★ 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

★ Treat yourself: Primland offers author’s weekend Feb. 23-25

The staff of Primland has put together a winning lineup for the luxury resort's inaugural Author's Weekend.  Writers and readers will convene in Patrick County from February 23 to 25 to discuss craft and publishing with talented, successful authors working in nonfiction and fiction. Participating writers include Daniel Wallace (Big Fish), Martin Clark (Plain Heathen… Continue reading ★ Treat yourself: Primland offers author’s weekend Feb. 23-25

★ Marissa Mazek sticks around to make a difference

An opportunity offered Roanoke by its surrounding universities is a chance to retain some of the talented, energetic students the schools attract. During their tenure here, we introduce them to our community and hope that something sticks. Fortunately, Marissa Mazek stuck. The 28 year-old Roanoke Public Libraries community services assistant moved to Roanoke to attend… Continue reading ★ Marissa Mazek sticks around to make a difference

★ Virginia Festival of the Book rolls out speaker roster

Have you made your plans attend the Virginia Festival of the Book March 21-25? As always there will be a well-curated wealth of sessions, authors and books of importance to readers across Virginia. And you can aways find a few with particular note for BOOK CITY residents. Here are some at an early glance. Christiansburg… Continue reading ★ Virginia Festival of the Book rolls out speaker roster

★ Write Now monthly writing group at Bedford’s Bower Center

Write Now, a writing group, meets on third Thursdays in Bedford at the Bower Center for the Arts. Group member Coby Pieterman says , "There's absolutely no criticism, but some helpful comments may be offered for those who read their work." The group fosters sharing and encouragement for beginners to experienced writers. Write Now meets… Continue reading ★ Write Now monthly writing group at Bedford’s Bower Center