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Lit City: Literary Events

Lit City literary event listings are presented by Just Buffalo (

October 14

Wanda Coleman Poetry Reading and Book Signing. 12:15pm. Los Angeles poet, cultural critic, and activist Wanda Coleman will give a reading and sign copies of her books. Assembly Hall, Campbell Student Union, Buffalo State College.

Michael Martineck Book Signing. 5pm. Grand Island author Michael Martineck signs copies of his new science fiction novel, Cinco de Mayo. Talking Leaves Books, 951 Elmwood Avenue ( / 884-9524).

“POE-etry Jam Coffee House” @ the Library. 6-8pm. A new open mic event! Poetry, short stories, music, theatre, and spoken word material perhaps inspired by the work and legacy of Edgar Allan Poe, subject of the “The Big Read 2010.” Buffalo & Erie County Library, Central Branch, One Lafayette Square (858-8900).

Disability History Month Celebration. 7pm. Featuring readers Lee Hartlieb, Hope Griffey, and Jeremy Pratt. Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main Street ( / 884-9524).

Poet Tom Raworthy. 8pm. Raworthy reads as part of the tribute to the late poet Charles Olson in his centenary year. Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington Street ( / 348-1430).

October 15

Polis Is This: Chalres Olson and the Persistence of Place. 8pm. Screening of the Henry Ferrini film about Charles Olson. Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington Street ( / 348-1430).

October 16

Charles Olson: The Maximus Poems. 11am-4pm. A collective reading of Olson’s 300-poem cycle. Karpeles Manuscript Museum, 453 Porter Avenue.

October 18

Wordflight: POE-A-THON and POEtry Reading. 7pm. Local writers are welcome to read selections of their favorite Edgar Allen Poe short story or poems, along with their own work inspired by Poe. Crane Library, 633 Elmwood Avenue, upstairs.

October 19

Babel: V. S. Naipaul. 8pm. The acclaimed reading series begins its fourth season with Trinidadian author V. S. Naipaul. Kleinhans Music Hall, 71 Symphony Circle. For tickets, call 832-5400 or visit

October 20

Screening Room Third Wednesday Series. 7:30pm. Featured readers are David Lampe and Verneice Turner. Ten, five-minute open mic slots available. The Screening Room, Northtown Plaza, Tonawanda ( / 837-0376).

October 21

Quiche, Kugels and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France. 7:30pm.

Jewish Community Book Fair kicks off with Joan Nathan, whose cookbook encapsulates 2,000 years of Jewish history in France. Temple Beth Tzedek, 621 Getzville Road, Amherst (838-3232)