★ Let’s talk about it. Why we discuss books together.

A pleasant risk of inventorying the region's book clubs is getting pulled into them. It's hard to say no. Reading is connection. The 'solitary' act is really a partnership with the author. For a while, you're almost in one mind together. So it's natural then to want to expand that connection to others with others… Continue reading ★ Let’s talk about it. Why we discuss books together.

★ 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

★ Liz Long on local architecture and Hermione Granger

Liz Long  is the author of the young adult series Heroes of Arcania and the Donovan Circus series. To set the stage for the READ LOCAL, Liz fittingly filled us in on local energies behind her work. BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke: With the recent Harry Potter Festival, another world merged with Downtown Roanoke. How about your work -  what's the intersection… Continue reading ★ Liz Long on local architecture and Hermione Granger