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November 2018

Senior Reading Group

November 13, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Free & open to the public   Hosted by Norm Davis   Share your writing with other seniors in a comfortable atmosphere at Writers & Books.

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Valley Manor Book Discussion

November 14, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Free & open to the public   Join our lively discussions every other month at Valley Manor with facilitators who teach at Writers & Books.   November 14 - The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure Facilitator: Kitty Jospe   Valley Manor is located at 1570 East Ave in Rochester.

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Book Discussion: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

November 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Book discussion of the best-selling novel Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline Free and open to the public This discussion is in advance and support of the author's appearance as Keynote Speaker at Children Awaiting Parents' Heart Gallery Luncheon, Tuesday, November 27. For information on or tickets to the luncheon, see ChildrenAwaitingParents.org or call (585) 232-5110.

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CANCELED: Stories ROC – Grandma’s Kitchen

November 15, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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This event has been canceled. True, personal stories on a common theme, shared in front of a live audience.   November 15 - Graqndma's Kitchen: Stories of Cooking, Eating, Family Dinners, Heartburn, and Other Catastrophes Admission - $10   Everyone has a story. What's yours? Send your three-sentence story idea to StoriesRoc@yahoo.com   Join the conversation on our Facbeook page. Visit our website to view past shows.  

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Last Monday Wide Open Mic

November 26, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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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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December 2018

Veterans Writing Group

December 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 workshop.

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Courage Found Book Launch

December 5, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Rochester, NY United States

Jackie Fisher reads from Courage Found, a middle grade novel about how two girls from different centuries battle against intimidation and unjust accusation.Accused of witchcraft, a colonial girl records the struggle to clear her name in a diary; 240 years later, a girl harassed by Internet bullies, accepts the diary as a gift.

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The Book Thieves: Impressions of Africa by Raymond Roussel

December 6, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Impressions of Africa by Raymond Roussel (& holiday party!) The Book Thieves is a group of young professionals who enjoy eating, drinking, and most importantly, talking about books. We are about as relaxed a YP group as they come, so don’t be intimidated! Bring a dish/snacks/drinks to pass. Come for one book, or join us for the whole season!

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First Friday / Blind Date With a Book / Wide Open Mic

December 7, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Blind Date With A Book / Wide Open Mic Blind Date With a Book: It’s back! We’ll select a variety of books, wrap them in brown paper packaging and write descriptive words on them. Then you pay a dollar and take them home with you! Discounts on gift certificates, gift memberships, and on all the books in the bookstore ($3 paperbacks, $5 hardcovers, and $10 past Rochester Reads books). Writers & Books is proud to participate in First Friday each…

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Senior Reading Group

December 11, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Free & open to the public   Hosted by Norm Davis   Share your writing with other seniors in a comfortable atmosphere at Writers & Books.

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Marjorie Baker Price & Jane Moress Schuster Book Reading

December 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Marjorie Baker Price presents her book Merinda and the Magic Mirror, a story about the power of being able to love and accept ourselves just as we are and break repeated cycles of dependence and abuse.   Jane Moress Schuster, together with shaman Carmen Ramos created Standing in Stillness: A Shaman in the World, which contains interviews with Carmen and with many others that testify to his presence and influence, wisdom, life story, and his humor.   Free & open to the public

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Bertrand Russell Society

December 13, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Free for members / $3 General public   The Bertrand Russell Society was formed shortly after Russell’s death in 1970. This ongoing lecture series promises to enlighten and entertain. Monthly meetings are open to everyone, not just to members of the society.

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Holiday Book Sale & Author Appearances!

December 15, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Writers & Books is hosting a Holiday Book Sale and Book Fair! From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on December 15, enjoy major discounts on used books and meet with local authors. Talk with Rochester authors about their books, which are available for immediate purchase. Participating authors include Steve Huff, Anne Panning, Alex Sanchez, and David Seaburn, so don't miss out! Plus, W&B members can buy $1 paperbacks and $2 hardcovers in our used bookstore and former Rochester Reads books for only…

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Stories ROC – Grandma’s Kitchen

December 20, 2018 @ 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.   December 20 - Grandma's Kitchen: Stories of family dinners, heartburn, and more Admission - $10   Everyone has a story. What's yours? Send your three-sentence story idea to StoriesRoc@yahoo.com   Join the conversation on our Facbeook page. Visit our website to view past shows.  

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January 2019

Stories ROC!

