★ FIVE ON Good Government from Boones Mill Town Manager Matt Lawless

In the FIVE ON series, we're sharing book recommendations on focused topics from those in the know. This week: Boones Mill Town Manager Matt Lawless on good government.   LAWLESS: I'm a rookie town manager, and I'm working hard to learn about my new home and empower residents in this community. At 29, I know… Continue reading ★ FIVE ON Good Government from Boones Mill Town Manager Matt Lawless

★ Middle grade author Angie Smibert on her writerly Roanoke neighborhood

Roanoke, Virginia based author Angie Smibert writes primarily for young adult and middle-grade readers. But even within that target demographic, there’s solid diversity in her work. In fiction, she’s published a number of short stories and the Memento Nora series of novels (Marshall Cavendish, 2011-13). In 2018 - 2020, she’ll release the Ghosts of Ordinary… Continue reading ★ Middle grade author Angie Smibert on her writerly Roanoke neighborhood

★ New Roanoke County library chief Shari Henry on the marketplace of ideas

Roanoke County has welcomed a new Director of Library Services. Shari Henry relocated for the position from Northern Virginia, where she was most recently division chief of materials management for the Arlington Public Library. She’s active in the Virginia Library Association and currently chairs the Intellectual Freedom Committee. She graciously filled us in on some… Continue reading ★ New Roanoke County library chief Shari Henry on the marketplace of ideas

★ 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

★ READ LOCAL at the Salem Museum: Saturday, May 20

SAVE THE DATE: The Salem Museum and Historical Society will host readers and area writers on Saturday, May 20, for READ LOCAL: A Celebration of Local Authors. This is the first year for the event which will take place in the museum's galleries. The day will include signings and book sales by two dozen local authors. Watch for more on the event in… Continue reading ★ READ LOCAL at the Salem Museum: Saturday, May 20

★ Get counted in the BOOK CITY Book Club Census

How many active book clubs do we have in the region? We think it would be fun to know. Help us get a count by registering your group with BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke. (Your club can remain a private group, but we'll count your number of readers and list your club below.) Submit a listing and… Continue reading ★ Get counted in the BOOK CITY Book Club Census