Book City ★ Roanoke

Book City ★ Roanoke

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Authors, readers, and resident city builders gather in BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke to discuss how the written word shapes our identity and helps us act in the world. BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke projects explore engagement and equity at the intersection of books and place.


Kris Spisak ★ Empowerment in the editing process
Apr 13 • 27 min
Roanoke native Kris Spisak writes, edits, and coaches writers through professional services, a podcast, a blog, two books, and creative workshops. In this conversation with BOOK CITY Roanoke’s Douglas Jackson, Spisak discusses the thought process, common…
Book No Further’s Doloris Vest ★ Behind the scenes at Roanoke’s independent book store
Mar 27 • 27 min
We caught up with Doloris Vest, proprietor of Book No Further, the independent book store on Roanoke’s historic city market to get a glimpse behind the scenes. She talks about the area reading community, the strength of local authors, the support of…
The Revivalist’s’ Mark Lynn Ferguson ★ Roanoke in the Appalachian South
Mar 13 • 33 min
Celebrating 10 years of “Word from the Appalachian South,” The Revivalist’s Mark Lynn Ferguson reflects on Appalachian craft, food and literature in a conversation with BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke’s Douglas Jackson. Ferguson is co-owner of Crafteria in downtown…
Sandee McGlaun ★ Writing, healing and crafting a nonfiction voice
Mar 5 • 34 min
Sandee McGlaun is an associate professor of English and the director of the writing center at Roanoke College. She writes nonfiction as well as poetry and plays. She has released her writing in two blogs, Still Life, Beyond Cancer and 40 Something First…
Artist Napoleon Jones-Henderson ★ On building a collective and creating with purpose
Feb 27 • 33 min
Artist Napoleon Jones-Henderson recently installed a sculptural series, “Rhapsody in Knowledge,” in front of Roanoke’s Melrose Library. In this conversation with BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke’s Douglas Jackson, the artist reflects on the role of books and libraries…
Urban Gardener Cameron Terry ★ Cultivating Community Good
Feb 20 • 30 min
Urban gardener Cameron Terry began Garden Variety Harvests in 2017. The businesses borrows other people’s land to grow fresh produce for the Roanoke market. In this episode of the podcast, Cam talks with BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke’s Douglas Jackson about books…
Ashley Wilson Fellers ★ Radical Revision and the Personal Renaissance
Feb 14 • 23 min
Contemplative photographer and writer Ashley Wilson Fellers is creative on a number of fronts including poetry, painting, and photography. She’s currently asking the question: “What can I do with my gifts?” Intentionally disrupting her life is a creative…
Artist Katherine Devine ★ Reading & Laughter in a Life of Creativity
Feb 6 • 23 min
Artist Katherine Devine joins host Douglas Jackson for a discussion of books that have shaped her identity as an artist. “Writing and Reading is really how I make decisions about my life,” says Katherine. In the sense of personal transformation, Katherine…
Hoot & Holler’s Lee Hunsaker ★ Profound Stories and the Support of a Community
Jan 30 • 23 min
Lee Hunsaker returned to Roanoke to “live authentically” near the mountains and her family. She tells us about rediscovering her true love of writing and stories and the idea for a story hoedown that’s grown into a tradition of Hoot and Holler…
Roanoke City Council Member Bill Bestpitch ★ “You oughta be reading something.”
Jan 23 • 25 min
Season two of the BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke podcast continues with a conversation with four-term Roanoke City Council Member Bill Bestpitch. Bestpitch offers reflections on his reading life, Roanoke’s progress, and the exchange of perspectives over shared…
Journalist Christina Nifong ★ Gathering Nourishing Stories
Jan 16 • 28 min
Season two of the BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke podcast launches with a conversation with freelance journalist and local foods advocate Christina Nifong. In her profiles of Roanoke area residents, Nifong plays the cinematographer. “I’m always trying to decide when…
Reader and Placemaker Brad Stephens ★ Reading and Writing as an Act of Rebellion
Sep 29, 2019 • 29 min
