Today, 2 p.m.: Not Just Words: Art and Poetry with visual artist panel featuring Michael Morgulis, Tim Raymond, Pat Pendleton and poetry by Jane Peat, Elizabeth Glenny and Ronald Pritchett. Artspace Buffalo Gallery, 1219 Main St. $5
Today, 7:30 p.m.: The Screening Room Series reading featuring poet and spoken word artist Josh Smith. Additional reading slots available. Northtown Plaza Business Center, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst.
Monday, 7 p.m.: BABEL Extras: BABEL at Betty’s book discussion of acclaimed Somali author Nuruddin Farah’s 2004 novel “Links” facilitated by Sam Magavern, co-director of the Partnership for the Public Good, and lecturer at the University at Buffalo Law School and the Cornell University ILR School. (Rescheduled from 10/29.) Magavern is author of the much-praised “Primo Levi’s Universe: a Writer’s Journey” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). Refreshments served. Betty’s Restaurant, 370 Virginia St. $10, $5 Just Buffalo members and BABEL subscribers.
Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Not Just Words: Poetry reading with the Women of the Crooked Circle writers’ group featuring Marjorie Norris, Barb Faust, Linda Drajem, Sally Johnson, Kathleen Betsko Yale, Esther Roblin, Caroline Parrinello, Margaret Cusack and Kathy Shoemaker. Artspace Buffalo Gallery, 1219 Main St. $5.
Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.: Just Buffalo Literary Café reading featuring poets Don Mitchell, Ryki Zuckerman and Lynn Ciesielski. Center for Inquiry, 1310 Sweet Home Road, Amherst.
Wednesday, 8 p.m.: Just Buffalo BABEL Series Lecture by the acclaimed Somali author Nuruddin Farah, author of 18 books including “A Naked Needle” (1976), “Maps” (1986), the first book of his “Blood in the Sun” trilogy, and his most recent trilogy which began with “Links” (2004, the BABEL reading selection), and continued with “Knots” (2007) and “Crossbones” (2011). In 1998, Farah was awarded the Neustadt International Prize for Literature. Kleinhans Music Hall, 71 Symphony Circle. $35; subscription package available.
Thursday, 7 p.m.: Not Just Words: Poetry reading featuring Ansie Baird, Sally Fiedler and Ann Goldsmith. Artspace Buffalo Gallery, 1219 Main St. $5.
Thursday, 7 p.m.: UB Exhibit X Fiction Series reading by award-winning English novelist, artist, and critic Tom McCarthy, author of “Remainder” (2005), a debut novel which deals with questions of trauma and repetition, “Men in Space” (2007), set in Central Europe during the collapse of communism, and “C” (2010), a novel set in the early 20th century that explores the relationship between melancholia, violence and the emergent radio technology of the era, as well as the essay collection “Tintin and the Secret of Literature (2006). “Remainder” won the 2008 Believer Book Award and is currently being adapted for cinema by FilmFour Films. Hallwalls Cinema, 341 Delaware Ave. (near Tupper Street).
Friday, 8 p.m.: UB Poetics Program reading by Vancouver-based interdisciplinary artist Donato Mancini, whose work focuses mainly on poetry, bookworks, text-based visual art and cultural criticism. His first two books of procedural and visual writing, “Ligatures” (2005) and “Æthel” (2007) were each nominated for the ReLit Award. Two more books, “Buffet World” and “Fact ‘n’ Value” were published in 2011. Rust Belt Books, 202 Allen St.
Friday, 8 p.m.: Poetry, Music and Burlesque with Individual World Poetry Slam champion Chris August, Buffalo’s own spoken word artists MC Vendetta and 10,000, the Buffalo Burlesque Collective, and local musicians Peter Sorkin, Bourbon & Coffee and BloodThirsty Vegans. The Vault, 702 Main St. (second floor). $5.
Saturday, 7 p.m: “An Evening in November Downtown,” open poetry and prose reading hosted by Mark C. Lloyd, with featured guests “GOODNE$$” and Rochelle M. Garrison. Rust Belt Books, 202 Allen St.
Saturday, 8 p.m.: Just Buffalo BIG NIGHT event featuring poet-critic and literary scholar Ben Friedlander, with artist and video maker Tammy McGovern, singer-songwriter Erin Verhoef, and food creations by BlazeVox Books publisher and gourmet chef Geoffrey Gatza. Friedlander, who received his Ph.D. in poetics at the University at Buffalo and is now assistant professor of English at the University of Maine-Orono, is the author of “The Missing Occasion of Saying Yes: Poems 1984-1994” (Subpress Collective) and “A Knot Is Not a Tangle” (Krupskaya Press, 2000). His critical and scholarly works include “Simulcast: Four Experiments in Criticism” (U of Alabama Press, 2004) and both “Charles Olson’s Collected Prose” (U of California Press, 1997) and “The Selected Poems of Robert Creeley, 1945-2005” (U of California Press, 2005), which he co-edited. Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St. (near Mohawk Street). $5, $4 students, Just Buffalo members, and members of its affiliate organizations.