Reminder: Our First Gala is Only Ten Days Away

Next Friday (October 23rd), we’ll be hosting our first annual Celebration of Open Letter and Rochester. It’s our one and only fundraising event of the year, and is centered around _Rochester Knockings: A Novel of the Fox Sisters by Hubert Haddad and translated from the French by Jennifer Grotz.

The gala will be held at the Historic German House (315 Gregory St., Rochester, NY) from 8pm to 11pm. Tickets are $20 (entrance to the event), $25 (entrance + a book), and $100 (book + V.I.P. reception). You can buy them here.

And even if you can’t attend the event, I hope you’ll consider purchasing a ticket. We’ll be giving these away to students in the area who are interested in literature, but can’t afford the price. Proceeds from this event will make up the bulk of our fundraising money for the year, so the more tickets sold, the better for us . . .

In terms of the event itself, the Fox Sisters Band will play, with two local palm readers as the opening act. (Seriously. And anyone buying a VIP ticket moves to the front of the line.) Jennifer Grotz will say a few words about the book, and there will be a ton of food, lots of drinks, and hopefully some dancing!

Additionally, there will be a silent auction featuring products from a slew of local businesses, including:

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
Café Sasso
Parlour Salon
David Pollot Art
Open Letter Books
JD Wine Cellars
Visual Studies Workshop
Kaija Straumanis
Gods N Gladiators
Little Button Craft & Press
TRU Yoga
Rochester Brainery
Fuego Coffee Roasters
Scratch Bakeshop
. . . and more!

We’d also like to thank all of our sponsors:

Language Intelligence
Visual Studies Workshop
Hart’s Local Grocers
BOA Editions
Lori’s Natural Foods
The Daily Refresher
SPoT Coffee
Boo Poulin Jewelry
Ontario Barn Vineyards

If you like what we do here at Open Letter and Three Percent—everything publishing ten books a year to running the Best Translated Book Awards to working with local students—please help spread the word about this event. The more people we can pack into the space, the better! We want to throw the greatest celebration this city has seen in a while. So come on out!

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