Rochester Reads



Writers & Books is a nationally renowned non-profit literary center located at 740 University Ave., in the heart of Rochester’s Neighborhood of the Arts. In 2001, Writers & Books initiated the Rochester Reads program. The goal of Rochester Reads is to encourage people to connect to others in our community through reading and discussion, and through the shared experience of literature. Each year, Writers & Books selects one book for our community to explore together, leading to an extended residency by the author.

Our past books have included:

During each author’s residency in Rochester, they make a number of appearances at local libraries, schools and universities to read and discuss their work and sign books. They also talk about the writing process in the more intimate setting of a Master Class at Writers & Books. For more information on this year’s events, please check out our website.


All past Rochester Reads books are available for purchase in our bookstore at 740 University Ave.


Presenting Sponsor of the 2017 Rochester Reads:


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