Rochester Reads

You’re invited to celebrate the program’s 20th anniversary with us in October 2020.  Please check back here in early spring 2020 for an announcement of the next Rochester Reads book. Or sign up for our weekly e-blast, and stay up with all our news!

Launched in 2001 with Ernest Gaines’ A Lesson Before Dying, Rochester Reads is a month-long, one-book program that brings readers together through the shared experience of literature. 

Each year, community members across the greater Rochester region explore a new book through a variety of free events hosted in various venues, including libraries, senior centers, and high schools. Activities culminate with a visit by the author, when public readings, conversations, an in-depth radio interview, and a master class further expand the reading experience beyond the personal into a communal event.