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Summer Catalog Publication Party

Thursday, May 28 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at NOX Cocktail Lounge, 302 Goodman St N.

Every catalog is an event! With a new lineup of classes and exciting new events for the season, be among the first to see what we have planned coming up over the next few months! Enjoy signature cocktails and menu items with names from literature, film, and television.

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W&B’s Tate DeCaro – 21 Stories for Scouts

On May 15, 2015 Writers & Books Development Associate Tate DeCaro participated in a Boy Scouts of America fundraiser, “21 Stories for Scouts,” and unnamed-1rappelled down the side of the First Federal Plaza building in downtown Rochester.


Tate raised over $1,000 for the local chapter of the BSA in order to participate, all of which went to support urban scouting programs, including the 40 after-school programs run in Rochester schools, and an opportunity to attend three summer camps. Learn more here:  21 Stories for Scouts


A native Rochesterian, Tate has also lived in the Hudson Valley (Bard College for her B.A. in Psychology), Canada, Italy, and Ireland. Upon returning home in 2009, Tate completed a Master’s Degree at R.I.T. In 2011, she served as Interim Development Director at Writers & Books for 3 months and now works as the permanent Development Associate.


Tate was “roped” into the BSA fundraiser (pun intended!) by a friend who works there, and had a great time, despite shaking arms and legs!


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Amy Stewart comes to Rochester

Amy Stewart will be at the Broccolo Tree & Lawn Care Garden Center to discuss and read from her latest book The Drunken Botanist.


Amy Stewart will also be offering a workshop on publishing for those interested in learning about the process involved with publishing her latest work. This special workshop will precede her discussion at noon.



  • Publishing workshop (11:00 AM) & lecture – $18 members / $20 GP Call Writers & Books at 473-2590 ext 107 or at

For more information, or to register for this workshop, click here.

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Rochester Cocktail Revival

Saturday, May 9 from 3-5 p.m.

For Nicolas Palazzi, the job of a peddling brandies across the US lead to the realization that there is barely any information about cognac and armagnac available, whether online or in the press, no place to consult to clearly understand who makes what, or how and why it tastes like it does.

This leads to misinformation and the creation of semi-truth….(“Cognac is distilled twice, Armagnac once”….”Armagnac is so much better than Cognac”….”I had this cognac. It’s awesome. Like 200 years old or something”) and certainly does not help getting more people inclined to give the stuff a shot.

At this seminar, let’s talk facts, taste some Cognac & Armagnacs made by real people who work well and see if Cognacs and Armagnacs hold up to the impressions we commonly have of them…

Nicolas Palazzi owns & operates PM Spirits, a small Brooklyn-based import/distributing company specialized in the sourcing of artisan spirits with a focus on Cognac. He is also an independent bottler with proprietary cellar in the Cognac region of France, sourcing, aging and bottling single casks of full proof/no additive added cognacs & Pineaux des Charentes.

For tickets, please visit here

For more information about the Rochester Cocktail Revival, you can visit the Rochester Cocktail Revival site here

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Richard Price Comes to Rochester

Rochester, NY – On Thursday, June 11th from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM, author of New York Times bestseller The Whites, Richard Price, will be at richard_priceWriters & Books leading a Master Class for advanced writers. The workshop will cost $35 for W&B and MAG members, $40 for general public. Call 473-2590 ext 107 to register.


Later that evening at 7:00 PM, Price will also be giving a lecture and book signing at the Memorial Art Gallery. Tickets to the lecture are $10 for W&B and MAG members and $12 for general public. Call 473-2590 ext 107 to register. Tickets can also be purchased at the MAG Admissions Desk during business hours. 


Price is the author of the acclaimed novels Clockers, Freedomland and Lush Life. His ninth novel, The Whites, was published in February 2015 by Henry Holt and Co., with Price writing as Harry Brandt. (As the praise below makes clear, the pen name fooled no one.)


The Whites is the story of New York City police officers obsessed with hunting down the criminals that got away. The theme is classic, the title a nod to the white whale of Melville’s Moby-Dick. But like Price’s earlier books, The Whites is a vividly etched portrayal of urban America. The book received rave reviews and debuted at number five on the New York Times bestseller list.


Price also writes for movies and TV. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his screenplay for The Color of Money and won an Edgar Award for his writing on the HBO series The Wire.

Author photo by Lorraine Adams. 

A collaboration with the Memorial Art Gallery: