★ Newberry Medal winner Matt de la Peña on understanding ourselves and others through books

The Roanoke Public Library will host a reading by Newberry Medal-winning author Matt de la Peña to celebrate the renovation and expansion of the Williamson Road Branch Library. The New York Times bestselling author has published children's picture books and novels for young adults. In addition to the reading at the Williamson Road Branch (Wednesday,… Continue reading ★ Newberry Medal winner Matt de la Peña on understanding ourselves and others through books

★ The Beauty of Impermanence: Barnhart memoir nominated

Frances Curtis Barnhart's The Beauty of Impermanence: A Woman's Memoir is not a memoir for women only. "Men like it, too," she says. "It applies to all of us in this time of uncertainty and stormy transition. So the time felt right to tell a story of personal transformation. "My journey has been wild with… Continue reading ★ The Beauty of Impermanence: Barnhart memoir nominated

★ Home and away with Tracee de Hahn

Tracee de Hahn is the author of Swiss Vendetta, the first of the Agnes Lüthi mysteries published by St. Martins/Minotaur. Book two, A Well-Timed Murder, is scheduled for release in Feb 2018. She took a break from edits on her second book to talk with us about her inspirations. BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke: Let's start with your… Continue reading ★ Home and away with Tracee de Hahn

★ Liz Long on local architecture and Hermione Granger

Liz Long  is the author of the young adult series Heroes of Arcania and the Donovan Circus series. To set the stage for the READ LOCAL, Liz fittingly filled us in on local energies behind her work. BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke: With the recent Harry Potter Festival, another world merged with Downtown Roanoke. How about your work -  what's the intersection… Continue reading ★ Liz Long on local architecture and Hermione Granger

★ Mary Clark Dalton on encouragement, youth, and Sheriff Andy Taylor

Henry County's Mary Clark Dalton has written seven books for children, including the Rainbow series. BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke: Tell me a little about one of the books you’re promoting at READ LOCAL. Mary Clark Dalton: How it All Started is the first book in my Rainbow's Promise series.  The book is about a caterpillar, who, being the… Continue reading ★ Mary Clark Dalton on encouragement, youth, and Sheriff Andy Taylor

★ Betsy Ashton targets Roanoke: WIN an appearance in her next mystery

That's Betsy Ashton - the one with the book. You'll find her reading one; researching, writing or promoting one; or she might be encouraging others to do exactly the same in the Valley Writers Club. President of the statewide Virginia Writers Club, she lives at Smith Mountain Lake with a room for writing and a… Continue reading ★ Betsy Ashton targets Roanoke: WIN an appearance in her next mystery