Today, 1 p.m.: Book signing with Buffalo-based artist Jane Marinsky, author of “Just Perfect” (David R. Godine, Publisher), a new picture book about a family’s search for a new pet that she both wrote and illustrated. Marinsky previously collaborated with her daughter, Leah Marinsky Sharpe to produce “The Goat-Faced Girl” (David R. Godine, 2009), an illustrated retelling of a traditional Italian folktale. Talking Leaves Books, 951 Elmwood Ave.
Tuesday, 7:30 P.M.: Poetry Workshops with Karen Lee Lewis. C.G. Jung Center, 408 Franklin St. $55 to $65. Call 854-7457 for information.
Wednesday, 7:30 P.M.: Just Buffalo Literary Café hosted by Jennifer Campbell and Perry Nicholas. Program features a “one-and-one” open reading, where participants are asked to prepare and read one poem by another poet and one of their own. (Two to three pages of poetry, maximum.) Center for Inquiry, 1310 Sweet Home Road, Amherst.
Thursday, 5 p.m.: Book talk by University at Buffalo Law School professor Irus Braverman, author of “Zooland: The Institution of Captivity” (Stanford University Press). The book takes a critical look at how zoos do what they do, at the changes in zoos and zoo practices over time, at the role of zoos in culture as they have transformed from places created largely for entertainment to globally connected institutions that emphasize care through conservation and education. Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.
Thursday, 7 p.m.: Meeting of Northside Writers, an ongoing writers’ group meeting the first and third Thursdays of each month. Crossroads Lutheran Church, 4640 Main St., Amherst. Call 626-4204 for information.
Thursday, 7:30 P.M.: Jewish Community Book Fair: Reading and book signing with former Buffalonian Edith Rogovin Frankel, author of “Old Lives and New: Soviet Immigrants in Israel and America” (Hamilton Press). In the book, Frankel – a political scientist who has taught at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Dartmouth College, Stanford University, University College London, and elsewhere – examines the “modern exodus” of the late 1970s, when tens of thousands of the Jews who left the Soviet Union settled either in Israel or the United States. Jewish Community Center-Benderson Building, 2640 North Forest Road, Amherst. $6 students) to $12.