign up for the service at

 For more information on the program or for an application, call 1 (800) 426-0709 or 1 (800) 537-1274 toll-free. 

The Mid-Illinois Talking Book Center provides free library service including books and magazines on tape and playback equipment to individuals unable to read regular print because of a visual or physical disability.

The Talking Book Center is funded by the Illinois State Library, a division of the Office of Secretary of State.

[News release]


Movie classics

Logan County Arts Association upcoming films

All upcoming monthly features in the Logan County Arts Association series of classic films will start at 7 p.m. at the Lincoln Cinemas, 215 S. Kickapoo.

Thursday, Oct. 10

Horror/sci-fi double feature

"Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (1931)

Frederic March, Miriam Hopkins

Based on the story by Robert Louis Stevenson. Dr. Henry Jekyll believes that there are two distinct sides to men: a good and an evil side. He faces horrible consequences when he lets his dark side run wild with a potion that changes him into the animalistic Mr. Hyde.


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"The Day the Earth Stood Still" (1951)

Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe, Sam Jaffe

An alien (Klaatu) with his mighty robot (Gort) lands their spacecraft on cold-war Earth just after the end of World War II. He tells the people of Earth that we must live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets.

Tickets will be available at Serendipity Stitches, 129 S. Kickapoo; the Lincoln Public Library Annex; at the door; or by calling (217) 732-4298. Ticket prices are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2.50 for children 13 and under. These features are one show only, with limited seating.

[Logan County Arts Association ]

Lincoln Community Theatre information

Lincoln Community Theatre’s box office, phone 735-2614,  is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday for the summer season. The office is located in the lobby of the Johnston Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Lincoln College.

Performances of "Dearly Departed" are scheduled for July 12-20, and "The King and I" will be presented Aug. 2-10. Show times are 2 p.m. on Sundays and 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

The LCT mailing address is Lincoln Community Theatre, P.O. Box 374, Lincoln, IL  62656; e-mail:

Visit the LDC website at Pictures from past productions are included.

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