★ New Connections Book Club – Next Book: HEALING THE HEART OF DEMOCRACY

How do we talk with each other about divisive issues? Katherine Devine pulled this book group together after a conversation with Delegate Sam Rasoul. As "Sam's (Book) Club (on Civil Discourse)," we read The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt, and the group met twice. The group is going to continue reading books on improving the… Continue reading ★ New Connections Book Club – Next Book: HEALING THE HEART OF DEMOCRACY

★ Marking National Poetry Month with Carilion Clinic’s Angela Charlton

Carilion Clinic's Dr. Robert L.A. Keeley Healing Arts Program understands the power of words. At least two of the artists in residence have been writers; the Burden Boat transforms words of personal struggle in a ritual of community healing; and Poetry in the Waiting Room touches guests and patients across the healthcare system on a daily basis.… Continue reading ★ Marking National Poetry Month with Carilion Clinic’s Angela Charlton

★ On living and telling: Hankla’s Lost Places

Cathryn Hankla’s Lost Places: On Losing and Finding Home (Mercer University Press, 2018) collects essays on place, memory, and time, to explore the question, What is home? Meditations on landscape, identity, the body, our environment, and domestic spaces are woven with personal and family history upon a weft of literary, social, and art criticism. Hankla’s… Continue reading ★ On living and telling: Hankla’s Lost Places

★ Melody Warnick loves where she writes

Melody Warnick tapped the resources and skills she developed as a freelance journalist to create a compendium of community engagement and placemaking strategies. This Is Where You Belong: Finding Home Wherever You Are (Viking/Penguin, 2016) is both personal essay and how-to guide, encouraging creative and committed participation in the world around us. The world around Warnick is… Continue reading ★ Melody Warnick loves where she writes

★ Youth playwrights selected for Write Stuff! readings

Join Mill Mountain Theatre (MMT) on Saturday, February 10, at 2 PM for a staged reading of three original ten-minute plays by area youth. Selected in the Write Stuff! competition, the winning plays are:          ★ Job Switch by Mikayla Parker          ★ Auditions by By Caroline Westphalen          ★ Little Sacrifices by… Continue reading ★ Youth playwrights selected for Write Stuff! readings

★ Marissa Mazek sticks around to make a difference

An opportunity offered Roanoke by its surrounding universities is a chance to retain some of the talented, energetic students the schools attract. During their tenure here, we introduce them to our community and hope that something sticks. Fortunately, Marissa Mazek stuck. The 28 year-old Roanoke Public Libraries community services assistant moved to Roanoke to attend… Continue reading ★ Marissa Mazek sticks around to make a difference

★ Virginia Festival of the Book rolls out speaker roster

Have you made your plans attend the Virginia Festival of the Book March 21-25? As always there will be a well-curated wealth of sessions, authors and books of importance to readers across Virginia. And you can aways find a few with particular note for BOOK CITY residents. Here are some at an early glance. Christiansburg… Continue reading ★ Virginia Festival of the Book rolls out speaker roster

★ Write Now monthly writing group at Bedford’s Bower Center

Write Now, a writing group, meets on third Thursdays in Bedford at the Bower Center for the Arts. Group member Coby Pieterman says , "There's absolutely no criticism, but some helpful comments may be offered for those who read their work." The group fosters sharing and encouragement for beginners to experienced writers. Write Now meets… Continue reading ★ Write Now monthly writing group at Bedford’s Bower Center