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Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me

The following blog post was written by Albert Albonado, our Director of Adult Programming.

Summer’s warm weather brings out a familiar parade of pedestrians, from runners to dog-walkers, and festivals for everything under the sun. It’s as if the city rediscovers itself, reminding itself of all the wonderful resources available to everyone, once made difficult to access by a long winter. We, here, at Writers & Books also believe that it is important to get out into your neighborhood and enjoy everything it has to offer, from the wonderful restaurants and bars to the gorgeous parks. This summer, we’ve put together a series of programs that brings together your love of being outdoors the city and your love of literature.




Personally, I feel there’s nothing better than reading outside. I love taking a book to some quiet spot in the sun to spend some time with a book. Join us as we take over our favorite spots in the Neighborhood of the Arts (NOTA). Bring your lunch and your summer read. If you don’t have one, don’t worry. We’ll have some books for you to borrow. On July 31, we will be at the MAG sculpture garden and on August 28, we’ll be in the Village Gate courtyard. It’s the perfect way to enjoy these summer days.


2nd Annual Get Lit Crawl


We bring back the Get Lit Crawl on August 20. It was such a huge success last time that we decided to bring it back. What’s better than drinking at your favorite bar listening to your favorite writers? This year will be bigger and better than last. Come out for some drinks and enjoy the dizzying talents of the writers living here in Rochester!





We recently kicked off our collaboration with the Rochester Brainery by co-sponsoring some events for ROC Transit Day, a day that brought the city together to examine our public transportation system. Bloggers posted stories about their experience using our local public transportation system and people shared their stories at the Story Slam. We have two more events lined up and we hope you will join us.


On July 22, gather a group of your closest friends and join us for Sunday Fun-Day. Start off with a scavenger hunt around the Neighborhood of the Arts (NOTA), and visit local NOTA businesses. The hunt will end at Writers & Books for music and food. Successfully completing the hunt will enter you into a raffle for a basket full of NOTA goodies!


On August 3, we’ll be at the Asbury First United Methodist Church for the Tent Week Brainery Spectacular! It will be a mini Brainery Bazaar with exciting local vendors, free classes and more! Don’t forget to swing by the Poetically Connect table, where poets Charlie Cote and Sarah Freligh will write personalized poems just for you!


As you can see, we’re bursting at the seams with things for you to do! Don’t miss out on some of this incredible events!