★ A visit to Martinsville’s Books and Crannies with placemaker DeShanta Hairston

A couple of years ago, we took our Finding Roanoke project on the road with the Virginia Main Street program as "Finding Main Street." In the project, we used the lens of Dar Williams' What I Found in a Thousand Towns to look at local efforts that illustrated the placemaking concepts. The very first stop… Continue reading ★ A visit to Martinsville’s Books and Crannies with placemaker DeShanta Hairston

★ Mike Allen on the release of Mythic Delirium’s SINISTER QUARTET

Mike Allen's been hard at it, building a life out of words. The Roanoke Times journalist covers government happenings in several counties, writes the Arts & Extra column, and separately runs Mythic Delirium, a small press publishing enterprise with his wife, Anita.  On the eve of their release of A Sinister Quartet, a suite of long,… Continue reading ★ Mike Allen on the release of Mythic Delirium’s SINISTER QUARTET

★ Anti-racist voices and resources

This weekend, the Roanoke Times ran several commentaries that are worth passing along. "This can't continue," by Soul Sessions' Bryan Hancock, is a testimony by the Roanoke leader and Virginia Tech outreach specialist. Bringing the national conversation sparked by the murder of George Floyd to the neighborhood, Hancock points to troubling occurrences and disparities facing our black… Continue reading ★ Anti-racist voices and resources

★ Virtual author event with Appalachian naturalist David Parrish from Book No Further, Friday 6/5

Appalachian naturalist David Parrish will present his new book The Gyroscope of Life in a virtual event from Book No Further on  Friday, June 5 at 4 PM. The book "brings biological studies to the curious nonscientist in an accessible and relevant way, inspiring readers to consider the world around us in a new light." Society… Continue reading ★ Virtual author event with Appalachian naturalist David Parrish from Book No Further, Friday 6/5

★ More homegrown poetry for National Poetry Month from RoCo Public Library

Here are more links to poems from local poets in Roanoke Public Library's celebration of National Poetry Month. The project is spearheaded by Sarah Vecere at the Glenvar branch. "Poetry can be a voice of wisdom, comfort, and unity in troubling times," says Vecere. "It's an especially good time to share poetry that is uplifting or… Continue reading ★ More homegrown poetry for National Poetry Month from RoCo Public Library

★ RoCo Public Library celebrates National Poetry Month with local poets on YouTube

Get your fill of local poetry with special YouTube videos featuring local poets reading their work. The project has been spearheaded by Sarah Vecere at the Glenvar branch. "Poetry can be a voice of wisdom, comfort, and unity in troubling times," says Vecere. "It's an especially good time to share poetry that is uplifting or hopeful… Continue reading ★ RoCo Public Library celebrates National Poetry Month with local poets on YouTube

★ Reading RoCo gathers book lovers virtually – PRIDE AND PREJUDICE April 27

Roanoke County Public Library is offering a virtual book discussion series, and the first book will be Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Shake the dust off your copy or check out a copy from OverDrive with the Libby app. Join neighbors online on Monday, April 27 at 7 PM for the conversation. Sign up by… Continue reading ★ Reading RoCo gathers book lovers virtually – PRIDE AND PREJUDICE April 27

★ Bender writing workshop to benefit Feeding Southwest Virginia

Novelist and short story writer Karen E. Bender will offer an online creative writing workshop in support of area feeding efforts on April 25th. The workshop will focus on writing sensory detail and will take place from 2 to 3:30 PM. The workshop will benefit Feeding Southwest Virginia, an organization founded in 1981 to fight… Continue reading ★ Bender writing workshop to benefit Feeding Southwest Virginia