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DAVID JACOBS PRESENTS: “HALFWAY HOME” Half Jewish. Half Protestant. Fully Insane.

For Immediate Release: August 14, 2017

Media Contacts: David Jacobs, 415-860-5027, Fringe Info:, RochesterFringeFestival, @RochesterFringe,, #rocfringe

DAVID JACOBS PRESENTS: “HALFWAY HOME” AT 2017 FRINGE FESTIVAL Half Jewish. Half Protestant. Fully Insane.

ROCHESTER, NEW YORK- David Jacobs will make his sit-down comedy debut at the KeyBank 2017 Rochester Fringe Festival (Thursday, September 14- Saturday, September 23rd) on September 16th at 6:00pm, September 21st at 9:00pm, and September 23rd at 8:00pm at Writers & Books.

A sit-down comedian in the mold of Spalding Gray, Jacobs is a classically trained actor (A.C.T. Master of Fine Arts) and has worked with veteran directors such as Alex Harvey, Carey Perloff and many more. He continues to sharpen his comedic chops by branching out into sit down style comedy, performing his own writing for the very first time and hoping to revolutionize the theater with his unique way with words.

The show explores the theme of “dual identities” and spans many decades in the life of the 32- year old, half Jewish, half Protestant, fully Insane Jacobs. He introduces us to a Youth Minister obsessed with creating a night of raunchy Jello wrestling, a security guard in San Francisco who may or may not have stolen his food in order to flirt, and an apartment seeker who may want a little more (wink, wink) than just an apartment in Brooklyn, to name a few. Using his classical acting training and flair for off the cuff improvisation, Jacobs delivers a genius and humane depiction of these characters and events in a comedic yet thought provoking piece that leaves the audience wanting more.

This original piece has already impacted millennial patrons. Jess Grover, The Poet, says: “Jacobs is energized, dynamic and fearless, using his flair for improvisation to follow his instinct and lead with his feelings. I guffawed, I was moved and I cringed more than once as Jacobs took risk after risk, delivering every time.”

Laine Forman, millennial Google marketer, says, “David Jacobs is a young David Sedaris- he finds the absurd in the ordinary and it’s f*cking hilarious and comforting.”

Newton Kaneshiro, The Actor, remarks, “You will never think of Pad See Ew the same again.”

Be sure to catch this young and original artist on the rise. Tickets are available at Remaining tickets will be available at the door starting one hour before curtain.

Media please note: Jacobs is available for interviews and can arrange rehearsal and preview opportunities. More press photos to come.

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Debut Novel Series 2016 Authors Announced

Debut Novel Series revamped for 2016

Writers & Books brings two debut novelists in November

Rochester, NY: This Fall Writers & Books welcomes two debut novelists reading from and discussing their new books together. Join us on November 3 and 4, 2016, when Garth Greenwell (What Belongs To You) and Hannah Tennant-Moore (Wreck & Order) will be in Rochester for a number of exciting joint events.The Debut Novel Series features new and emerging writers and is an outgrowth of our highly successful program, “Rochester Reads”.


Garth Greenwell

What Belongs to You 

Garth G headshotOn an unseasonably warm autumn day, an American teacher enters a public bathroom beneath the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, Bulgaria. There he meets Mitko, a charismatic young hustler. The teacher returns to Mitko again and again over the next few months, drawn by hunger and loneliness and risk, and finds himself ensnared in a relationship in which lust leads to mutual predation, and tenderness can transform into violence. As he struggles to reconcile his longing with the anguish it creates, he’s forced to grapple with his own fraught history.

Hannah Tennant-Moore

Wreck and Order 

Hannah TMPurposefully aimless, self-destructive, and impulsively in and out of love, Elsie is a young woman who feels lost. She’s in a tumultuous relationship, stuck in a dead-end job, and has a restless, sharp intelligence that is at odds with her many bad decisions. When her initial attempts to improve her life go awry, Elsie decides that a dramatic change is the only solution. While traveling through Paris and Sri Lanka, Elsie meets people who challenge and provoke her toward the change she is seeking, but ultimately she must still come face-to-face with herself.


