For 35 years, Writers and Books has nurtured budding authors. Sonja Livingston is among them, and now she’s being celebrated. For only the second time in its history, Writers and Books selected a memoir by a Rochester native for its month-long event, called “If All of Rochester Reads the Same Book.” The book is Livingston’s collection of personal essays about the lives of women, called “Queen of the Fall.” For the past month, Livingston took part in 18 readings and books signings. “The most rewarding thing is when people come up to me after a reading and say, ‘I really connected with that, I felt like you were talking about my life,'” she says. “And that’s what can happen with writing. When it works it’s great, it’s magic.”
When she’s not in Rochester, Livingston’s in Memphis, teaching creative writing at the University of Memphis.
Livingston grew up in poverty in Rochester, and chronicled that in her first book, “Ghostbread.” “Queen of the Fall is her second book/ The third, “Ladies Night at the Dreamland, was published just this month.
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