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Today, 2 p.m.: Writing Process Salon: an expressive writing drop-in group with visual artist, writer and art therapist Pat Pendleton. C.G. Jung Center, 408 Franklin St. $8 to $10. Call 854-7457 for information.

Wednesday, Noon: Talking Leaves Books presents a reading and book signing by Niagara Falls, Ont., native Cathy Marie Buchanan, best-selling author of “The Day the Falls Stood Still” (Hyperion Books, 2009) and “The Painted Girls,” her new novel published by Riverhead Books set in belle époque Paris and inspired by Marie van Goethem, the real-life model for painter Edgar Degas’ “Little Dancer Aged Fourteen.” Buffalo and Erie County Library, Central Branch Auditorium, One Lafayette Square.

Thursday, 7 p.m.: The Write Thing Series reading featuring poet and spoken-word artist Ntare Ali Gault, founder of the Njozi Poets. Academic Commons, fourth floor, Main Hall, Medaille College, 18 Agassiz Circle.

Thursday, 7:30 p.m.: Just Buffalo Literary Center’s fifth Annual Members Writing Contest Awards Night and Reading featuring the presentation of the 2013 Judge’s Award (selected by poet Perry Nicholas, author of four books, including his new collection “Beginnings: Poems to Greece and Back”) and the Audience Award, determined by the vote of those in attendance at the event. Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St. (near Mohawk Street).

Saturday, 2 p.m.: Just Buffalo Literary Center presents “Along This Way: African Storytelling, Music & Games,” an afternoon of African stories, fables, games, drumming, chants and folk songs from storytellers, Karima Amin and Sharon Holley, with percussionist Eddie Nicholson and vocalist Joyce Carolyn. Frank E. Merriweather Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave.