★ 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

★ 19th Amendment Centennial Celebration Aug. 25

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, and August has been named National Women's Suffrage month.  To celebrate, Roanoke County Library Director Shari Henry interviewed several women leaders in the region, many of whom will be joining an online conversation at 6:30pm on Tuesday, August 25. The women will discuss… Continue reading ★ 19th Amendment Centennial Celebration Aug. 25