An image of Garden of the Gods in Shawnee National Park from the Smithsonian Channel's 'Aerial America.'
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June 06, 2015

‘Aerial America’ Spotlights Illinois

The Smithsonian Channel series Aerial America has profiled all fifty United States, entirely from the air. Illinois will be the last state featured when its episode premieres on the Smithsonian Channel this Sunday night. 

Millennium Falcon spread from Ultimate Star Wars
Courtesy of DK
June 05, 2015

New Star Wars Book Sets The Stage For Episode VII

Star Wars fans are waiting anxiously to see what Disney does with Star Wars when Episode VII: The Force Awakens opens on December 18th. Adam Bray is excited. He’s one of the authors of a forthcoming Star Wars guide: Ultimate Star Wars that sets the stage for Episode VII.

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. 

Pumpkin pie
Photo: United States Department of Agriculture
April 17, 2015

Commotion In The Capitol Over State Pie

Finally, pumpkin pie might be getting the attention it deserves from lawmakers in Springfield. Illinois grows 95 percent of pumpkins processed in the United States, and lawmakers have proposed a bill making pumpkin pie the official pie of Illinois.

Ebertfest Director Nate Kohn, actor Jason Segel, director James Ponsoldt, and film critic Matt Zoller Seitz of Roger
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April 17, 2015

Actor Segel, Director Ponsoldt Discuss Author’s Influence

The star and director of "The End of the Tour", depicting 1980 Urbana High School graduate David Foster Wallace, say their love for the late author's writing made them want to take on the project.

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. 

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