★ Change Academy underway, attended by 55

The Roanoke Change Academy, our online discussion of policy approaches to change inspired by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi's How to Be an Antiracist, kicked off on Monday, 9/14. Three more weeks remain in the event hosted by BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke and the Roanoke Public Libraries. The first hour-long discussion engaged 55 residents. You can… Continue reading ★ Change Academy underway, attended by 55

★ Roanoke Change Academy starts Monday 9/14

Join your neighbors in thinking through what it might take to remove systemic racism. We’re calling it the Roanoke Change Academy, and we’re doing it as we read the book How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. Each of the four sessions occurs online with special speakers and a panel discussion at 6:30 on Monday… Continue reading ★ Roanoke Change Academy starts Monday 9/14

★ Hollins announces fall readings

The fall readings at the Jackson Center for Creative Writing at Hollins University will be virtual this year, but the public is still invited. Request to attend via teleconference using the form below. All readings will be at 7:30 PM. Get bios and more schedule information here. Sept. 10: Lia PurpuraSept. 24: Kaveh AkbarOct. 8:… Continue reading ★ Hollins announces fall readings

★ 19th Amendment Centennial Celebration Aug. 25

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, and August has been named National Women's Suffrage month.  To celebrate, Roanoke County Library Director Shari Henry interviewed several women leaders in the region, many of whom will be joining an online conversation at 6:30pm on Tuesday, August 25. The women will discuss… Continue reading ★ 19th Amendment Centennial Celebration Aug. 25

★ Sign up your group as a participating partner in the Roanoke Change Academy

Sign up your group as a Change Academy partner to encourage attendance, and continue the conversation and action as part of your ongoing work together. What's it mean to be a partner? Simply that you're signing on as a group to continue the conversation, the exploration, and or advocacy -- however it makes sense for… Continue reading ★ Sign up your group as a participating partner in the Roanoke Change Academy

★ New writing critique group forming

A BOOK CITY resident is interested in forming a small local writing group. "Any genre of adult fiction is fine (i.e., no memoirs, YA or children's books)," she says. "I personally write historical fiction, but have been a member of successful critique groups that have included writers of sci-fi, fantasy, mystery, etc." This group will… Continue reading ★ New writing critique group forming

★ Save the dates! The Roanoke Change Academy – a policy discussion on HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST

SAVE THE DATES!   Save these Mondays for 6:30 - 7:30 PM September 14 – Antiracist Planning and NeighborhoodsSeptember 21 – Antiracist EducationSeptember 28 – Antiracist HealthcareOctober 5 – An Antiracist City Continue the conversation with Roanoke City Public Libraries and BOOK CITY Roanoke.  Following our August 2019 Indecent Histories event with Dr. Ibram X.… Continue reading ★ Save the dates! The Roanoke Change Academy – a policy discussion on HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST

★ A visit to Martinsville’s Books and Crannies with placemaker DeShanta Hairston

A couple of years ago, we took our Finding Roanoke project on the road with the Virginia Main Street program as "Finding Main Street." In the project, we used the lens of Dar Williams' What I Found in a Thousand Towns to look at local efforts that illustrated the placemaking concepts. The very first stop… Continue reading ★ A visit to Martinsville’s Books and Crannies with placemaker DeShanta Hairston

★ Mike Allen on the release of Mythic Delirium’s SINISTER QUARTET

Mike Allen's been hard at it, building a life out of words. The Roanoke Times journalist covers government happenings in several counties, writes the Arts & Extra column, and separately runs Mythic Delirium, a small press publishing enterprise with his wife, Anita.  On the eve of their release of A Sinister Quartet, a suite of long,… Continue reading ★ Mike Allen on the release of Mythic Delirium’s SINISTER QUARTET