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April 2018

WHO AM I? One woman’s journey of search for her identity and how she turned it into her first memoir

April 5, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Susan Moyer, An Adoptee's Search for Her Biological Family

Our culture is seeing a surge of interest in DNA testing services, ancestry sites, and shows like "Who Do You Think You Are?" and "Long Lost Family." In this talk, adoptee Susan Moyer tells the story of how she searched for 30 years for her biological family, despite being a child of closed adoption. Her journey led her to amazing people, places, and revelations. From Albany to New York, from Toronto to Ireland, she refused to give up on finding…

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Genesee Reading Series – M.J. Iuppa & David Delaney

April 10, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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$6

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“A Better, Not Bitter Divorce:” Reading with BJ Mann

April 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$6

BJ Mann, author and well-known divorce mediator in Rochester, NY, will read from her new book A Better, Not Bitter Divorce, The Fair and Affordable Way to End Your Marriage. Based on 17 years' experience in the field, A Better, Not Bitter Divorce is a practical, detailed guide for anyone navigating this challenging time in their life. BJ will also answer questions about divorce, as well as the process of writing and publishing her book. The program will also include…

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Read Local: Sean Dougherty

April 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Read Local is a program that seeks to get readers to enjoy books grown right in their own back yard. It is a book club and event series, highlighting books published by publishing houses based right here in Rochester. Read the book, meet the author, and support local businesses along the way! Sponsors include Hart’s Grocers, Three Heads Brewing, Fuego Coffee, Greenwood Books, The Little Theatre, and Nox Cocktail Lounge. Books will be available for purchase.

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Stories ROC: Hair

April 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$10

True, personal stories on a common theme, shared in front of a live audience. Everyone has a story. What’s yours? Send your three-sentence story idea to StoriesRoc@yahoo.com. Join the conversation: www.facebook.com/Stories-ROC. Visit www. storiesroc.wordpress.com to view past shows. April 20: Hair! Tales of bad haircuts, perming it, straightening it, having it, losing it—and loving it.

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So Many Homelands: Memories of a Daughter of the Armenian Diaspora

April 24, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$6

Rochester author Berdjouhi Esmerian will share selections from her new book SO MANY HOMELANDS, including recollections of her childhood in her Armenian home in Alexandria, Egypt, before and after World War II and other historical events that changed the course of her life. April 24th is Armenian Genocide Memorial Day, held annually to commemorate the victims of the Armenian Genocide of 1915. Esmerian will share her thoughts. Books will be available for sale at front desk.

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Words & Music, Music & Words

April 26, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

An evening of music inspired by poetry, poetry inspired by music – from the Renaissance to the present day, including musical settings of poems, contemporary improvisation (musicians responding in real time to text that is being read), and a few musical haiku. Artists include poet Bart White (Just Poets), saxophonist Nicki Roman, oboist Terry Smith, composer Linda Josephs, and other Ad Hoc Music collaborators.

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Poetry, Potluck, & Pinot

April 28, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Presenting the perennial & popular poetry picnic! A marathon celebration of National Poetry Month, each hour will feature four poets reading their original work. Please join us with a dish or a bottle to pass. Schedule includes: 2:00 - 3:00 Gracen Lynch Jennifer Maloney Charles Banks Martha Treichler 3:00 - 4:00 pm Kitty Jospe Sarah Cedeno Gail Hosking Bill Pruitt 4:00 - 5:00 pm Sarah Freligh Dave Purdy Lu Highsmith 5:00 - 6:00 pm Anastasia Nikolis Alicia Hoffman Matt Kotula

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May 2018

MCC Student Showcase

May 3, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Genesee Reading Series – Ralph Black & Al Abonado

May 8, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Amos Oz at Writers & Books – Member Event

May 10, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Free

Join us for an intimate evening with acclaimed novelist and short-story writer Amos Oz. This event is now full. To be added to a waiting list, call the Front Desk at 585-473-2590 ext 107 and we'll be happy to help you.    Israeli author Amos Oz will be at Writers & Books on Thursday, May 10 for a reading and reception from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.   Oz has published dozens of works, among them 14 novels, five collections of stories…

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Steve Huff Reading: Blissful at Valley Manor

May 23, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Join our lively discussions every other month at Valley Manor with facilitators who teach at Writers & Books. Valley Manor is located at 1570 East Avenue in Rochester.

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June 2018

Bilingual Story Time

June 2, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Grupo Cultural LatinosEn Rochester, Inc. Presents: Bilingual Story Time! Each reading will be followed by a 30 minute activity. There will be movement, sounds, and choral reading. Objectives: cultural, language, and environmental awareness. Location: Writers & Books 740 University Ave, Rochester, NY 14607

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Listening to the Future: An Evening of Prose and Poetry from Area High School Students

June 7, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Writers & Books and Rochester Spoken Word are again co-sponsoring an event on Thursday, June 7, 2018 titled, Listening to the Future: An Evening of Prose and Poetry from Area High School Students.   Tickets are free and can be reserved at https://www.rocspoke.org/events/lttf-2018/.   This is a spoken word event for high-school-age writers who would like the opportunity to read their work aloud to an audience. The goal is to get young writers to feel comfortable sharing their work live and…

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The Ladder Reading Series: The Little Cafe

June 9, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
The Little Cafe, 240 East Ave
Rochester, NY 14604 United States

Henry Padrón, Evelyn D'Agostino, Shirley Bittlingmaier  

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The Ladder Reading Series: Cafe 1872

June 10, 2018 @ 1:00 pm
Cafe 1872, 431 W Main St
Rochester, NY 14608 United States

Symphonie, Shanterra, Chi the Realist, Elliot Powless    

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The Ladder Reading Series: Starry Nites Cafe

June 11, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Starry Nites Cafe, 696 University Ave
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

The Rebel Flower Bomb, Erick Myrtil, Anderson Allen, King Arthur, Jonathan Everitt, Lyric    

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The Ladder Reading Series: Brue Coffee

June 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Brue Coffee, 960 Genesee St
Rochester, NY 14611 United States

Shaq AOR Payne, Andrea Daszkiewicz, Nequa, Rain  

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Genesee Reading Series: Peter Sullivan & Kate Meddaugh

June 12, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$6

Now in its 36th year, the Genesee Reading Series is a smorgasbord for your literary palate. Come every month on the second Tuesday, and by the end of the year, you will have feasted on the work of 24 regional authors (some prominent, some emerging; writers of fiction, poetry, essay, creative nonfiction, memoir). It‰۪s up close and personal in the intimate Performance Space upstairs ‰ÛÒ stay afterwards and talk to the authors while eating cookies.

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The Ladder Reading Series: Phillis Wheatley Library

June 13, 2018 @ 5:30 pm
Phillis Wheatley Library, 33 Dr Samuel McCree Way
Rochester, NY 14608 United States

Leslie C. Youngblood, Alex Sanchez, Charles Benoit    

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The Ladder Reading Series: Three Heads Brewing

June 13, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Three Heads Brewing, 186 Atlantic Ave
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Brian Wood, Chen Chen, Tony Leuzzi  

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The Ladder Reading Series: Lift Bridge

June 14, 2018 @ 4:30 pm
Lift Bridge Bookstore, 45 Main Street,
Brockport, NY 14420 United States

Ralph Black, Alicia Hoffman, William Heyen  

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The Ladder Reading Series: Coffee Connection

June 14, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Coffee Connection, 2271 E. Main Street
Rochester, NY 14620 United States

Kristen Gentry, Sonja Livingston, Selena Cochran    

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The Ladder Reading Series: Boulder Cafe

June 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Boulder Cafe, 100 Alexander St
Rochester, NY 14620 United States

Jeff Spevak, Sarah Freligh, Gary Craig, Sarah Beatly    

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The Ladder Reading Series: Genesee Brewery

June 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Genesee Brewery, 25 Cataract St
Rochester, NY 14605 United States

Stacey Freed, Robin Flanigan, Hinda Mandell, Christine Green, Erica Bryant, Maria Brandt  

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The Ladder Reading Series: Nagle’s Observence

June 15, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
Nagle’s Observance, 45 Euclid St
Rochester, NY 14604 United States

Vince Francone, Gregg Underwood, Kaja Straumanis  

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The Ladder Reading Series: Rochester Contemporary Art Center

June 15, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Rochester Contemporary Art Center, 137 East Ave
Rochester, NY 14604 United States

Anne Panning, Rachel Hall, Sarah Lu, Lu Highsmith, Ariana Highsmith  

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The Ladder Reading Series: The Spirit Room

June 15, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
The Spirit Room, 139 State St
Rochester, NY 14614 United States

Robin Jordan, Poetically Undefined, Emily Rose Kahn-Sheahan, Quentin Campbell, Annette Daniels Taylor, and Jacob Rakovan

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The Ladder Reading Series: Nox

June 15, 2018 @ 9:00 pm
Nox Cocktail Lounge, 302 Goodman St N
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Joe Hall, Christine Kitano, Derek McKown, Mark Falkin  

