The To Write Love On Her Arms Webpage
May 28, 2015

To Write Love On Her Arms Founder Says Help Is Necessary

Jamie Tworkowski is the founder of To Write Love On Her Arms, which helps people with depression, substance abuse, and self-injury. He has released a new book, If You Feel Too Much, and will be speaking in Chicago on June 8th. He talked with us about his non-profit, the movie based off his original short story, and more. 


Sir Ken Robinson's new book is called Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That's Transforming Education
From Image Courtesy of Viking Penguin
May 04, 2015

Education About Creativity and Personalization Not Standardization Says Sir Ken Robinson

World-renowned educator Sir Ken Robinson says education should be about helping children and young people understand the talents that lie within them, and about helping them become fulfilled individuals and compassionate productive citizens. He says this can be achieved if education becomes more personalized rather than standardized.


Author Michael Perry
Courtesy of Michael Perry
April 10, 2015

The Pull Of The Farm Inspires Wisconsin Writer

Michael Perry is a New York Times Bestselling author, known for his memoirs of growing up in and returning to rural Wisconsin. He is also a humorist, singer/songwriter, radio host, and intermittent pig farmer. Even with all of that he is visiting Champaign-Urbana Saturday as the keynote speaker for the Champaign Library’s Local Author Festival. 


Poet Richard Blanco with President Obama
Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
April 07, 2015

Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco On Identity, Art And Fame

Richard Blanco likes to say that he was made in Cuba, assembled in Spain and imported to the United States. The writer served as the country's fifth inaugural poet at President Obama's 2013 inauguration – an assignment that forced him to confront some long-standing questions about his own identity. 


a cake called tequila mockingbird decorated to look like a drunk bird and a bottle of tequila
Credit: Kaitlin Bane/WILL
April 03, 2015

Devouring Books At The Edible Book Festival

Every year around the start of April, book lovers gather with some of their favorite titles ... and eat them.  It's called the annual Edible Book Festival. This year's local event was held April 1st on the University of Illinois Urbana campus. The creations compete for awards in categories that include, the Funniest-Punniest.


Corrupt Illinois
Patronage, Cronyism, and Criminality by: Dick Simpson and Thomas J. Gradel
(Photo: University of Illinois Press)
March 11, 2015

Why Is Illinois So Corrupt?

Anyone with a passing interest in Illinois politics knows the state has a reputation for corruption. A new book attempts to chronicle the wrong-doing, and propose a plan to combat it.


cast of To Kill A Mockingbird on stage
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February 19, 2015

Central High Adds Twist To ‘Mockingbird’

If you've read the book, To Kill A Mockingbird, you know it's a story that centers largely on issues of race and justice. Those are themes that continue to resonate today. So, when Champaign's Central High School decided to stage a performance of Harper Lee's novel, they added a modern twist. This weekend, students will perform two versions of the play; one with a traditional cast, the other with the races of the major characters reversed.


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