★ Understanding, Empathy, and Action: October’s Roanoke Valley Reads Events


Here’s the scoop on October’s Roanoke Valley Reads events. Asterisked events include the author. Get a preview: Hear Sunil Yapa with Roanoke’s Brad Stephens on Big Ideas for Better Places podcast.


Thursday, October 4, 8:15 PM – Sunil Yapa Reading* at Hollins University, Francis J. Neiderer Auditorim, Richard Weatherill Visual Arts Center.  Enjoy the long tradition of literature and visiting writers at Hollins University with a reading from Sunil Yapa. Sponsored by the by the Jackson Center for Creative Writing with support from the Beanstalk Fund and the Benedict Fiction Endowment. Facebook event for your calendar.


Friday, October 5, 11:00 AM – Author craft talk and Q&A* at Hollins University, Hollins Room, Wyndham Robertson Library. Sponsored by the Jackson Center for Creative Writing with support from the Beanstalk Fund and the Benedict Fiction Endowment. Facebook event for your calendar.

Friday, October 5, 4 PM – Sunil Yapa on the (X)po Stage*. Ticket information here. Sponsored by Cityworks (X)po.

Friday, October 5, 6 PM –  Positive Action Poster Party – Art by Night and Cityworks (X)po at the TaubmanJoin us for this free public event for Art By Night! In partnership with Roanoke Valley Reads and CityWorks (X)po, the Taubman is proud to invite you to a Positive Action Poster Making Party. This event will combine a close look at our exhibition, In Our Own Words, with the themes of civic action and empathy explored in Sunil Yapa’s The Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist, Roanoke Valley Reads 2018 book. 

Surrounded by rolling images that will explore the history of broadsides, create your own positive action poster with the materials provided. Using the exhibition for inspiration, we invite you to tell someone’s story. It could be your own story, a friend or family member’s or someone you meet for the first time that evening.  Effecting change in the community around us requires that we understand each other. Be inspired by others. Challenge yourself to create a poster from a place of compassion, and share and talk to others over drinks and refreshments provided by Morning Brew Cafe! 

Galleries are open until 9pm. This event is a 2018 Roanoke Valley Reads Event, in partnership with CityWorks (x)po and a part of Art By Night. Facebook event for your calendar. 


Saturday, October 6 – Sunil Yapa at (X)po Saturday*.  Join the Cityworks (X)po community for a day focused on local issues and planning for 2050. How will we make this the world we want?  Ticket information here. Sponsored by Cityworks (X)po.


Tuesday, October 23, Jefferson Center, 7 PM  – “On the Beat: Local Journalism, Truth, and Democracy—presented by Virginia Humanities”  The event is presented by Virginia Humanities, the Virginia Center for the Book, and With Good Reason Radio, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and in partnership with The Pulitzer Prizes. Panel discussion, community conversation, and book signing.  $5 registration fee includes a $5 credit on one of the authors’ featured books at Book No Further.


Thursday, October 25, South County Library, 10 AMBook Club discussion of Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist


Tuesday, October 30, Raleigh Court Branch Library, 6 PM – “Our Newspaper, Your Voice.” Join Editorial Page Editor Dwayne Yancey for a conversation on writing op-ed pieces and the role of the paper in community action.

Check back frequently for more events, and follow Roanoke Valley Reads on Facebook for updates.

* Includes an appearance by the author. ★

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