Every year, WNY Book Arts Center invites artists, foodies, and book-lovers to design and display books intended to be consumed. Each presentation is to be inspired by literary references, books, or the general form. They are exhibited, documented, and then consumed. Each piece is ranked by local celebrity judges and artist/chefs are awarded with prizes donated from local businesses.
This year marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. He is said to have died on the same date he was born: 23 April. Throughout 2016, all “seven ages of men” will gather to rejoice Shakespeare’s life and works. Peace of the City—the organization annually producing Shakespeare Comes to (716)—will kick off the celebration at their yearly benefit, on Thursday (3/31).
On Friday (3/11), Rust Belt Books (415 Grant Street) will host Lauren Shufran to present a thought-provoking and apt reading, at 8pm. There will be a conversation to follow on: the animal-human, poetics of the body, translation, queering homophobia, and historicizing islamophobia.