★ On pace with Blue Hippo Poetry Club’s Sam Lafaye

Being a real fan of something can make life a much richer experience. You study it and learn its intricacies. It's an opening to new worlds. Then when you get together with other like-minded folks, things really start to happen. The energy is infectious. We learn from each other in a common bond. Understanding leaps.… Continue reading ★ On pace with Blue Hippo Poetry Club’s Sam Lafaye

★ Jeanne Larsen on WHAT PENELOPE CHOOSES

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

★ City Builder: Oneida Huntington rallies an LGBTQ+ Book Club

Christiansburg attorney Oneida Huntington has started an LGBTQ book club through the Southwest Virginia LGBT Memorial Library. The library houses, cares for, and lends books on LGBTQ+ subjects at the Roanoke Diversity Center. Gathering to discuss some those books just makes sense. But indeed, nothing happens without someone to lead the effort, organize folks, do… Continue reading ★ City Builder: Oneida Huntington rallies an LGBTQ+ Book Club

★ Book No Further (than this) new location

Roanoke's downtown bookstore has moved to bright new digs on the Market at 112 Market St., SE. "We learned in the move that books are heavy," said CFO Craig Coker. "And we learned that we have a lot of supporters who want us to succeed and were willing to help." The move might have only… Continue reading ★ Book No Further (than this) new location

★ Make Them Care: Virginia Western’s Carole Tarrant on tough challenges, compassionate responses and the role of the community’s college

In late September, Virginia Western Community College hosted a two-part presentation on Beth Macy's Dopesick. The local and best-selling author again filled the room. There were readers and neighbors, family members of the sick and dead. Some of those who were present are living a constant personal struggle. For others, the struggle is professional, and… Continue reading ★ Make Them Care: Virginia Western’s Carole Tarrant on tough challenges, compassionate responses and the role of the community’s college

★ Celebrating WELCOMING WEEK with the team at Roanoke Public Libraries and Blue Ridge Literacy

September 14 - 23 marks Welcoming Week, a national effort led locally by the City of Roanoke and a dozen nonprofit organizations. Planned events will bring together immigrants, refugees, and native-born residents to promote the benefits of welcoming everyone in our community. To mark Welcoming Week, we asked Roanoke Public Libraries Director Sheila S. Umberger and Blue… Continue reading ★ Celebrating WELCOMING WEEK with the team at Roanoke Public Libraries and Blue Ridge Literacy

★ Susan Mason hosts Loose Threads memoir group at Eagle Rock Library

Writers gather monthly at Eagle Rock Library to focus on the craft of memoir. While the group is currently on a summer hiatus, they’ll have room for another few writers as they get rolling again in September. Susan Mason hosts the group, and she offered a little background on the group as a little encouragement. BOOK… Continue reading ★ Susan Mason hosts Loose Threads memoir group at Eagle Rock Library

★ FIVE ON: LGBTQ+ experiences from public historian Gregory Rosenthal

In honor of Pride month, Dr. Gregory Rosenthal offers a list of five books for better understanding LGBTQ+ experiences. Most are available for reading at the Roanoke LGBT Memorial Library, located inside the Roanoke Diversity Center. First, a little background: Dr. Rosenthal, an assistant professor of public history at Roanoke College, co-founded the Southwest Virginia LGBTQ+… Continue reading ★ FIVE ON: LGBTQ+ experiences from public historian Gregory Rosenthal

★ Poetry and life in a creative community. Contribute to Wasena’s Mockingbird Mural Project today.

Some of Roanoke’s favorite placemakers and city builders are taking a literary brush to Wasena’s commercial district. The project will cover a wall of the Wasena Getty Mart (1115 Main Street, SW), paying tribute to local poet Maurice Ferguson. Ferguson is literary editor of Artemis Journal, and has long encouraged new voices and an active… Continue reading ★ Poetry and life in a creative community. Contribute to Wasena’s Mockingbird Mural Project today.

★ New Connections Book Club – Next Book: HEALING THE HEART OF DEMOCRACY

How do we talk with each other about divisive issues? Katherine Devine pulled this book group together after a conversation with Delegate Sam Rasoul. As "Sam's (Book) Club (on Civil Discourse)," we read The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt, and the group met twice. The group is going to continue reading books on improving the… Continue reading ★ New Connections Book Club – Next Book: HEALING THE HEART OF DEMOCRACY