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You're invited to join Hanif Abdurraqib at Writers & Books on April 15! Click here to learn more.

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You're Invited! Join Hanif Abdurraqib at Writers & Books

Ampersand customers are the best customers! Thank you for supporting us and choosing to shop local. Your patronage means the world to us.

As a special note of appreciation, we invite you to join our virtual members-only salon on Thursday, April 15, 7 pm, when New York Times best-selling author Hanif Abdurraqib discusses his new book of essays, A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance, with City News editor Rebecca Rafferty.

Immediately following, please stay online for our Visiting Authors event at 7:30 pm, an opportunity to hear Hanif read from his Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize-winning collection, A Fortune for Your Disaster, and listen in on his conversation with acclaimed poet Tim Seibles.

Click here to register for A Conversation with Hanif Abdurraqib

Click here to browse Abdurraqib's books

If you have any questions, please contact

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


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


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