If All of Rochester 2015: Calendar of Events

The Age of Miracles

by Karen Thompson Walker

Calendar of Public

Programs & Events

                              

 

See Details at end for additional information

Date

Event               Venue Admission Information
Mon. Jan. 5                   5:00pm Deadline for submissions: 2 Pages/2 Voices1 See Details below for information
Tues. Jan. 6            7:00pm Book discussion of The Age of Miracles Chili Public Library                      3333 Chili Ave.       ROCHESTER Free. No registration required. For more information call (585) 889-2200.
Sat. Jan. 24   12:30-2:00pm Creative Approaches to The Age of Miracles: A Training for Teachers and Book Discussion Leaders2 Writers & Books                       740 University Ave. ROCHESTER Free but registration required. To register email karen@wab.org by Wed. Jan. 14 at 5pm.
Mon. Jan. 26 7:00pm Reading: 2 Pages/2 Voices1 Writers & Books                       740 University Ave. ROCHESTER Free. For more information call (585) 473-2590.
Mon. Feb. 2            6:30pm Book discussion of The Age of Miracles with the Winton Reading Group Winton Branch Library                      611 Winton Rd.       ROCHESTER Free. No registration required. For more information call (585) 428-8205.
Thurs. Feb. 5          7:00pm Book discussion of The Age of Miracles “Bookends” at the Williamson Free Public Library (6380 State Route 21, Williamson) Free; No registration required, but if there are questions, please direct them to Kasey at 315-589-2048.
Fri. Feb. 6            6:00-9:30pm Kickoff party for 15th year of “If All of Rochester Reads the Same Book…”3 Writers & Books                      740 University Ave. ROCHESTER Free. No registration required. For more information call (585) 473-2590.
Tues. Feb. 10            6:30-7:30pm Reading Seminar of The Age of Miracles (first of three meetings; other meetings are Feb. 17 and Feb. 24) Writers & Books                       740 University Ave. ROCHESTER $30 members/$25 nonmembers. Registration required. To register or for more information call (585) 473-2590.
Fri. Feb. 16 6:30pm Book discussion of The Age of Miracles with Booked for Lunch Winton Branch Library 611 Winton Rd. ROCHESTER Free. No registration required. For more information call (585) 428-8205.
Tues. Feb. 17            1:30-3:00pm Book discussion of The Age of Miracles Brighton Memorial Library                      2300 Elmwood Ave.       BRIGHTON                  (sponsored by Friends of the Brighton Memorial Library) Free. No registration required. For more information call (585) 784-5300.
Wed. Feb. 18          2:00pm Book discussion of The Age of Miracles Fairport Public Library                      1 Fairport Village Landing                               FAIRPORT Free. No registration required. For more information call (585) 223-9091.
Wed. Feb.18            7:00-8:30pm Book discussion of The Age of Miracles Brighton Memorial Library                      2300 Elmwood Ave.       BRIGHTON                    (sponsored by Friends of the Brighton Memorial Library) Free. No registration required. For more information call (585) 784-5300.
Wed. Feb. 18          7:00pm Book discussion of The Age of Miracles Barnes & Noble College Town                               1305 Mt. Hope Ave.                             ROCHESTER Free. No registration required. For more information call (585) 275-4012.
Mon. Feb. 23           7:00-8:00pm Our Unstill Earth: Presentation by Steve Fentress, Director of the Strasenburgh Planetarium4 Writers & Books                       740 University Ave. ROCHESTER Free. No registration required. For more information call (585) 473-2590.
Tues. Feb 24 2:00-3:00pm Book discussion of The Age of Miracles Greece Public Library 2 Vince Tofany Blvd.
GREECE
Free. No registration required. For more information or to register call (585) 225-8951 or visit www.greecepubliclibrary.org..
Tues. Feb 24 7:00-8:00pm Book discussion of The Age of Miracles Greece Public Library 2 Vince Tofany Blvd.
GREECE
Free. No registration required. For more information or to register call (585) 225-8951 or visit www.greecepubliclibrary.org..
Wed. Feb. 25  12:00-1:00pm Brownbag book discussion of The Age of Miracles Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County                                     Executive Board Room, 3rd Fl., Rundel Building                                      115 South Ave.        ROCHESTER Free. No registration required. Refreshments served; participants welcome to bring a lunch. For more information call (585) 428-8375 or email Carol Moldt at carol.moldt@libraryweb.org.
