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Today, noon: Book-signing event with Dianne Sanders Riordan, author of “The Names of My Mothers” (Friesen Press), the story of the relationship forged late in life between the author, who was given up for adoption in 1942, and her birth mother. Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, 688 Abbott Road.

Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.: The Screening Room Series reading featuring poets Jimmie Gilliam and Geri Grossman. Additional reading slots available. Northtown Plaza Business Center, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. $2.

Friday, 6:30 p.m.: Just Buffalo Literary Center Literary Legacy Award presentation and reception for Ishmael Reed, featuring jazz by the Larry Salter Soul Orchestra as well as a performance of representative excerpts from Reed’s extensive body of works by actress Annette Daniels Taylor. Hotel @ The Lafayette, 391 Washington St. $75/$125 couple. Call Just Buffalo at 832-5400 or visit www.justbuffalo.org for reservations.

Friday, 7:30 p.m.: “Wheels of Transformation,” a select group of Buffalo area poets reading their contributions to a forthcoming anthology, “A Celebration of Western New York Poets,” edited by Patricia Tansey, with logo artwork by Michael Morgulis of New Buffalo Graphics. Among those reading include Ann Goldsmith, Karen Lee Lewis, Celeste Lawson, Susan Marie, Gunilla Kester, Kathy Tussing, Jane Sadowski and Geoffrey Gatza. The C.G. Jung Center, 408 Franklin St.