Larkin Square springs to life this month with a book talk with Elinor Lipman hosted by Lauren Belfer, a talk on urban planning by Howard Zemsky and Tim Tielman in advance of June’s Congress for the New Urbanism in Buffalo, and the first Larkin local author celebration, which already has attracted nearly 60 local authors.
On Monday, Lipman, a novelist, essayist, poet and short story writer, will be introduced and interviewed by her friend Lauren Belfer, a Buffalo native and author of the renowned novel “City of Light.”
“We’re excited to welcome Elinor Lipman for her debut in our author series,” said Leslie Zemsky, Larkin Square director of fun. “To have Lauren Belfer appear with her is a wonderful bonus – it was Lauren who first introduced us to Elinor, and when she learned of this appearance, she wanted to come show Elinor around her hometown.”
Lipman’s most recent novel is “The View from Penthouse B.” She also is the author of “The Family Man,” “My Latest Grievance,” “The Pursuit of Alice Thrift,” “The Dearly Departed,” “The Ladies’ Man,” “The Inn at Lake Devine,” “Isabel’s Bed,” “The Way Men Act” and “Then She Found Me.” Her short-story collection is titled “Into Love and Out Again.” She also wrote “I Can’t Complain: (All Too) Personal Essays,” and composed “Tweet Land of Liberty: Irreverent Rhymes from the Political Circus,” by Tweeting a poem a day during the 2012 presidential campaign.
This event will run from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Filling Station, 745 Seneca St. It is part of the continuing Larkin Square Author Series.
Both Lipman and Belfer will sign books from Talking Leaves ... Books; beer, wine and light fare will be available from the Filling Station.
Howard Zemsky and Tim Tielman, who collaborated on the “whimsical design” that has drawn thousands of people to Larkin Square, will appear together from 5 to 6:30 p.m. May 19 as part of the author series. Their discussion of planning in Larkin Square, its surrounding district and the city precedes the national convention of the Congress for the New Urbanism, which will be held from June 4–7 in Buffalo. The Congress promotes “smart growth” and walkable communities.
Zemsky and Tielman will offer an extended question-and-answer session and provide suggestions for further reading on urban planning, with selected titles available for purchase.
“Hosting the 22nd Congress for the New Urbanism is a wonderful opportunity for Buffalo and its many unique places to shine in a national spotlight,” said Leslie Zemsky. “We have plenty of fun planned for the conference’s closing party in Larkin Square on June 7; this is a way to set the tone for the conference and share some of the inspirations behind the square, and Howard and Tim will surely have a lot of laughs in the process.”
Nearly 60 local authors have signed up to sell and sign books on the Larkin Square boardwalk from 5 to 7 p.m. May 21. This one-night festival offers book sales, signings and an opportunity to meet local authors.
Lauren Hall, host of “Winging It! Buffalo Style” on WNLO, will host fast-paced interviews throughout the event.
Confirmed are Christina Abt, Laura Anhalt, Rick Azar, Budd Bailey, Tim Bohen, Joseph Bieron, Kristen Chambers, Jim Charlier, Steve Cichon, Angelo Coniglio, Connie Constantine, Mary Dolce, Mark Donnelly, Eva Doyle, Mike Farrell, Mary Ellen Feron, Marilyn Foote, Mary Ann Giordano, Mark Goldman, Gabriel Gonzalez, John Grandits, Martha Hazen, Mary Herbst, Donna Hoke, William E. Kae, Ed Kilgore, John Koerner, Elizabeth Leader, Raya Lee, Karen Little, Jennifer Longly, Teri Miranda, Paul Moore, Michael Morgulis, Janice Okun, Mark Pogodzinski, Karen Price, Thomas Reigstad, Lisa Reiter, Dianne Riordan, Tom Rivers, Dan Starr, Gary Earl Ross, Erno Rossi, Anthony Rudnicki, Sharon Saraf, Jeff Schober, Liz Schumer, Maria Scrivani, Tim Shannon, Tim Shaw, Jan Sheridan, Bob Skurzewski, Sinead Tyrone, Charity Vogel, Fred Whitehead, Mason Winfield and Maureen Weber.
“We’ve had so much fun welcoming authors and book lovers to Larkin Square through the first two years of our author series,” said Leslie Zemsky. “This author festival is an opportunity to meet, greet and support local authors in a laid-back, outdoor setting.”