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The Ladder Reading Series: Barnes & Noble College Town

June 16, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Barnes & Noble College Town, 1305 Mt Hope Ave
Rochester, NY 14620 United States

Delbra Brown, Natasha Marie

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The Ladder Reading Series: The Spirit Room

June 16, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Spirit Room, 139 State St
Rochester, NY 14614 United States

Reception

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The Ladder Reading Series: Nox

June 16, 2018 @ 9:00 pm
Nox Cocktail Lounge, 302 Goodman St N
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Bloomsday

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The Ladder Reading Series: Cheshire

June 17, 2018 @ 1:00 pm
Cheshire, 647 South Ave
Rochester, NY 14620 United States

Renita, Graves, Chry Carr, Lori Burton, Champagne Books, Jeff Minerd, Javi, Evvy Fanning, Scott Seifritz, Steve Eoannou, and Erin Julian    

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Last Mondays Comedy Open Mic

June 25, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

Join us for the Last Mondays Comedy Open Mic in our performance space! Anyone interested gets 5-7 minutes of stage time. Come to perform or just watch. Comics are great but we need an audience too! Suggested donation: $3

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July 2018

Genesee Reading Series: Lu Highsmith & Nick Eckerson

July 10, 2018 @ 7:30 pm

Now in its 36th year, the Genesee Reading Series is a smorgasbord for your literary palate. Come every month on the second Tuesday, and by the end of the year, you will have feasted on the work of 24 regional authors (some prominent, some emerging; writers of fiction, poetry, essay, creative nonfiction, memoir). It's up close and personal in the intimate Performance Space upstairs & stay afterward and talk to the authors while eating cookies. $3 for members, $6 for…

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Bilingual Story Time

July 14, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Grupo Cultural LatinosEn Rochester, Inc. Presents: Bilingual Story Time! Each reading will be followed by a 30-minute activity. There will be movement, sounds, and choral reading. Objectives: cultural, language, and environmental awareness. Location: Writers & Books 740 University Ave, Rochester, NY 14607

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Stories ROC: Great Sport

July 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$10

True, personal stories on a common theme, shared in front of a live audience. Everyone has a story. What’s yours? Send your three-sentence story idea to StoriesRoc@yahoo.com. Join the conversation: www.facebook.com/Stories-ROC. Visit www. storiesroc.wordpress.com to view past shows. July 20: Great Sport: Stories of winning, losing, and everything in between.

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August 2018

Veterans Writing Group

August 4, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Focus of the Veterans Writing Group is creative nonfiction, drawn from the wartime and peacetime experiences of veterans and their family members. Prompts are used to generate original writing. Works are read aloud and workshopped by other participants. The intent of the class is to help vets write about their experiences in their own words for archival, historical, or literary purposes. The National Endowment for the Arts' Operation Homecoming: A Guide for Writers is the source document for this ongoing…

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Bilingual Story Time

August 11, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Grupo Cultural LatinosEn Rochester, Inc. Presents: Bilingual Story Time! Each reading will be followed by a 30 minute activity. There will be movement, sounds, and choral reading. Objectives: cultural, language, and environmental awareness. Location: Writers & Books 740 University Ave, Rochester, NY 14607

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Genesee Reading Series: Jim Whorton & Deborah Green

August 14, 2018 @ 7:30 pm

Now in its 36th year, the Genesee Reading Series is a smorgasbord for your literary palate. Come every month on the second Tuesday, and by the end of the year, you will have feasted on the work of 24 regional authors (some prominent, some emerging; writers of fiction, poetry, essay, creative nonfiction, memoir). It's up close and personal in the intimate Performance Space upstairs. Stay afterwards and talk to the authors while eating cookies. $3 for members, $6 for the…

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I Am Not Famous Anymore: Erin Dorney Reading

August 24, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Erin Dorney's writing has been featured in Day One, Passages North, Bone Bouquet, Juked, Hobart, Paper Darts, The Found Poetry Review, The Pinch, Painted Bride Quarterly, and Birdfeast, among other publications. She is the recipient of grants from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council/McKnight Foundation, Tofte Lake Center/Jerome Foundation, and Spruceton Inn Artist Residency. Her debut collection of poetry, I Am Not Famous Anymore: Poems After Shia LaBeouf, is out now from Mason Jar Press. "When at its best, the…

