★ MLK In his Own Words – January 18 from RoCo Public Library

Join Roanoke County Public Library in marking what would have been Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King's 92nd birthday. We'll virtually discuss five of his most famous speeches and his Letter from Birmingham Jail. We’ll talk about our perception of the most famous quotes outside of, and within, the context of the larger works. We’ll compare… Continue reading ★ MLK In his Own Words – January 18 from RoCo Public Library

★ Join the discussion of CASTE this winter

Join Roanoke Public Libraries and BOOK CITY Roanoke for the next conversation series in the Change Academy. Over five Mondays this winter, we’ll explore Caste, the unspoken system that underpins life in the United States. Through the Roanoke Change Academy, we’re exploring Caste, the best-selling book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson. In a section-by-section discussion, we’ll look at the… Continue reading ★ Join the discussion of CASTE this winter

★ From the Podcast: Reader Thomas Fellers on Social Infrastructure

Roanoke resident Thomas Fellers offers two books for a conversation on social infrastructure as we continue our podcast conversations on Alone / Together: What draws us into community and sets us apart. Books discussed in this third episode of the season are Chang-rae Lee's ON SUCH A FULL SEA (Riverhead Books, 2014) and PALACES FOR… Continue reading ★ From the Podcast: Reader Thomas Fellers on Social Infrastructure

★ Upcoming Book Events

Everything's online this winter, so really you can take advantage of attending events anywhere. And we can also reinforce our local literary community by attending some stellar  events locally to see big names and take part in important conversations. Check out the list below, and always, let us know what we're missing! JANUARY Jan. 7… Continue reading ★ Upcoming Book Events

★ Season 3 of the Podcast kicks off

This season on the podcast, we're focusing on the theme "Alone / Together: What draws us into community and stands us apart." Larry I. Palmer, the author of Scholarship Boy: Meditations on Family and Race (Paul Dry Books, 2020) seemed an ideal candidate to talk about the topic, and he was. Palmer will be in conversation with… Continue reading ★ Season 3 of the Podcast kicks off

★ SCHOLARSHIP BOY author Larry Palmer at RoCo Library 10/13

Larry I. Palmer, the author of Scholarship Boy: Meditations on Family and Race (Paul Dry Books, 2020), will be in conversation with Library Director Shari Henry on October 13, 2020. Palmer, who eventually became a law school professor and higher education administrator, attended Phillips Exeter Academy at 14, boarding at the prestigious school, worlds away… Continue reading ★ SCHOLARSHIP BOY author Larry Palmer at RoCo Library 10/13

★ 2020 National Book Festival – online this weekend

Have you checked out the free online content of this weekend's National Book Festival? Register and login this weekend to hear a wealth of great authors without standing in line at the Washington Convention Center. The Festival premieres on Saturday and Sunday, September 26 and 27, at 9 a.m. ET with an additional day of… Continue reading ★ 2020 National Book Festival – online this weekend

★ Change Academy underway, attended by 55

The Roanoke Change Academy, our online discussion of policy approaches to change inspired by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi's How to Be an Antiracist, kicked off on Monday, 9/14. Three more weeks remain in the event hosted by BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke and the Roanoke Public Libraries. The first hour-long discussion engaged 55 residents. You can… Continue reading ★ Change Academy underway, attended by 55

★ Roanoke Change Academy starts Monday 9/14

Join your neighbors in thinking through what it might take to remove systemic racism. We’re calling it the Roanoke Change Academy, and we’re doing it as we read the book How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. Each of the four sessions occurs online with special speakers and a panel discussion at 6:30 on Monday… Continue reading ★ Roanoke Change Academy starts Monday 9/14

★ Hollins announces fall readings

The fall readings at the Jackson Center for Creative Writing at Hollins University will be virtual this year, but the public is still invited. Request to attend via teleconference using the form below. All readings will be at 7:30 PM. Get bios and more schedule information here. Sept. 10: Lia PurpuraSept. 24: Kaveh AkbarOct. 8:… Continue reading ★ Hollins announces fall readings