★ Giving thanks

Oh, that for which I am grateful. For books. For the freedom to write in a community of disparate voices equally free. For the time, sight, and mind for words. For the vision of tomorrow alive in our libraries, our neighborhoods and schools. For new ventures, willing risk takers, and this place worth the investment. For the love… Continue reading ★ Giving thanks

★ Local authors, local impact: Shop Small Saturday (Nov. 25) at Book No Further

Book No Further will celebrate Small Business Saturday (November 25) with a local author signing from 10 AM to 4 PM. An annual event the Saturday following Thanksgiving, Shop Small Saturday was begun by American Express in 2010. Momentum has built, and by last year, the national effort brought out an estimated 112 million shoppers.… Continue reading ★ Local authors, local impact: Shop Small Saturday (Nov. 25) at Book No Further

★ Be the next Writer on the Bus: Apply by Dec. 15

The City of Roanoke Arts Commission, Ride Solutions and the Greater Roanoke Transit Authority are again sponsoring a mobile residency for an area writer or writers.  The 2018 Writer on the Bus will be provided a bus pass and paid an honorarium of $1,000 to create a unique work of literature while riding different bus… Continue reading ★ Be the next Writer on the Bus: Apply by Dec. 15

★ Finding Roanoke with Susanna Thornton of Thornfield Farms

In the next Finding Roanoke conversation, the Local Environmental Agriculture Project will host a conversation on local food and vibrant communities. Susanna Thornton of Thornfield Farm will be one of the local farmers participating, and she talked with us as a quick preview of the evening. BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke: On the website for Thornfield… Continue reading ★ Finding Roanoke with Susanna Thornton of Thornfield Farms

★ FIVE ON better understanding the experience of race in Roanoke

Last night's Finding Roanoke conversation (on chapter four of Dar Williams' What I Found in a Thousand Towns) probed Roanoke's transformations over decades, asking questions such as: How do we thoughtfully and inclusively continue the successful revitalization efforts begun decades ago with Center in the Square? Who historically has gotten pushed aside in the wake of… Continue reading ★ FIVE ON better understanding the experience of race in Roanoke

★ History and the art of the possible: Beth Macy at Book No Further

Beth Macy appeared at Book No Further this weekend to celebrate the opening of Doloris Vest's new bookstore and the paperback release of Macy's second book, Truevine (Back Bay Books, 2017). In presenting the motivation behind her work, the Roanoke based author points to the unexpected heroes she's drawn to. They fight the odds—against racial injustice,… Continue reading ★ History and the art of the possible: Beth Macy at Book No Further

★ Heart to Heart guest Susan Cottrell on journaling and building community

Roanoke writer and civic leader Rev. Joe Cobb has teamed with Linda Webb to present Heart to Heart, a weeklong conversation series with a daylong conference. The conversations, held from November 8-13 in a variety of settings, are designed to create dialogue and support for all people seeking deeper understanding in relationship to LGBTQ neighbors… Continue reading ★ Heart to Heart guest Susan Cottrell on journaling and building community

★ Finding Roanoke: Update and Coming Events

We're three chapters into Roanoke's lively discussion of Dar Williams' What I Found in a Thousand Towns.  Here's the update on the weekly series: Forty people gathered on the Sweet Donkey patio with owners Dustin Eshelman and Ann-Maree White and host Brent Stevens.  The topic: how a business can help build community, how the community can help shape… Continue reading ★ Finding Roanoke: Update and Coming Events

★ Civil Discourse Book Club announces next title

National Book Award Finalist for nonfiction, Strangers in their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right - A Journey to the Heart of our Political Divide will be the next title discussed by the Civil Discourse book group. (Come to the November 15 meeting and help identify a better name for this group!) By UC… Continue reading ★ Civil Discourse Book Club announces next title