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April 2019

Wednesday Night University: Why We Can Still Build a Thriving Future (& Easy Ways Anyone Can Help)

April 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$10.00

Author Mary DeMocker presents an inspiring talk about how to feel empowered in the fight for a healthy planet. Leave with at least three ways to help change our system – not just our light bulbs – no matter how busy you are. Mary DeMockerhelps people work effectively for a healthy, just, and fun future while deepening family and community bonds. Her new book, The Parents’ Guide to Climate Revolution(foreword by Bill McKibben), is a finalist for the 2019 Oregon Book Awardandhas…

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Wednesday Night University: Creature Features

April 10 @ 7:00 pm
740 University Ave
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$10.00

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein clearly struck a deeply responsive chord in her own day that continues to resonate 200 years later in the popular imagination, due in large part to its film adaptations. This audio-visual presentation examines the body of movies that compose the Universal (1931-1948) and Hammer (1957-1974) cycles of Frankenstein movies that established the conventions and iconography of the genre. Reading Shelley's novel before the session is highly recommended

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Wednesday Night University: The Sense of Place in the Crime Story

April 17 @ 7:00 pm
740 University Ave
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$10.00
Joe Flaherty

Ever since the first acknowledged crime story, Murder in the Rue Morgue, was written by Edgar Allan Poe, no other genre, other than the travel narrative, has been more inextricably grounded in a sense of place. In this talk we will trace the history of the crime story from its geographic roots in England and the U.S. to its current settings in town, ciities, and countries throughout the world. At the conclusion of the talk audience members will receive a…

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Wednesday Night University: Mary Oliver

April 24 @ 7:00 pm
740 University Ave
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$10.00

Join published poet/ prose writer and workshop leader, Patricia Roth Schwartz, for a tribute to the late greatly beloved American poet, Mary Oliver (1934-2019). Schwartz will speak about Oliver's biography, her body of work, aspects of her unique style, and what makes her poetry and prose so compelling to so many: her deep spirituality through her great love of the natural world, plus her exhortation to us to pay attention to what surrounds us every day. Time will be allotted…

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May 2019

Wednesday Night University: African-American Science Fiction

May 8 @ 7:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$10.00

There has been a lot of talk recently about “Afrofuturism,” which applies to fantastic and speculative content in a variety of media: music, film, visual art, as well as literature. This talk addresses the history of writers of African descent engaging with the genres of Science Fiction and Fantasy, including Samuel R. Delany, Octavia E. Butler, Nalo Hopkinson, Nnedi Okorafor, N.K. Jemisin, and more.

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Wednesday Night University: Possible Lives, Past Lives

May 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
740 University Ave
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$10.00

Author Elizabeth Bodien chronicles her past-life regressions in her newest book, Journeys with Fortune: A Tale of Other Lives (Cosmographia, 2019). Trained as a cultural anthropologist, Bodien approaches these windows into possible other lives with curiosity, intelligence, doubt, and renewed openness. We will learn about possible past lives in 1700s Mexico, Ancient Greece, Atlantis, and many other places and times. The author will share what these lives have taught her about her present life's interests, passions, road blocks, and relationships,…

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Wednesday Night University: The Rise of Graphic Novels

May 22 @ 7:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$10.00

Graphic novels are essentially long-format comics and are considered a valid literary art form. They take many shapes but usually demonstrate an often complex narrative within a carefully constructed visual structure, with a concern for strong character development and plot strategies akin to much contemporary prose. Authors/artists working in this form address all manner of serious subjects worthy of study. In this session, we will begin by exploring sequential art from its earliest occurrence to modern fictional and superhero tales…

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Wednesday Night University: Frederick Douglass: The Memory of Place

May 29 @ 7:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$10.00

Some thoughts about placing a monument of a black man on the streets of an American city, even if the man is Frederick Douglass and even if the city Is Rochester, New York.

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August 2019

Books to Film with Jack Garner

August 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$10
Jack Garner

Join film critic Jack Garner for a discussion of film adaptations of books. What does it take to make a successful adaptation of a book? How have things gone diasterously wrong? We'll take a look at the challenges, the pitfalls, and the triumphs.   Jack Garner was chief film critic for the Gannett newspapers and staff film critic at the (Rochester, NY) Democrat and Chronicle for 30 years before he retired in June, 2007. He also continues to write for…

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