Double Book Launch: Molly O'Dell and Lee Sowder
Book No Further will host a double book launch, Thursday, March 4 at 3.pm The virtual event features Roanoke natives novelist Lee Sowder and poet Molly O’Dell will discuss their new releases.
Sowder’s Family Weaving, which released January 19, tells the story of two Southern sisters who confront their fear of death as they move their mother from her own home to assisted living. Part of the story is set in Roanoke.
Molly O’Dell’s poetry collection Care is a Four-Letter Verb releases later this month. The collection includes poems and prose in which she explores multiple dimensions of experiences she cares about in her own life.
Lee Sowder grew up in Roanoke, Virginia and now lives in Richmond. Now retired, her career included stints as youth counselor, realtor, claims processor, and positions in information technology. She attended James Madison University and Virginia Commonwealth University. She has published poetry and prose pieces in Life in Ten Minutes Literary Magazine. Family Weave is her first novel
Molly O'Dell, former director of the New River and the Roanoke City Alleghany health districts, was born and raised in southwest Virginia. She practices medicine and served previously as director of the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health District; she came out of retirement to assist with the Covid response in the region. She is a graduate of the Medical Collee of Virginia and the University of Nebraska. Her poems and essays have appeared in her medical and literary journals and she published a chapbook, Off the Chart in 2015.