★ SWVA LGBQT+ History Project ZINE highlights local art and writing

Visit the website of the Southwest Virginia LGBQT+ History Project and it’s immediately clear that this grassroots effort is well organized and fueled with a level of sophistication and rigor. Co-lead by Roanoke College Assistant Professor of Public History Dr. Gregory Rosenthal and Roanoke writer and organizer Rachel Barton, the History Project has accomplished a… Continue reading ★ SWVA LGBQT+ History Project ZINE highlights local art and writing

★ Dates for your calendar: Roanoke Valley Reads

Roanoke Valley Reads is a month away, so it's a great time to purchase and read a copy of Paul Kalanithi's When Breath Becomes Air. The book is available at the Blue Ridge Literacy offices on the lower level of Roanoke's Main Library. Here are some of the events being planned: Thursday, Oct. 12, 7 PM, Hollins… Continue reading ★ Dates for your calendar: Roanoke Valley Reads

★ Roanoke’s BIG book event: Volunteer for Books on Wheels October 3 – 7

Think of it: an 18 wheeler filled with books - 40,000 of them.  That many words could form a novella. That many books can help shape the reading capacity of a generation in a community. But they don't just hop off the truck and into the hands of organizations and families. Volunteer to help sort… Continue reading ★ Roanoke’s BIG book event: Volunteer for Books on Wheels October 3 – 7

★ Independent bookstore opening in Roanoke: Help shape the selections of Book No Further

BIG NEWS! 16 West will be home to Roanoke's only independent new and like-new bookstore. Book No Further will feature books by local authors, books about the area, and a well curated selection of other new and used books. The bookstore will be in the space formerly occupied by Fleda Ring Artworks. "16 West already… Continue reading ★ Independent bookstore opening in Roanoke: Help shape the selections of Book No Further

★ Hankla’s GREAT BEAR a Library of Virginia Literary Award finalist

Cathryn Hankla has been named a finalist for the Library of Virginia's 20th Annual Literary Award in the poetry category for Great Bear (Groundhog Poetry Press, 2016). The Library of Virginia’s annual literary awards were first given in 1998 to recognize the best books published the previous year by Virginia authors or on a Virginia… Continue reading ★ Hankla’s GREAT BEAR a Library of Virginia Literary Award finalist

★ Save the dates for the fall readings at Hollins

Mark your calendars for the fall reading series at Hollins. An hour or so in the company of fellow readers and writers, listening closely to respected authors in the Green Drawing Room can be a restorative, informative, inspiring way to wind down the week. Additionally several authors will spend a good hour or two the… Continue reading ★ Save the dates for the fall readings at Hollins

★ Roanoke Libraries Director Sheila Umberger on building stellar teams in the Star City

Roanoke Public Libraries Director Sheila Umberger was first hired by the City in 1982 to convert the traditional card catalog into computer code. That theme of transition is woven throughout her career, and since 2004, she has steered the library system in an ongoing response to the opportunities and needs of a changing community. In… Continue reading ★ Roanoke Libraries Director Sheila Umberger on building stellar teams in the Star City

★ Submit to the 2018 Artemis Journal: Women hold up half the sky

Artemis Journal has opened submissions for the 2018 volume. The theme will be "Women hold up half the sky." Artemis Journal presents the best in poetry and art from writers of Virginia's Blue Ridge. You can count on it being a beautifully produced volume. So get writing. Submission details are available at their website, where… Continue reading ★ Submit to the 2018 Artemis Journal: Women hold up half the sky

★ Middle grade author Angie Smibert on her writerly Roanoke neighborhood

Roanoke, Virginia based author Angie Smibert writes primarily for young adult and middle-grade readers. But even within that target demographic, there’s solid diversity in her work. In fiction, she’s published a number of short stories and the Memento Nora series of novels (Marshall Cavendish, 2011-13). In 2018 - 2020, she’ll release the Ghosts of Ordinary… Continue reading ★ Middle grade author Angie Smibert on her writerly Roanoke neighborhood

★ Favorite literary podcasts

Taking a road trip? Queue up recent episodes of some of these popular literary podcasts for interviews, readings, and discussions of work from your favorite authors. Bookworm ★  He’s one of the best readers in the country, and in a half-hour format, Michael Silverblatt goes deep with authors, often enlightening them on their own work. The show,… Continue reading ★ Favorite literary podcasts