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September 2021

Idra Novey: Those Who Knew

September 28 @ EST 7:30 pm - 8:15 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
Free
Those Who Knew by Idra Novey

Scroll down and select “Get Tickets” to receive a Zoom link to this virtual event.   Idra Novey will be in conversation with Joseph O. Legaspi    Those Who Knew is a taut, timely novel about what a powerful politician thinks he can get away with and the group of misfits who finally bring him down. A riveting exploration of the cost of staying silent and the mixed rewards of speaking up in a profoundly divided country.   “Novey—a poet…

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October 2021

ROCHESTER READS KICK-OFF – VIP Reception – An Evening with Poet Santee Frazier

October 7 @ EST 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Rochester Academy of Medicine, 1441 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14610 United States
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$125

Join us for a stellar evening with poet Santee Frazier, author of the poetry collections Aurum, praised by Terrance Hayes as “a trove of sensations,” and Dark Thirty, called  “visceral, immediate, and memorable” by Arthur Sze. Mr. Frazier will read new and published poems, give a talk on literature and culture, then be joined in conversation with Angelique Stevens, Monroe Community College Professor and award-winning essayist. Santee Frazier’s honors include a 2009 Lannan Residency Fellowship and the 2001 Truman Capote Scholarship from the Institute of American Indian Arts Creative Writing Program. …

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Virtual Reading, Talk, & Conversation with Poet Santee Frazier

October 7 @ EST 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Rochester Academy of Medicine, 1441 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14610 United States
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ROCHESTER READS KICK-OFF – An Evening with Poet Santee Frazier – Reading, Talk, and Conversation

October 7 @ EST 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Rochester Academy of Medicine, 1441 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14610 United States
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Free

Cultural Partner: Rochester Academy of Medicine Join us for a stellar evening with poet Santee Frazier, author of the poetry collections Aurum, praised by Terrance Hayes as “a trove of sensations,” and Dark Thirty, called  “visceral, immediate, and memorable” by Arthur Sze. Mr. Frazier will read new and published poems, give a talk on literature and culture, then be joined in conversation with Angelique Stevens, Monroe Community College Professor and award-winning essayist. Santee Frazier’s honors include a 2009 Lannan Residency Fellowship and the 2001 Truman Capote Scholarship from the Institute of…

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Kelli Jo Ford: Crooked Hallelujah

October 14 @ EST 7:30 pm - 8:15 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Scroll down and select “Get Tickets” to receive a Zoom link to this virtual event.   Crooked Hallelujah tells the stories of Justine—a mixed-blood Cherokee woman—and her daughter, Reney, as they move from Eastern Oklahoma’s Indian Country in the hopes of starting a new, more stable life in Texas amid the oil bust of the 1980s. Life in Texas isn’t easy, however, and Reney feels unmoored from her family in Indian Country. Against the vivid backdrop of the Red River,…

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Virtual Kimmerer Reading & Book Signing

October 20 @ EST 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County, 115 South Ave.
Rochester, NY 14604 United States
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ROCHESTER READS – ROBIN WALL KIMMERER – Keynote and Book Signing

October 20 @ EST 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
SUNY Brockport, Brockport, 350 New Campus Dr.
Brockport, 14420
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Event Sponsor: The College at SUNY Brockport Department of English Robin Wall Kimmerer’s acclaimed Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants will take readers on “a journey that is every bit as mythic as it is scientific, as sacred as it is historical, as clever as it is wise” (Elizabeth Gilbert). Botanist Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. A member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants…

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Toni Jensen: Carry: A Memoir of Survival on Stolen Land

October 26 @ EST 7:30 pm - 8:15 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Scroll down and select “Get Tickets” to receive a Zoom link to this virtual event.   Toni Jensen grew up around guns: As a girl, she learned to shoot birds in rural Iowa with her father, a card-carrying member of the NRA. As an adult, she’s had guns waved in her face near Standing Rock, and felt their silent threat on the concealed-carry campus where she teaches. And she has always known that in this she is not alone. As…

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November 2021

Elizabeth Miki Brina: Speak, Okinawa

November 30 @ EST 7:30 pm - 8:15 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
Free

Scroll down and select “Get Tickets” to receive a Zoom link to this virtual event. A searing, deeply candid memoir about a young woman’s journey to understanding her complicated parents—her mother an Okinawan war bride, her father a Vietnam veteran—and her own, fraught cultural heritage.   Elizabeth’s mother was working as a nightclub hostess on U.S.-occupied Okinawa when she met the American soldier who would become her husband. The language barrier and power imbalance that defined their early relationship followed…

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