★ YOUR HEART IS A MUSCLE THE SIZE OF A FIST selected as 2018 Roanoke Valley Read

Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist (Back Bay Books, 2016) has been selected as the 2018 Roanoke Valley Read. Author Sunil Yapa will visit Roanoke October 4-6 to read from and discuss the book at Hollins University. He will also participate in Cityworks X(po), presenting a talk on "Radical Empathy." Community… Continue reading ★ YOUR HEART IS A MUSCLE THE SIZE OF A FIST selected as 2018 Roanoke Valley Read

★ 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

★ Thanks, Doloris! Independent Bookstore Day – Saturday, 4/28

Thank you independent bookstore owners. You take a risk to build community and business around books. Here in Roanoke, we've got Doloris Vest at Book No Further. While we appreciate her everyday, we're especially pleased to stop in on Saturday, April 28, for Independent Bookstore Day.  Check out the schedule and download a coupon. The… Continue reading ★ Thanks, Doloris! Independent Bookstore Day – Saturday, 4/28

★ Drawing from the beauty of this world: Jim Minick at Hollins’ Lex Allen Literary Festival April 7

Jim Minick will return to the region for Hollins University's Lex Allen Literary Festival on April 7, reading from his most recent work, Fire is Your Water.  Minick is an assistant professor at Augusta University and core faculty in Converse College's low-residency MFA program. He formerly taught at Radford University and will also appear at the… Continue reading ★ Drawing from the beauty of this world: Jim Minick at Hollins’ Lex Allen Literary Festival April 7

★ Rebels with a cause: Heath Lee on groundbreaking women and Liza Mundy’s April 4 visit

Author and North Cross School alumna Liza Mundy will visit Roanoke on April 4. The author of Code Girls: The Untold Story of American Women Code Breakers of World War II (Hachette, 2017) will speak onstage at North Cross School with women’s history biographer Heath Hardage Lee from 2 to 4 PM. That evening Mundy will give a… Continue reading ★ Rebels with a cause: Heath Lee on groundbreaking women and Liza Mundy’s April 4 visit

★ Truevine presentation at Harrison Museum tonight (Monday, 2-26)

Support the Harrison Museum of African American Culture after work this evening by attending Beth Macy's presentation on  her book Truevine. The cost of the museum fundraiser is $20. The reception begins at 5:30 PM; the presentation at 6:15 PM. The museum is on the second level of Center in the Square in downtown Roanoke at… Continue reading ★ Truevine presentation at Harrison Museum tonight (Monday, 2-26)

★ Youth playwrights selected for Write Stuff! readings

Join Mill Mountain Theatre (MMT) on Saturday, February 10, at 2 PM for a staged reading of three original ten-minute plays by area youth. Selected in the Write Stuff! competition, the winning plays are:          ★ Job Switch by Mikayla Parker          ★ Auditions by By Caroline Westphalen          ★ Little Sacrifices by… Continue reading ★ Youth playwrights selected for Write Stuff! readings

★ Celebrate four years of Soul Sessions Saturday, 2/10

  Congratulations Bryan Hancock and the Soul Sessions team for four years of creating a supportive space for new voices. Get some background on Soul Sessions in this 2017 post, or far better, head out to Theater 3 on Saturday, 2/10, to the anniversary show. Soul Sessions IV: The Love Movement- will feature musical guest… Continue reading ★ Celebrate four years of Soul Sessions Saturday, 2/10