Wed. Feb. 25      4:30-5:30pm Roundtable: Adapting to a New Age (of Miracles and Catastrophes)5 St. John Fisher College Wilson Formal                                       3690 East Ave.        ROCHESTER Free. No registration required. For more information contact Deborah Uman at (585) 385-5258 or duman@sjfc.edu.
Wed. Feb. 25 6:30pm Panel discussion with SUNY Brockport faculty from various related disciplines Lift Bridge Book Shop                 45 Main St.                BROCKPORT Free. No registration required. For more information call Cody Steffen at (585) 637-8354.
Wed. Feb. 25     7:00pm Book discussion of The Age of Miracles with the Titles Over Tea Book Group Barnes & Noble Greece
330 Greece Ridge Center Dr.                             GREECE
Free. No registration required. For more information call (585) 227-4020.
Thurs. Feb. 26     1:00pm Book discussion of The Age of Miracles Ogden Farmer’s Library
269 Ogden Center Rd.         SPENCERPORT
Free. No registration required. For more information call (585) 617-6181.
Thurs. Feb. 26     7:00-9:00pm Book discussion of The Age of Miracles with the Rush Readers’ Book Club Rush Public Library
5977 E. Henrietta Rd.         RUSH
Free but registration required. To register or for more information call (585) 533-1370.
Fri. Feb. 275:00-8:30pm Opening of the exhibition “Peter’s Picks: 2013 Retrospective” including Celestial Images (on view Feb. 24–March 22) Image City Photography Gallery722 University Ave. ROCHESTER Free. No registration required. Gallery open Tues.-Sat. 12:00-6:00pm and Sun. 12:00-4:00pm and 12:00-9:00pm on First Friday, March 6. For more information see www.imagecityphotographygallery.com.
Sat. Feb. 28     7:00pm Last Meal on Earth: Join Writers & Books for a 4-course group dinner created by Chef Dan Martello and inspired by themes in The Age of Miracles Good Luck Restaurant
50 Anderson Ave.         ROCHESTER
$65/person (drinks to be paid for at the site). Space is limited and reservations required by Feb. 21 at 1:00pm. To make a reservation or for more information call Writers & Books at (585) 473-2590, x107. Note: some dietary restrictions can be accommodated—please inquire when making reservations.
Wed. March 4    6:30-7:30pm Book discussion of On the Beach (1957) by Nevil Shute (in advance of film screening at the Dryden Theatre on March 7) Writers & Books                       740 University Ave. ROCHESTER Free but registration required. To register or for more information email karen@wab.org by Friday, Feb.  28.
Wed. March 4  7:00-8:00pm Our Unstill Earth: Presentation by Steve Fentress, Director of the Strasenburgh Planetarium4 Penfield Public Library                1985 Baird Rd.         PENFIELD Free but registration required beginning Feb. 18. To register or for more information call (585) 340-8720.
Thurs. March 5   1:00-2:00pm Author Karen Thompson Walker talks live with host Evan Dawson and local callers on “1370 Connection” WXXI Radio—1370 AM Free. To join the conversation call (585) 263-WXXI (263-9994).
Thurs. March 5     7:00-9:00pm Book discussion of The Age of Miracles with the Rush Readers’ Book Club Rush Public Library
5977 E. Henrietta Rd.         RUSH
Free but registration required. To register or for more information call (585) 533-1370.
Sat. March 7     8:00pm Film Screening: On the Beach (1959), directed by Stanley Kramer and written by John Paxton, based on Nevil Shute’s 1957 novel Dryden Theatre          George Eastman House   900 East Ave. ROCHESTER Admission: $8/$6 GEH members; for information visit dryden.eastmanhouse.org.
Mon. March 9     6:00-7:00pm Book discussion of The Age of Miracles Highland Branch Library971 South AveRochester Free. No registration required. For more information call (585) 428-8206 or stop in at the Information Desk.
Mon. March 9   7:00-8:00pm Reading by contributors to Rochester Rewritten: Rochester in the Alternative (an anthology of speculative fiction; copies will be available for purchase) Writers & Books                       740 University Ave. ROCHESTER Free. No registration required. For more information call (585) 473-2590.
Thurs. March 12     5:30pm Talk: Global Climate Change and the Age of Miracles by George Payne of Gandhi Earth Keepers International Arnett Branch Library
310 Arnett Blvd.         ROCHESTER
Free. No registration required. For more information call (585) 428-8214.
Thurs. March 12           7:00-8:30pm Discussion of sleep disorders with Drs. Jonathan and Carolina Marcus Penfield Public Library                1985 Baird Rd.         PENFIELD Free but registration required beginning Feb. 26. To register or for more information call (585) 340-8720.
