Health Focus of Southwest Virginia and Roanoke Valley Speech and Hearing Center are proud to present an ONLINE edition of the Book & Author Dinner! Please join us from the comfort of your home for an entertaining evening featuring four fabulous authors. 

Join us live for discussions with these well-known authors:

Adriana Trigiani

Adriana Trigiani is an Italian-American best-selling author of eighteen books, award-winning playwright, television writer/producer, film director/screenwriter/producer, and entrepreneur based in New York City. The New York Times calls her “a comedy writer with a heart of gold”, her books “tiramisu for the soul”. Trigiani’s themes of love and work, emphasis upon craftsmanship and family life have brought her legions of fans who call themselves Adri-addicts (a term coined by book maven Robin Kall). Trigiani has published a novel a year since 2000.


Samuel Shem

Samuel Shem, pen name of Stephen Bergman is a novelist, playwright, essayist, and activist. A graduate of Harvard College and Medical School, and Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, he was on the faculty for 35 years. His novels, The House of God, Fine and Mount Misery have sold over 3 million copies. As “Dr. Stephen Bergman”, he has given the commencement address at over fifty medical schools, has spoken around the world on “How to Stay Human in Medicine,” and has published a noted essay, “Fiction as Resistance” (Annals of Internal Medicine 2002).


Thomas P. Kapsidelis

Thomas P. Kapsidelis is a freelance journalist who worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch for twenty-eight years. He supervised the newspaper’s coverage of the Virginia Tech shootings as the on-site editor in Blacksburg on April 16, 2007. In 2016, he was selected as a one-year residential fellow at Virginia Humanities to complete work on After Virginia Tech. Kapsidelis is a graduate of the University of Maryland and the master of fine arts creative nonfiction program at Goucher College. He lives in Richmond.



Martin Clark

Entertainment Weekly called Martin Clark “hands down, our finest legal-thriller writer.” The New York Times stated that he is “the thinking man’s John Grisham.” Currently a sitting circuit court judge in Patrick County, Virginia, Martin is a cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Davidson College and attended law school at the University of Virginia. His novels have appeared on several bestseller lists, and The Jezebel Remedy reached number one on multiple Amazon charts. 


Health Focus of Southwest Virginia is a foundation established in 1964 that has awarded nearly $4 Million in health career scholarships to southwest Virginia students throughout our 56-year history. Our scholarship recipients are caring, commendable college students who need our financial support the most.

The Roanoke Valley Speech & Hearing Center, founded in 1959 by the Cosmopolitan Club of Roanoke, was originally established as a speech clinic that would make services available to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay. Eventually, hearing services were also added.