Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Writers & Books founding director Joe Flaherty to retire in 2016

Posted By on Tue, Jun 16, 2015 at 2:10 PM

Writers & Books announced today that Founder and Executive Director Joe Flaherty will retire in June 2016.

Flaherty saw the organization grow from its beginnings as a one-room storefront on South Clinton Avenue in 1981, through its move to its current residence at 740 University Avenue in 1985, and into a thriving literary center that now serves an annual audience of more than 25,000.

"By announcing my retirement a year in advance," Flaherty says, "it provides the opportunity to guarantee the long-term future of the organization by selecting a strong leader to succeed me and putting in place a secure financial foundation."

With the news of Flaherty's retirement came another announcement of the "Writing the Next Chapter Campaign," which has a goal of retiring the organization's debt and creating a permanent fund that will allow for new and expanded programs. Plans include increasing educational scholarships, bringing top writers to Rochester, expanding facilities, and strengthening existing programming.

"It's time for Writers & Books to write its next chapter. I want to make sure the story continues for generations to come," Flaherty says.

For more information, call 473-2590, or visit wab.org.

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