★ Behind the scenes at Book No Further with Doloris Vest (Podcast Episode 2.10)

In the most recent podcast episode, we caught up with Doloris Vest, proprietor of Book No Further, the independent book store on Roanoke's historic city market to get a glimpse behind the scenes. She talks about the area reading community, the strength of local authors, the support of Southern Independent Booksellers Association, and most recently… Continue reading ★ Behind the scenes at Book No Further with Doloris Vest (Podcast Episode 2.10)

★ THE REVIVALIST’s Mark Lynn Ferguson: Roanoke in the Appalachian South (Podcast episode 2.9)

Celebrating 10 years of "Word from the Appalachian South," The Revivalist's Mark Lynn Ferguson reflects on Appalachian craft, food and literature in a conversation with BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke's Douglas Jackson. Ferguson is co-owner of Crafteria in downtown Roanoke. The vendor-filled space celebrates contemporary makers of Southern Appalachia craft and includes a retail presence for… Continue reading ★ THE REVIVALIST’s Mark Lynn Ferguson: Roanoke in the Appalachian South (Podcast episode 2.9)

★ Writer by Bus applications due March 18

You might be the next Writer by Bus. The City of Roanoke Arts Commission, Ride Solutions and the Greater Roanoke Transit Authority are partnering to once again to present a unique literary opportunity in summer 2020. A writer (or writers) will be provided a bus pass and paid an honorarium of $1,000 to create a… Continue reading ★ Writer by Bus applications due March 18

★ Writer Sandee McGlaun crafts a nonfiction voice (Podcast Episode 2.8)

Sandee McGlaun is an associate professor of English and the director of the writing center at Roanoke College. She writes nonfiction as well as poetry and plays. She has released her writing in two blogs, Still Life, Beyond Cancer and 40 Something First Time Bride. "When I switched from fiction to nonfiction," says McGlaun, "I realized… Continue reading ★ Writer Sandee McGlaun crafts a nonfiction voice (Podcast Episode 2.8)

★ Nelson Harris swings Roanoke into the forties with March 8 book launch

Pastor, local historian, and former Roanoke mayor Nelson Harris swings Roanoke into the 1940s with a new book to be launched on March 8. The Roanoke Valley in the 1940s is a 600-page history of the decade with research underwritten by the Roanoke Library Foundation. The launch event will take place as part of Roanoke Arts POP! at… Continue reading ★ Nelson Harris swings Roanoke into the forties with March 8 book launch

★ Napoleon Jones-Henderson on shaping your art and purpose in relationship with others (Podcast Episode 2.7)

Artist Napoleon Jones-Henderson recently installed a sculptural series, "Rhapsody in Knowledge," in front of Roanoke's Melrose Library. In this conversation with BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke's Douglas Jackson, the artist reflects on the role of books and libraries in his life, including the experience as a child of hearing Gwendolyn Brooks read poetry at Chicago's Hall Branch… Continue reading ★ Napoleon Jones-Henderson on shaping your art and purpose in relationship with others (Podcast Episode 2.7)

★ Upcoming Book Events

FEBRUARYFeb. 26 ★ Pathways to Publishing Panel, 7 PM at Roanoke CollegeFeb. 27 & 28 ★ Marilyn Chin at HollinsFeb. 28 ★ Under Land discussion, 1 PM at Raleigh Court Library Book Club Feb. 28 -  Mar. 1 ★ Mysticon Feb. 29 ★ Chris Strom, Brooklyn to Baghdad, 1 PM at Book No FurtherMARCHMar. 3 ★ Doris Kearns Goodwin,… Continue reading ★ Upcoming Book Events

★ Cultivating community good with Cameron Terry of Garden Variety Harvests (Podcast 2.6)

Urban gardener Cameron Terry began Garden Variety Harvests in 2017. The businesses borrows other people's land to grow fresh produce for the Roanoke market. In this episode of the podcast, Cam talks with Douglas Jackson about books that continue to shape the strategy and spirit with which he's connecting local residents with local food. There's… Continue reading ★ Cultivating community good with Cameron Terry of Garden Variety Harvests (Podcast 2.6)

★ Desert Island Reads: Blue Ridge Literacy’s Sara Geres

What books would you choose if you could read just five, desert-island-style, over and over and over again? That’s the question BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke contributor Ashley Wilson Fellers will ask local writers, booksellers and literacy advocates in the a fresh series, Desert Island Reads. In this installment, Ashley checks in with Sara Geres, program director at… Continue reading ★ Desert Island Reads: Blue Ridge Literacy’s Sara Geres

★ Sunday: Cassandra King Conroy At South County Library

Cassandra King Conroy will talk about her new book,  Tell Me a Story: My Life with Pat Conroy, Sunday at 2 PM at South County Library. Conroy is an award-winning author of novels, nonfiction, short stories, magazine articles, and essays. She has taught creative writing on the college level, conducted corporate writing seminars, and worked… Continue reading ★ Sunday: Cassandra King Conroy At South County Library