Inaugurated in 2001 with Ernest J. Gaines’ award‐winning novel, A Lesson before Dying, Rochester Reads is an annual city‐wide tradition. With over 25 community‐based activities delivered during the month of October, Rochester Reads inspires readers to deepen self‐understanding, engage thoughtfully with important issues, and connect with one another through the shared experience of literature. The program culminates with a multi‐day visit from the featured Rochester Reads author.
OCTOBER 1 – NOVEMBER 3, 2022
Jason Mott’s 2021 National Book Award‐winning novel, Hell of a Book, is our featured 2022 Rochester Reads selection. Called “brilliant and inventive” by The Sunday Times (UK) and an “unflinching meditation on racism, violence, and navigating life as a Black man in America . . . a surreal and searing triumph” by Shelf Awareness for Readers, Hell of a Book is at once about family, love of parents and children, art and money. It also is about the nation’s reckoning with a tragic police shooting playing over and over again on the news.
“A surrealist feast of imagination that’s brimming with very real horrors, frustrations, and sorrows . . . his is an achievement of American fiction that rises to meet this particular moment with charm, wisdom, and truth.” — BookPage
Bestselling author, National Book Award Winner, Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction Winner, Pushcart Prize nominee, NAACP Image Award nominee, and Carnegie Medals For Excellence Longlist nominee, Jason Mott is the author of two poetry collections: We Call This Thing Between Us Love and “…hide behind me…” and four novels: The Returned, The Wonder of All Things, The Crossing, and Hell Of A Book.
Writers & Books Events with Jason Mott
There are no upcoming events at this time
Program Sponsors as of 8/10/2022:
Nocon & Associates: A private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC
St. John Fisher University
Penfield Public Library
Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library
Community Partner: The Strong National Museum of Play
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