Each year Writers & Books selects one book for our community to explore together, leading to an extended residency by the author. Our choice for 2006, the sixth year of the program, is Name All the Animals by Alison Smith. We estimate that between 60,000 and 90,000 Rochester area readers participated in the five previous programs, which featured A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines (2001); The Sweet Hereafter by Russell Banks (2002); Kindred by Octavia Butler (2003); Peace Like a River by Leif Enger (2004); and Servants of the Map by Andrea Barrett (2005).
During Alison Smith’s residency in Rochester, March 29 through April 1, 2006, she will make a number of appearances at local libraries, schools and universities in the Rochester area to read and discuss her work and sign books. On the evening of Friday, March 31, she will talk about her writing process in a more intimate setting at Writers & Books.