Fri. March 3:30-4:30pm Book discussion of The Age of Miracles The Summit                       2000 Summit Circle Dr. ROCHESTER Free. No registration required. For more information call Diane Richeson at (585) 341-2311 or email dricheson@jewishseniorlife.org
Fri. March 13       7:00pm Book discussion of The Age of Miracles LAVA                     (Literature & Visual Arts)                                  First Unitarian Church     (Susan B. Anthony Room)        200 Winton Rd. S.          ROCHESTER Free. No registration required. For more information email Bill Fugate at wrfugate@frontiernet.net.
Mon. March 16  5:00pm Book discussion of The Age of Miracles David A. Howe Public Library                             155 N. Main St. WELLSVILLE Free. No registration required. For more information email Gunningn@stls.org
Tues. March 17    6:30pm Book discussion of The Age of Miracles Ontario Public Library            1850 Ridge Rd.             ONTARIO Free; no registration required. For information call (315) 524-8381.
Wed. March 18    1:00-2:30pm Author visit by Karen Thompson Walker: Reading followed by Q&A and book signing St. John Fisher College                   Basil 135       3690 East Ave.         ROCHESTER Free. No registration required. For more information contact Deborah Uman at (585) 385-5258 or duman@sjfc.edu.Visitor parking is available in the W lot behind Murphy Hall.  A shuttle will be available to take guests directly to Basil Hall where they will have easy access to Basil 135.
Wed. March 18    3:00-4:30pm Author visit by Karen Thompson Walker: Reading followed by Q&A and book signing Nazareth College Chapel                         4245 East Ave.         ROCHESTER   (sponsored by The Marie Callahan Reading Center Memorial Fund and the Graduate Literacy Programs of Nazareth College) Free. No registration required. For more information call Dr. Naomi Erdmann at (585) 389-2614.
Wed. March 18     7:00-9:30pm Author visit by Karen Thompson Walker: Reading followed by Q&A and book signing Penfield Public Library                1985 Baird Rd.         PENFIELD Free but registration required beginning Feb. 19. To register or for more information call (585) 340-8720.
Thurs. March 19    12:00pm Author visit by Karen Thompson Walker: Reading followed by Q&A and book signing Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County                               115 South Ave.ROCHESTER Free. No registration required. For more information call (585) 428-8350 or email Rebecca.Fuss@libraryweb.org.
Thurs. March 19     3:00-5:00pm Author visit by Karen Thompson Walker: Reading followed by Q&A and book signing Rochester Institute of Technology                   Reading Room, Campus Life CenterOne Lomb Memorial Dr.        HENRIETTA Free. No registration required. For more information email karen@wab.org.
Thu. March 19     5:30-7:00pm A novel evening with Karen Thompson Walker Location offered with tickets; space for this intimate event is very limited Tickets are $75 each. To purchase tickets call (585) 473-2590 x106 or see our Front Desk.
Fri. March 20     11:00am Author visit by Karen Thompson Walker: Reading followed by Q&A and book signing Wood Library                         134 N. Main St.     CANANDAIGUA Free. No registration required. For more information call (585) 394-1381.
Fri. March 20     3:00-4:30pm Author visit by Karen Thompson Walker: Reading followed by Q&A and book signing Valley Manor                         1570 East Ave.  ROCHESTER Free but registration required. To register or for more information call (585) 770-1956 or email Gail Reeves at greeves@seniorsfirstonline.com.
Fri. March 20     7:00-8:30pm Author visit by Karen Thompson Walker: Reading followed by Q&A and book signing Greece Public Library         2 Vince Tofany Blvd.GREECE Free but registration required. For more information or to register call (585) 225-8951 or visit www.greecepubliclibrary.org.
Mon. March 23            7:00pm Book discussion of The Age of Miracles Fairport Public Library                      1 Fairport Village Landing                               FAIRPORT Free. No registration required. For more information call (585) 223-9091.
Tues. March 24            6:30-8:30pm Video screening: Chasing Ice (2012, directed by Jeff Orlowski), with discussion facilitated by meteorologist Glenn Johnson Penfield Public Library                1985 Baird Rd.         PENFIELD Free but registration required beginning March 10. To register or for more information call (585) 340-8720.
Tues. April 21     7:00 Book discussion of The Age of Miracles Pittsford Community Library         24 State St. Free but registration required starting March 1. Register either online at www.townofpittsford.org/library or by calling the Information Desk at 249-5481.

