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Mira Jacob Book Signing June 7

Please join us at Writers & Books for a special conversation and book signing with critically acclaimed author/illustrator Mira Jacob.

Friday, June 7, 2019
6:30 – 7:30 pm

Good Talk is a bold, wry, and intimate graphic memoir about American identity, interracial families, and the realities that divide us, from the acclaimed author of The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing.

Like many six-year-olds, Mira Jacob’s half-Jewish, half-Indian son, Z, has questions about everything. At first they are innocuous enough, but as tensions from the 2016 election spread from the media into his own family, they become much, much more complicated. Trying to answer him honestly, Mira has to think back to where she’s gotten her own answers: her most formative conversations about race, color, sexuality, and, of course, love.

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The Ladder Literary Conference Returns June 8, 2019

Are you ready to take your writing to the next level? Are you in need of some fresh ideas? Are you hoping to learn more about the many facets of publishing? Are you looking for an agent? Then join Writers & Books on June 8, 2019, for The Ladder, a one-day literary conference in Rochester, New York.

Whether you are in the earlier stages of your writing journey or ready to share your work with the world, the Ladder Literary Conference is sure to inspire and energize you.

Go here for all the information!

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Conan Doyle for the Defense with Margalit Fox

April 29 @ 7:00 pm8:30 pm


For all the scores of biographies of Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, the most famous detective in the world, there is no American book that tells this story—in which Conan Doyle serves as detective on an actual murder case. In CONAN DOYLE FOR THE DEFENSE: The True Story of a Sensational British Murder, a Quest for Justice, and the World’s Most Famous Detective Writer (A Random House Hardcover, on-sale June 26), Margalit Fox takes us step by step inside Conan Doyle’s investigative process, and illuminates a murder mystery that is also a morality play for our time—a story of ethnic, religious and anti-immigrant bias.

In 1908, a wealthy woman was brutally murdered in her Glasgow home. The police found a convenient but innocent suspect in Oscar Slater—an immigrant Jewish cardsharp—who was tried, convicted, and consigned to life at hard labor in a brutal Scottish prison. Conan Doyle, already world famous as the creator of Sherlock Holmes, was outraged by this injustice and became obsessed with the case. Using the methods of his most famous character, he scoured trial transcripts, newspaper accounts and eyewitness statements, meticulously noting myriad holes, inconsistencies and outright fabrications by police and prosecutors. Finally, in 1927, his work won Slater’s freedom.

About the Author:
A retired senior writer at The New York Times, MARGALIT FOX is considered one the foremost explanatory writers and literary stylists in American journalism. As a longtime member of the newspaper’s celebrated Obituary News Department, she has written the front-page public sendoffs of some of the leading cultural figures of our age. (Conan Doyle for the Defense is in many ways a fond belated obituary—for the long-overlooked Oscar Slater, an immigrant Everyman treated inexcusably by history.) Fox’s previous book, The Riddle of the Labyrinth, won the William Saroyan Prize for International Writing. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, the writer and critic George Robinson.

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Poetry, Potluck, and Pinot Returns for 6th Year

Presenting the perennial & popular poetry picnic! A marathon celebration of National Poetry Month, each hour will feature four poets reading their original work. Please join us with a dish or a bottle to pass.

Saturday, April 27, 2:00pm – 6:00pm

Readers will include:

Patricia Roth Schwartz
Joel Lesses
Reilly Hirst
Celeste Schantz
Charlie Cote
Jonathan Everitt
Meagan Downing
Sarah Collins
Lindsay Herko
Karen Faris

and more!