★ Celebrate National Arts & Humanities Month

Our lives are richer because of the arts and humanities. They also make our communities stronger. In Roanoke, the City and the community see arts and culture as tools for engaging neighborhoods, creating opportunities for lifelong learning, and contributing as an industry cluster for a vibrant regional economy. Roanoke's not alone. Communities throughout the region… Continue reading ★ Celebrate National Arts & Humanities Month

★ Writing and Reading as an Act of Rebellion with Brad Stephens (Podcast Episode 1.11)

Our exploration of Identity and Action wraps with podcast producer Brad Stephens. In this episode, we look back at the entire season. We'll talk about books, many of this season's guests, and what these conversations are adding up to, touching on empathy and books, books and the unlikeable, writing and wisdom, the complexity of each of us.… Continue reading ★ Writing and Reading as an Act of Rebellion with Brad Stephens (Podcast Episode 1.11)

★ PALACES FOR THE PEOPLE discussion

A dozen people gathered at South County Library for a discussion of Eric Klinenberg's Palaces for the People this week at New Connections: Let's Talk! This next phase of the civil discourse book club includes both books and film and enjoys coordination and hosting by Roanoke County Public Libraries. The group will meet one more time,… Continue reading ★ PALACES FOR THE PEOPLE discussion

★ GONE WITH THE BOOK historical novel book club to start

Kathy, a BOOK CITY resident, is interested in starting a book club for lovers of historical novels.  "I want to focus on novels that are realistic and perhaps based on actual historical events," she says. Here are some titles she says might fit that bill: The Irishman’s Daughter, The Long Flight Home, The Crossing of… Continue reading ★ GONE WITH THE BOOK historical novel book club to start

★ On writing and the word constructs we are, with Jeanne Larsen, writer (Podcast Episode 1.10)

  The exploration of Identity and Action continues with Writer Jeanne Larsen. With the poet, novelist, and essayist we explore how the written word shapes our sense of self and how we put that into work in the world around us. "You need to find the words that put who you are as you perceive yourself out… Continue reading ★ On writing and the word constructs we are, with Jeanne Larsen, writer (Podcast Episode 1.10)

★ Reading recommendations from our Indecent Histories guests

Thanks to the hundreds of people who came out to hear Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and Justin Phillip Reed at Indecent Histories at the Melrose Branch of the Roanoke Public Library on August 29th. Summer with the National Book Awards was a program of the National Book Foundation and Roanoke Public Libraries. Look for information soon… Continue reading ★ Reading recommendations from our Indecent Histories guests

★ Creating the space for ourselves and others with Vice Mayor Joe Cobb (Podcast Episode 1.9)

Identity and Action: We continue our exploration of how the written word shapes our sense of self and how we put that into work in the world around us with a conversation with City of Roanoke Vice Mayor Joe Cobb. In this episode Joe discusses three books that weave through his way of being. We… Continue reading ★ Creating the space for ourselves and others with Vice Mayor Joe Cobb (Podcast Episode 1.9)

★ Your Friday night at the Taubman – Poetry and Art

Enjoy First Fridays downtown on Friday, 9/6 ,with an opening at the Taubman Museum of Art. The museum will be opening a new site-specific exhibition by Italian artist, Giuseppina Giordano. Please, Teach Me the Language of a Rose featuring poetry, sign language, translations, art history, painting, sculpture, and the concept of Zen. An artist's talk will be… Continue reading ★ Your Friday night at the Taubman – Poetry and Art

★ Uncovering ourselves through poetry with poet Ashley Rhame (Podcast Episode 1.8)

Identity and Action: Season one of the BOOK CITY ★Roanoke podcast continues with poet Ashley Rhame.  Ashley writes and performs with astonishing frequency. She's active in bringing people together in The Speakeasy, evenings of music and poetry. She is the program lead for Girls Rock Roanoke, and she works full time for Roanoke Public Libraries… Continue reading ★ Uncovering ourselves through poetry with poet Ashley Rhame (Podcast Episode 1.8)