Rochester Reads 2016: Calendar of Events

Queen of the Fall

by Sonja Livingston

Calendar of Public Programs & Events

                              

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See DETAILS at end for additional information

Date

Event              Venue Admission Information
Mon. Jan. 4                  5:00pm Deadline for submissions: 2 Pages/2 Voices1 See Details below for information
Mon. Jan. 4           6:30pm Book discussion of Queen of the Fall with the Winton Reading Group Winton Branch Library                      611 Winton Rd. N.   ROCHESTER Free. No registration required. For more information call (585) 428-8205.
Fri. Jan. 8           12:15pm Book discussion of Queen of the Fall with Booked for Lunch Winton Branch Library                   611 Winton Rd. N.     ROCHESTER Free. No registration required. For more information call (585) 428-8205.
Mon. Jan. 25 7:00pm Reading: 2 Pages/2 Voices1 Writers & Books                      740 University Ave. ROCHESTER Free. For more information call (585) 473-2590.
Fri. Jan. 29   5:00-8:30pm Exhibition Opening: “Peter’s Picks” (Exhibition on view Feb. 23-March 20) Image City Photography Gallery                           722 University Ave. ROCHESTER Free. For more information call (585) 271-2540.
Wed. Jan. 27

7:00-8:30pm

Writing Ourselves as Stories in Progress: A Class Built Around the Works of Rochester Reads Author Sonja Livingston (first of eight meetings; other meetings are Feb 3, 10, 17, 24 and March 2, 9, 23)2 Writers & Books                       740 University Ave. ROCHESTER $190 Members / $207 General Public. For more information or to register call (585) 473-2590, x107.
Sat. Jan. 30 12:30-2:00pm Creative Approaches to Queen of the Fall and Ghostbread: A Training for Teachers and Book Discussion Leaders3 Writers & Books                       740 University Ave. ROCHESTER Free but registration required. To register email karen@wab.org by Mon. Jan. 25.
Thurs. Feb. 4             7:00-8:30pm Coffee Connection: a lecture and demonstration by Joy Bergfalk

 

Penfield Public Library               1985 Baird Rd.         PENFIELD Free but registration is required beginning Jan. 21. For more information or to register call (585) 340-8720.
Fri. Feb. 5           6:00-9:30pm Kickoff party for 16th year of “If All of Rochester Reads the Same Book…” including a “Writing Women’s Lives” reading, Scavenger Hunt, Blind Date with a Book, and more4 Writers & Books                     740 University Ave. ROCHESTER Free. No registration required. For more information call (585) 473-2590, x107.
Tues. Feb. 9 12:12-12:52pm “Fearlessly Serving the Homeless”: A presentation by Sister Grace Miller, homeless advocate and founder of House of Mercy Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County                             Kate Gleason Auditorium                         115 South Ave.

ROCHESTER (sponsored by Friends & Foundation of Rochester Public Library)

Free and open to the public. For more information call (585) 428-8350.
Tues. Feb. 9 7:00pm Booked for the Evening book discussion of Queen of the Fall Victor Farmington Library       15 W. Main St.

VICTOR

Free. No registration required. For more information call (585) 924-2637.
Wed. Feb. 17           7:00-8:30pm Book discussion of Queen of the Fall Brighton Memorial Library                        2300 Elmwood Ave.       BRIGHTON                   (sponsored by Friends of Brighton Memorial Library) Free. No registration required. For more information call (585) 784-5300.
Mon. Feb. 22

7:00-8:00pm

Video screening of the short documentary Spiritus (2015, directed by Matthew Spaull) and Q&A with filmmaker Writers & Books                       740 University Ave. ROCHESTER Free. For information call (585) 473-2590, x107.
Tues. Feb. 23          1:30-3:00pm Book discussion of Queen of the Fall Brighton Memorial Library                     2300 Elmwood Ave.       BRIGHTON                 (sponsored by Friends of Brighton Memorial Library) Free. No registration required. For more information call (585) 784-5300.
Tues. Feb. 23             6:30-8:00pm Reading Seminar of Ghostbread and Queen of the Fall (first of three meetings; other meetings are March 1 and March 8)5 Writers & Books                      740 University Ave. ROCHESTER $35. Registration required by Friday, Feb. 19. To register or for more information call (585) 473-2590, x107.
Tues. Feb. 23             7:00-8:00pm Ancient Goddess Role Models with Jack Kowiak