January 17 @ 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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2 Pages/2 Voices

January 22 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Each year, Writers & Books and Geva Theatre Center collaborate to present 2 Pages/2 Voices, an evening of short plays written by area writers and read by area actors.   Rules for submission are simple: Each play is no more than two pages in length and contains no more than two characters. The only other stipulation is that at some point in the play the word “camp” must be included (in reference to this year’s Rochester Reads choice, American War…

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February 2019

Kickoff party for 19th year of “Rochester Reads”

February 1 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Join us on Friday, February 1 to kick off the 19th year of the Rochester Reads program!   Expand the celebration with a Scavenger Hunt as part of First Friday, with prizes.   Visit participating First Friday venues and find a hidden item related to the book (images of the item will be posted on the W&B website and Facebook page and via Twitter on Friday, February 1 at noon).   Bring your found item to W&B by 9:30pm that…

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The Magician’s Cape

February 7 @ 7:00 pm - February 8 @ 8:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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$10

*Limited seating left. Buy tickets online!   Using layered soundscapes, song, and prose, Hnossa's Didrik Soderstrom presents this original adaptation of a Swedish folktale. A wizard and would-be kidnapper tells a story of his defeat at the hands of a dastardly kind child. Hnossa returns to Writers & Books following critically acclaimed performances at the Rochester Fringe.

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Submission Social

February 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Hosted by Nina Alvarez   Sending out your work doesn't have to be lonely! Bring your laptop and your writing and we'll work together and share our insights into the submission process. Light refreshments provided.   Free & open to the public

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Dystopias on Film: Children of Men

February 16 @ 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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Where’s My Hogwarts Letter? Harry Potter for Adults

February 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Remember reading a book in school you actually liked and looked forward to discussing it with your classmates? Well, are you an adult that enjoyed Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, or a dystopian book like The Handmaid's Tale or 1984? Join us for a fun, no pressure book discussion this winter. Bring a dish or drink to pass and come ready to nerd out over topics, themes, and characters with other like-minded adults.   Free for members / $3 GP  …

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Stories ROC!

February 21 @ 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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March 2019

2nd Annual International Women’s Day Reading

March 8 @ 7:00 pm
Rochester, NY United States

Rochester has always been a hotbed of voices calling for equality and women’s rights. It’s only fitting that Rochester writers continue that legacy. Join us as local writers to pay tribute to their favorite women authors by reading from their work. Hosted by Sonja Livingston Line up: Lindsay Herko Kristen Gentry Kristen Gentry is from Louisville, Kentucky and received her MFA from Indiana University. She currently lives in Rochester, NY near SUNY Geneseo where she is an associate professor of…

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Philosophy & Politics in Utopian & Dystopian Literature

March 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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“Philosophy & Politics in Utopian & Dystopian Literature” by Dr. Jeffrey Allen Tucker, from University of Rochester, at Writers & Books - Free. No registration required. For more information email karen@wab.org.     Lecture: “Philosophy & Politics in Utopian & Dystopian Literature.” Jeffrey Allen Tucker is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Rochester. His research and teaching interests include 20th-century American and African American literature and Science Fiction. He is the author of A Sense of Wonder:  Samuel…

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Stories ROC!

March 21 @ 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.   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 to StoriesRoc@yahoo.com   Join the conversation on our Facbeook page. Visit our website to view past shows.

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Trailer Trash: July Westhale Reading

March 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Rochester, NY United States

Trailer Trash, selected for the 2016 Kore Press First Book Award by Robin Coste Lewis, is Oakland poet July Westhale's first collection about the cotton-country of Riverside County, Southern California in the 1980s/90s. A book about poverty, ravaged landscape, and gender, Trailer Trash touches on a fuller, dustier California than Hollywood would have you believe. Take July Westhale's class on March 23!

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Dystopias on Film: Blade Runner Double Feature

March 23 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Little Theatre, 240 East Ave
Rochester, NY 14604 United States
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The Little and Writers & Books travel to the future for a Blade Runner Double Feature. The original theatrical release of Blade Runner at 6 p.m. and Blade Runner 2049 at 8:30 p.m. $9 general admission per film/$7 each as a double feature/$5 each for Writers & Books members. Deals for Little members also apply. (Note: The Double Feature purchase can only be made at The Little box office or business office). Plot: Based on the Philip K. Dick novel,…

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RR Author Visit: Central Library

March 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Central Library, 115 South Ave.
Rochester, NY United States
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Author visit by Omar El Akkad: Reading followed by Q&A and book signing - Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, Kate Gleason Auditorium 115 South Ave.ROCHESTER (sponsored by Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library) Free. No registration required. For more information call (585) 428-8350 or email Susan.Lusignan@libraryweb.org.