 

 

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker (trade paperback version) is available for sale at Writers & Books at a cover price of $15.00.

 

Writers & Books offers a discount to members (just ask at the bookstore) as well as bulk discounts to schools and book groups for 10 copies or more (email karen@wab.org).

 

See our bookstore for discounted selections from 15 years of Rochester Reads!

 

Visit the Writers & Books web site at www.wab.org for more information and Calendar updates.

 

DETAILS ABOUT CALENDAR EVENTS

 

  1. Writers & Books and Geva Theatre Center Seek Submissions for 2 Pages/2 Voices. Each January, Writers & Books and Geva Theatre Center collaborate to present 2 Pages/2 Voices, an evening of short short plays written by area writers and read by area actors. Each play must be no more than two pages in length and contain no more than two characters. The only other stipulation for this year’s submissions is that at some point in the play the word “spin” must be included, in honor of The Age of Miracles. Deadline for submissions: Monday, Jan. 5, 2014, at 5:00pm. Submissions can be hand-delivered or mailed to Writers & Books, 740 University Ave., Rochester, NY 14607. Public announcement of winners (on W&B website) on Jan. 16. Reading: Monday, Jan. 26 at 7:00pm at Writers & Books.
  2. Creative Approaches to The Age of Miracles: A Training for Teachers and Book Discussion Leaders. Join Wendy Low, former Youth Education and Outreach Coordinator at Writers & Books, and Karen vanMeenen, RIT faculty member and Coordinator of “If All of Rochester Reads the Same Book…,” for a presentation and discussion of various approaches to teaching and discussing The Age of Miracles. The discussion will revolve around analyzing the writer’s craft; character development, choices and change; social and cultural issues raised within the text; the use of creative writing and personal writing assignments in the classroom; and other pertinent information. This workshop is geared toward anyone interested in a deeper understanding of the book, especially book discussion leaders and teachers looking for insight and creative approaches to the learning process. Free but registration required: email karen@wab.org by Wed. Jan. 14 at 5:00pm.
  3. Join us on Friday, February 6 to kick off the 15th year of “If All of Rochester Reads the Same Book…” program! Come experience an artistic interpretation of The Age of Miracles, with narrated excerpts, accompanied by live music and film, designed to bring the viewer into the essence of the world Karen Thompson Walker has created in the novel, and experience “the slowing” first hand. Music and film is by Rochester-based composer Andrew Alden, who has toured the country, gaining accolades for his original live scoring to classic films. Expand the celebration with a Scavenger Hunt as part of First Friday, with prizes! Visit participating First Friday venues and find a hidden item related to the book (images of the item will be posted on the W&B website and Facebook page and via Twitter on February 6 at noon). Bring your found item to W&B by 9:30pm to receive a free copy of the novel. We will be hiding 15 items and giving away 15 books to celebrate the 15th anniversary of this program. This event is free and open to the public. For information on W&B events visit www.wab.org. For information about the monthly First Friday events visit www.firstfridayrochester.org.
  4. Our Unstill Earth. Cataclysmic disruptions in planetary motion are a regular part of a planetarium director’s job, especially preceding such popular dates as December 21, 2012. RMSC Strasenburgh Planetarium Director Steve Fentress leads a stroll through the twilight realm of disturbances in the things we count on most: days, seasons, and years. Many world-ending options exist only in private universes, but recent supercomputer simulations show that orbits do change, and that kids who are appalled by the distances to Uranus and Neptune in their solar system models are on to something.
  5. This roundtable, including Mike Boller, Professor of Biology and Director of St. John Fisher’s Sustainability program, will look at The Age of Miracles as a metaphor for the impact of climate change on our twenty-first-century world. We will begin with an introductory discussion of the ways in which the characters in the novel adapt to the changes wrought by the fluctuating rotation of the earth. Then we will discuss the current and projected changes we face due to global warming and consider how society can adjust to this new reality. Faculty and student participants from several disciplines will discuss these issues from a variety of perspectives, including economics, environmental science, literature, and ethics. All in attendance will be invited to the table for this timely conversation.

 

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