★ 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

★ Rebels with a cause: Heath Lee on groundbreaking women and Liza Mundy’s April 4 visit

Author and North Cross School alumna Liza Mundy will visit Roanoke on April 4. The author of Code Girls: The Untold Story of American Women Code Breakers of World War II (Hachette, 2017) will speak onstage at North Cross School with women’s history biographer Heath Hardage Lee from 2 to 4 PM. That evening Mundy will give a… Continue reading ★ Rebels with a cause: Heath Lee on groundbreaking women and Liza Mundy’s April 4 visit

★ Melody Warnick loves where she writes

Melody Warnick tapped the resources and skills she developed as a freelance journalist to create a compendium of community engagement and placemaking strategies. This Is Where You Belong: Finding Home Wherever You Are (Viking/Penguin, 2016) is both personal essay and how-to guide, encouraging creative and committed participation in the world around us. The world around Warnick is… Continue reading ★ Melody Warnick loves where she writes

★ Martha Park renders a community

Issue 24 of Ecotone, the journal of place-based writing, features the work of former Roanoke resident Martha E. Park.  In her stay, Park immersed herself in Roanoke and the historic Gainsboro community, and her new illustrated work is a result of close study during that period. To mark the publication, Martha told us a little about… Continue reading ★ Martha Park renders a community

★ Grant Kittrell sits down, figures this out

Grant Kittrell may not be from here, but we're claiming him. He came to the area to attend Hollins, and now that he's graduated, locally employed and locally published, you can find him here and there reading from his first book of prose poems, Let's Sit Down, Figure this Out (Groundhog Poetry Press, 2017).  Pick up… Continue reading ★ Grant Kittrell sits down, figures this out