★ Thursdays in June: HEALING THE HEART OF DEMOCRACY

The New Connections Book Club will meet on Thursday, June 6, to discuss Parker J. Palmer's Healing the Heart of Democracy. The first meeting will take place at the South County Library at 6:30 PM. Additional locations TBD. This welcoming group is open to the public and is dedicated to understanding the issues and language… 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

★ SUGAR RUN’s Mesha Maren

At the Virginia Festival of the Book, author Mesha Maren joined Tim Poland and Robert Gipe for a panel on "Appalachia in Contemporary Fiction". We got a few questions in with Mesha Maren on her first novel, Sugar Run (Algonquin, 2018). Much of the action in Sugar Run is fueled by pills, alcohol and a search for home. The… Continue reading ★ SUGAR RUN’s Mesha Maren

★ Book, Exhibit, Movie: Heath Hardage Lee’s untold story of the LEAGUE OF WIVES

There are shelves of nonfiction books subtitled with words like "forgotten", "untold", and "hidden". As a society, we've overlooked extraordinary leaders in historic moments. They are women, people of color, activists, and those fighting for change against powerful forces within entrenched systems. Fortunately, there are talented researchers and writers with the commitment to bring these stories… Continue reading ★ Book, Exhibit, Movie: Heath Hardage Lee’s untold story of the LEAGUE OF WIVES