Rochester Reads

During these uncertain times, we’ve had to make some hard decisions. One of these is postponing Rochester Reads beyond our original date of October 2020. We’ll keep you in the loop as we assess available resources and develop a new timeline; we promise the 20th iteration of this beloved legacy program will be exciting, inclusive, and memorable.

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.