“Reading is a solitary act, an experience of interiority. To read a book is to burst the confines of one’s consciousness and enter another world. What happens when you read a book in the company of others? You enter its world together but see it in your own way; and it’s through sharing those differences of perception that the book group acquires its emotional power.”
– James Atlas, “Really? You’re Not in a Book Club?“
Turning Pages Readers Circle is a unique level of membership that celebrates you the reader, while connecting and supporting the literary community in Rochester and beyond. In addition to membership benefits such as discounted classes/workshops, access to our retreat center in the Finger Lakes and more, members of the Turning Pages Readers Circle will receive a surprise book in the mail four times a year. Within each surprise book package, carefully wrapped with clues as to what’s inside, you will find a personal note from the person who curated that selection explaining their choice (previous curators have included awarded winning authors such as Ann Patchett and Eowyn Ivey). Also, throughout the year there will be exclusive events that will illuminate the selections and provide opportunities to meet other Turning Pages Readers Circle Members.
Curated. Creativity. Conversation.
What makes Turning Pages Readers Circle so special? Is it the fun of receiving the plain brown packages? Or perhaps the child-like excitement in unwrapping your mystery surprise? Is it the thought-provoking literature? Or the member events where you can meet other readers just like you? We think it’s all of that, and more.
Each book you receive as a Turning Pages member is a unique and eclectic selection personally chosen by interesting and renowned people in the literary field. These are books that great authors and literary enthusiasts have found inspiring, exciting, stimulating – books that you may read in only one sitting but that will stay with you for years to come. After each book is selected, our curator writes a personal note detailing their thoughts for choosing that particular title. Books are then carefully wrapped by Writers & Books staff members with clues as to their themes, and then mailed to your door.
Four times a year you will receive a plain brown package and experience the child-like thrill of a mystery, a literary surprise! After you receive your book, Writers & Books hosts a special member-only event for you and your fellow Turning Pages readers. These events focus on illuminating aspects of the books through curated talks and getting to know other readers like you. And, it is at these events that we realize what makes Turning Pages Readers Circle the best kept secret in town…
So what is it exactly that makes the Turning Pages Readers Circle membership so special? Yes, in part it’s the hand-picked books, the careful wrapping, and the exciting surprise. But more importantly, it’s you, the members! As Development Director Alexa Scott-Flaherty so eloquently states: “This program is one of the best parts of my job. I love contacting writers, learning about their favorite books and then sitting with my co-workers to decorate and wrap each book to fit the themes. But beyond that, what has been the most lovely and inspiring part of this entire project has been meeting you – our members, our readers! It has been an honor to get to know you at the quarterly events and I thank you for your kind notes and emails expressing your enthusiasm for this membership. I leave each evening event inspired and motivated by the conversation and company.” But don’t just take our word for it – read below for member testimonials or better yet, sign up for the membership and see for yourself what makes Turning Pages Readers Circle the best kept secret in town.
Members of Turning Pages Readers Circle are enthusiastically effusive, always ready to share their experience. Here’s what some of them had to say about this exciting membership program:
- “I am going to crawl into bed and begin reading the book. I already just read the afterword. Thank you so much. I feel very happy and grateful.”
- “I just have to thank everyone who had anything to do with the mailing of the book that arrived today for the Turning Pages Readers Circle members. I was so impressed and delighted with the thoughtfulness and care that went into the packaging…I feel richly rewarded already. Thank you.”
- “Turning Pages offers delicious food for the literary soul.”
Enjoy benefits unique to this membership level and discover a new book in your mailbox every three months! Each book comes with a letter from the book curator explain why they chose this particular book for your reading enjoyment. Turning Pages members also receive invitations to book-related events with other Readers Circle members. The Turning Pages Readers Circle membership level also includes the following Writers & Books membership benefits:
- Tuition discounts on classes and workshops
- Free or discounted admission to all readings, performances, and events
- 10% discount in our store
- Access to retreats/programs at the Gell Center of the Finger Lakes
- Poetic License and enrollment in the Endangered Word Project
- Members’ e-Word newsletter
- Two discounted workshop or event passes to share with a friend
- An individual gift membership to share with a friend
- 10% discount on use of the Gell Center of the Finger Lakes
Choose “Turning Pages Readers Circle” under Membership Level,
or contact the Development Department at 473-2590 x106 or firstname.lastname@example.orgemail@example.com.