★ 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

★ Dates for your calendar: Roanoke Valley Reads

Roanoke Valley Reads is a month away, so it's a great time to purchase and read a copy of Paul Kalanithi's When Breath Becomes Air. The book is available at the Blue Ridge Literacy offices on the lower level of Roanoke's Main Library. Here are some of the events being planned: Thursday, Oct. 12, 7 PM, Hollins… Continue reading ★ Dates for your calendar: Roanoke Valley Reads

★ 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

★ 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