★ Martha Park renders a community

Issue 24 of Ecotone, the journal of place-based writing, features the work of former Roanoke resident Martha E. Park.  In her stay, Park immersed herself in Roanoke and the historic Gainsboro community, and her new illustrated work is a result of close study during that period. To mark the publication, Martha told us a little about… Continue reading ★ Martha Park renders a community

★ Mill Mountain Theatre’s Travis Kendrick asks young playwrights to Write Stuff!

Write Stuff!—Mill Mountain Theatre’s young playwrights program, returns for its second year in 2018. The playwriting competition is open to middle and high school students and the deadline for submissions is Dec. 31, 2017. Winning plays will be selected by a panel of Mill Mountain Theatre (MMT) professional artists. The chosen plays will be performed… Continue reading ★ Mill Mountain Theatre’s Travis Kendrick asks young playwrights to Write Stuff!

★ A remembrance for Veterans’ Day: Biographer Heath Hardage Lee on The League of Wives

Roanoke-based biographer and independent curator Heath Hardage Lee focuses her biographies and exhibitions on hidden stories of women whom history has overlooked or forgotten. The subject of her first book, Winnie Davis: Daughter of a Lost Cause (Potomac Books, 2014), was Varina Anne "Winnie" Davis, the daughter of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.  It's easy to see… Continue reading ★ A remembrance for Veterans’ Day: Biographer Heath Hardage Lee on The League of Wives

★ 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

★ Newberry Medal winner Matt de la Peña on understanding ourselves and others through books

The Roanoke Public Library will host a reading by Newberry Medal-winning author Matt de la Peña to celebrate the renovation and expansion of the Williamson Road Branch Library. The New York Times bestselling author has published children's picture books and novels for young adults. In addition to the reading at the Williamson Road Branch (Wednesday,… Continue reading ★ Newberry Medal winner Matt de la Peña on understanding ourselves and others through books

★ 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

★ Recommended by local readers: FIVE ON environmental stewardship from Rupert Cutler

In this new series, we're passing along must-read recommendations on key topics from BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke residents. To kick it off, longstanding civic leader Rupert Cutler offers five books on environmental stewardship. About Rupert: Rupert’s seemingly inexhaustible civic energy has fueled the opening of Explore Park and the beginnings of both the greenway trail… Continue reading ★ Recommended by local readers: FIVE ON environmental stewardship from Rupert Cutler

★ Liz Bradley says you can do it: National Novel Writing Month

It's nearly upon us, National Novel Writing Month.  Also known in its awkwardly catchy abbreviated form NaNoWriMo, November might be a productive month for you. Let's learn more with Liz Bradley, one of our municipal liaisons for the effort. BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke: First, what's the goal of National Novel Writing Month? Liz Bradley: NaNoWriMo believes that everyone has a… Continue reading ★ Liz Bradley says you can do it: National Novel Writing Month

★ What she’s learned: Doloris Vest on the planning of Book No Further

Roanoke will soon have a new independent bookstore. Doors will open at Book No Further on October 17 at 10 AM in the 16 West Marketplace (16 West Church Street, Roanoke). In anticipation, owner Doloris Vest filled us in on what she’s learned planning and preparing for the business. BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke: Folks are… Continue reading ★ What she’s learned: Doloris Vest on the planning of Book No Further

★ On the hunt for new voices with Artemis’ Jeri Rogers and Maurice Ferguson

Artemis Journal has its roots in personal transformation and community building. The journal had gone quiet for a number of years, but following a 2014 resurgence, the energy of the longstanding creative team seems boundless. The Blue Ridge poetry and art journal has expanded its focus and reach and this year announces some new collaborations.  With… Continue reading ★ On the hunt for new voices with Artemis’ Jeri Rogers and Maurice Ferguson