★ Have a 2018 reading goal?

Have you taken part in the Goodreads Reading Challenge? Online tools such as Goodreads and Library Thing are good ways to track reading goals, and that measurement makes a difference. I've slowly increased over the years and this year met my goal of 60 books. In 2017, more than 3 million Goodreads members read an… Continue reading ★ Have a 2018 reading goal?

★ A little 2018 inspiration: How to be a Julie McCoy in your own town

Do you have a resolution to be more involved in your community in 2018?   It's clear in this clip of Dar Williams and Beth Macy in conversation on Dec. 11 that building positive proximity can be a lot of fun. Here's a little inspiration: watch the clip on YouTube. ★     .

★ Dar Williams and Beth Macy from the BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke Stage

    https://www.facebook.com/BookCityRoanoke/videos/284907902031590/ Click above to watch Beth Macy and Dar Williams in conversation on the BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke stage. The event was sold out, but you don't have to miss a moment. Special thanks to production team lead Denise Allen Membreno at New Moon Creative Media.  Learn more about Dar Williams and What I Found in a Thousand… Continue reading ★ Dar Williams and Beth Macy from the BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke Stage

★ Big Ideas for Better Places Podcast featuring Dar Williams

Finding Roanoke! Can't wait for next week's Positive Proximity conversation with Dar Williams and Beth Macy? Get a preview in this CityWorks' Big Ideas for Better Places conversation. Brad Stephens interviewed Dar Williams on the occasion of September's release of What I Found in a Thousand Towns. The result is an engaging, enlightening conversation and just… Continue reading ★ Big Ideas for Better Places Podcast featuring Dar Williams

★ A remembrance for Veterans’ Day: Biographer Heath Hardage Lee on The League of Wives

Roanoke-based biographer and independent curator Heath Hardage Lee focuses her biographies and exhibitions on hidden stories of women whom history has overlooked or forgotten. The subject of her first book, Winnie Davis: Daughter of a Lost Cause (Potomac Books, 2014), was Varina Anne "Winnie" Davis, the daughter of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.  It's easy to see… Continue reading ★ A remembrance for Veterans’ Day: Biographer Heath Hardage Lee on The League of Wives

★ Dar Williams’ WHAT I FOUND IN A THOUSAND TOWNS Now Available

Congratulations to Dar Williams on the publication of What I Found in a Thousand Towns: A Traveling Musician's Guide to Rebuilding America's Communities One Coffee Shop, Dog Run, & Open-Mike Night at a Time. BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke will welcome Dar to Roanoke on December 11. Leading up to the event, we'll have chapter discussions… Continue reading ★ Dar Williams’ WHAT I FOUND IN A THOUSAND TOWNS Now Available

★ Roanoke’s BIG book event: Volunteer for Books on Wheels October 3 – 7

Think of it: an 18 wheeler filled with books - 40,000 of them.  That many words could form a novella. That many books can help shape the reading capacity of a generation in a community. But they don't just hop off the truck and into the hands of organizations and families. Volunteer to help sort… Continue reading ★ Roanoke’s BIG book event: Volunteer for Books on Wheels October 3 – 7

★ Back to the headwaters: Susan Hankla’s CLINCH RIVER

Roanoke based Groundhog Poetry Press has released Clinch River, Susan Hankla’s debut poetry collection. The 58 narrative poems form a landscape of memory. The terrain is snowy white and coal black. Blood red and peacock blue. The green of algae. Knowledge of the world and the self is colored by what is revealed or hidden. Words… Continue reading ★ Back to the headwaters: Susan Hankla’s CLINCH RIVER