Our exploration of Identity and Action wraps with podcast producer Brad Stephens. In this episode, Brad and Douglas Jackson look back at the entire season. Of course, we’ll talk about books, many of this seasons’ guests and what these conversations are…
Jeanne Larsen, Writer ★ On writing and the word constructs we are
Sep 20, 2019 • 24 min
The exploration of Identity and Action continues with Writer Jeanne Larsen. With the poet, novelist, and essayist we explore how the written word shapes our sense of self and how we put that into work in the world around us. “You need to find the words…
Roanoke Vice Mayor Joe Cobb ★ Creating the space for ourselves and each other
Sep 12, 2019 • 29 min
Identity and Action: We continue exploring how the written word shapes our sense of self and how we put that into work in the world around us with a conversation with City of Roanoke Vice Mayor Joe Cobb. In this episode Joe discusses three books that…
Poet Ashley Rhame ★ Uncovering ourselves through poetry
Sep 5, 2019 • 25 min
Identity and Action: Season one of the BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke podcast continues with poet Ashley Rhame. Ashley writes and performs with astonishing frequency. She’s active in bringing people together in The Speakeasy, evenings of music and poetry. She is the…
Public Historian Gregory Samantha Rosenthal ★ Lesbian cat fiction and a collected past in the Roanoke LGBT Memorial Library
Aug 29, 2019 • 26 min
Identity and Action: Season one of the BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke podcast continues with Gregory Samantha Rosenthal. Dr. Rosenthal, an assistant professor of public history at Roanoke College, has led the charge in reviving and building the Roanoke LGBT Memorial…
Roanoke County Libraries’ Shari Henry ★ Technology and Empathy in the Library’s Welcoming Space (Episode 1.6)
Aug 22, 2019 • 26 min
Identity and Action: Season one of the BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke podcast continues with Roanoke County Director of Library Services Shari Henry. This season we’re looking at our engagement with the written word—how it shapes our identity and how we put that…
Cathryn Hankla ★ Roaming with the self through books and LOST PLACES (Episode 1.5)
Aug 15, 2019 • 26 min
Identity and Action: Season one of the BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke podcast continues with writer, artist, and professor Cathryn Hankla, author most recently of Lost Places: On Losing and Finding Home (Mercer University Press, 2018). The works brings together…
Star City Reads’ Marissa Mazek Blankinship ★ I might as well be hugging a book (Episode 1.4)
Aug 8, 2019 • 25 min
Identity and Action: Season one of the BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke podcast continues with a conversation with Marisa Mazek Blankinship, Roanoke Public Libraries staff member, writer, reader, and point person in the city’s collective literacy action. She…
Soul Sessions’ Bryan Hancock ★ Sharing the Human Experience (Episode 1.3)
Aug 1, 2019 • 25 min
Identity and Action: Season one of the BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke podcast continues with a conversation with Bryan Hancock, the founder and host of Soul Sessions, Roanoke’s open-mic spoken word evening. Also known as performer Harvest Blaque, Hancock has built a…
Ben Bazak and Gail Steele ★ On David Brooks’ The Second Mountain (Episode 1.2)
Jul 25, 2019 • 32 min
Identity and Action: Season one of the BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke podcast continues with a conversation with Ben Bazak and Gail Steele of the Raleigh Court Library Book Club for a discussion of David Brooks’ The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life…
Heath Hardage Lee ★ Women in Action: Learning from hidden histories (Episode 1.1)
Jul 18, 2019 • 27 min
Identity and Action: Season one of the BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke podcast launches with a conversation with biographer and curator Heath Hardage Lee. This season we look at our engagement with the written word. How it shapes our identity and how we put that into…
Book City ★ Roanoke Trailer
Jul 14, 2019 • 1 min
Authors, readers, and resident city builders gather in BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke to discuss how the written word shapes our identity and helps us act in the world. BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke projects explore engagement and equity at the intersection of books and place.