Schedule of Events:


Tuesday, November 1, 6:30-8:00pm. Read our Debut Novel Series selections and then join us for a spirited discussion of both. Moderated by Rochester Reads and Debut Novel Series Coordinator Karen vanMeenen. Free, but space is limited so reserve your spot today by calling (585) 473-2590, x.106. Location: Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue, Rochester.


Thursday, November 3, 1:00-2:00pm – In-studio radio (call-in) interview with Garth Greenwell and Hannah Tennant-Moore on Connections with Evan Dawson, WXXI Radio 1370AM.

Friday, November 4, 1:00-2:30pm – Public Reading, Panel Discussion & Book Signing. Hear Garth Greenwell and Hannah Tennant-Moore read passages from their debut novels. Free. Registration is not required. Location: Golisano Academic Center, Room 38 , Nazareth College, 4245 East Avenue, Rochester.

Friday, November 4, 7:00-9:30pm – Public Reading, Panel Discussion & Book Signing. Hear Garth Greenwell and Hannah Tennant-Moore read passages from their debut novels, followed by a candid discussion about the process of publishing. Learn about the ins and outs of publishing, and the often unpredictable path it takes for a book to go from the author’s desktop to a reader’s hands. Moderated by W&B Executive Director Kyle Semmel. The evening will close with a reception with a book signing. Location: Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue, Rochester. Registration is not required. Tickets available at the door: $10/W&B members; $12 non-members. Location: Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue, Rochester.


Social – #DNS2016



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Celebrating the Genesee Reading Series

Genesee Reading Series Celebrates 34th Anniversary


Rochester, NY: On Tuesday, February 23rd, Writers & Books will be celebrating the Genesee Reading Series by inviting back six readers from the programs past. Event begins at 7:00 PM. Admission is $3 for members, $6 for general public.


The Genesee Reading Series (GRS), now in its 34th year, has been a constant in Writers & Books programming almost as long as the organization itself has been around. Started in 1982 by Executive Director Joe Flaherty, the reading series offers the opportunity for the audience to hear- live, extraordinary writers, whether published or not, read their works in the City of Rochester.


Currant curator of the program Wanda Schubmehl says about the program:

“There must be something in the water of the Genesee River, or the rich soil of its Valley, that produces this wealth of writing talent. The GRS is like a literary wine-tasting tour of the best literary creation in our area.


Celebrating the Genesee Reading Series will include the following readers:

  • Anne Coon
  • Peter Conners
  • Kathleen Wakefeild
  • Steven Huff
  • Tony Leuzzi


Bios on all readers can be found here:


Readings will begin at 7:00 Pm with each reader having 15 minutes on stage in the Performance Space. The evening will conclude with a reception in the bookstore.


For more information on Celebrating the Genesee Reading Series, contact Chris Fanning, PR Associate at



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2016 Winter Catalog Now Available

Rochester, NY: Writers & Books is now taking registrations for winter workshops running January 2016 through March 2016. Those interested can register by phone (585.473.2590), online (, or in person. Special events and reoccurring events listings can also be found online and in print. The 2016 Winter catalog includes a detailed list of Rochester Reads author Sonja Livingston’s visits around Rochester from March 15th – 19th as well as School Break Youth Camp information.


