★ 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

★ Bestselling author Roland Lazenby captures human stories

Salem-based sports journalist Roland Lazenby is the author of numerous books, including the best-selling Michael Jordan, The Life, a biography of the basketball star published by Little, Brown in 2014. It has subsequently been translated into 15 languages and remains an evergreen best-seller among basketball books. Other works include Showboat, The Life Of Kobe Bryant, also published… Continue reading ★ Bestselling author Roland Lazenby captures human stories

★ Poet Laureate Joy Harjo at Hollins

Joy Harjo, the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States and the first Native American to hold the title, will speak in the Hollins University Theatre on Monday, February 10, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Harjo is a member of the Mvskoke Nation and belongs… Continue reading ★ Poet Laureate Joy Harjo at Hollins

★ Inhabiting other lives in historical fiction with Lawrence Reid Bechtel

Blacksburg-based sculptor and author Lawrence Reid Bechtel has released the novel, A Partial Sun (BQB Publishing, 2019). The story of Isaac Granger, the work of historical fiction follows the enslaved man from Monticello to Philadelphia when Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson apprentices him to a tinsmith. Bechtel, who has two pieces of sculpture in the City… Continue reading ★ Inhabiting other lives in historical fiction with Lawrence Reid Bechtel

★ 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


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)