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Award-winning author to pay a visit to 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.

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