★ On the Beat: MACY, HESSE, and EYRE to appear Tues. Oct. 23

Join prominent journalists for a discussion on their work and the role of print media in the fostering an informed citizenry. On the Beat: Local Journalism, Truth, and Democracy. is presented by Virginia Humanities, the Virginia Center for the Book, and With Good Reason Radio, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and in partnership with The… Continue reading ★ On the Beat: MACY, HESSE, and EYRE to appear Tues. Oct. 23

★ Free Roanoke Valley Reads Events tonight and Friday

Hear Sunil Yapa, author of Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist, at the following free events this week. Reading - Thursday, 10/4 at 8:15 in the Visual Arts Center, Hollins University Q & A - Friday, 10/5 at 11:00 in the Wyndham Robertson Library, Hollins University Talk - "Radical Empathy" -… Continue reading ★ Free Roanoke Valley Reads Events tonight and Friday

★Win a signed copy of YOUR HEART IS A MUSCLE THE SIZE OF A FIST

To mark the 2018 Roanoke Valley Read selection, Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist, BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke will be giving away 5 copies signed by the author to local readers. There are three ways to win: Sign up using the form below. Sign up for Book City Roanoke updates at Book No… Continue reading ★Win a signed copy of YOUR HEART IS A MUSCLE THE SIZE OF A FIST

★ Make Them Care: Virginia Western’s Carole Tarrant on tough challenges, compassionate responses and the role of the community’s college

In late September, Virginia Western Community College hosted a two-part presentation on Beth Macy's Dopesick. The local and best-selling author again filled the room. There were readers and neighbors, family members of the sick and dead. Some of those who were present are living a constant personal struggle. For others, the struggle is professional, and… Continue reading ★ Make Them Care: Virginia Western’s Carole Tarrant on tough challenges, compassionate responses and the role of the community’s college

★ Understanding, Empathy, and Action: October’s Roanoke Valley Reads Events

Here's the scoop on October's Roanoke Valley Reads events. Asterisked events include the author. Get a preview: Hear Sunil Yapa with Roanoke's Brad Stephens on Big Ideas for Better Places podcast. THURSDAY, OCT 4 Thursday, October 4, 8:15 PM - Sunil Yapa Reading* at Hollins University, Francis J. Neiderer Auditorim, Richard Weatherill Visual Arts Center.  Enjoy the long tradition of literature… Continue reading ★ Understanding, Empathy, and Action: October’s Roanoke Valley Reads Events

★ FIVE ON Welcoming: New homes and the paths to them (Adult titles)

This FIVE ON edition focuses on the theme of welcoming. The books are sure to inspire new connections and an appreciation for the many volunteers and organizations who make a habit of extending themselves. Marking Roanoke Welcoming Week (Sept. 14-23), the list was compiled by Roanoke Public Libraries Director Sheila Umberger and Stephanie Holladay, executive director of Blue… Continue reading ★ FIVE ON Welcoming: New homes and the paths to them (Adult titles)

★ FIVE ON Welcoming: Good reads to bridge cultures (Juvenile and YA titles)

To mark Roanoke Welcoming Week (Sept. 14-23), Roanoke Public Libraries Director Sheila Umberger and Stephanie Holladay, executive director of Blue Ridge Literacy, are sharing reading lists with us for the FIVE ON series. A national effort, Welcoming Week here in Roanoke brings together immigrants, refugees, and native-born residents to promote the benefits of welcoming everyone… Continue reading ★ FIVE ON Welcoming: Good reads to bridge cultures (Juvenile and YA titles)

★ Big Ideas for Better Places Podcast: Roanoke Valley Reads author Sunil Yapa

How does good storytelling help us listen? Can fiction help us have better conversations, or better understand the complexity of perspectives on important issues? What's the role of strong local connections in the addressing the challenges facing the globe? Sunil Yapa, author of Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist, the 2018… Continue reading ★ Big Ideas for Better Places Podcast: Roanoke Valley Reads author Sunil Yapa

★ Celebrating WELCOMING WEEK with the team at Roanoke Public Libraries and Blue Ridge Literacy

September 14 - 23 marks Welcoming Week, a national effort led locally by the City of Roanoke and a dozen nonprofit organizations. Planned events will bring together immigrants, refugees, and native-born residents to promote the benefits of welcoming everyone in our community. To mark Welcoming Week, we asked Roanoke Public Libraries Director Sheila S. Umberger and Blue… Continue reading ★ Celebrating WELCOMING WEEK with the team at Roanoke Public Libraries and Blue Ridge Literacy

★ Virginia Center for the Book to host MACY, HESSE, and EYRE at OCT 23 panel of journalist-authors

Tickets are now available for the October 23 event, On the Beat: Local Journalism, Truth, and Democracy. The event is presented by Virginia Humanities, the Virginia Center for the Book, and With Good Reason Radio, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and in partnership with The Pulitzer Prizes. Three journalists and authors will participate… Continue reading ★ Virginia Center for the Book to host MACY, HESSE, and EYRE at OCT 23 panel of journalist-authors