Maya Angelou, 1928-2014

Maya Angelou, one of the United States’ best known writers, died today at the age of 86. Learn more about her extraordinary life from her obituary in the New York Times.

Take a look at our books by and about Maya Angelou here.… Read the rest

Local Book Featured in People Magazine

Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening by local author, Carol Wall, is featured in the “Books” review section of the March 10th issue of People Magazine. The review calls the book “a profoundly moving memoir that tells the story of an unexpected friendship and the rewards of reaping what we sow.… Read the rest

Popular Local Book on Reserve at Brown Library

Brown Library has two copies of the popular new book, Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening: How I Learned the Unexpected Joy of a Green Thumb and an Open Heart by local author and retired Roanoke Catholic English teacher, Carol Wall. The book, recently featured in the Roanoke Times, tells the story of Wall’s unlikely friendship with Kenyan immigrant, Giles Owita, who has a Doctorate in Horticulture from Virginia Tech.

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New Shakespeare Portraits Found? A Tale of Two Sources.

Shakespeare 2

Courtesy flickr user Drew Maughan – Creative Commons -Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic

We love it when an announcement is made that a new portrait of Shakespeare is discovered. These stories are popular because everyone wants to see what the author of “Hamlet” and “Romeo and Juliet” looked like.… Read the rest

Roanoke Valley Reads Kickoff

Thursday, October 17th is the official kickoff to a month of Roanoke Valley Reads programming! Some featured events include:

  • A talk by Wish You Well author, David Baldacci. Oct. 17, 7pm, Shaftman Performance Hall at the Jefferson Center. Modern Appalachian Music provided by Maestro David Stewart Wiley & Jeff Midkiff.
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