★ Hoot & Holler’s Lee Hunsaker, On Profound stories and the support of a community (Podcast Episode 2.3)

Lee Hunsaker returned to Roanoke to "live authentically" near the mountains and her family. She tells us about rediscovering her true love of writing and stories and the idea for a story hoedown that's grown into a tradition of Hoot and Holler storytelling evenings, featuring "Our Stories. Out Loud." "I really push for honesty and… Continue reading ★ Hoot & Holler’s Lee Hunsaker, On Profound stories and the support of a community (Podcast Episode 2.3)

★ Gary Keel at Raleigh Court Branch, Sat. Feb 1, 2 PM

Author Gary A. Keel will appear at the Raleigh Court branch of Roanoke Public Libraries on Saturday. We got a couple of questions in as a preview. His book is Executive Order 14900.  In the fictional tale, the careful balance of a democracy is tipped. Are the founding documents enough to defend the nation against an… Continue reading ★ Gary Keel at Raleigh Court Branch, Sat. Feb 1, 2 PM

★ Roanoke City Council Member Bill Bestpitch – “You oughta be reading something.” (Podcast Episode 2.2)

Season two of the BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke continues with Roanoke City Council Member Bill Bestpitch. Bestpitch offers reflections on his reading life, Roanoke's progress, and the exchange of perspectives over shared reading. Transformation, the theme of this season's episodes involves communities as well as individuals. "Everyone wants progress," says Bestpitch, "but nobody wants change." Transparency,… Continue reading ★ Roanoke City Council Member Bill Bestpitch – “You oughta be reading something.” (Podcast Episode 2.2)

★ On gathering Nourishing Stories with Journalist Christina Nifong (Podcast Episode 2.1)

Season two of the BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke podcast launches with Douglas Jackson in conversation with freelance journalist and local foods advocate Christina Nifong. In her profiles of Roanoke area residents, Nifong plays the cinematographer.  "I'm always trying to decide when to go in tight and when to pull back," she says. The telling detail… Continue reading ★ On gathering Nourishing Stories with Journalist Christina Nifong (Podcast Episode 2.1)

★ Inhabiting other lives in historical fiction with Lawrence Reid Bechtel

Blacksburg-based sculptor and author Lawrence Reid Bechtel has released the novel, A Partial Sun (BQB Publishing, 2019). The story of Isaac Granger, the work of historical fiction follows the enslaved man from Monticello to Philadelphia when Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson apprentices him to a tinsmith. Bechtel, who has two pieces of sculpture in the City… Continue reading ★ Inhabiting other lives in historical fiction with Lawrence Reid Bechtel

★ STAMPED FROM THE BEGINNING Conversations Jan. 7 to Feb. 11 at Melrose Library

Did you attend the Indecent Histories event in late August with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and Justin Phillip Reed? Are you currently reading Stamped from the Beginning? Do you want to go deeper in conversation on the history of racist ideas with neighbors? How'd we get where we are? Where can we go next? Join… Continue reading ★ STAMPED FROM THE BEGINNING Conversations Jan. 7 to Feb. 11 at Melrose Library

★ Poetry workshops scheduled at Book No Further

Spend a Saturday morning or two focusing on the craft of poetry in the quiet hours of a bookstore. Book No Further is teaming up with local writer Cathryn Hankla to host poetry workshops during the long holiday weekends of January and February. Two sessions will be held: ★ Writing Poetry about the Natural World: January… Continue reading ★ Poetry workshops scheduled at Book No Further

★ Register for the 23rd Annual Roanoke Regional Writers Conference

The Roanoke Regional Writers Conference (RRWC) is about a month away, and with a bunch of holidays in the mix, that month will fly by. To look ahead at 2020 and the best start Roanoke writers can get in the new year, we got a little time in with RRWC Director Liz Long. BOOK CITY… Continue reading ★ Register for the 23rd Annual Roanoke Regional Writers Conference