Writers & Books is thrilled to announce our 2016 “If All of Rochester Reads the Same Book…”: Queen of the Fall: A Memoir of Girls & Goddesses by Sonja Livingston. Livingston will be in Rochester doing readings, book signings, and appearances at local libraries, colleges, and senior centers from Tuesday, March 15 through Saturday, March 19, 2016.
Copies of the book are available for purchase now at the Writers & Books bookstore.
For more information on the “If All of Rochester Reads the Same Book…” program, please contact Coordinator Karen vanMeenen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Writers & Books also has an audio recording of Sonja Livingston reading
available for a two week loan. Stop by the Front Desk, sign it out, and return it in two weeks. For more information, or to find out of the CDs are already out, call the Front Desk at 585.473.2590 ext 107
Memoir Prompt by Sonja Livingston:
This is a prompt by “Rochester Reads” author Sonja Livingston. Submit your response to the prompt to email@example.com. Selected prompts may appear in future issues of our catalog!
As children and teens, most of us look to others (television or literary characters, popular classmates, artists, athletes, teachers, or rock stars) to help us better understand who we are and to imagine who we might become.
Queen of the Fall explores the various icons one girl considered on her path to becoming a woman, including Susan B. Anthony, 1980s Madonna, the Virgin Mary, the maiden on the Land O’ Lakes butter box, and many more.
Who did you look to? Who did you admire and why? What did they represent and what does that say about the woman or man you have become? Write a brief creative essay inspired by one of your childhood icons.
For added power, try writing in present tense so that we feel like we’re standing beside you as you describe the summer you plastered your bedroom with posters of Leif Garrett or got a nose ring and a used guitar and tried your best to mimic Ani DiFranco, the season you wanted to be Roberto Clemente or one of the Partridge kids, the time in 4th grade you lost yourself in Nancy Drew mysteries, or the way you spent most of your childhood envying your cousin Gina with the perfect hair.
Want more? Rochester Reads coordinator Karen vanMeenen compiled this list of links & references throughout the book for your viewing/reading pleasure:
Links to references in Queen of the Fall by essay/chapter
Introduction: The Memory of Trees
Orleans County Fair
Land of the Lost
Land of the Lost TV show opening
Crosby Stills and Nash song “Suite Judy Blue Eyes”
Land o’ Lakes Butter carton adaptation
The Lady with the Alligator Purse
Susan B. Anthony Dollar
Susan B. Anthony House, Rochester
The Last American Virgin
The Last American Virgin film trailer
Madonna song “Like a Virgin”
Seneca Amy Depot information
Corpus Christi/Spiritus Christi church
Preface to Part II
Sinead O’Connor song whose lyrics are from an anonymous 17th-c. Irish poem
A Party, in May
Sisters Olive Trees of Noah
Abba song “Dancing Queen”
Patsy Cline song “I Fall to Pieces”
Sybil: 2014 New York Times story
Judith Kitchen’s website
The Lonely Hunters
Al Green’s version of How Can You Mend a Broken Heart
Ally McBeal theme song
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter information