★ On the podcast: Betsy Biesenbach on honoring Roanoke’s enslaved people

Betsy Biesenbach is doing the work of anti-racism as member of the Roanoke Universalist Unitarian Church and as a resident of Raleigh Court. Title searches led her to uncover the names of enslaved people who once lived on the land, and as a result has written a book for grades 3 and up to help… Continue reading ★ On the podcast: Betsy Biesenbach on honoring Roanoke’s enslaved people

★ Designing Creative Communities

We're taking a look at creating change locally through creative projects in our next Change Academy read.   A little background:  We've been looking for something that was a little action oriented with a focus on how-to. We found a fun book that is available at Book No Further.  While the book is self-published by… Continue reading ★ Designing Creative Communities

★ On the podcast: Garland Gravely on fashion & a multicultural lens

Garland Gravely combines his interest in fashion, multiculturalism, the ballroom scene, and community organizing in several Roanoke area endeavors. This conversation begins with a discussion of the late Andre Leon Talley's memoir, The Chiffon Trenches, and lands with an upcoming event celebrating Black history with ballroom legends. Roanoke native Garland Gravely is the House of… Continue reading ★ On the podcast: Garland Gravely on fashion & a multicultural lens

★ On the podcast: Beth Macy on empathy & the power of listening

Beth Macy's work (Factory Man, Truevine, Dopesick) is a call to action. From her roots growing up poor in Ohio through a career in journalism and now as bestselling author, the stories she's gravitated to--those she's chosen to tell--foster empathy with our neighbors who are suffering and struggling. Now with the opioid crises haven taken… Continue reading ★ On the podcast: Beth Macy on empathy & the power of listening

★ Change Academy Deeper Dive on Independent Cities & Annexation

Engaging guests, thoughtful conversation, and enlightening perspectives furthered our exploration of change strategies, individual agency, and collective action in the Fall 21 Change Academy. The notes and videos of all three sessions are available online at BOOK CITY Roanoke. Throughout our Change Academy series, participants have shown a good deal of interest in collaborative strategies that… Continue reading ★ Change Academy Deeper Dive on Independent Cities & Annexation

★ Rachelle Kuehl on Reading and Writing Rural  (Podcast Episode 3.6)

What can Appalachian fourth graders tell you about rural lives? A lot, it turns out. Rachelle Kuehl's dissertation at Virginia Tech focused on the analysis of fourth grade writing to get a better understanding of the role of reading and writing in perceptions of places. Of course long-lived Applachian stereotypes aren't true, and books and… Continue reading ★ Rachelle Kuehl on Reading and Writing Rural  (Podcast Episode 3.6)

★ Rosenthal book launch: LIVING QUEER HISTORY Dec. 7

Join readers and local history buffs for an in-person book launch of Gregory Samantha Rosenthal's Living Queer History. Roanoke College history professor Samantha Rosenthal will launch their new book Living Queer History, Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 6:30 pm at the main branch of the Roanoke City Library. Based on more than 40 interviews with LGBTQ elders, Living Queer History tells the story of… Continue reading ★ Rosenthal book launch: LIVING QUEER HISTORY Dec. 7

★ Change Academy continues with a look at CITY PLAN 2040

The Fall 21 Change Academy will feature a three-part deep dive into CITY PLAN 2040. We'll meet virtually on three consecutive Monday evenings, October 25 through November 8, from 6:30 to 8 PM. Over the course of four books, we've explored racism from a historical perspective, through its personal and longstanding impacts, and how it… Continue reading ★ Change Academy continues with a look at CITY PLAN 2040