★ YOUR HEART IS A MUSCLE THE SIZE OF A FIST selected as 2018 Roanoke Valley Read

Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist (Back Bay Books, 2016) has been selected as the 2018 Roanoke Valley Read. Author Sunil Yapa will visit Roanoke October 4-6 to read from and discuss the book at Hollins University. He will also participate in Cityworks X(po), presenting a talk on "Radical Empathy." Community… Continue reading ★ YOUR HEART IS A MUSCLE THE SIZE OF A FIST selected as 2018 Roanoke Valley Read

★ Mary Carter Bishop on the publication of her memoir, DON’T YOU EVER

Longtime journalist Mary Carter Bishop has published a memoir, deploying her reporter's eye on the subject of her own family in Don't You Ever: My Mother and Her Secret Son (Harper, 2018). Bishop, well known to longtime readers of the Roanoke Times & World News, was named a Pulitzer finalist and awarded a George Polk award… Continue reading ★ Mary Carter Bishop on the publication of her memoir, DON’T YOU EVER

★ Susan Mason hosts Loose Threads memoir group at Eagle Rock Library

Writers gather monthly at Eagle Rock Library to focus on the craft of memoir. While the group is currently on a summer hiatus, they’ll have room for another few writers as they get rolling again in September. Susan Mason hosts the group, and she offered a little background on the group as a little encouragement. BOOK… Continue reading ★ Susan Mason hosts Loose Threads memoir group at Eagle Rock Library

★ FIVE ON: LGBTQ+ experiences from public historian Gregory Rosenthal

In honor of Pride month, Dr. Gregory Rosenthal offers a list of five books for better understanding LGBTQ+ experiences. Most are available for reading at the Roanoke LGBT Memorial Library, located inside the Roanoke Diversity Center. First, a little background: Dr. Rosenthal, an assistant professor of public history at Roanoke College, co-founded the Southwest Virginia LGBTQ+… Continue reading ★ FIVE ON: LGBTQ+ experiences from public historian Gregory Rosenthal

★ Reminder: Healing the Heart of Democracy discussion this Thursday

The New Connections Book Club will meet on Thursday, June 28, to discuss Parker J. Palmer's Healing the Heart of Democracy. Thanks to Roanoke Public Libraries, which will provide the Teen Meeting Room of the Main Library for the 6 PM gathering. This book group is open to all, and it's a bit self organizing.… Continue reading ★ Reminder: Healing the Heart of Democracy discussion this Thursday

★ Summer Books at Roanoke County Libraries

It's summer reading time! Gather with neighbors across the county to discuss a favorite book, or choose one of these books to expand your reading list and meet new people. Of course, branches of the Roanoke County Public Library have a lot more happening beyond the book shelves. For the full list of activities, check… Continue reading ★ Summer Books at Roanoke County Libraries

★ Elizabeth Catte at Glenvar Library June 12

Shenandoah Valley author Elizabeth Catte will appear Tuesday evening, June 12, at 7 PM at the Glenvar Branch of the Roanoke County Library. Catte received attention this year for What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia (Belt Publishing, 2018). The work does a fine job of using Appalachian history, demographics and personal reflection to provide a… Continue reading ★ Elizabeth Catte at Glenvar Library June 12

★ New Connections Book Club – Thursday, June 28, 6 PM – Roanoke Main Library

The New Connections Book Club will meet on Thursday, June 28, to discuss Parker J. Palmer's Healing the Heart of Democracy. Thanks to Roanoke Public Libraries, which will provide the Teen Meeting Room of the Main Library for the 6 PM gathering. This book group is open to all, and it's a bit self organizing.… Continue reading ★ New Connections Book Club – Thursday, June 28, 6 PM – Roanoke Main Library

★ Authors to read at Virginia Design Collective Thursday 5/24

Okay book lovers, if, for some unfathomable reason, you haven't crossed the threshold of Virginia Design Collective; if you still aren't aware of their locally, regionally, and Virginia made art at an affordable price; if you haven't signed up for one of shopkeeper Ariel Lev's cool classes or events, now's your chance. A reading, it… Continue reading ★ Authors to read at Virginia Design Collective Thursday 5/24