Sulfur Books, of Main Street Arts, offers literary programming to the Rochester and Finger Lakes Regions


Since its inception on November 30, 2019, Sulfur Books (owned by Main Street Arts, a nonprofit art organization) in Clifton Springs has offered several literary arts activities for the public to engage in.

In addition to the several workshops Sulfur Books offers (like bookbinding, writing classes, and more) that are instructed by paid professionals, the store offers a variety of free programs as well. Between March and April, Sulfur Books will host two “writer’s block” writing groups on March 14 and April 11 at 11:30 a.m. The writing groups are free and open to the public, during which participants will explore the current exhibitions at Main Street Arts for writing inspiration and choose from a selection of writing prompts.

Sulfur Books will also host two poetry/prose open mic events for writers to share their work, aloud. Open mics will occur on March 28 and April 18 at 4p.m.

Book clubs have been integral to their programming from the store’s first months––the next selection in the Book-to-Film club series will be Thomas Pynchon’s “Inherent Vice”––a novel that truly paints Pynchon’s penchant for paranoia, political history, and a fully fleshed out character (who happens to be a stoner and private investigator). This book club will occur on April 25––capping off Sulfur Books’ lively Indie Bookstore Day celebration. At 5p.m. book club participants will discuss the novel and then watch the film adaptation of “Inherent Vice” projected “on the big screen” in the store. From 12–5p.m., Sulfur Books will offer special promotions and giveaways for Indie Bookstore Day. (More information will be announced in the coming weeks.)

In addition to the events mentioned above, Sulfur Books also plans to host off-site book clubs, all-ages readings, and summer programming specifically geared toward children. All of the aforementioned programs are part of ongoing arts programming through Main Street Arts, the parent organization of Sulfur Books.

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