 

Penfield Public Library               1985 Baird Rd.         PENFIELD Free but registration is required beginning Feb. 9. For more information or to register call (585) 340-8720.
Wed. Feb. 24 12:00-1:00pm Brownbag book discussion of Queen of the Fall Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County                                     Executive Boardroom, 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@libraryweb.org.
Wed. Feb. 24             6:30-8:15pm Video screening: Nancy Drew (2007, directed by Andrew Fleming); for ages 12+

 

Penfield Public Library              1985 Baird Rd.         PENFIELD Free but registration is required beginning Feb. 10. For more information or to register call (585) 340-8720.
Wed. Feb.24             7:00pm Book discussion of Queen of the Fall with Titles Over Tea Barnes & Noble Greece
330 Greece Ridge Center Dr.
GREECE
Free
Thurs. Feb. 25     7:00-9:00pm Book discussion of Queen of the Fall 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.
Thurs. Feb. 25     7:00pm Book discussion of Queen of the Fall with the Words on Women Book Group Barnes & Noble Webster
1070 Ridge Rd.         WEBSTER
Free but registration required. To register or for more information call (585) 872-9710 or email crm2229@bn.com.
Fri. Feb. 26   5:00-8:30pm Exhibition Opening: “Through the Student Lens 2016” (Exhibition on view Feb. 23-March 20) Image City Photography Gallery                           722 University Ave. ROCHESTER Free. For more information call (585) 271-2540.
Mon. Feb 29 8:00-10:00pm Mythology Quiz Night: come show your expertise as a “mythologist,” the vocation schoolgirl Sonja Livingston chose in Queen of the Fall Nox Cocktail Lounge Village Gate Square       302 N. Goodman St. ROCHESTER Free. For more information call (585) 471-8803 or email karen@wab.org.
Tues. March 1             7:00-8:30pm Self-Empowerment of Women with April McCloud of Nazareth College Library

 

Penfield Public Library               1985 Baird Rd.         PENFIELD Free but registration is required beginning Feb. 16. For more information or to register call (585) 340-8720.
Wed. March 2             7:00-8:30pm Calling All Lovers of Nancy Drew Panel Discussion

 

Penfield Public Library               1985 Baird Rd.         PENFIELD Free but registration is required beginning Feb. 17. For more information call (585) 340-8720.
Thurs. March 3     7:00-9:00pm Book discussion of Queen of the Fall 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 5   9:00-11:00pm Soiree with Sonja Livingston: meet the author and enjoy a signature cocktail inspired by Queen of the Fall Nox Cocktail Lounge Village Gate Square    302 N. Goodman St. ROCHESTER Free. For more information call (585) 471-8803.
Sun. March 6   1:00-3:00pm Ordinary People/Extraordinary Lives: Memoir for Everyone: A workshop with Anais Salibian6

 

Webster Public Library   980 Ridge Rd.     WEBSTER Free but registration required at www.websterlibrary.org. (click on Events and Classes)
Sun. March 6   1:00-5:15pm Bus tour of sites from Ghostbread and Queen of the Fall with Sonja Livingston, including tour and tea at Susan B. Anthony House7 Details provided with purchase of ticket $50/person, includes tour of Susan B. Anthony House. For more information or to register call (585) 473-2590, x107 by March 1.
Mon. March 7   6:00pm Author visit by Sonja Livingston: Reading followed by Q&A and book signing CU Ballroom            SUNY GENESEO Free. No registration required. For more information call Kate Pitcher at (585) 245-5591.
Mon. March 7     6:00-7:00pm Book discussion of Queen of the Fall Highland Branch Library
971 South Ave.         ROCHESTER
Free but registration required. For more information or to register call (585) 428-8206.
Mon. March 7   7:00pm Book discussion of Queen of the Fall Pittsford Community Library                         Fisher Meeting Room       24 State St.         PITTSFORD Free but registration required. For more information or to register call (585) 249-5481 or go online at www.townofpittsford.org/library.
Mon. March 7

7:00-8:30pm

Reading and book signing by Jenny Lloyd from her memoir In My Mind’s Eye: A Cornish Girlhood Writers & Books                       740 University Ave. ROCHESTER Free. For information call (585) 473-2590, x107.
Wed. March 9      1:00-2:00pm

