★ Virginia Festival of the Book rolls out speaker roster

Have you made your plans attend the Virginia Festival of the Book March 21-25? As always there will be a well-curated wealth of sessions, authors and books of importance to readers across Virginia. And you can aways find a few with particular note for BOOK CITY residents. Here are some at an early glance. Christiansburg… Continue reading ★ Virginia Festival of the Book rolls out speaker roster

★ Write Now monthly writing group at Bedford’s Bower Center

Write Now, a writing group, meets on third Thursdays in Bedford at the Bower Center for the Arts. Group member Coby Pieterman says , "There's absolutely no criticism, but some helpful comments may be offered for those who read their work." The group fosters sharing and encouragement for beginners to experienced writers. Write Now meets… Continue reading ★ Write Now monthly writing group at Bedford’s Bower Center

★ Register for the Roanoke Regional Writers Conference (JAN 19-20)

The 11th annual Roanoke Regional Writers Conference will be held on January 19 and 20 at Hollins University. The Friday evening keynote presenter will be Jane Friedman. Friedman, an award winning blogger, has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, is a previous Writer’s Digest writer and a current Publishers Weekly columnist. Saturday's day-long agenda… Continue reading ★ Register for the Roanoke Regional Writers Conference (JAN 19-20)

★ Words3 moves to third Thursdays in 2018

Words3 or Words, Cubed will be moving to the third Thursday of each month for 2018. There may be some exceptions, but generally count on a writerly bunch gathering at 6 PM at St. John's Episcopal Church on the corner of Jefferson and Elm, beginning on January 18. It's a supportive setting, great for trying… Continue reading ★ Words3 moves to third Thursdays in 2018

★ Have a 2018 reading goal?

Have you taken part in the Goodreads Reading Challenge? Online tools such as Goodreads and Library Thing are good ways to track reading goals, and that measurement makes a difference. I've slowly increased over the years and this year met my goal of 60 books. In 2017, more than 3 million Goodreads members read an… Continue reading ★ Have a 2018 reading goal?

★ A little 2018 inspiration: How to be a Julie McCoy in your own town

Do you have a resolution to be more involved in your community in 2018?   It's clear in this clip of Dar Williams and Beth Macy in conversation on Dec. 11 that building positive proximity can be a lot of fun. Here's a little inspiration: watch the clip on YouTube. ★     .

★ 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

★ On local voices and local support at Book No Further

In a BOOK CITY, we each have a voice.  We use it to connect, to advocate, to share, to teach, and to question. We do this with words on paper, with some of that writing getting polished up into printed form. And now that we have a responsive local book store that emphasizes the work of… Continue reading ★ On local voices and local support at Book No Further

★ WVTF’s Luke Church / Dar Williams interview includes performance

WVTF's Luke Church spent some time with What I Found in a Thousand Towns author Dar Williams discussing both the book and her music. Catch up on the conversations using the links below. ★ Author brings 'Positive Proximity' to Roanoke (Dec. 11). ★ Facebook Live performance of a favorite holiday song by Dar Williams. ★ Roots Down… Continue reading ★ WVTF’s Luke Church / Dar Williams interview includes performance