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SummerWrite 2014

It’s hard to believe, but we’re only five days away from the start of our awesome summer youth camp, SummerWrite! Every summer, Writers & Books offers half day and full day workshops for creative young readers and writers. Our programs support the basic reading and writing skills students learn in school, but they also reach further, tapping into creativity and inspiration as young people learn to discover their own passions and develop their own voices.

You can view the whole catalog here and find classes by week or by age. SummerWrite 2014 has 9 weeks, beginning on June 30 and ending on August 29. We hope to see you there! Questions? Concerns? Feel free to direct them to Sally Bittner Bonn, Director of Youth Education at 473-2590 x109 or

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July Events and Classes

How does that song go? Something like “In the summertime when the weather is hot/You can stretch right up and touch the sky…” Summer is a time for relaxing, sure, but we want you to stretch your creative muscles and touch the sky this summer! And we’ve got a whole host of classes and events to help you do just that! Here’s a list of our classes and events starting in July. 



  • WWI Discussion Group with Tom Callahan (July 3, July 10, August 7, August 21 at 7:00)
  • Senior Reading Group with Norm Davis (July 8 at 2:00)
  • Bertrand Russell Society (July 10 at 7:00)
  • Harry Potter Birthday Party (July 31 at 4:00)
  • History Reading Group (July 31 at 7:00)

Questions? Concerns? We’d love to help! Feel free to call the front office at 473-2590 x107 or email!

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TGI…almost F? Some literary quotes to get you ready for the weekend

Who says you can’t start thinking about your weekend just a little bit early? Here are some quotes from some great characters and authors that will help you make the final push Thursday/Friday push.


1. “So I know I am right not to settle, but it doesn’t make me feel better as my friends pair off and I stay home on Friday night with a bottle of wine and make myself an extravagant meal and tell myself, This is perfect, as if I’m the one dating me.

from Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn


2. “ In a lifetime of hearing people celebrate weekends, she finally saw what all the fuss was about. By no means did her workload cease on Saturday, but it did shift gears. If her kids wanted to pull everything out of the laundry basket to make a bird’s nest and sit in it, fine. Dellarobia could even sit in there with them and incubate, if she so desired. Household chores no longer called her name exclusively. She had an income. She’d never before understood how much her life in this little house had felt to her like confinement in a sinking vehicle after driving off a bridge. … To open a hatch and swim away felt miraculous. Working outside the home took her about fifty yards from her kitchen, which was far enough. She couldn’t see the dishes in the sink.”

from Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

3. “Let’s just try to have a marvelous time this weekend. I mean not try to analyze everything to death for once, if possible. Especially me.”

— from Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger

4. “Oh, I just want what we all want: a comfortable couch, a nice beverage, a weekend of no distractions, and a book that will stop time, lift me out of my quotidian existence and alter my thinking forever.”

–Elizabeth Gilbert


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Words on Walls Summer Kick-Off!

Writers & Books and Rochester Love Notes are excited to announce the official launch of a collaborative project, Words on Walls, a free community event Thursday, June 19 from 8:30-10:00pm.

The Words on Walls Summer Kick Off will feature music, refreshments from Marty’s Meats of Rochester, complementary beer, wine, and a spectacular projection on the outer wall of Writers & Books’ historic brick building at 740 University Avenue in Rochester. The projection is slated to run from 9:00pm-10:00pm.

In larger-than-life, luminous words, an assortment of profound and colorful lines from the dozens of entries to the Rochester Love Notes blog – a community-driven project aimed at encouraging Rochester’s fans far and wide to proclaim their affection – will be projected upon the exterior façade of Writers & Books, illuminating the evening with a bright glow for all attendees (whom organizers hope will leave feeling uplifted and inspired to contribute their own Rochester Love Notes).

The event is dubbed the Words on Walls Summer Kick-Off because it marks the beginning of a calendar of similar such happenings through October, including but not limited to the popular Food Truck Rodeo at the Rochester Public Market and Rochester Fashion Week. These announcements will be made at the kick-off.

To see what Rochester Love Notes is all about, read some entries, and contribute your own message of fondness for Rochester, visit Email a Love Note at any time to if you would like your note to be considered for this event, or Tweet to @RocLoveNotes. In addition, learn more about the event at the Writers & Books website at and follow them on Twitter at @WritersandBooks.

What more ostentatious way to tell Rochester that we are hopelessly devoted to her than by projecting our love in big, bright letters upon one of her beautiful buildings? Don’t miss this first-of-a-kind, free event in our community.

For more information about this event, contact:

Ana Liss, Rochester Love Notes
(585) 857-7396 |

Kristen King, Writers and Books
(585) 473-2590 x110 |

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How Scandalous is Your Reading History? (Part II)

It’s just one day away! Tomorrow night at our First Friday Event, Writers & Books will be celebrating some of the most influential (and thus banned) works of literature with a special projection on the side our building.  Some of the books on the list are expected, others are more surprising. The history of all of them, however, are interesting and well-worth exploring. Below is a second brief list (for the first list, please refer to my earlier post) of some of the America’s most notoriously banned books.

For the full list and history, you’ll have to come tomorrow at 8:30 sharp! We can’t wait to see you there.

1. The Harry Potter Series by: J.K. Rowling
It’s hard to imagine one of the most popular book (and later movie) series was at one time unavailable to some children. However, in 2007, a private school in Wakefield, MA pulled Harry, Dumbledore, Hermione, Ron, and the rest of the gang from their library shelves due to it’s anti-Catholic ideas.

2. The Color Purple by: Alice Walker
The list of high schools that have banned Walker’s novel is impressive, dating back to the very year it was published — 1982. It isn’t hard to imagine why. The violence, incest, and racial matters are just a few of the things that have made people uncomfortable throughout the years, despite it being the “truth” that she seeks to find in writing. The book won a Pulitzer Prize in 1983.

3. Go Ask Alice by: Beatrice Sparks
Like many of the works on the banned list, Spark’s novel raises eyebrows due to it’s “offensive language”, drug use, and sex. It has been one of the most frequently banned books since its publication in 1971.

4. Cat’s Cradle by: Kurt Vonnegut
An author known for his provocative works, Vonnegut tackled many topical issues with his 1963 publication of Cat’s Cradle. Discussing nuclear war and religious issues, among other things, the book was first banned in 1972 by a school board in Ohio. The school refused to give any specific reason why they forbid the book. The ban was lifted in 1976.

5. Lady Chatterly’s Lover by: D.H. Lawrence

The story of Constance, a woman of privilege who is involved in an affair with her gamekeeper, the book’s use of explicit language and detailed accounts of sexual encounters gave cause for many contemporaries in 1928 metaphorically swoon at the novel’s indecency. The book was extremely controversial and the subject of several obscenity trials from the time of its publication until the early 1960s.

For the full list of the 27 books that made the cut, you will just have to come visit tomorrow night!