★ Soul Sessions to host Soul Delish 3 Saturday 7/22 at 8 PM

Join Bryan "Harvest Blaque" Hancock for Soul Delish 3: A taste of Summer. This spoken word arts event will happen at Delish Sweets and Treats on Saturday July 22 at 8 PM. The evening will be chock full of visual and performance art, plus special word of new initiatives. Expect a gallery showing and a mixer… Continue reading ★ Soul Sessions to host Soul Delish 3 Saturday 7/22 at 8 PM

★ Join the discussion: The Righteous Mind, July 19 at 7 PM

On a recent Sunday afternoon a group of seven people gathered at Sweet Donkey to discuss Johnathan Haidt’s The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion (Pantheon, 2012).   Roanoke artist Katherine Devine put the call out for anyone interested in discussing the book after a conversation with Delegate Sam Rasoul. “He said […]

★ Hayleigh Worgan on chaos and creating complex characters

Hayleigh Worgan

Words surround Hayleigh Worgan. By day, the 2011 Roanoke College graduate can be found connecting young people to books in the Young Adult department of the South Roanoke County Library. She’s also the editorial director of Bella Magazine. And at 27, the writer and visual artist has a YA novel and a collection of poetry… Continue reading ★ Hayleigh Worgan on chaos and creating complex characters

★ Too much on their plates? It doesn’t stop these readers

People often say that they would read if they only had the time. Not so for a local book group whose name reflects this particular challenge.  These ladies are busy, but they commit to reading just the same. The "Too Much on My Plate Book Club” has been meeting for 15 years.  The original members… Continue reading ★ Too much on their plates? It doesn’t stop these readers

★ Dwayne Yancey’s other gig: On getting his plays into the world

The region is rich in talented writers quietly and tenaciously pursuing an avocation. For playwright Dwayne Yancey, that dedication results in staged productions and performances in professional theaters, communities, and schools around the country. Having published a dozen plays, Yancey is prolific—and that output is in addition to his 1,000 words each day on the… Continue reading ★ Dwayne Yancey’s other gig: On getting his plays into the world

★ The risk and reward of the public book discussion: On the Salem Library Book Group

With the joy and risk that come with engaging diverse perspectives, public book groups spark important community conversations while enriching the reading experience.  Certainly that was the case for the dozen or so people gathered at the Salem Public Library recently for a well organized review of The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat by Edward Kelsey… Continue reading ★ The risk and reward of the public book discussion: On the Salem Library Book Group

★ Building the hive: Book group discusses The Righteous Mind

On a recent Sunday afternoon a group of seven people gathered at Sweet Donkey to discuss Johnathan Haidt's The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion (Pantheon, 2012).   Roanoke artist Katherine Devine put the call out for anyone interested in discussing the book after a conversation with Delegate Sam Rasoul. "He said… Continue reading ★ Building the hive: Book group discusses The Righteous Mind

★ Let’s talk about it. Why we discuss books together.

A pleasant risk of inventorying the region's book clubs is getting pulled into them. It's hard to say no. Reading is connection. The 'solitary' act is really a partnership with the author. For a while, you're almost in one mind together. So it's natural then to want to expand that connection to others with others… Continue reading ★ Let’s talk about it. Why we discuss books together.

★ Rev. Joe Cobb writes the next chapter

Reverend Joe Cobb recently stepped down as the pastor of Metropolitan Community Church of the Blue Ridge after nearly eight years with the congregation. This month he’ll legally marry his partner James. He’s co-written a memoir, Our Family Outing: A Memoir of Coming Out and Coming Through, with his former spouse, Reverend Leigh Anne Taylor. And he says another… Continue reading ★ Rev. Joe Cobb writes the next chapter