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By KEVIN C. JOHNSON St. Louis Post-Dispatch Fans of country star Chris Young have seen him in front of big crowds before — opening for top-tier acts such as Rascal Flatts, Jason Aldean, Garth Brooks, Brad Paisley and George Strait or at the CMA Fest. But these days, the audiences are bigger — and they’re all his: Young is one of country music’s newest headliners. He’s currently on his “Raised on Country Tour.” “This is far and away my big- gest tour, where I’m doing things my way and putting it together,” Young said. “It’s been insane. This is obviously something I’ve been building up to all these years. It’s overwhelming, but it’s also very cool.” In bringing his new tour to the stage, Young has been involved in everything from set design to the set list. He said the set accommodates the show’s various moods, from over- the-top to intimate and acoustic. Young also promises to play new songs, new covers and include some surprises. His experience touring with country legends has helped shape his own show. “It was just awesome to watch their shows and learn from them,” he said. “I liked what they did with their video content and thought I could work with that and make it work for me.” Young has come a long way since winning TV’s “Nashville Star” in 2006 — a feat that doesn’t exactly come with the same allure as winning, say, an early season of “American Idol.” But it ultimately paid off big. “Most people don’t even remember I was on ‘Nashville Star,’” he said. “I had a friend who told me to audition.” “I’ve always been a slow grow- er,” Young said. “I look back at where I started, when everybody was in a van and trailer driv- ing around. Now I’m on a huge amphitheater tour with moving parts.” By CARISSA SOUKUP BH News Service “Why are Grand Island’s most vulnerable dying violently?” While this sounds like an alarm- ing headline to a front-page story, it is actually on the front cover of “A Certain Mercy,” a book by William L. Silvaneus. The book contains 66 referenc- es to places in Grand Island as well as references to surrounding towns, but why? William L. Silvaneus is better known as Wayne Anson, who moved to Grand Island with his family in the fourth grade and graduated from Grand Island Senior High. He left the day after graduation to pursue a job near Yellowstone National Park. When he was young, he began writing and fell in love with it. Anson continued to write through the years, no matter what he did. He wrote for magazines and other publications. When he was a pastor, he wrote a manuscript for each sermon he gave, but there was something pulling him toward creative writ- ing and poetry. He moved back to Grand Island about 11 years ago after a major illness. Anson moved back in with his father to get back on his feet and has stayed in Grand Island, which is the location for his novel. The novel features a man named Stephen Brown who works for The Salvation Army as the direc- tor of social services. Anson used his time as the night manager at the men’s shelter at The Salvation Army as inspiration for that aspect of the novel. The main plot comes from newspaper articles he has read about cities where homeless peo- ple die at higher than normal rates. “I believe that storytelling is a way of communicating truth or messages,” said Anson. He started writing his novel because he realized that most men in his family have lived until about age 96, and he wanted to do something he loved with those last 30 years. “I’ve always wanted to do even more with writing than I could with any other jobs in my life, and I decided that I was going to do a novel,” said Anson. He writes under the pen name William L. Silvaneus, William Silvaneus being his grandfather’s first and middle name. The novel itself was inspired by the articles he read as well as his work over the years with the homeless and refugees. Not only is his work a thriller suspense novel, but Anson said the reviews showed that his message about how people view the home- less came across without dis- tracting from other aspects of the novel. That is an accomplishment that pleased him. Readers can find “A Certain Mercy” online at Amazon, as well as at his website, williamsilvane-, and his Facebook page, William L. Silvaneus. His book also can be purchased at the gift shop at the Stuhr Muse- um in Grand Island as well as the Sequel Bookshop in Kearney. 4 BOOKS, MOVIES AND MUSIC KEARNEY HUB — THURSDAY, JULY 11, 2019 Anson uses Grand Island as setting for suspense thriller novel Chris Young Young a headliner doing things his way By KATIE WALSH Tribune News Service There is absolutely no reason to catch a ride with the nasty, brutish and shrill “Stuber,” a horror movie about our current American nightmare of late cap- italist economics and unchecked law enforcement masquerading as an “action comedy.” If that’s not sobering enough, “Stuber” also is deeply unfunny. It centers on the odd-couple pairing of Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bau- tista, who try to cover up their complete lack of chemistry with increasingly deafening screams. You know what’s just a laugh riot? Consider that the hero of our film, the titular “Stuber,” Stu (Nanjiani), drives Uber on the side because he doesn’t make enough at his low-wage gig at a big box sporting goods store while also trying to open a business with his best friend/crush (Betty Gilpin). You know what’s even funnier? When he’s kidnapped by an off-duty LAPD officer, Vic (Bautista), who is on a vengeance mission and conscripts Stu into the torture and murder of civil- ians. Those murderous off-duty LAPD officers sure are hilarious. It’s a busted, blatant, bumbling rip-off of Michael Mann’s “Col- lateral,” but rather than a smooth assassin and a panicked cabbie, it’s a rogue cop with impaired vision due to LASIK surgery and a motor-mouth sweetie behind the wheel of a leased Nissan Leaf. One can see the appeal of the concept in theory. But it’s lost in the loud and messy execution. ‘Stuber’ severely lacking Tribune News Service DAVE BAU- TISTA and Kumail Nan- jiani are an odd pairing in ‘Stuber.’