Bill Konigsberg will be in the area for the Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival on Saturday

CANANDAIGUA — Nazareth College once again will be hosting the Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival this Saturday.

But award-winning author Bill Konigsberg will make a pit stop at Canandaigua Academy first, where he will meet with three different groups of students in the morning. He also will be visiting schools in East Rochester and the Gananda school districts during his stay.

Konigsberg, who is assistant professor of practice at the Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University, is visiting the high school through the LGBT Giving Circle Grant awarded to the Teen Book Festival. He is author of “Out of Pocket,” which won the Lambda Literary Award in 2009. His “The Porcupine of Truth” received the Stonewall Book Award in 2016.

Konigsberg will also offer a three-hour master class in fiction writing, “Novel Writing Bootcamp,” Thursday night at Writers & Books in Rochester. 

Catherine Lewis, chair of the grant-making committee of the LGBT Giving Circle, said a crucial priority is reaching youths and celebrating the varied culture of the LGBT community. Bringing an author whose work includes LGBT characters and themes to the Teen Book Festival and Writers & Books can help make a real difference in the quality of life for LGBT individuals and the community at large, Lewis said.

Konigsberg worked as a sportswriter and editor for The Associated Press from 2005 to 2008. His front page article, “Sports World Still a Struggle for Gays,” on earned him a GLAAD Media Award in 2002.

There is no admission fee for the Book Festival, which will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the college, 4245 East Ave. in Pittsford, and it is open to the public.

Each spring the Teen Book Festival brings together over 2,000 teens and adults with all kinds of literary tastes. The goals of the festival are to connect teen readers to award-winning authors, enhance students’ reading and literacy skills, and to help youths develop their potential by encouraging interaction between aspiring teen writers and established authors.

The Teen Book Fest opens with a panel including all the authors and then continues with special breakout sessions designed to promote interaction with readers and writers. Teens will also have the chance to attend an autograph session at the conclusion of the festival.

The Giving Circle was established at the Rochester Community Foundation by a group of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and allies. In the sixth year of the grant awards, the Giving Circle distributed $30,000 to 15 nonprofit organizations that are inclusive and support the LGBT community across an eight-county region through a broad array of social service, cultural, and LGBT rights projects.



More details

Information on all the featured authors and the day’s schedule of activities can be found on the Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival website, Books for the festival authors are available at local public or school libraries and for purchase at the event. Special festival T-shirts and other merchandise will be for sale. Meals and snacks can be obtained throughout the day from the Nazareth College food service and several Rochester area food trucks.