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Register here: Rochester Reads! Events

[A full calendar of Rochester Reads activities will be posted to this page as they unfold.] 

  • Santee Frazier | October 7, 2021 at 7:30 pm | In conversation with Angelique Stevens — Rochester Academy of Medicine
  • Robin Wall Kimmerer | October 20, 2021 at 12 pm | Reading, Q&A, and Book Signing — at Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County
  • Robin Wall Kimmerer | October 20, 2021 at 7:30 pm | Keynote and Book Signing — SUNY Brockport

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National Book Award Fiction Longlist 2021

National Book Award Nonfiction Longlist 2021

National Book Award Poetry Longlist 2021

National Book Award Translated Literature Longlist 2021

National Book Award Young People's Literature Longlist 2021


30 Leaders in Asian American Literature

Ranging from South Asia to the Pacific Islands, the literary achievements of Asian Americans and Asian immigrants, as with the very experiences they chronicle, are varied, rich, and indispensable to the American literary canon. You’re invited to browse some of our favorites -- including the most recent releases from poet Victoria Chang, novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen, and essayist Cathy Park Hong.

Browse the full list 30 Leaders in Asian American Literature 

LOCAL SPOTLIGHTJaw: Poems, by Albert Abonado

Albert Abonado is a poet and essayist based in Rochester, NY. He holds an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. He has received fellowships for poetry from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and he was a finalist for the Kundiman prize. Albert currently teaches creative writing at SUNY Geneseo and the Rochester Institute for Technology.


This is One Way to Dance: Essays, by Sejal Shah

Sejal Shah's stories and essays have appeared  in The GuardianBrevity, Conjunctions, Guernica, the Kenyon Review Online, Literary Hub, Longreads, and The Rumpus. The recipient of a 2018 NYFA fellowship in fiction, Sejal recently completed a story collection and is at work on a memoir about mental health. She lives in Rochester, New York.


Browse the full list 30 Leaders in Asian American Literature


This Month's Indie Next Picks

Now in Paperback

Black Lives Matter Reading List

5% of sales generated by Ampersand’s Essential Reading: Black Lives Matter is helping build the Readings on Justice collection at Rochester’s Arnett Branch Library. To date, over $200 has been raised. You are encouraged to donate and help grow the fund (select “Other” and write “Arnett Library” in the tribute field). 

Browse our Black Lives Matter reading list


Uketopia!: Adventures in the Ukulele World (Advance Order) (Signed Copy)

SKU: 9781493060993SIGNED
List price: $32.95
Price: $28.00
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