Finding Roanoke


Finding Roanoke; A Fall 2017 book club style conversation series on What I Found in a Thousand Towns explored the ideas of the book at work in our community with locals making things happen here. Here’s some local press:

THANK YOU to all who participated in chapter discussions and our capstone event.

Here’s A LOOK BACK at what we did:

OCT. 5 – Chapter 1: Created Spaces. Join Sweet Donkey Coffee House owners Ann-Maree White and Dustin Eshelman for an (X)po conversation about the South Roanoke business and community space. 40 attendees. (2108 Broadway Ave SW, Roanoke, VA 2401) CHAPTER 1 NOTES

OCT. 16 – Chapter 3Waterfronts.  Meet at The Green Goat to discuss the evolution of the Wasena Neighborhood’s intersection with the Roanoke River Greenway. 20 attendees. (802 Wiley Dr SW, Roanoke, VA 24015) CHAPTER 3 NOTES

OCT. 23 – Chapter 2Natural Spaces: The Attraction of Outdoors. Enjoy a conversation at Roanoke’s new Starr Hill Pilot Brewery and Side Stage on the natural attraction qualities of Roanoke’s outside assets. (6 Old Whitmore Ave, Roanoke, VA 24016) CHAPTER 2 NOTES

OCT. 30 – Chapter 4History. Center in the Square and the Harrison Museum of African American Culture hosts a conversation of leaders using local history to strengthen Roanoke’s identity. (1 Market Square SE, Roanoke, VA 24011) CHAPTER 4 NOTES

NOV. 6 – Chapter 5Arts & CultureAurora Studio Center hosts a conversation on the role of art as a placemaker in our community. (110 Campbell Ave Roanoke, VA 24011) CHAPTER 5 NOTES

NOV. 13 – Chapter 6: Local Food LEAP – Roanoke’s Local Environmental Agricultural Project shines a spotlight on our local food system at The Kitchen in the West End. (Co-located with Freedom First Credit Union at 1210 Patterson Ave SW, Roanoke VA 24016) CHAPTER 6 NOTES

NOV. 21 – Chapter 7PartnershipsThe CoLab brings together some of Ronaoke’s institutional partners in a conversation about working together for more innovative strategies. (1327 Grandin Rd SW, Roanoke, VA 24015) CHAPTER 7 NOTES

DEC. 4 – Chapter 8Conscious Bridgers. We’ll discuss hub points and community bridging strategies at the RSO Green Room. (128 E. Campbell Ave, Roanoke, VA 24011- 1406) CHAPTER 8 NOTES

Dar Williams
What I Found in a Thousand Towns (Basic Books; September 5, 2017)

Press on What I Found in a Thousand Towns
On Bookstores in Publishers Weekly (August 18, 2017)
Kirkus Review (July 1, 2017)
Shelf Awareness ( August 21, 2017)
Big Ideas for Better Places Podcast (September 5, 2017)
Marketplace (interview with Kai Ryssdall; September 5, 2017)
Time (reprint of introduction): (September 18, 2017)
CityLab interview with Richard Florida (September 12, 2017)
CNBC Small Towns, Big Allies  (October 13, 2017)
Roanoke Times (December 5, 2017)
Main Street Now Conference Presentation (March 2019)
Main Street Now Conference Presentation (March 2019) (without video) slides.ppt