If All 2013: Readers Guide Introduction

Dear Reader,

Writers & Books is a nationally renowned nonprofit 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 2013, the thirteenth year of the program, is the novel Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea. We estimate that well over 120,000 Rochester area readers have participated in our twelve 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), Jim the Boy by Tony Earley (2009), Bel Canto by Ann Patchett (2010), The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti (2011) and The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean (2012).

During his residency in Rochester, March 27–29, 2013, Luís Urrea will make a number of appearances at local libraries and universities in the Rochester area to read and discuss his work and sign books. For several weeks before Urrea’s arrival, readers around the region will be joining discussions about Into the Beautiful North as well attending film screenings and panel discussions, making quilts inspired by the book, and participating in special events highlighting Mexican food, music and culture.

For a complete calendar of events or to learn how to participate in this program, visit our web site at www.wab.org, or call us at (585) 473-2590.

Joseph Flaherty
Executive Director, Writers & Books


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