★ The Beauty of Impermanence: Barnhart memoir nominated

Frances Curtis Barnhart's The Beauty of Impermanence: A Woman's Memoir is not a memoir for women only. "Men like it, too," she says. "It applies to all of us in this time of uncertainty and stormy transition. So the time felt right to tell a story of personal transformation. "My journey has been wild with… Continue reading ★ The Beauty of Impermanence: Barnhart memoir nominated

★ Home and away with Tracee de Hahn

Tracee de Hahn is the author of Swiss Vendetta, the first of the Agnes Lüthi mysteries published by St. Martins/Minotaur. Book two, A Well-Timed Murder, is scheduled for release in Feb 2018. She took a break from edits on her second book to talk with us about her inspirations. BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke: Let's start with your… Continue reading ★ Home and away with Tracee de Hahn

★ Roanoke Readers: The longstanding Salem Young Women’s Book Club

Founded in 1993, the Salem Young Women's Book Club actually began as the Salem Women's Book Club. When one generation invited in the next, they added the descriptor. With an atypical format, they're a well structured group, which contributes to a near quarter-century run. Current President Carol Buriak filled us in on how it all… Continue reading ★ Roanoke Readers: The longstanding Salem Young Women’s Book Club

★ READ LOCAL: Liz Long on local architecture and Hermione Granger

Liz Long will sell and sign her work on Saturday, May 20, at the Salem Museum's READ LOCAL: A Celebration of Local Authors. Liz is the author of the young adult series Heroes of Arcania and the Donovan Circus series. To set the stage for the READ LOCAL, Liz fittingly filled us in on local energies behind her work. BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke:… Continue reading ★ READ LOCAL: Liz Long on local architecture and Hermione Granger

★ READ LOCAL: Mary Clark Dalton on encouragement, youth, and Sheriff Andy Taylor

Henry County's Mary Clark Dalton has written seven books for children, including the Rainbow series. She'll be selling and signing copies of her books at READ LOCAL: A Celebration of Local Authors at the Salem Museum on May 20 from 10 AM to 3 PM. BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke: Tell me a little about one of… Continue reading ★ READ LOCAL: Mary Clark Dalton on encouragement, youth, and Sheriff Andy Taylor

★ READ LOCAL: Dikkon Eberhart’s literary and spiritual memoir

Meet Dikkon Eberhart.  The novelist and memoirist recently moved from Maine to Roanoke to be near his grandchildren. He quickly settled into a writing community. We learned a little more about him. Check out the interview below, and even better: meet him Saturday at READ LOCAL and pick up a signed copy of The Time Mom Met… Continue reading ★ READ LOCAL: Dikkon Eberhart’s literary and spiritual memoir

★ READ LOCAL: Carolyn Roth on stewardship, God and hard work

READ LOCAL, the May 20 author and reader event at the Salem Museum, started with a conversation between Dr. Carolyn Roth and Executive Director Frances Ferguson. Maybe it was a small idea at first, but the event's grown to include 30 authors throughout the museum's galleries. We're profiling some of the writers and neighbors you'll… Continue reading ★ READ LOCAL: Carolyn Roth on stewardship, God and hard work

★ Betsy Ashton targets Roanoke: WIN an appearance in her next mystery

That's Betsy Ashton - the one with the book. You'll find her reading one; researching, writing or promoting one; or she might be encouraging others to do exactly the same in the Valley Writers Club. President of the statewide Virginia Writers Club, she lives at Smith Mountain Lake with a room for writing and a… Continue reading ★ Betsy Ashton targets Roanoke: WIN an appearance in her next mystery

★ Soul Sessions’ Bryan Hancock: What we bring and what we do with it

Every other Wednesday night at 16 West, truths are served up. The spoken word night, Soul Sessions, offers community members 5 minutes of stage time in a supportive, nonjudgmental environment. There is little room for negativity in a space meant to bridge. "We learn from each other's words," says organizer Bryan Hancock, "and those words connect us."… Continue reading ★ Soul Sessions’ Bryan Hancock: What we bring and what we do with it

★ The dimensions of a creative community with Cara Ellen Modisett

Since returning to Roanoke, Cara Ellen Modisett has revived the monthly community reading series that was shepherded for a time after her departure by Dwayne Yancey of The Roanoke Times and faculty at Community High School. The busy musician and writer slowed down enough to share with us some of the thinking behind Words3, the encouraging environment… Continue reading ★ The dimensions of a creative community with Cara Ellen Modisett