★ BOOK CITY Roanoke Podcast to begin July 18

Hear voices from BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke beginning July 18th as we kick off our first season of the podcast. Authors, readers, and city builders will explore the theme of "Identity and Action" in 12 episodes. Guests in the first season include Heath Lee, Roanoke Vice Mayor Joe Cobb, Bryan Hancock, Cathryn Hankla, and more. In each… Continue reading ★ BOOK CITY Roanoke Podcast to begin July 18

★ Roanoke readers gather for Martin Clark

It's fun to be a fan. Unabashed enthusiasm is one of life's real joys. And when someone shares theirs with you, you feel a little lucky. You get to see them light up—as Martin Clark did on Friday evening. Book No Further was packed. Proprietor Doloris Vest described it as, "our coziest reading yet." Clark,… Continue reading ★ Roanoke readers gather for Martin Clark

★ WHITE FRAGILITY next title for New Connections Book Club – July 25

Join New Connections Book Club for a discussion of Robin DiAngelo's White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism. The group will meet twice to discuss the book, which Claudia Rankin says, "brings language to the emotional structures that make true discussions about racial attitudes difficult." The group, which is… Continue reading ★ WHITE FRAGILITY next title for New Connections Book Club – July 25

★ Martin Clark brings THE SUBSTITUTION ORDER July 12th

Nothing seems to turn out as expected for the protagonist of The Substitution Order (Knopf, 2019). Roanoke attorney Kevin Moore has been disbarred. His wife has left him—with good cause. He's working at a Patrick County sandwich shop, "a Subway knockoff called SUBstitution," which sounds like rock bottom, but he's still got further to fall: he's being… Continue reading ★ Martin Clark brings THE SUBSTITUTION ORDER July 12th

★ Road Trip: Downtown Wytheville’s Oracle Books

"Eclectic" is how Randy Shell describes his selection at downtown Wytheville's Oracle Books. It's also how he likes his customer base. "The fun is in the mix, the interaction between me and the customers, and between the customers themselves. I want people to linger and exchange ideas. That's what a bookstore is all about." Oracle Books proprietor… Continue reading ★ Road Trip: Downtown Wytheville’s Oracle Books

★ A poem between friends: “Ithaka” by C.P. Cavafy

My friend, the writer Maura Kelly, sent me a link to a poem. It was "Ithaka" by C.P. Cavafy, a work I had been given once before in the form of  C.P. Cavafy: Collected Poems, translated by Edmund Keeley and Philp Sherrard and edited by George Savidis (Princeton University Press, 1975). Maura had written in the… Continue reading ★ A poem between friends: “Ithaka” by C.P. Cavafy

★ Art for Everyone: Susan Jennings’ lasting impact

Roanoke Arts and Culture Coordinator Susan Jennings is retiring at the end of July.  She was the first person to take on the role, and indeed, it was built for her. Formerly the executive director of the Arts Council of the Blue Ridge, Susan made the move from Arts Commission member to City staff member… Continue reading ★ Art for Everyone: Susan Jennings’ lasting impact

★ Erika Joyner on the Power of Women Poetry Presence

Erika Joyner is an active community building presence in the Roanoke Valley. A native of New York, Joyner has worked in a variety of efforts to create a just and equitable society through anti-war, anti-racism, and cooperative efforts in Detroit and Virginia. A transgender woman, she's been in Roanoke for seven years. During that time,… Continue reading ★ Erika Joyner on the Power of Women Poetry Presence