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Special Events for Rochester Reads!
Rochester Reads!

In This MomentMaking the Series: In This Moment
Thursday, October 13 | 7:00-8:30 PM
For Adults | Register here

Hear from Amanda Chestnut, curator of the In This Moment chapbook series, as she discusses the inspiration and process behind the creation of the ten-part project that culminated in ten teams of Black writers and photographers profiling ten Black leaders from across the city of Rochester.



Book CoversBook Covers We Love with Art Director Stephen Brayda
Monday, October 24 | 7:00-8:00 PM
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Art Director Stephen Brayda, who works with HarperCollins and who designed the cover of Jason Mott’s Hell of a Book, will discuss how designers work and how the covers that catch your eye and earn your reading time come to be.




Hell of a Book by Jason MottAuthor Visit & Book Signing
Tuesday, November 1 | 7:00-9:30 PM
For Adults | Register here

Rochester Reads, inaugurated in 2001 with Ernest J. Gaines’ award-winning novel A Lesson Before Dying, is an annual city-wide tradition. In 2021, after a year’s hiatus, Writers & Books welcomed Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of the bestselling Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants on October 20 and PPL participated virtually.

This year, Penfield Public Library is pleased to have Jason Mott, author of Hell of a Book and 2021’s National Book Award-winner visit in person! Mr. Mott will present a reading followed by a Q&A period and book signing. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at $14.45. Hell of a Book is at once about family, love of parents and children, art, and money. It is also about the nation’s reckoning with a tragic police shooting over and over again on the news.