★ Too much on their plates? It doesn’t stop these readers

People often say that they would read if they only had the time. Not so for a local book group whose name reflects this particular challenge.  These ladies are busy, but they commit to reading just the same. The "Too Much on My Plate Book Club” has been meeting for 15 years.  The original members… Continue reading ★ Too much on their plates? It doesn’t stop these readers

★ The risk and reward of the public book discussion: On the Salem Library Book Group

With the joy and risk that come with engaging diverse perspectives, public book groups spark important community conversations while enriching the reading experience.  Certainly that was the case for the dozen or so people gathered at the Salem Public Library recently for a well organized review of The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat by Edward Kelsey… Continue reading ★ The risk and reward of the public book discussion: On the Salem Library Book Group

★ Building the hive: Book group discusses The Righteous Mind

On a recent Sunday afternoon a group of seven people gathered at Sweet Donkey to discuss Johnathan Haidt's The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion (Pantheon, 2012).   Roanoke artist Katherine Devine put the call out for anyone interested in discussing the book after a conversation with Delegate Sam Rasoul. "He said… Continue reading ★ Building the hive: Book group discusses The Righteous Mind

★ Roanoke’s secret garden: A summer of children’s literature at Hollins

While not locked away as tightly as Mrs. Craven's garden at Misselthwaite Manor, the summer season of the Hollins program in Children's Literature and Children's Book Illustration offers a rich and underappreciated opportunity for the community. With more than a dozen literary events spanning the six weeks from June 19 to July 28, locals can fashion their own free children's book… Continue reading ★ Roanoke’s secret garden: A summer of children’s literature at Hollins

★ GET WRITING: Words3 – City Lights and Nights – June 15

The June theme: City Lights and Nights Sign up to read. Mark your calendar to attend. This edition of Words3 will take place at the RSO Green Room on Campbell Avenue. (Look for the musical crosswalk.) If you’re interested in reading, use the form below to contact organizer Cara Ellen Modisett.  Some details…no more than 6 […]

★ The Beauty of Impermanence: Barnhart memoir nominated

Frances Curtis Barnhart's The Beauty of Impermanence: A Woman's Memoir is not a memoir for women only. "Men like it, too," she says. "It applies to all of us in this time of uncertainty and stormy transition. So the time felt right to tell a story of personal transformation. "My journey has been wild with… Continue reading ★ The Beauty of Impermanence: Barnhart memoir nominated

★ Betsy Ashton targets Roanoke: WIN an appearance in her next mystery

That's Betsy Ashton - the one with the book. You'll find her reading one; researching, writing or promoting one; or she might be encouraging others to do exactly the same in the Valley Writers Club. President of the statewide Virginia Writers Club, she lives at Smith Mountain Lake with a room for writing and a… Continue reading ★ Betsy Ashton targets Roanoke: WIN an appearance in her next mystery

★ Roanoke Readers: The Roanoke Gay Men’s Book Club

Book clubs can be laser focused or broadly diverse.  While the Roanoke Gay Men's Book Club is tightly defined in its membership, the reading list is another matter. Titles read by the group are suggested by members in turn, and they span fiction, non-fiction, biography, mystery and science fiction. Past books include Beth Macy's Truevine, The Days of Anna Madrigal by Armistead Maupin,… Continue reading ★ Roanoke Readers: The Roanoke Gay Men’s Book Club