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Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.: Spotlight on Youth: Open format poetry, spoken word, musical performance, dance, and visual arts series for young persons, ages 12 to 21. Shea's Smith Theatre, 658 Main St.
Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Jarnot Talks Duncan: Talk and book signing with Lisa Jarnot, author of "Robert Duncan: The Ambassador from Venus" (University of California Press), a new biography of the visionary Black Mountain College and San Francisco Renaissance poet. Jarnot, a Buffalo area native and University at Buffalo graduate, is the author of four full-length collections of poetry. City Lights Books will publish her "Selected Poems" in 2013. Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.
Thursday, 7 p.m.: Reading and book signing with David Klein, author of "Clean Break" (Broadway Books), a novel described as a "suspenseful exploration of addiction, marriage, debt and the complexity of starting one's life over." Klein, a Buffalo area native and UB Master of Arts in Creative Writing and English graduate, is also author of "Stash" (Broadway Books), a novel about a minor drug possession episode unraveling a suburban family. Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.
Thursday, 7 p.m.: Tangential Readings, an open format poetry and prose series host by George Georgakis. This month's featured reader is poet Fred Whitehead. Rust Belt Books, 202 Allen St., $2.
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Joint book sale and signing featuring Donald Scheller and Joan Fitzgerald, hosted by the Western New York Artists Group. Art Dialogue Gallery, 1 Linwood Ave.
Saturday, 3 p.m.: Reading, discussion and book signing with novelist David Brown, author of "The Elusive Chauffeur" (Tate Publishing), a new detective novel/murder mystery. Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.