 

Author Sonja Livingston talks live with host Evan Dawson and local callers on “Connections” WXXI—1370 AM Free. To join the conversation call (585) 263-WXXI (263-9994).
Wed. March 9   6:15pm Book discussion of Queen of the Fall Ontario Public Library             1850 Ridge Rd.               ONTARIO Free; no registration required. For information call (315) 524-8381.
Thurs. March 10             6:30-8:30pm Video screening: The Hours (2002, directed by Steven Daldry)

 

Penfield Public Library               1985 Baird Rd.         PENFIELD Free but registration is required beginning Feb. 25. For more information or to register call (585) 340-8720.
Fri. March 11      7:30pm

 

Book discussion of Queen of the Fall LAVA                     (Literature & Visual Arts)                                   First Unitarian Church     (Susan B. Anthony Room)       220 Winton Rd. S.         ROCHESTER Free. No registration required. For more information email Bill Fugate at wrfugate@frontiernet.net.
Sat. March 12     2:00-4:00pm Video screening and discussion: Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines (2012, directed by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, documentary)

 

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 14   8:00-9:00pm Book discussion of Queen of the Fall Writers & Books               740 University Ave. ROCHESTER Free; no registration required. For information call (585) 473-2590, x107.
Tues. March 15     10:00-11:15am Author visit by Sonja Livingston: 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.
Tues. March 15     ALL DAY Sonja Livingston Twitter Takeover Look for Sonja’s tweets all day signed “-SL #RR”

 

Tues. March 15     12:45-2:00pm Author visit by Sonja Livingston: Reading followed by Q&A and book signing Finger Lakes Community College Auditorium                           3325 Marvin Sands Dr. CANANDAIGUA Free for students/$2 general public. No registration required. For more information call (585) 785-1367 or email curtis.nehringbliss@flcc.edu.

Park in the visitors lot (LOT B), which is the closest lot to the building. The reading is in the auditorium.

Tues. March 15     2:00-3:00pm Book discussion of Queen of the Fall 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.
Tues. March 15     3:00-4:30pm Author visit by Sonja Livingston: Reading followed by Q&A and book signing Palmyra Community Library                            402 E. Main St.     PALMYRA Free. Free, but registration required starting February 19. For more information call (315) 597-5276. * See below for directions and parking instructions.
Tues. March 15   7:00-9:00pm Author visit by Sonja Livingston: Reading followed by Q&A and book signing Nazareth College Callahan Theater, Arts Center                            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 16     1:00-2:15pm Author visit by Sonja Livingston: Reading followed by Q&A and book signing Rochester Institute of Technology                     Reading Room

Campus Life Center

One Lomb Memorial Dr.      

HENRIETTA    (sponsored by the English Department, RIT Libraries, the University Writing Program and the Center for Women and Gender)

Free. No registration required. For more information email kmvgla@rit.edu.

* See below for directions and parking instructions.

Wed. March 16   3:00-4:30pm Author visit by Sonja Livingston: Reading followed by Q&A and book signing St. John Fisher College                           Golisano Gateway Midlevel                        3690 East Ave.         ROCHESTER Free. No registration required. For more information contact MJ Iuppa at miuppa@sjfc.edu.
Wed. March 16   5:00pm Family Movie Time exploring strong female characters: Disney’s Mulan (1998, directed by Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook)

 