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RR Author Visit: Nazareth College

March 27 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Nazareth College, 4245 East Avenue
Rochester, NY United States
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Author visit by Omar El Akkad: Reading followed by Q&A and book signing - Nazareth College Linehan Chapel, Golisano Academic Center, 4245 East Avenue PITTSFORD Free. No registration required. For more information email fgentil7@naz.edu.

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RR Author Visit: Penfield Public Library

March 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Penfield Public Library, 1985 Baird Road
Penfield, NY 14526 United States
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Author visit by Omar El Akkad: Reading followed by Q&A and book signing - *This event will be ASL interpreted Penfield Public Library, 1985 Baird Rd. PENFIELD Free but registration required beginning March 1. To register or for more information call (585) 340-8720.

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RR Author Visit: Wood Library

March 28 @ 10:30 am - 11:45 am
Wood Library, 134 N. Main St.
Canandaigua, NY United States
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Author visit by Omar El Akkad: Reading followed by Q&A and book signing - Wood Library, 134 N. Main St. CANANDAIGUA Free. No registration required. For more information call (585) 394-1381.

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RR Author Visit: FLCC

March 28 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm
Finger Lakes Community College, 3325 Marvin Sands Dr.
Canandaigua, NY United States
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Author visit by Omar El Akkad: Reading followed by Q&A and book signing - Finger Lakes Community College, Stage 14, 3325 Marvin Sands Dr. CANANDAIGUA Free for students/$2 general public. No registration required. For more information call (585) 785-1367 or email curtis.nehringbliss@flcc.edu.

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RR Author Visit: SUNY Geneseo

March 28 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
geneseo, 1 College Cir.
Geneseo, NY United States
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Author visit by Omar El Akkad: Reading followed by Q&A and book signing - SUNY Geneseo, Tower Room, 1 College Cir. GENESEO Free. No registration required. For more information call (585) 245-5591 or email rawlins@geneseo.edu.

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Rochester Oratorio Society presents “Peacemakers Preview

March 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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The Rochester Oratorio Society presents "Peacemakers Preview," Thursday, March 28, 7:00-8:15 P.M. at Writers & Books, 740 University Ave, Rochester, NY 14607. Memorial Art Gallery docent Lucy Durkin will preview the projections she has curated to accompany the music, including iconic images of the authors of the texts in the Oratorio Society's performance of "The Peacemakers" (Friday, April 5, 7:30 P.M. at Hochstein). Choreographer Thomas Warfield discusses his work with the NTID Dancers, to be featured on the program. ROS Artistic Director Eric Townell gives behind-the-scenes details of the…

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RR Author Visit: Greece Public Library

March 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Greece Public Library, 2 Vince Tofany Blvd.
Rochester, NY United States
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Author visit by Omar El Akkad: Reading followed by Q&A and book signing – Greece Public Library, 2 Vince Tofany Blvd.GREECE Free but registration required. For more information or to register call (585) 225-8951 or visit www.greecepubliclibrary.org.

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RR Author Visit: Victor Town Hall

March 29 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Victor Town Hall, 85 E. Main St.
Victor, NY United States
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Author visit by Omar El Akkad: Reading followed by Q&A and book signing – Victor Town Hall, 85 E. Main St. VICTOR (sponsored by Victor Farmington Library) Free and open to the public. For information call (585) 924-2637. Registration encouraged through www.victorfarmingtonlibrary.org.

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RR Author Visit: Monroe Community College

March 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Monroe Community College, 1000 Henrietta Road
Rochester, NY United States
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Author visit by Omar El Akkad: Reading followed by Q&A and book signing – Monroe Community College, R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center, Monroe A and B 1000 Henrietta Road HENRIETTA (parking in Lot M) Free and open to the public. Tickets available at www.monroecctickets.com. For information call (585) 292-2534.

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RR Author Visit: Valley Manor

March 29 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Valley Manor, 1570 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14610 United States
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Author visit by Omar El Akkad: Reading followed by Q&A and book signing – Valley Manor, 1570 East Ave. ROCHESTER Free but registration required. To register or for more information call (585) 770-1956 or email greeves@episcopalseniorlife.org.

