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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

$6

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!

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Writers & Books Celebrates 19th year of Community Reads Program

Rochester NY: Last week, Writers & Books wrapped up the nineteenth year of its annual community reading program, Rochester Reads. This year the organization hosted Omar El Akkad, author of the award-winning novel American War. El Akkad’s residency in Rochester included 5 days of events, readings, book signings, and lectures. El Akkad visited various locations in Rochester and the Finger Lakes area including libraries (Central, Penfield, Wood, Greece), college campuses (MCC, FLCC, Geneseo, Nazareth College, St. John Fisher College), high schools (SOTA), a senior living center (Valley Manor), and the Monroe Correctional Facility. This year more than 1100 people attended these readings.

 

American War is a powerful and surprisingly prescient novel about a second US Civil War in the late 21st century. After climate change led to political upheaval and a decimation of the population, a plague is unleashed and further devastates the country’s population. One family is caught in the middle of the divided regions and conflicted alliances and the effects of this fractured country on a young girl has consequences for generations.

 

This is a narrative that asks what might happen if America were to turn its most devastating policies and deadly weapons upon itself. It is a story of ruin, of revenge, of division—but also a lesson in empathy, connection, and the ties that can either bind or break us.

 

“This year’s program offered an important novel that leaves an indelible impression on readers. And the myriad audiences who came out to see the author in person were treated to a thoughtful, engaging, wide-ranging conversation—and that community engagement is at the core of this program,” said Karen vanMeenen, Coordinator of Rochester Reads.

 

Copies of American War are on sale in the Writers & Books bookstore. Video is available of Omar El Akkad speaking at both Penfield Library and Wood Library.

 

Writers & Books is Rochester’s nationally renowned non-profit literary center located at 740 University Avenue, in the heart of Rochester’s Neighborhood of the Arts. In 2001, Writers & Books initiated the Rochester Reads program. The program seeks to encourage people to connect to others in our community through reading and discussion, and through the shared experience of literature. Each year Writers & Books selects one book for our community to explore together, leading to a residency by the author.

 

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