Roanoke Book and Author Dinner, Friday, April 11, 2014 

The Roanoke Valley Academy of Medicine Alliance (RAMA) Foundation announces that plans are underway for the 16th Annual Book & Author Dinner to be held on Friday, April 11, 2014 at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center.  The RAMA Foundation is coordinating this event to financially benefit area community service projects.  We look forward to a very entertaining evening as we raise funds for area non-profit organizations and the RAMA scholarship fund. The success of the Book & Author Dinner depends in large measure on the generous support of the corporate community. 

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MARCH 1, 2014    

540-553-1956 or 

Friday, April 11, 2014 


5:45 p.m. VIP Cocktail Party for corporate sponsors, authors, and patrons.  7:00 p.m. Dinner.  Autographing Reception to follow.


The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center


$100 per person, $200 per Patron, and Corporate is $1,600 for 1 table, $3,200 for 2 tables, and $5,000 for 3 tables. VIP Cocktail Party for corporate sponsors, patrons, and authors. 


A fundraising event to benefit area community service projects supported by the Roanoke Academy of Medicine Alliance (RAMA) Foundation.  RAMA volunteers will organize the event.


$100 per person, $200 per Patron, and Corporate is $1,600 for 1 table, $3,200 for 2 tables, and $5,000 for 3 tables. VIP Cocktail Party for corporate sponsors, patrons, and authors.  Seated dinner followed by authors' comments.  Autographing reception after dinner.  Book sales preceding and following dinner provided by SuzyQ.

Community Beneficiaries for 2014

Greenvale School, Healing Strides, Project Access, Saint Francis Service Dog Foundation, and the RAMA Foundation Scholarship  Fund.

For ticket information, please call 540 553-1956  or go to our website or email

We are delighted to announce that beloved Roanoke journalist JOHN CARLIN, will be the emcee of the 16th Annual Book and Author Dinner. 

John Carlin co-anchors the 5, 5:30, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts on WSLS-10.  He reports regularly from the field with a strong emphasis on WSLS-10's Virginia Crossroads series, which airs on Mondays and Thursdays at 6 p.m.

John returned to WSLS in July of 2013 after spending five years in public relations.  John has been the recipient of four Emmy awards for reporting.

A dedicated community servant, John is the current board president of the YMCA of Roanoke Valley Corporate Board of Directors, immediate past president of the board of Saint Francis Service Dogs and a member of the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of Southwestern Virginia.  He is a co-founder and board member for the Blue Ridge Marathon and a member of the public relations committee for the Blue Ridge Land Conservancy.   John has served on numerous other boards and committees during his tenure in Roanoke.

In his spare time, John is an avid aquarium keeper, photographer, writer, runner, cyclist and soon-to-be scuba diver.  He lives in Cave Spring where he and his wife Mary have raised three sons.


Authors for the 2014 Book and Author event include:

GREGG HURWITZ is the New York Times bestselling author of 13 thrillers, most recently, Tell No Lies (8/20). His novels have been short-listed for numerous literary awards, graced top ten lists, and have been translated into 22 languages.

He is also a New York Times Bestselling comic book writer, having penned stories for Marvel (Wolverine, Punisher) and DC (Batman, Penguin), as well as produced and written screenplays for film and television (ABC’s “V”, “Expulsion” spec script to Warner Bros, and many more). He recently announced that he will be developing his Tim Rackley books for TNT/Sony. Gregg resides in Los Angeles. 

Gregg Hurwitz is online at and on Facebook at


CATHY MAXWELL is one of the most widely respected voices in the romance industry, with one of the most compelling backgrounds. She spent six years in the Navy, during which she worked in the Pentagon and for Naval Intelligence (read: she was a spy!). While serving, she also met the love of her life—and married him only a month later.  They were married for many happy years before he passed away almost 25 years to the date after he proposed.  Maxwell has written more than 30 historical romance novels, and has appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists numerous times. She also blogs regularly on military-related issues. Maxwell’s last novel, THE DEVIL’S HEART, is the conclusion to an innovative trilogy in which the fate of the cursed Chattan family—and their true loves—is decided. Her next trilogy begins with THE BRIDE SAYS NO, out in February 2014. 

Cathy Maxwell is online at  and on Facebook at


JAMES ROLLINS is the New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers, translated into more than forty languages. His Sigma series has been lauded as one of the “top crowd pleasers” (New York Times) and one of the “hottest summer reads” (People Magazine). In each novel, acclaimed for its originality, Rollins unveils unseen worlds, scientific breakthroughs, and historical secrets--and he does it all at breakneck speed and with stunning insight.  

KILL SWITCH (on sale 5/13/14) is the first in an exciting Sigma Force spin off series featuring rogue agent Tucker Wayne and his military working dog Kane from the new collaboration of New York Times bestselling authors James Rollins and Grant Blackwood. NOTE:  RAMA Book and Author dinner guests will have an exclusive opportunity to purchase this copy in advance of it being available to the public. 

James Rollins is online at and on Facebook at  


In the first fifteen years of this event the RAMA Foundation has raised over $550,000! 

We have provided scholarship money to more than 130 local students in training in the medical field. 

Local non-profit agencies receiving grants from Book & Author proceeds over the years include:

CHIP,  Ronald McDonald House, The First Tee, Children’s Trust, Saint Francis Service Dogs, Community Outreach Program, Family Service of the Roanoke Valley, Unbridled Change, The Bradley Free Clinic, Project Access, St. Francis House, and Turning Point Shelter

Featured authors have included:

Frank McCourt, David Baldacci, Adriana Trigiani, Willard Scott, Dorothea Benton Frank, Cokie Roberts, Andrew Gross, Steve Berry, Alyson Hagy, Martin Clark, Tess Gerritsen, Oliver Sacks, Nikki Giovanni, Harlan Coben, Lisa Scottoline, Homer Hickam, Rita Mae Brown, Nathaniel Philbrick, and John Hart.

The purpose of RAMA, comprised of approximately 125 local physician spouses, is educational and charitable, and intended to improve the quality of life by health education and service through volunteer activities.  The RAMA Foundation is a non-profit 501-(c)[3] organization.                

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