★ WHITE FRAGILITY next title for New Connections Book Club – July 25

Join New Connections Book Club for a discussion of Robin DiAngelo's White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism. The group will meet twice to discuss the book, which Claudia Rankin says, "brings language to the emotional structures that make true discussions about racial attitudes difficult." The group, which is… Continue reading ★ WHITE FRAGILITY next title for New Connections Book Club – July 25

★ 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

★ Thursdays in June: HEALING THE HEART OF DEMOCRACY

The New Connections Book Club began meeting on Thursday, June 6, to discuss Parker J. Palmer's Healing the Heart of Democracy. Next meeting:Thursday, 6/27, 6:30 PM - South County Library (chapters 6, 7, and 8). This welcoming group is open to the public and is dedicated to understanding the issues and language that connect and separate… Continue reading ★ Thursdays in June: HEALING THE HEART OF DEMOCRACY

★ Jeri Rogers on the 2019 ARTEMIS Launch: June 7 at the Taubman

Volume XXVI of ARTEMIS JOURNAL features "On the Maury" by artist and author Sally Mann. Artemis Journal rolls out its 26th issue on Friday, June 7, at the Taubman Museum of Art. In anticipation, we asked Jeri Rogers, the indefatigable lead of the all-volunteer team behind this literary and arts mainstay, what we should expect… Continue reading ★ Jeri Rogers on the 2019 ARTEMIS Launch: June 7 at the Taubman

★ Raleigh Court Branch Library book club reading THE SECOND MOUNTAIN

New York Times columnist David Brooks delivers a surprise in introduction of his new book, The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life (Random House, 2019). He defines joy. He quotes Tolstoy and David Whyte. There's poetry and survey work on mysticism. Brooks has shed a rigid exoskeleton, and he's refreshingly frank, right from… Continue reading ★ Raleigh Court Branch Library book club reading THE SECOND MOUNTAIN

★ The bottom line on THE COLOR OF LAW: Read it.

The New Connections book club wrapped up their three-session discussion of Richard Rothstein's The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America. The unanimous opinion was that the book is well worth the read. "How do we get it in more people's hands?" asked Sorell Murillo, the host of session three. In… Continue reading ★ The bottom line on THE COLOR OF LAW: Read it.

★ Monday: Share a poem at Poetry by Heart

Poetry can reach us in surprising ways, and to celebrate National Poetry Month, we’re coming together in a casual and fun meet-up to share those poems we hold in our hearts. Perhaps a poem has surprised you with insight, lifted you, or made you laugh at just the right time. Try committing it to memory… Continue reading ★ Monday: Share a poem at Poetry by Heart

★ Roanoke County Director of Libraries Shari Henry on “First Learned, Last Lost”

Roanoke County Director of Libraries Shari Henry memorized a poem for National Poetry Month and our Poetry by Heart project. The poem "First Learned, Last Lost" is by Darby Lyons, a Henry's high school classmate. "Seeing her passion and enthusiasm for the subject matter encouraged me to read poetry more," said Henry. Learn more about… Continue reading ★ Roanoke County Director of Libraries Shari Henry on “First Learned, Last Lost”

★ 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)

★ Begins Thursday 4/4: New Connections Book Club – THE COLOR OF LAW

The New Connections Book Club will meet three times around a nonfiction work by Richard Rothstein, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America (W. W. Norton, 2017). Meetings will be held on three Thursday evenings in April from 6:30 to 7:30 PM in the teen meeting room of the Roanoke Main… Continue reading ★ Begins Thursday 4/4: New Connections Book Club – THE COLOR OF LAW