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“If All of Rochester Read the Same Book…” 2010

5826“If All of Rochester Read the Same Book…” 2010
Bel Canto
by Ann Patchett

Dear Reader,

Writers & Books is Rochester’s nationally renowned non-profit literary center located at 740 University Avenue, in the heart of Rochester’s Neighborhood of the Arts. In 2001, Writers & Books initiated the “If All of Rochester Read the Same Book…” program.

The goal of “If All of Rochester Read the Same Book…” is to encourage people to connect to others in our community through reading and discussion, and through the shared experience of literature. Each year Writers & Books selects one book for our community to explore together, leading to an extended residency by the author.

Our choice for 2010, the tenth year of the program, is the multiple award-winning novel Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. We estimate that well over 100,000 Rochester area readers have participated in our nine 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); Servants of the Map by Andrea Barrett (2005); Name All the Animals by Alison Smith (2006); The Buffalo Soldier by Chris Bohjalian (2007); Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits by Laila Lalami (2008); and Jim the Boy by Tony Earley (2009).

During Ann Patchett’s residency in Rochester, March 24–27, 2010, 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 morning of Saturday, March 27, she will talk about the writing process in the more intimate setting of a Master Class at Writers & Books.

For information on how to get your library, book group, school, organization or company involved in programming or sponsorship, please email