Charlotte Branch Library 3557 Lake Ave. ROCHESTER Free. No registration required. For more information contact Kim Whittemore at (585) 428-8248.
Wed. March 16     7:00-9:30pm Author visit by Sonja Livingston: Reading followed by Q&A and book signing Penfield Public Library               1985 Baird Rd.         PENFIELD Free but registration required beginning Feb. 17. To register or for more information call (585) 340-8720.
Thurs. March 17   12:00-1:30pm Author visit by Sonja Livingston: 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 17   2:00-3:30pm Author visit by Sonja Livingston: Reading followed by Q&A and book signing The Summit at Brighton                     2000 Summit Circle Dr. BRIGHTON Free but registration required. For more information or to register call Julia Ryan at (585) 341-2311 or email jryan@jewishseniorlife.org.
Thurs. March 17     7:00-8:30pm Author visit by Sonja Livingston: 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.
Fri. March 18   11:00am-12:30pm Author visit by Sonja Livingston: Reading followed by Q&A and book signing Roberts Wesleyan College Cox Hall Auditorium     2301 Westside Dr. ROCHESTER Free. No registration required. For more information email moorem@roberts.edu. See below for directions and parking instructions.
Fri. March 18   3:00-4:30pm Author visit by Sonja Livingston: 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@episcopalseniorlife.org.
Fri. March 18   5:30-7:00pm A Novel Evening with Sonja Livingston Location provided with tickets; space for this intimate event is very limited Tickets are $75 each. To purchase tickets call (585) 473-2590 x106.
Sat. March 19   10:00am-12:00pm Master Class with Sonja Livingston Writers & Books                       740 University Ave. ROCHESTER $45 W&B members/$50 nonmembers. To register call (585) 473-2590, x107.
Sat. March 19   11:00am-12:00pm “Failure is Impossible” presentation by “Susan B. Anthony”8 Writers & Books                       740 University Ave. ROCHESTER $3.50/adults, children free. For more information or to register call (585) 473-2590, x107.
Sat. March 19   11:00am Family Movie Time exploring strong female characters: Disney’s Pocahontas (1995, directed by Mike Gabriel and Eric Goldberg)

 

Charlotte Branch Library 3557 Lake Ave. ROCHESTER Free. No registration required. For more information contact Kim Whittemore at (585) 428-8248.
Sat. March 26 1:00-2:30pm “Sisters in Spirit”: Haudenosaunee Women and Equality;

Presented by Sally Roesch Wagner, women’s studies professor and author; Sponsored by Local History & Genealogy Division

Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County                             Rundel Auditorium                         115 South Ave.

ROCHESTER

Free and open to the public. For more information call (585) 428-8370.


Ghostbread and Queen of the Fall, both by Sonja Livingston

(trade paperback versions), are available for sale at Writers & Books

at a cover price of $18.95 each.

 

Books will be available for sale at all author events.

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).

Limited copies of an audio version of Queen of the Fall (recorded by the author) are available for borrowing through Writers & Books and some branches of the Monroe County Library System. Email karen@wab.org for details.

Sign up for a raffle to win a signed copy each of Ghostbread and Queen of the Fall!   Registration is free and can be done at W&B or at any in-person event with the author March 15-19. Winner will be drawn and contacted March 19.

See our bookstore for discounted selections from 16 years of Rochester Reads.

See our Rochester Reads program page on our website for a memoir writing prompt                   by Sonja Livingston.

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

March is Women’s History Month. Check your local library listings for other events.       Monroe County Library System: www.libraryweb.org

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 “queen” must be included, in honor of The Queen of the Fall. Deadline for submissions: Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, 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. 15. Reading: Monday, Jan. 25 at 7:00pm at Writers & Books.
  2. Writing Ourselves as Stories in Progress: A Class Built Around the Works of Rochester Reads Author, Sonja Livingston. 8 Wednesdays, 7:00–8:30 p.m. (January 27–March 23)
    (No class March 17 so that you can attend one of Sonja’s appearances in Rochester). Price: $190 Members / $207 General Public. Instructor: Wendy Low. Memoirs, Reflections, Personal Essays—these stories we tell ourselves and others, about who we are, how we got here, and where we think we are going, are crucial to us as human beings. Ghostbread and Queen of the Fall will help us illuminate the role of autobiographical writing in our lives. Using Livingston’s brief chapters as keys to unlocking our own stories, we will write of our joys, our loves, our disappointments, our fulfillments, and our yearnings. Excerpts from other memoirists will also provide inspiration, including the work of Maya Angelou, Viktor Frankl, Frank McCourt, Tillie Olson, and May Sarton. We will attend at least one of Livingston’s events taking place March 15–19.
  3. Creative Approaches to Ghostbread and Queen of the Fall: 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 Queen of the Fall and Livingston’s 2011 memoir Ghostbread. 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 Mon. Jan. 25.
  4. Join us on Friday, February 5 to kick off the 16th year of the “If All of Rochester Reads the Same Book…” (aka Rochester Reads) program! Join us early (6:00-7:15pm) for a “Writing Women’s Lives” reading by Sonja Livingston, Elizabeth Osta, Jenny Lloyd, Sally Parker, and Sally Bittner Bonn in our Performance Space. Peruse works for sale by local artists who make art about the Flower City and indulge in our popular “Blind Date With a Book.” Enjoy music, and apple-themed refreshments. 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 Friday, February 5 at noon). Bring your found item to W&B by 9:30pm to receive a free copy of Queen of the Fall or Ghostbread. 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.
  5. Reading Seminar of Ghostbread and Queen of the Fall. In three Tuesday meetings (Feb. 23, March 1 and March 8, 6:30-8:00pm) we will explore two memoirs by Sonja Livingston, the Rochester Reads author for 2016. It is most helpful if participants have read both books before the seminar begins (both are available for sale at Writers & Books) but all are welcome. $35. Registration required by Friday, Feb. 19. To register or for more information call (585) 473-2590, x107.

