★ 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

★ Support local authors in the ‘People’s Choice’ category of the Library of Virginia’s 20th Annual Literary Awards

You can support local authors by voting in the People's Choice award categories of the Library of Virginia's 20th Annual Literary Awards. Both Beth Macy (Nonfiction: Truevine) and Elizabeth Poliner (Fiction: As Close to Us as Breathing) are in the running. Online voting is a quick process, but you do need a Google account to participate online. Alternatively a paper… Continue reading ★ Support local authors in the ‘People’s Choice’ category of the Library of Virginia’s 20th Annual Literary Awards

★ 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

★ READ LOCAL: Liz Long on local architecture and Hermione Granger

Liz Long will sell and sign her work on Saturday, May 20, at the Salem Museum's READ LOCAL: A Celebration of Local Authors. Liz 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:… Continue reading ★ READ LOCAL: Liz Long on local architecture and Hermione Granger

★ READ LOCAL: 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. She'll be selling and signing copies of her books at READ LOCAL: A Celebration of Local Authors at the Salem Museum on May 20 from 10 AM to 3 PM. BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke: Tell me a little about one of… Continue reading ★ READ LOCAL: Mary Clark Dalton on encouragement, youth, and Sheriff Andy Taylor

★ READ LOCAL: Carolyn Roth on stewardship, God and hard work

READ LOCAL, the May 20 author and reader event at the Salem Museum, started with a conversation between Dr. Carolyn Roth and Executive Director Frances Ferguson. Maybe it was a small idea at first, but the event's grown to include 30 authors throughout the museum's galleries. We're profiling some of the writers and neighbors you'll… Continue reading ★ READ LOCAL: Carolyn Roth on stewardship, God and hard work

★ 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

★ READ LOCAL May 20: Behind the scenes with Frances Ferguson

Frances Ferguson, executive director of the Salem Museum and Historical Society, has teamed up with local authors, including longtime community leader Dan Smith, for a new author/reader event, READ LOCAL: A Celebration of Local Authors.   BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke caught up with the nonprofit leader to find out what to expect on MAY 20 and why the… Continue reading ★ READ LOCAL May 20: Behind the scenes with Frances Ferguson

★ Join the Conversation: The Righteous Mind

Katherine Devine is interested in getting some folks together to discuss The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion by Johnathan Haidt. The book has shaped a great deal of conversation about how we work together through our differences. From Rebecca Litchfield's review in the London School of Economics Review of Books: “Audacious… what… Continue reading ★ Join the Conversation: The Righteous Mind