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September 2018

Veterans Writing Group

September 1, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Focus of the Veterans Writing Group is creative nonfiction, drawn from the wartime and peacetime experiences of veterans and their family members. Prompts are used to generate original writing. Works are read aloud and workshopped by other participants. The intent of the class is to help vets write about their experiences in their own words for archival, historical, or literary purposes. The National Endowment for the Arts' Operation Homecoming: A Guide for Writers is the source document for this ongoing…

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Frederick Douglass in Rochester with John Muller

September 10, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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With the continued recognition of the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial throughout the year join Washington, D.C.-based journalist and historian John Muller for a presentation beyond the common lore and mythology of Dr. Frederick Douglass. John Muller, author of Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia (The History Press, 2012), will share largely unknown and previously unpublished material on the activities, experiences and relationships of Dr. Frederick Douglass and his family in Rochester and Monroe County, New York within the…

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Genesee Reading Series: Bill Pruitt & Charles Banks

September 11, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Now in its 36th year, the Genesee Reading Series is a smorgasbord for your literary palate. Come every month on the second Tuesday, and by the end of the year, you will have feasted on the work of 24 regional authors (some prominent, some emerging; writers of fiction, poetry, essay, creative nonfiction, memoir). It's up close and personal in the intimate Performance Space upstairs. Stay afterwards and talk to the authors while eating cookies. $3 for members, $6 for the…

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October 2018

Genesee Reading Series: Karla Merrifield & William Heyen

October 9, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Rochester, NY United States

Now in its 36th year, the Genesee Reading Series is a smorgasbord for your literary palate. Come every month on the second Tuesday, and by the end of the year, you will have feasted on the work of 24 regional authors (some prominent, some emerging; writers of fiction, poetry, essay, creative nonfiction, memoir). It's up close and personal in the intimate Performance Space upstairs. Stay afterwards and talk to the authors while eating cookies.   William Heyen is Professor of…

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November 2018

Genesee Reading Series: Martin Naparsteck & Sara Kersting

November 13, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Rochester, NY United States

Now in its 36th year, the Genesee Reading Series is a smorgasbord for your literary palate. Come every month on the second Tuesday, and by the end of the year, you will have feasted on the work of 24 regional authors (some prominent, some emerging; writers of fiction, poetry, essay, creative nonfiction, memoir). It's up close and personal in the intimate Performance Space upstairs. Stay afterwards and talk to the authors while eating cookies.   MARTIN NAPARSTECK has published eight…

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December 2018

Genesee Reading Series: David Michael Nixon & Helen Ruggieri

December 11, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Rochester, NY United States

Now in its 36th year, the Genesee Reading Series is a smorgasbord for your literary palate. Come every month on the second Tuesday, and by the end of the year, you will have feasted on the work of 24 regional authors (some prominent, some emerging; writers of fiction, poetry, essay, creative nonfiction, memoir). It's up close and personal in the intimate Performance Space upstairs. Stay afterwards and talk to the authors while eating cookies.     Helen Ruggieri’s work has…

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January 2019

Stories ROC!

January 17, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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True, personal stories on a common theme, shared in front of a live audience.   January 17: Mistakes Were Made: True Confessions, New Year’s Resolutions, and Lessons Learned (eventually). Readers include: Mary Finucane Texting Leah Ruekberg - Easy Money Jennifer Case - Confessions of a Recovering Perfectionist Melissa Pheterson - Career Missteps Deb Serling - Fishing for Trouble Meghan Reno - God’s Unending Grace   February 21: What I Do For Love: Stories of Passionate Work, Passionate Relationships, Parenthood, Grandparenthood   March…

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February 2019

Dystopias on Film: Children of Men

February 16, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:20 pm
The Little Theatre, 240 East Ave
Rochester, NY 14604 United States
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Writers & Books and The Little present Alfonso Cuarón's 2006 modern dystopian masterpiece. A futuristic society faces extinction when the human race loses the ability to reproduce. England has descended into chaos, until an iron-handed warden is brought in to institute martial law. The warden's ability to keep order is threatened when a woman finds that she is pregnant with what would be the first child born in 27 years. $7 general admission/$5 for Writers & Books members. Little membership…

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Stories ROC!

February 21, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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True, personal stories on a common theme, shared in front of a live audience.   February 21: What I Do For Love: Stories of Passionate Work, Passionate Relationships, Parenthood, Grandparenthood - special, FREE ADMISSION!   March 21: "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" Stories of the Joys, Challenges, and Weirdness of Living Near People   April 18: It's a Mystery: Stories of Visions, Visitations, and Voices. Admission – $10   Everyone has a story. What’s yours? Send your three-sentence story idea…

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