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Debut Novel Series 2016 Authors Announced

Debut Novel Series revamped for 2016

Writers & Books brings two debut novelists in November


Rochester, NY: This Fall Writers & Books welcomes two debut novelists reading from and discussing their new books together. Join us on November 3 and 4, 2016, when Garth Greenwell (What Belongs To You) and Hannah Tennant-Moore (Wreck & Order) will be in Rochester for a number of exciting joint events.The Debut Novel Series features new and emerging writers and is an outgrowth of our highly successful program, “Rochester Reads”.


Garth Greenwell

What Belongs to You 

Garth G headshotOn an unseasonably warm autumn day, an American teacher enters a public bathroom beneath the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, Bulgaria. There he meets Mitko, a charismatic young hustler. The teacher returns to Mitko again and again over the next few months, drawn by hunger and loneliness and risk, and finds himself ensnared in a relationship in which lust leads to mutual predation, and tenderness can transform into violence. As he struggles to reconcile his longing with the anguish it creates, he’s forced to grapple with his own fraught history.

Hannah Tennant-Moore

Wreck and Order 

Hannah TMPurposefully aimless, self-destructive, and impulsively in and out of love, Elsie is a young woman who feels lost. She’s in a tumultuous relationship, stuck in a dead-end job, and has a restless, sharp intelligence that is at odds with her many bad decisions. When her initial attempts to improve her life go awry, Elsie decides that a dramatic change is the only solution. While traveling through Paris and Sri Lanka, Elsie meets people who challenge and provoke her toward the change she is seeking, but ultimately she must still come face-to-face with herself.


Schedule of Events:


Tuesday, November 1, 6:30-8:00pm. Read our Debut Novel Series selections and then join us for a spirited discussion of both. Moderated by Rochester Reads and Debut Novel Series Coordinator Karen vanMeenen. Free, but space is limited so reserve your spot today by calling (585) 473-2590, x.106. Location: Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue, Rochester.


Thursday, November 3, 1:00-2:00pm – In-studio radio (call-in) interview with Garth Greenwell and Hannah Tennant-Moore on Connections with Evan Dawson, WXXI Radio 1370AM.

Friday, November 4, 1:00-2:30pm – Public Reading, Panel Discussion & Book Signing. Hear Garth Greenwell and Hannah Tennant-Moore read passages from their debut novels. Free. Registration is not required. Location: Golisano Academic Center, Room 38 , Nazareth College, 4245 East Avenue, Rochester.

Friday, November 4, 7:00-9:30pm – Public Reading, Panel Discussion & Book Signing. Hear Garth Greenwell and Hannah Tennant-Moore read passages from their debut novels, followed by a candid discussion about the process of publishing. Learn about the ins and outs of publishing, and the often unpredictable path it takes for a book to go from the author’s desktop to a reader’s hands. Moderated by W&B Executive Director Kyle Semmel. The evening will close with a reception with a book signing. Location: Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue, Rochester. Registration is not required. Tickets available at the door: $10/W&B members; $12 non-members. Location: Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue, Rochester.


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