 

  1. Ordinary People/Extraordinary Lives: Memoir for Everyone: A workshop with Anais Salibian at the Webster Public Library Sunday, March 6, 2016 1:00-3:00pm. There’s no such thing as an ordinary life that isn’t worth writing about! No matter how young or old, how famous or not, or full of adventure and calamity or not, your life has shaped your beliefs, values and vision. You have something to say, though you may not know what it is. A memoir is not merely a series of events that you experienced, but a purposeful organization of select events. How do you select them? How do you write about them? And why? How many memoirs are in you? During this workshop, you will do writing exercises that help you discover hidden themes, the pattern beneath the surface of daily events. This knowledge gives you the focus of your memoir. Whether you consider yourself a writer or not, come to this workshop to get answers to the above questions. Bring a pen and notebook or a laptop and experience how your life matters.
  2. Bus tour and Susan B. Anthony House visit with Sonja Livingston. Join author Sonja Livingston and Rochester Reads Coordinator Karen vanMeenen for a bus tour of locations from Sonja’s books Ghostbread and Queen of the Fall, including conversation with and live readings by the author. The tour will conclude with a 90-minute stop to tour the Susan B. Anthony House, with tea. Additional details will be provided with purchased ticket. Space is limited and registration is required by Tuesday, March 1. To register or for more information call (585) 473-2590, x107.
  3. “Failure is Impossible” presentation by “Susan B. Anthony. In “Failure is Impossible,” history interpreter Jeanne Gehret takes on the costume and vibrant persona of Susan B. Anthony eight years after Anthony voted. She gives background on the social conditions prompting Anthony’s fight for women’s rights, but also stresses Anthony’s strong activism for abolition and temperance. Her contributions to the five amendments are also discussed. There will be time for questions after the formal presentation. Suitable for ages 10 and up.

Directions to Roberts Wesleyan College:

From Rochester – I-490 to exit 7B, Rt. 33 west, approximately five miles. The CLC entrance is the second right beyond the Westside Drive intersection with Buffalo Road. Cox Hall is three buildings in, just past the Cultural Life Center and the Crothers Science Building and across from the stadium.

From the west – Thruway to exit 47, I-490 east to West Chili, exit 4. Turn left at the exit ramp onto Rt. 259. Proceed for approximately two miles to the traffic light. Turn right onto Buffalo Road, Rt. 33. The Cox Hall entrance will be the second left from the intersection. Cox Hall is just past the Cultural Life Center and the Crothers Science Building and across from the stadium.

Cox Hall is a Victorian building of vintage architecture, and houses the music department.

Parking:

All lots should be free and accessible to the public. No pass is required.

This is a map showing Cox Hall. https://www.roberts.edu/about/campus-map.aspx#coxhall

 

Directions for Palmyra Library parking:

The library is located at 402 E. Main Street in Palmyra. There is a limited amount of parking at the front of the building, and that is where the handicapped spaces are. Plenty of parking can be found by following the
driveway along the side of the building to the parking lot in back of
the building. There is a rear entrance to the library.

 

Directions for RIT parking:

Go to the main entrance off Jefferson Road. Drive straight ahead around the roundabout to the Information kiosk. You will be directed to a visitor parking lot. The Reading Room is on the second floor of the Campus Center, which is just to the left of the Student Alumni Union, which is the center of campus just up from the Information kiosk. Look for signs.

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