★ Books for a stronger community: How we’ll continue the conversation

"Books have the power to shape us, and I’m of the mind that readers do the thinking and the ensuing wrestling required in a strong democracy."The Roanoke Times ran this as part of a BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke opinion piece related to this Thursday's Summer with the National Book Awards. The event will feature two… Continue reading ★ Books for a stronger community: How we’ll continue the conversation

★ Technology and empathy in the library’s welcoming space: Roanoke County’s Shari Henry (Podcast Episode 1.6)

"I think books change lives, and change minds, and teach us empathy," says Roanoke County Director of Library Services Shari Henry. Identity and Action: Season one of the BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke podcast continues with Roanoke County Director of Library Services Shari Henry. This season we're looking at our engagement with the written word—how it… Continue reading ★ Technology and empathy in the library’s welcoming space: Roanoke County’s Shari Henry (Podcast Episode 1.6)

★ Cathryn Hankla on roaming with the self through books and LOST PLACES (Podcast Episode 1.5)

A conversation with the thoughtful and prolific Cathryn Hankla adds to our collective thinking around Identity and Action. In this season in the podcast, we're taking a look at our engagement with the written word—how it shapes our sense of self and how we put that into action in the world around us. Cathryn Hankla… Continue reading ★ Cathryn Hankla on roaming with the self through books and LOST PLACES (Podcast Episode 1.5)

★ A little sidewalk, a lot of books and authors – Saturday 8/10

While you're out and about at Downtown Roanoke's annual Sidewalk Sale, stop off at Book No Further, Roanoke's independent book store. Use this handy guide to time your visit to meet a new or favorite local author. But a book. Get it signed. See who else happened to stop by. Have a book conversation. Right… Continue reading ★ A little sidewalk, a lot of books and authors – Saturday 8/10

★ I might as well be hugging a book: Star City Reads’ Marissa Mazek Blankinship (Podcast Episode 1.4)

Identity and Action: A conversation with Star City Reads' Marissa Mazek Blankinship continues season one of the BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke podcast. This season, we're taking a look at our engagement with the written word—how it shapes our sense of self and how we put that into action in the world around us. What we read,… Continue reading ★ I might as well be hugging a book: Star City Reads’ Marissa Mazek Blankinship (Podcast Episode 1.4)

★ Macy’s DOPESICK out in paperback. In-town appearance Thursday, Aug 8

Beth Macy's Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America  gets a paperback release today. Mark the occasion with an update from the author at a Book No Further event Thursday, August 8. 7 PM, Thursday, August 8 Community High School 302 Campbell Ave SE, Roanoke, VA 24013 ★ Add the Facebook event… Continue reading ★ Macy’s DOPESICK out in paperback. In-town appearance Thursday, Aug 8

★ Melrose Library to host Summer with the National Book Awards – AUG 29

The National Book Foundation, presenter of the National Book Awards, is bringing two of its awarded authors for a free event at the Melrose Library on Thursday, August 29th. This is being made possible because of the foundation's ongoing relationship with the City of Roanoke Public Libraries and the City of Roanoke Redevelopment and Housing… Continue reading ★ Melrose Library to host Summer with the National Book Awards – AUG 29

★ Familiar characters visit Hollins campus

  Every summer, friendly seeming faces pop up on the Hollins campus. Some are those of returning students in the Children’s Literature and Children's Book Illustration Program. (The first program of its kind hosts writers, illustrators, teachers and lovers of children’s literature in a corner of the bucolic campus every summer.) As Tinker Creek tinkles… Continue reading ★ Familiar characters visit Hollins campus

★ Sharing the Human Experience with Soul Sessions’ Bryan Hancock (Podcast Episode 1.3)

Identity and Action: Season one of the BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke podcast continues with a conversation with Bryan Hancock, the founder and host of Soul Sessions, Roanoke's open-mic spoken word evening. Also known as performer Harvest Blaque, Hancock has built a supportive and inclusive environment for sharing original work and celebrating others. This season of… Continue reading ★ Sharing the Human Experience with Soul Sessions’ Bryan Hancock (Podcast Episode 1.3)