★ Bender writing workshop to benefit Feeding Southwest Virginia

Novelist and short story writer Karen E. Bender will offer an online creative writing workshop in support of area feeding efforts on April 25th. The workshop will focus on writing sensory detail and will take place from 2 to 3:30 PM. The workshop will benefit Feeding Southwest Virginia, an organization founded in 1981 to fight… Continue reading ★ Bender writing workshop to benefit Feeding Southwest Virginia

★ Kris Spisak on the podcast: Empowerment in the editing process (Episode 2.11)

Roanoke native Kris Spisak writes, edits, and coaches writers through professional services, a podcast, a blog, two books, and creative workshops. In this conversation with BOOK CITY Roanoke's Douglas Jackson, Spisak discusses the thought process, common mistakes made by beginning writers, why grammar matters, and how it just might be fun. "Everyone has a voice… Continue reading ★ Kris Spisak on the podcast: Empowerment in the editing process (Episode 2.11)

★ Bestselling author Roland Lazenby captures human stories

Salem-based sports journalist Roland Lazenby is the author of numerous books, including the best-selling Michael Jordan, The Life, a biography of the basketball star published by Little, Brown in 2014. It has subsequently been translated into 15 languages and remains an evergreen best-seller among basketball books. Other works include Showboat, The Life Of Kobe Bryant, also published… Continue reading ★ Bestselling author Roland Lazenby captures human stories

★ April is National Poetry Month

Now's a great time for some poetry. April is National Poetry Month, and while our gatherings might have been reduced, there are a lot of great ways to share and even create poetry together remotely. Here's NPR Poet-in-Residence Kwame Alexander's crowd sourced poem "Social Distance" Check out NPM resources at the Academy of American Poets,… Continue reading ★ April is National Poetry Month

★ Behind the scenes at Book No Further with Doloris Vest (Podcast Episode 2.10)

In the most recent podcast episode, we caught up with Doloris Vest, proprietor of Book No Further, the independent book store on Roanoke's historic city market to get a glimpse behind the scenes. She talks about the area reading community, the strength of local authors, the support of Southern Independent Booksellers Association, and most recently… Continue reading ★ Behind the scenes at Book No Further with Doloris Vest (Podcast Episode 2.10)

★ THE REVIVALIST’s Mark Lynn Ferguson: Roanoke in the Appalachian South (Podcast episode 2.9)

Celebrating 10 years of "Word from the Appalachian South," The Revivalist's Mark Lynn Ferguson reflects on Appalachian craft, food and literature in a conversation with BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke's Douglas Jackson. Ferguson is co-owner of Crafteria in downtown Roanoke. The vendor-filled space celebrates contemporary makers of Southern Appalachia craft and includes a retail presence for… Continue reading ★ THE REVIVALIST’s Mark Lynn Ferguson: Roanoke in the Appalachian South (Podcast episode 2.9)

★ Writer by Bus applications due March 18

You might be the next Writer by Bus. The City of Roanoke Arts Commission, Ride Solutions and the Greater Roanoke Transit Authority are partnering to once again to present a unique literary opportunity in summer 2020. A writer (or writers) will be provided a bus pass and paid an honorarium of $1,000 to create a… Continue reading ★ Writer by Bus applications due March 18

★ Writer Sandee McGlaun crafts a nonfiction voice (Podcast Episode 2.8)

Sandee McGlaun is an associate professor of English and the director of the writing center at Roanoke College. She writes nonfiction as well as poetry and plays. She has released her writing in two blogs, Still Life, Beyond Cancer and 40 Something First Time Bride. "When I switched from fiction to nonfiction," says McGlaun, "I realized… Continue reading ★ Writer Sandee McGlaun crafts a nonfiction voice (Podcast Episode 2.8)

★ Nelson Harris swings Roanoke into the forties with March 8 book launch

Pastor, local historian, and former Roanoke mayor Nelson Harris swings Roanoke into the 1940s with a new book to be launched on March 8. The Roanoke Valley in the 1940s is a 600-page history of the decade with research underwritten by the Roanoke Library Foundation. The launch event will take place as part of Roanoke Arts POP! at… Continue reading ★ Nelson Harris swings Roanoke into the forties with March 8 book launch

★ Napoleon Jones-Henderson on shaping your art and purpose in relationship with others (Podcast Episode 2.7)

Artist Napoleon Jones-Henderson recently installed a sculptural series, "Rhapsody in Knowledge," in front of Roanoke's Melrose Library. In this conversation with BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke's Douglas Jackson, the artist reflects on the role of books and libraries in his life, including the experience as a child of hearing Gwendolyn Brooks read poetry at Chicago's Hall Branch… Continue reading ★ Napoleon Jones-Henderson on shaping your art and purpose in relationship with others (Podcast Episode 2.7)