Book City ★ Roanoke

Ben Bazak and Gail Steele ★ On David Brooks' The Second Mountain (Episode 1.2)

An episode of 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.
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Cathryn Hankla ★ Roaming with the self through books and LOST PLACES (Episode 1.5)
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 memoir, criticism, and descriptive writing toward a mosaic of our relationship to place and home in a collection of interwoven essays. This season of the podcast we're looking at our engagement with the written word—how it shapes our identity and how we put that into action in the world around us. Hankla considers place in that process as well. "Many people think they can solve their problems by doing a geographic, " she says, "but I think oppositely--you've got to dig in where you are, go deeper with it, find the connections and the web of experiences and people that are right there..."
26:04
August 15, 2019
Star City Reads' Marissa Mazek Blankinship ★ I might as well be hugging a book (Episode 1.4)
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 coordinates the collaborative third grade-level equivalency effort Star City Reads, now bringing together more than 30 organizations effecting measurable change.  This season of the podcast we're looking at our engagement with the written word—how it shapes our identity and how we put that into action in the world around us. As Blankinship says, " What we read, especially at a young age, shapes our perceptions of the world. It shapes how we interact with others. It shapes how we think about ourselves."
25:34
August 8, 2019
Soul Sessions' Bryan Hancock ★ Sharing the Human Experience (Episode 1.3)
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 supportive and inclusive environment for sharing original work and celebrating others.  This season of the podcast we're looking at our engagement with the written word—how it shapes our identity and how we put that into action in the world around us. As Bryan Hancock does just that, he is modeling what it means to explore the self in an imperfect world, one that we can keep improving together.
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August 1, 2019
Ben Bazak and Gail Steele ★ On David Brooks' The Second Mountain (Episode 1.2)
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 (Random House, 2019). This season we look at our engagement with the written word. How it shapes our identity and how we put that into action in the world around us. Bazak, a retired teacher, and Steele, an environmental engineer and yoga instructor invite you in for a taste of their discussion on Brooks' fifth book, which explores the joy that might be found in a "community of cause." 
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July 25, 2019
Heath Hardage Lee ★ Women in Action: Learning from hidden histories (Episode 1.1)
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 action in the world around us. Lee addresses the role of biography in uncovering untold stories of women leading in times of change and the relevance of those stories in inspiring action in a new generation today. Heath Hardage Lee is the author of The League of Wives: The Untold Story of the Women Who Took on the U.S. government to Bring Their Husbands Home (St. Martin’s Press, 2019), and Winnie Davis: Daughter of the Lost Cause (Potomac Books, 2014).
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July 18, 2019
Book City ★ Roanoke Trailer
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.
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July 14, 2019
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