★ Summer Books at Roanoke County Libraries

It's summer reading time! Gather with neighbors across the county to discuss a favorite book, or choose one of these books to expand your reading list and meet new people. Of course, branches of the Roanoke County Public Library have a lot more happening beyond the book shelves. For the full list of activities, check… Continue reading ★ Summer Books at Roanoke County Libraries

★ Elizabeth Catte at Glenvar Library June 12

Shenandoah Valley author Elizabeth Catte will appear Tuesday evening, June 12, at 7 PM at the Glenvar Branch of the Roanoke County Library. Catte received attention this year for What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia (Belt Publishing, 2018). The work does a fine job of using Appalachian history, demographics and personal reflection to provide a… Continue reading ★ Elizabeth Catte at Glenvar Library June 12

★ New Connections Book Club – Thursday, June 28, 6 PM – Roanoke Main Library

The New Connections Book Club will meet on Thursday, June 28, to discuss Parker J. Palmer's Healing the Heart of Democracy. Thanks to Roanoke Public Libraries, which will provide the Teen Meeting Room of the Main Library for the 6 PM gathering. This book group is open to all, and it's a bit self organizing.… Continue reading ★ New Connections Book Club – Thursday, June 28, 6 PM – Roanoke Main Library

★ Authors to read at Virginia Design Collective Thursday 5/24

Okay book lovers, if, for some unfathomable reason, you haven't crossed the threshold of Virginia Design Collective; if you still aren't aware of their locally, regionally, and Virginia made art at an affordable price; if you haven't signed up for one of shopkeeper Ariel Lev's cool classes or events, now's your chance. A reading, it… Continue reading ★ Authors to read at Virginia Design Collective Thursday 5/24

★ Poetry and life in a creative community. Contribute to Wasena’s Mockingbird Mural Project today.

Some of Roanoke’s favorite placemakers and city builders are taking a literary brush to Wasena’s commercial district. The project will cover a wall of the Wasena Getty Mart (1115 Main Street, SW), paying tribute to local poet Maurice Ferguson. Ferguson is literary editor of Artemis Journal, and has long encouraged new voices and an active… Continue reading ★ Poetry and life in a creative community. Contribute to Wasena’s Mockingbird Mural Project today.

★ New Connections Book Club – Next Book: HEALING THE HEART OF DEMOCRACY

How do we talk with each other about divisive issues? Katherine Devine pulled this book group together after a conversation with Delegate Sam Rasoul. As "Sam's (Book) Club (on Civil Discourse)," we read The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt, and the group met twice. The group is going to continue reading books on improving the… Continue reading ★ New Connections Book Club – Next Book: HEALING THE HEART OF DEMOCRACY

★ Celebrate Artemis XXV at the Taubman Friday, May 4

Artemis Journal will launch its 25th issue at 6:30 PM on Friday, May 4, at the Taubman Museum of Art. This year's theme, "Women Hold Up Half the Sky," attracted poetry and prose to fill 200 pages, double the publication's usual length. Mike Allen covered the issue release in the Roanoke Times. You can also… Continue reading ★ Celebrate Artemis XXV at the Taubman Friday, May 4

★ Thanks, Doloris! Independent Bookstore Day – Saturday, 4/28

Thank you independent bookstore owners. You take a risk to build community and business around books. Here in Roanoke, we've got Doloris Vest at Book No Further. While we appreciate her everyday, we're especially pleased to stop in on Saturday, April 28, for Independent Bookstore Day.  Check out the schedule and download a coupon. The… Continue reading ★ Thanks, Doloris! Independent Bookstore Day – Saturday, 4/28

★ Marking National Poetry Month with Carilion Clinic’s Angela Charlton

Carilion Clinic's Dr. Robert L.A. Keeley Healing Arts Program understands the power of words. At least two of the artists in residence have been writers; the Burden Boat transforms words of personal struggle in a ritual of community healing; and Poetry in the Waiting Room touches guests and patients across the healthcare system on a daily basis.… Continue reading ★ Marking National Poetry Month with Carilion Clinic’s Angela Charlton

★ On living and telling: Hankla’s Lost Places

Cathryn Hankla’s Lost Places: On Losing and Finding Home (Mercer University Press, 2018) collects essays on place, memory, and time, to explore the question, What is home? Meditations on landscape, identity, the body, our environment, and domestic spaces are woven with personal and family history upon a weft of literary, social, and art criticism. Hankla’s… Continue reading ★ On living and telling: Hankla’s Lost Places