★ On the fun of writing and connecting with readers: Gary A. Keel at Barnes & Noble Nov. 16

After a successful career in the Federal government, Gary A. Keel is using his knowledge of Washington's inner workings to kick off his next gig as a writer. In his fictional Executive Order 14900, the careful balance of a democracy is tipped. Are the founding documents enough to defend the nation against an executive power grab?… Continue reading ★ On the fun of writing and connecting with readers: Gary A. Keel at Barnes & Noble Nov. 16

★ Discussion of new Gladwell book to begin Thursday, 11/7

Talking to Strangers (Little, Brown and Company, 2019), the newest book by Malcolm Gladwell, will close out the year for the New Connections: Let's Talk at the South County Library beginning on November 7. New Connections: Let’s Talk is an ongoing discussion series. We read and watch books to understand the issues and language that connect us… Continue reading ★ Discussion of new Gladwell book to begin Thursday, 11/7

★ THE PUBLIC screened and discussed at South County Library 10/29

As part of New Connections: Let’s Talk series, Roanoke County Public Library (RCPL) is excited to announce movie screenings with post-viewing panel discussions. The first will be a screening of “The Public” followed by a panel discussion with local experts in homelessness, mental health, libraries, and law enforcement, on Tuesday, October 29 at 6:00pm at… Continue reading ★ THE PUBLIC screened and discussed at South County Library 10/29

★ Book club kick-off Tuesday night 10/22

The Stamped from the Beginning Book Club will host a preview night on Tuesday, October 22, at 6:30 PM at Melrose Library. The event is free, and no registration is required. Dr. Ibram X. Kendi's Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America is a thorough and well analyzed look what… Continue reading ★ Book club kick-off Tuesday night 10/22

★ Writer by Bus celebrates five years with Oct. 22 reading

Join the Writers by Bus for a collective reading of their work. The reading will take place at 7:30 on October 22nd in the Visual Arts Center auditorium on the campus of Hollins University. The event will feature the 2019 Writer by Bus Lucy Marcus. The Writer by Bus effort is part of Art by… Continue reading ★ Writer by Bus celebrates five years with Oct. 22 reading

★ Stamped from the Beginning Book Club at Melrose Library Oct. 22

Did you attend the Indecent Histories event in late August with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and Justin Phillip Reed? Are you currently reading Stamped from the Beginning? Do you want to go deeper in conversation on the history of racist ideas with neighbors? How'd we get where we are? Where can we go next? Join… Continue reading ★ Stamped from the Beginning Book Club at Melrose Library Oct. 22

★ Thursday: Arts & Humanities in the City of Roanoke

On Thursday, October 10, Americans for the Arts will be in town to release local data on the impact of arts and culture in the City of Roanoke. Of course, residents of a BOOK CITY know there's something to this. We use the arts and humanities to connect us, to go deeper, to better understand… Continue reading ★ Thursday: Arts & Humanities in the City of Roanoke