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RR Author Visit: St. John Fisher College

March 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
St. John Fisher College, 3690 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Author visit by Omar El Akkad: Reading followed by Q&A and book signing – St. John Fisher College Cleary Auditorium, 3690 East Avenue PITTSFORD Free. No registration required. For more information call (585) 385-8078 or email jrobinson@sjfc.edu.Sat. March 30 10:00am-12:00pm

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April 2019

The Threshing Floor LGBTQ Writing Group

April 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The deep end is fine here, so we don't have to stay in the safe shallows. If you love writing, especially "edgy" stuff, bring it. In all good writing, we benefit from many perspectives, willing to take them in while standing in and speaking from our own truth.

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Listening to the Future

April 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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A literary event for high school students co-hosted by Rochester Spoken Word and Writers & Books. This event will be on Thursday, April 4, this year at Writers & Books. We'll soon be accepting nominations for student readers as well as entries for this year's student-designed T-shirt. Before we do that, however we want to make sure we're reaching as many high school teachers across Monroe County as possible. If you're a high school English/Writing teacher or an Art/Graphic Design…

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First Friday Wide Open Mic

April 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

It's First Friday, so come take a book home or come sit in and WRITE! Every First Friday, we're offering a discount in our bookstore: $3 paperbacks, $5 hardcovers, and $10 past Rochester Reads books. Our entire first floor is also your "writing grounds": bring your laptop or some paper and find a corner to curl up in and work on your writing (free wifi!). Stop in, peruse the bookshelves, enjoy a snack, and stay for Wide Open Mic hosted…

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Veterans’ Writing Group

April 6 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Free and open to any veteran and family members Hosted by Timothy Hansen and Mary Finucane The 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 group is to help vets write about their experiences in their own words for archival, historical, or literary purposes. The National…

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SummerWrite Open House

April 6 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Come join in the fun on this creative and informative day! • Register for summer workshops • Take a mini-creative writing workshop • Play word games • Learn about our scholarship program • Meet some of our teachers • Tour our facilities • Learn about our referral program • Have questions answered about our youth programs • Learn about Writers ROC mentoring program for Rochester city residents: Partnership with School of the Arts Extra support for students planning to audition…

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Words & Music, Music & Words

April 11 @ 7:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$6.00

An evening of music inspired by poetry, poetry inspired by music – from the Renaissance to the present day, presented by Ad Hoc Music. Ad Hoc Music is a flexible musical collaborative that brings together students, professionals, and dedicated community musicians to present creative classical music performances, often in places where this music is not normally heard.

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Craig Morgan Teicher Reading

April 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
740 University Ave
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$3

Craig Morgan Teicher received an MFA from Columbia University in 2005. He is the author of The Trembling Answers (BOA Editions, 2017), winner of the 2018 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, To Keep Love Blurry (BOA Editions, 2012), Brenda Is in the Room and Other Poems (Center for Literary Publishing, 2008), and Cradle Book (BOA Editions, 2010), a collection of stories and fables. Teicher is a literary critic, and his essays and reviews have appeared in numerous publications. He teaches at…

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Last Mondays Comedy Open Mic

April 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Hosted by Kevin Markman   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!

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Poetry, Potluck, & Pinot

April 27 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

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. 2:00 PM Patricia Roth Schwartz Joel Lesses Reilly Hirst Celeste Schantz 3:00 PM Charlie Cote Meagan Downing Jonathan Everitt Kathleen Wakefield 4:00 PM Sarah Collins Brian DiNitto Lindsay Herko Javi Mason 5:00 PM Tony Leuzzi Karen Faris

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Regional Writers Showcase

April 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Geva Theatre Center and Writers & Books are once again collaborating to give regional playwrights the opportunity to bring their works to local audiences. This year's performances will be: April 29, 7:00 pm, The Fielding Stage Something Else, by Maria Brandt May 6, 7:00 pm, The Fielding Stage Free Coffee and Donuts, by Melinda Gros Solitude, by Carolyn Kourofsky Both full-length and one-act plays written by regional playwrights (living now or having lived within the five county-area: Monroe, Livingston, Wayne,…

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May 2019

Veterans’ Writing Group

May 4 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Free and open to any veteran and family members Hosted by Timothy Hansen and Mary Finucane The 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 group is to help vets write about their experiences in their own words for archival, historical, or literary purposes. The National…

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