★ Free Roanoke Valley Reads Events tonight and Friday


Hear Sunil Yapa, author of Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist, at the following free events this week.

  • Reading – Thursday, 10/4 at 8:15 in the Visual Arts Center, Hollins University
  • Q & A – Friday, 10/5 at 11:00 in the Wyndham Robertson Library, Hollins University
  • Talk – “Radical Empathy” – Friday 10/5 at 4 PM, Cityworks (X)po, Patrick Henry, 611 South Jefferson

Then, participate in the Positive Action Poster Making Party at the Taubman Museum, part of Roanoke’s Art by Night on Friday, 10/5, from 5:30-8:30 PM. On Saturday attend the final day of Cityworks (X)po .

Find more information here.

Set during one day of the 1999 World Trade Organization (WTO) protests, Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa weaves through multiple perspectives exploring the question of what we stand up for, what we defend, and how we do it.

The book has been called fast-paced, enthralling, compassionate, and visceral.  In a period of protests and civic action, the book is sure to start conversation.

A finalist for the 2017 PEN/Faulkner award, Sunil Yapa’s debut novel Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fistwas a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick, an Indies Next Pick, and was named one of the best books of 2016 by Amazon, Time Magazine, The Washington Post, and others. The novel was described as “fast-paced and unflinching” by The New Yorker, “a genuine tour-de-force” by The Seattle Times, and “generation-defining” by The Toronto Star. 

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