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Cities of Literature reading

Cities of Literature

Hosted by: International Sister Cities of Rochester and Writers & Books

Location: Rochester Central Library

Through language, culture and geography, Rochester and its twelve sister cities around the world share the universal human need for storytelling. The prose and poetry of international literature reflect human emotions and experiences that transcend politics and national borders.


Join Writers & Books and International Sister Cities of Rochester for an evening of literature. Supporters of each of Rochester’s Sister Cities will read a passage in its language of origin and in English.


Friday, May 1

7-9 p.m.

Harold Hacker Hall, Rochester Central Library’s Rundel Memorial Building

115 South Ave


Admission is free

Refreshments provided

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Breathing Fire: GRAND SLAM

Breathing Fire: Grand Slam

Hosted by: Rachel McKibbens


This is it! After months of slams at the Greenhouse Cafe, the Grand Slam is here. Join us at the Eisenhart Auditorium at the Rochester Museum and Science Center, and listen to some of Rochester’s most exciting youth voices. Participate in the judging! Be a part of this new movement in the community!

Congratulations to the following teen poets who will be competing on April 24:

Rajaé Barnes-Wright

Chloe Hooper

IQ the Great

Tramir Herring


Savion Rambert


Cassidy Bertram



Friday, April 24, 2015
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

General Public Price: $ 10
$5 for Students


Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Max & Marian Farash Charitable Foundation 

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Regional Playwrights Festival 2015 Winners Announced

Regional Writers Showcase Selected Plays Announced!

For Monday, April 27
For All Time, by Jeffery W. Jones
Drowned, by Bill Capossere

For Monday, May 4
Autocorrect, by Peg DeBaise
Energy Mass Light, by Katherine Varga

Geva Theater Center and Writers & Books are once again collaborating to give regional playwrights the opportunity to bring their works to local audiences. Both full-length and one-act plays written by regional (living now or having lived within the five county-area: Monroe, Livingston, Wayne, Ontario, and Genesee) playwrights, selected through an open competitive process, will be given a developmental reading by professional actors at Geva on the evenings of April 27 and May 4, 2015. The purpose of the festival is to give promising regional writers a chance to hear their work aloud, and thereby gain information they need to rewrite and to take the script to another level of development.

Free, but registration is required – Call 232-4382 or

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4/9 – 4/11 – Boris Fishman Comes to Rochester

Debut Novelist Boris Fishman Comes to Rochester

Rochester, NY: Boris Fishman, author of A Replacement Life (recently included on The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2014) will be in Rochester April 9th – 11th as part of Writers & Books newest community read program, The Debut Novel Series.

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“Boris was born in Minsk, Belarus, and immigrated to the United State in 1988 at nine. His journalism, essays, and criticism have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine and Book Review, The New Republic, The Nation, The London Review of Books, The Wall Street Journal, and other publications. “

FINAL AReplacementLife PBBoris will be giving several readings while in Rochester:
Public Reading and Book Signing: April 9th – 7:30 PM at School of the Arts auditorium (45 Prince St) $10 GP, $8 W&B and JCC members, seniors and students
The Publishing Process Talk: April 10th – 7:30 PM at Writers & Books (740 University Ave), Free, but reservation required (call 585-473-2590 ext 107)
Writers’ Master Class: April 11th – 10:00 AM – Noon at Writers & Books (740 University Ave) $40 GP, $35 W7B members

For more information on Boris Fishman and his visit to Rochester, visit our website at