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Cold Weather, Warm Sweater, Tea, and a Book

The following is a blog post by Community Engagement Coordinator, Kristen Zory King, and PR Associate, Chris Fanning

Tips for a Successful Fall.
Like it or not, fall is here. The sky is getting cloudier, the temperature is dropping, the leaves are changing color and we’re seeing fewer bright pink toenails and more boots and clogs. So, how should you prepare yourself for fall? Your trusty friends at Writers & Books have got you covered with four tips for a successful fall!

1. Acquire a sweater that will keep you warm and toasty. 

Sweater PileSweather Confusion

The weather will soon be fluctuating between forty and sixty degrees, so it’s essential that you have a comfy sweater to keep you warm. We like oversized sweaters – but really any will work.

2. Brew some tea (or coffee! We’re not here to judge your beverages…).

Chris Changing TempLeo
The Writers & Books staff is divided between coffee addicts and tea aficionados. Often we brew our own but we also love to grab a cuppa’ at one of the local coffee shops in the Neighborhood of the Arts (like Starry Nites Café or Joe Bean). For tea, we tend to favor peppermint, pumpkin, ginger peach, or a hearty black tea. For coffee: we like a full, dark roast (with just a spot of cream). Protip: the bigger the mug, the better.

3. Find a good book.

Chris Reads Kristen Reads
Generally, as the days get shorter and the nights get colder, we like to curl up with some “heavier reads” (as staffie Kristen says: “summer is great for books that make you think, but not too hard. By fall I’m ready to read some books that blow my mind”). Go ahead and grab a stack of books from your local library, or from our bookstore! We recommend:

  • For those who like to stay up all night terrified (it is almost October, after all), try The Shining by Stephen King.
  • For those who like fantasy and politics, try Storm of Swords by George R. R.  Martin (plus, you can then join in on our discussion series!)
  •  For those who like history with a feisty female protagonist, try Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn
  • For those wanted to re-read (or read for the first time!) a classic, try A Moveable Feast by Earnest Hemingway, The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, or Moby Dick by Herman Melville (too intimidated by Melville? Read it with a group in this reading seminar) 
  • For those who want a modern gothic tale, try The House at Midnight by Lucie Whitehouse

4. Enjoy. You are now ready for fall. 


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Three New Shows Added to our Fringe Line-up!

We’re pleased to offer three new surprise shows to our Fringe Festival line-up: A musical children’s show by Doug Waterman, a night of stories from our own Steve Huff, and an interactive 3D projection light show on the back of our building. Take a look at the information below. Tickets at or in person at Writers & Books.

MermaidMermaid Writing Prompts
This show is a projection of images and sound onto the Writers & Books’ building. Feel free to bring a lawn chair. Writers of all genres and skill levels will be presented with a number of short writing prompts that will help them create poems and stories about mermaids. Viewers are encouraged to bring a pad and a writing utensil. A lively imagination is also highly encouraged.
Show Length: 45 minutes   Ticket Price: Free Genre: Visual Art 

Ages: All Ages   Show Dates: 8:00 pm Saturday, Sept. 21

Doug Waterman

Music Fun with Mister Doug
Doug Waterman’s songs for families will have you and your young children howling, swimming, flying, dancing and laughing. Come ready to move! Doug’s show “Fun With Fairytales” was a hit at Writers & Books during last year’s Fringe Festival. Doug Waterman has been sharing music with children for over ten years and his CD of children’s songs, Truly Hairy Fairy Tales, topped a 2006 local listeners’ poll.
Show Length: 45 minutes   Ticket Price: $5.00   Genre: Children’s 

Ages: All Ages   Show Dates: 1:00 pm Sun., Sept. 22

Steve HuffIt Just So Happened: An Intimate Evening with Steve Huff
Steven Huff, author of A Pig in Paris, will read from a new group of stories. Expect the hilarious, the absurd, and a few heartbreaks.  A romance is kindled over switched air baggage. A freak show disperses when a circus goes bankrupt. An exotic princess forces a pilot at gunpoint to disrobe and throw his clothes out into the sky.
Show Length: 50 minutes   Ticket Price: $5.00   Genre: Spoken Word 

Ages: 13+  Show Dates: 7:00 pm Tues., Sept. 24

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New Steps for the Gell Tree House

Last weekend Executive Director Joseph Flaherty and Board member Trevor Harrison went down trevor and stairsto Writers & Books retreat center, The Gell Center of the Finger Lakes, located in Bristol NY for a different kind of spring cleaning.


After several long months of harsh weather, the steps leading up to the Gell Center’s Tree House had fallen into dismay. The wood was rotting; the pieces keeping the frame together were decaying. It wasn’t pretty.


However, two strong men from Writers & Books were ready to give the stairs the extreme WAB makeover they desperately needed to be ready for summer rentals.


Hiking back and forth from the driveway at the Gleason Lodge, through the woods and up to the Tree House was no easy task. Joe and Trevor spent the morning carrying large units of recycled wood and metal bolts up to the dead steps to begin the transformation.


new stairsBy the end of the day, the new Tree House steps had been assembled and the WAB men were free to enjoy the weekend.


For more information on the Tree House, Gleason Lodge, or other Gell Center Facilities, visit our website at or call Kathy Pottetti, Gell Center Director of Operations and Programming at 473-2590 ext 103.


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First Friday Festival of Sound & Light and Read, White, & Blue Book Sale

Rochester, NY – A First Friday like no other. On July 5th, starting at 6:00 pm, Writers & Books will be hosting a Read, White and Blue Book Sale in our bookstore at 740 University Ave. Then at 9:30 pm, join us in our back lot as we use our new projection equipment to celebrate our First Festival of Sound & Light.

A full description of our First Festival of Sound & Light can be found on our website here – Bragdon, Claude

Drawing on inspiration from Rochester Architect Claude Bragdon, the first show on July 5th will be a tribute to him, involving images, words, and a selection of music he used in his own Festival events a century ago.

The Read, White & Blue Book Sale will run from 6pm to 10 pm. With the exception of books on consignment, all paperback books will be $1.00 and all hardcover books will be $3.00.

For a more detailed description of the Festival of Sound & Light, or questions regarding our First Friday event, please call Chris Fanning at 473-2590 ext 105 or via cell phone at 315-719-7262. You can also e-mail