★ Martha Park renders a community

Issue 24 of Ecotone, the journal of place-based writing, features the work of former Roanoke resident Martha E. Park.  In her stay, Park immersed herself in Roanoke and the historic Gainsboro community, and her new illustrated work is a result of close study during that period. To mark the publication, Martha told us a little about… Continue reading ★ Martha Park renders a community

★ Giving thanks

Oh, that for which I am grateful. For books. For the freedom to write in a community of disparate voices equally free. For the time, sight, and mind for words. For the vision of tomorrow alive in our libraries, our neighborhoods and schools. For new ventures, willing risk takers, and this place worth the investment. For the love… Continue reading ★ Giving thanks

★ 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

★ Independent bookstore opening in Roanoke: Help shape the selections of Book No Further

BIG NEWS! 16 West will be home to Roanoke's only independent new and like-new bookstore. Book No Further will feature books by local authors, books about the area, and a well curated selection of other new and used books. The bookstore will be in the space formerly occupied by Fleda Ring Artworks. "16 West already… Continue reading ★ Independent bookstore opening in Roanoke: Help shape the selections of Book No Further

★ Fall Book Sale (Sep. 30 – Oct. 5): Roanoke County Friends of the Library

Before you know it, it'll be hunker-down-and-read weather. Are you ready? Here's a preparation tip: stacks of books that without a due date. Buy yours inexpensively at the upcoming Roanoke County Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale.  From September 30 to October 5, there will be thousands to choose from. For a real bargain,… Continue reading ★ Fall Book Sale (Sep. 30 – Oct. 5): Roanoke County Friends of the Library

★ 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

★ Rev. Joe Cobb writes the next chapter

Reverend Joe Cobb recently stepped down as the pastor of Metropolitan Community Church of the Blue Ridge after nearly eight years with the congregation. This month he’ll legally marry his partner James. He’s co-written a memoir, Our Family Outing: A Memoir of Coming Out and Coming Through, with his former spouse, Reverend Leigh Anne Taylor. And he says another… Continue reading ★ Rev. Joe Cobb writes the next chapter

★ 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

★ Moonshine Widow Ibby Greer

Reynolds Homestead will host Ibby Greer for a Wednesday, June 7, author talk. Elizabeth Taylor Greer will discuss her late husband's legal history, The Great Moonshine Conspiracy Trial of 1935 (2002). Greer edited the work. And she’s done a whole lot more. For a quick sample, we checked in with the Roanoke resident, a woman of words… Continue reading ★ Moonshine Widow Ibby Greer

★ AAUW book sale this weekend

Head to Tanglewood Mall this weekend for the semi-annual book sale benefitting the scholarship fund of the Roanoke Valley Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Sending young women to college is a good cause, and you'll leave with a new stack of affordable books for your bedside table. The quantity and selection… Continue reading ★ AAUW book sale this weekend