★ Cathryn Hankla on roaming with the self through books and LOST PLACES (Podcast Episode 1.5)

A conversation with the thoughtful and prolific Cathryn Hankla adds to our collective thinking around Identity and Action. In this season in the podcast, we're taking a look at our engagement with the written word—how it shapes our sense of self and how we put that into action in the world around us. Cathryn Hankla… Continue reading ★ Cathryn Hankla on roaming with the self through books and LOST PLACES (Podcast Episode 1.5)

★ Familiar characters visit Hollins campus

  Every summer, friendly seeming faces pop up on the Hollins campus. Some are those of returning students in the Children’s Literature and Children's Book Illustration Program. (The first program of its kind hosts writers, illustrators, teachers and lovers of children’s literature in a corner of the bucolic campus every summer.) As Tinker Creek tinkles… Continue reading ★ Familiar characters visit Hollins campus

★ Bishop marks paperback release July 30

Congratulations are in order for Roanoke author Mary Carter Bishop. The paperback edition of Don’t You Ever: My Mother and Her Secret Son, comes out July 30th from Harper Paperbacks. The book will have a new epilogue, and to mark the release, Mary will be speaking at several events around Virginia in the coming months. So if… Continue reading ★ Bishop marks paperback release July 30

★ Martin Clark brings THE SUBSTITUTION ORDER July 12th

Nothing seems to turn out as expected for the protagonist of The Substitution Order (Knopf, 2019). Roanoke attorney Kevin Moore has been disbarred. His wife has left him—with good cause. He's working at a Patrick County sandwich shop, "a Subway knockoff called SUBstitution," which sounds like rock bottom, but he's still got further to fall: he's being… Continue reading ★ Martin Clark brings THE SUBSTITUTION ORDER July 12th

★ Jeanne Larsen on WHAT PENELOPE CHOOSES

Professor Jeanne Larsen of the Jackson Center for Creative Writing at Hollins University has published a new collection of poems, What Penelope Chooses (Cider Press Review, 2019). The work was, itself, chosen—winning the Cider Press Review Book Award. The San Diego press uses an independent judge to select one manuscript for publication each year and… Continue reading ★ Jeanne Larsen on WHAT PENELOPE CHOOSES

★ REPO GIRL’s Jane Fenton at Roanoke Author Invasion Saturday (4/6)

At Saturday's free Roanoke Author Invasion, Jane Fenton will join nearly 70 other writers of contemporary and paranormal fiction in selling books and greeting fans. Fenton is based in Ferrum and is the author of the Repo Girl series. Fenton's series has more than 200 positive reviews on Amazon, which landed it on multiple Amazon bestselling… Continue reading ★ REPO GIRL’s Jane Fenton at Roanoke Author Invasion Saturday (4/6)

★ Fly Fiction with YELLOW STONEFLY’s Tim Poland

Yellow Stonefly (Swallow Press, 2018) is a Radford University Professor Emeritus Tim Poland's second novel. Revisiting characters from his 2009 The Safety of Deeper Water (Vandalia Press), Poland takes readers to the the banks and tributaries of the fictional Ripshin River, where Sandy Holston's life is postcard peaceful, but only when she stands in waders midstream, rod in hand.… Continue reading ★ Fly Fiction with YELLOW STONEFLY’s Tim Poland

★ A Good Plan is Hard to Find: Southern communities confront rising seas in Rick Van Noy’s SUDDEN SPRING

Radford University Professor of English Rick Van Noy has released the region’s first new work of the new year. Sudden Spring: Stories of Adaptation in a Climate Changed South (University of Georgia Press, 2019) is an exploration of Southern coastal and mountain communities adjusting and preparing for what might be considered ‘the new abnormal’—shifting and unexpected weather… Continue reading ★ A Good Plan is Hard to Find: Southern communities confront rising seas in Rick Van Noy’s SUDDEN SPRING

★ CRIMINALS’ Robert Anthony Siegel on structure and compassion in memoir

Robert Anthony Siegel effectively recounts the close distance at which we live our lives in his memoir Criminals: My Family's Life on Both Sides of the Law (Counterpoint, 2018). With episodes spanning from youth to recent adulthood, the family dynamics captured may seem extreme on the surface, but they also portray the type of awakenings we… Continue reading ★ CRIMINALS’ Robert Anthony Siegel on structure and compassion in memoir

★ Stories of the Day: Karen E. Bender explores THE NEW ORDER

Karen E. Bender explores fear, the power people assume, and the last refuges of the powerless in her story collection, The New Order, out today from Counterpoint Press. Separated by fear, the characters in the 11 tight stories feel a lot like us. They scurry for safety in a world in which cars are "big… Continue reading ★ Stories of the Day: Karen E. Bender explores THE NEW ORDER