★ 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

★ Mary Carter Bishop on the publication of her memoir, DON’T YOU EVER

Longtime journalist Mary Carter Bishop has published a memoir, deploying her reporter's eye on the subject of her own family in Don't You Ever: My Mother and Her Secret Son (Harper, 2018). Bishop, well known to longtime readers of the Roanoke Times & World News, was named a Pulitzer finalist and awarded a George Polk award… Continue reading ★ Mary Carter Bishop on the publication of her memoir, DON’T YOU EVER

★ 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

★ Drawing from the beauty of this world: Jim Minick at Hollins’ Lex Allen Literary Festival April 7

Jim Minick will return to the region for Hollins University's Lex Allen Literary Festival on April 7, reading from his most recent work, Fire is Your Water.  Minick is an assistant professor at Augusta University and core faculty in Converse College's low-residency MFA program. He formerly taught at Radford University and will also appear at the… Continue reading ★ Drawing from the beauty of this world: Jim Minick at Hollins’ Lex Allen Literary Festival April 7