★ 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

★ On local voices and local support at Book No Further

In a BOOK CITY, we each have a voice.  We use it to connect, to advocate, to share, to teach, and to question. We do this with words on paper, with some of that writing getting polished up into printed form. And now that we have a responsive local book store that emphasizes the work of… Continue reading ★ On local voices and local support at Book No Further

★ Seasonal Soul: Final Soul Sessions of 2017 Wednesday

Join Bryan Hancock and the Soul Sessions family on Wednesday, December 20, for a potluck, spoken word performances, and music by Jane Gabrielle of Radar Rose.  Sign ups begin at 7:45 for performers and for this seasonal Soul Sessions, holiday themed poetry is welcomed. Soul Sessions is located in downtown Roanoke at 16 West Marketplace… Continue reading ★ Seasonal Soul: Final Soul Sessions of 2017 Wednesday

★ Mill Mountain Theatre’s Travis Kendrick asks young playwrights to Write Stuff!

Write Stuff!—Mill Mountain Theatre’s young playwrights program, returns for its second year in 2018. The playwriting competition is open to middle and high school students and the deadline for submissions is Dec. 31, 2017. Winning plays will be selected by a panel of Mill Mountain Theatre (MMT) professional artists. The chosen plays will be performed… Continue reading ★ Mill Mountain Theatre’s Travis Kendrick asks young playwrights to Write Stuff!

★ 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

★ 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

★ Newberry Medal winner Matt de la Peña on understanding ourselves and others through books

The Roanoke Public Library will host a reading by Newberry Medal-winning author Matt de la Peña to celebrate the renovation and expansion of the Williamson Road Branch Library. The New York Times bestselling author has published children's picture books and novels for young adults. In addition to the reading at the Williamson Road Branch (Wednesday,… Continue reading ★ Newberry Medal winner Matt de la Peña on understanding ourselves and others through books

★ History and the art of the possible: Beth Macy at Book No Further

Beth Macy appeared at Book No Further this weekend to celebrate the opening of Doloris Vest's new bookstore and the paperback release of Macy's second book, Truevine (Back Bay Books, 2017). In presenting the motivation behind her work, the Roanoke based author points to the unexpected heroes she's drawn to. They fight the odds—against racial injustice,… Continue reading ★ History and the art of the possible: Beth Macy at Book No Further

★ Recommended by local readers: FIVE ON environmental stewardship from Rupert Cutler

In this new series, we're passing along must-read recommendations on key topics from BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke residents. To kick it off, longstanding civic leader Rupert Cutler offers five books on environmental stewardship. About Rupert: Rupert’s seemingly inexhaustible civic energy has fueled the opening of Explore Park and the beginnings of both the greenway trail… Continue reading ★ Recommended by local readers: FIVE ON environmental stewardship from Rupert Cutler

★ What she’s learned: Doloris Vest on the planning of Book No Further

Roanoke will soon have a new independent bookstore. Doors will open at Book No Further on October 17 at 10 AM in the 16 West Marketplace (16 West Church Street, Roanoke). In anticipation, owner Doloris Vest filled us in on what she’s learned planning and preparing for the business. BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke: Folks are… Continue reading ★ What she’s learned: Doloris Vest on the planning of Book No Further