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As you may already be aware, Writers & Books will reach two important milestones this year: our 35th anniversary, and the retirement of founding director Joe Flaherty. In order to honor Joe’s legacy, last summer we kicked off the “Writing the Next Chapter Campaign,” and Writers & Books supporters have been stepping forward to ensure that we can continue to engage minds and enrich lives for decades to come. We will use the monies raised to create a permanent fund that will increase educational scholarships, bring the world’s best writers to town, maintain facilities, and expand programming that touches tens of thousands each year. We have now raised $289,100 or over 97% of our goal of $300,000!

This is a wonderful opportunity to honor Joe Flaherty’s legacy and solidify Writers & Books’ future, guaranteeing that generations to come experience Rochester as a thriving literary community. We hope that you will consider making a gift of any size today to help us REACH THE FINISH LINE so we can turn the page and start our next chapter.


Click on the images below to hear testimonials from Writers & Books champions!


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Ann Patchett, Honorary Chair of the Writing the Next Chapter campaign, shares her reasons for helping write the Next Chapter.




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Meet George Saunders, author of “The Tenth of December: Stories” & “CivilWarLand in Bad Decline”. Take a listen as he reflects on what Writers & Books means to him. His Happy Anniversary message has us excited about our #NextChapter.





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This is Erica Bryant. Erica began taking SummerWrite workshops at Writers & Books about 20 years ago. Listen to her story of why she believes in writing the #NextChapter





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The Stornelli family shares their message about writing the #NextChapter. Listen to Nina & Jordan, long-time SummerWrite campers and their father David in this short video.



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Listen to Cheyenne Zaremba, contributor and production manager of Canvas Literary Journal, share why she believes in helping us Write The #NextChapter.





unnamed“I have experienced, first-hand, the incredibly important contribution that Joe Flaherty and Writers & Books make to the Rochester community. The foundations of a healthy community can be found in Writers & Books’ support of reading, writing, and creativity. Please join me in guaranteeing that Writers & Books, which has done such a great job of bringing literature to Rochester for 35 years, can continue this important work into the future.

– Ann Patchett



Ann Patchett is the author of six novels and three books of nonfiction. She has won many prizes, including Britain’s Orange Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Prize for her novel Bel Canto, which was the Writers & Books “If All of Rochester Reads the Same Book…” novel in 2010. She was also the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and has received the Nashville Banner Tennessee Writer of the Year Award, as well as the Book Sense Book of the Year. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she is the co-owner of Parnassus Books.


Writing The Next Chapter Committee

Co-Chairs: Bruce Gianniny, Ken McCurdy, Lois Taubman

Committee Members: Jim DeCaro, Bev Gold, Grant Holcomb, George Sharr, Mary Widger, Henry Williams

Honorary Chair: Ann Patchett