Adult Workshops:

Creative Writing Workshops: Creative Writing 101, Your Wild & Precious Life (A yoga and writing workshop), Writing Rochester’s History, Writing About Trauma…For more Creative Writing Workshops:


Fiction Workshops: Fiction Bootcamp, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing: Let’s Get Started, First-Person Fiction…For more Fiction Workshops:


Poetry Workshops: Intermediate/Advanced Poetry, Beginner Poetry Intensive…For more Poetry Workshops:


Stage & Screen Workshops: Comedy Improv, Starting Your Screenplay, Writing the Short Film…For more Stage & Screen Workshops:


Reading Seminars: The Stranger/The Mersault Investigation, Reading Magic Realism, Re-imaging To Kill a Mockingbird, Writings of Sonja Livingston: Reading Ghostbread and Queen of the Fall…For more Reading Seminars:


Online Workshops: Beginning Poetry, Intermediate/Advanced Poetry Workshop, Writing love Stories, Intermediate/Advanced Fiction Workshop…For more Online Workshops:


Business of Writing Workshops: Targeting A Literary Agent, An Introduction to Legal Issues for Self-Publishing Authors, How to Self-Publish eBooks and Paperbacks…For more Business of Writing Workshops:




Youth Workshops:

Writers & Books will once again be offering youth camps during both Winter and Spring school breaks featuring workshops on Magic Tree House, Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, Comedy improv, and learning Spanish. For more information on our Youth programs featured in the 2016 Winter catalog:


Special Events & Reoccurring Events:


Genesee Reading Series (second Tuesday of each month): Featuring Sejal Shah, Monica Gebell, James Whorton, and Sarah Freligh…More information on The Genesee Reading Series:


Reading: Reading & Canned Food Drive, Thursday, January 21s. Fran Morse, former ED of the Dimitri House, reads from her collection of stories, Dimitri House Stories. Also collection of food & clothing for Dimitri House…More information:


Reading & Lecture: Paul Moyer, Thursday, January 28th…More information:


Reading: Jennifer Grotz & Elizabeth Gray, Thursday, February 11th…More information:


80’s Party: Happy Birthday Writers & Books, Saturday, February 20th…More information:


Other reoccurring events, including Open Mic Comedy, The Bertrand Russell Forum, History Reading Salon, and First Friday events can be found here:


Rochester Reads:


Writers & Books has chosen Queen of the Fall by Sonja Livingston as this year’s “If All of Rochester Reads the Same Book” pick. Livingston, a Rochester native, will be touring the area March 15th through the 19th. Her stops will include Penfield Library, Valley Manor Senior Living Home, Finger Lakes Community College, as well as ten other locations. For more information and a list of locations:



Questions regarding any and all of the above information can be sent to Chris Fanning at and will be redirected to the appropriate staff member.



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Spiders & Crooks Halloween Party – October 24th

Old Police Precinct Resurrected at Spiders & Crooks Halloween Party

 Rochester NY: This October, Writers & Books will transform back into the old police precinct it once was for one night of spirits and spectacles. On Saturday, October 24th, Writers & Books will host Spiders & Crooks, a Halloween party, from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Admission is $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

Entertainment for the evening will include tarot card readings, a mugshot photo booth, themed food and drink, raffles with prizes from local cultural organizations, a costume contest, scary story readings, games and more.



At 8:00 PM G.E. Schwartz will preform his theatrical performance of Nosferatu Bemshi, a combination of the silent 1922 F.W. Murnau film, NOSFERATU, with a soundscape, poetry and flash fiction to open up a new art form: Neo Bemshi. City Newspaper has called it ‘Eerie, dark, macabre, and powerful”


The building will be decorated with an arachnid theme, but will also contain a pop up jail cell in our back atrium with a mugshot photo booth. Attendees will be able to take their mugshot holding a Rochester NY plaque and then pick up the print at the end of the night to take home. The jail will also have history about the building when it was the Third Police Precinct as well as pictures and bios on officers that worked there.

unnamedCostume Contest winners will receive “mugshot mugs” and ornaments courtesy of Cat Clay Studio in the Hungerford building.

Poster design is by Joy Argento. Joy will also have a table at Spiders & Crooks selling her latest novel.

For more information, contact Chris Fanning at or call 585.473.2590 ext 105. To purchase tickets, click here.


Social Media: @WritersandBooks #SpidersandCrooks