★ Martin Clark brings THE SUBSTITUTION ORDER July 12th

Nothing seems to turn out as expected for the protagonist of The Substitution Order (Knopf, 2019). Roanoke attorney Kevin Moore has been disbarred. His wife has left him—with good cause. He's working at a Patrick County sandwich shop, "a Subway knockoff called SUBstitution," which sounds like rock bottom, but he's still got further to fall: he's being… Continue reading ★ Martin Clark brings THE SUBSTITUTION ORDER July 12th

★ Art for Everyone: Susan Jennings’ lasting impact

Roanoke Arts and Culture Coordinator Susan Jennings is retiring at the end of July.  She was the first person to take on the role, and indeed, it was built for her. Formerly the executive director of the Arts Council of the Blue Ridge, Susan made the move from Arts Commission member to City staff member… Continue reading ★ Art for Everyone: Susan Jennings’ lasting impact

★ Erika Joyner on the Power of Women Poetry Presence

Erika Joyner is an active community building presence in the Roanoke Valley. A native of New York, Joyner has worked in a variety of efforts to create a just and equitable society through anti-war, anti-racism, and cooperative efforts in Detroit and Virginia. A transgender woman, she's been in Roanoke for seven years. During that time,… Continue reading ★ Erika Joyner on the Power of Women Poetry Presence

★ On pace with Blue Hippo Poetry Club’s Sam Lafaye

Being a real fan of something can make life a much richer experience. You study it and learn its intricacies. It's an opening to new worlds. Then when you get together with other like-minded folks, things really start to happen. The energy is infectious. We learn from each other in a common bond. Understanding leaps.… Continue reading ★ On pace with Blue Hippo Poetry Club’s Sam Lafaye

★ Jeanne Larsen on WHAT PENELOPE CHOOSES

Professor Jeanne Larsen of the Jackson Center for Creative Writing at Hollins University has published a new collection of poems, What Penelope Chooses (Cider Press Review, 2019). The work was, itself, chosen—winning the Cider Press Review Book Award. The San Diego press uses an independent judge to select one manuscript for publication each year and… Continue reading ★ Jeanne Larsen on WHAT PENELOPE CHOOSES

★ REPO GIRL’s Jane Fenton at Roanoke Author Invasion Saturday (4/6)

At Saturday's free Roanoke Author Invasion, Jane Fenton will join nearly 70 other writers of contemporary and paranormal fiction in selling books and greeting fans. Fenton is based in Ferrum and is the author of the Repo Girl series. Fenton's series has more than 200 positive reviews on Amazon, which landed it on multiple Amazon bestselling… Continue reading ★ REPO GIRL’s Jane Fenton at Roanoke Author Invasion Saturday (4/6)

★ City Builder: Oneida Huntington rallies an LGBTQ+ Book Club

Christiansburg attorney Oneida Huntington has started an LGBTQ book club through the Southwest Virginia LGBT Memorial Library. The library houses, cares for, and lends books on LGBTQ+ subjects at the Roanoke Diversity Center. Gathering to discuss some those books just makes sense. But indeed, nothing happens without someone to lead the effort, organize folks, do… Continue reading ★ City Builder: Oneida Huntington rallies an LGBTQ+ Book Club

★ Book, Exhibit, Movie: Heath Hardage Lee’s untold story of the LEAGUE OF WIVES

There are shelves of nonfiction books subtitled with words like "forgotten", "untold", and "hidden". As a society, we've overlooked extraordinary leaders in historic moments. They are women, people of color, activists, and those fighting for change against powerful forces within entrenched systems. Fortunately, there are talented researchers and writers with the commitment to bring these stories… Continue reading ★ Book, Exhibit, Movie: Heath Hardage Lee’s untold story of the LEAGUE OF WIVES

★ Fly Fiction with YELLOW STONEFLY’s Tim Poland

Yellow Stonefly (Swallow Press, 2018) is a Radford University Professor Emeritus Tim Poland's second novel. Revisiting characters from his 2009 The Safety of Deeper Water (Vandalia Press), Poland takes readers to the the banks and tributaries of the fictional Ripshin River, where Sandy Holston's life is postcard peaceful, but only when she stands in waders midstream, rod in hand.… Continue reading ★ Fly Fiction with YELLOW STONEFLY’s Tim Poland

★ A Good Plan is Hard to Find: Southern communities confront rising seas in Rick Van Noy’s SUDDEN SPRING

Radford University Professor of English Rick Van Noy has released the region’s first new work of the new year. Sudden Spring: Stories of Adaptation in a Climate Changed South (University of Georgia Press, 2019) is an exploration of Southern coastal and mountain communities adjusting and preparing for what might be considered ‘the new abnormal’—shifting and unexpected weather… Continue reading ★ A Good Plan is Hard to Find: Southern communities confront rising seas in Rick Van Noy’s SUDDEN SPRING