Today, 2 p.m.: Buffalo State College’s Writing Major program hosts a reading and launch party for the 2014 edition of Elm Leaves Journal: The Wild Edition, featuring poetry and fiction readings by Greg Lawless, Ed Taylor, Matt Bookin, Gary Percesepe and Barbara Cole. Elm Leaves Journal, edited by BSC English professor Kim Chinquee, now publishes a diverse selection of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and book reviews by authors from both within and outside Buffalo State College community. Campbell Student Union Assembly Hall, Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Ave.
Tuesday, 7 p.m.: Lewiston Arts Café Poetry and Music Series featuring poet E.R. Baxter III and singer, songwriter and guitarist Alison Pipitone. Baxter, a professor emeritus of English at Niagara County Community College, is the author of “Looking for Niagara” (Slipstream Press), “Niagara Lost and Found: New and Selected Poems” (Abyss Publications) and the award-winning creative nonfiction essay collection “Niagara Digressions” (Starcherone Books). Lewiston Opera Hall, 732 Center St. $2.
Tuesday, 7 p.m.: Circleformance Series reading featuring poet George Grace with poet and musician Michael Sheffield. Five additional reading slots available. Meridian West Gallery, 1209 Hertel Ave. $7.
Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Book talk and book signing with Brown University based scholar/historian David Kertzer, author of “The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe” (Random House), a groundbreaking new book based on seven years of research in Vatican and Fascist archives that changes our understanding of the Vatican’s role in the rise of Fascism in Europe. Regis Room, Richard E. Winter Student Center, Canisius College, 80 Hughes Ave.
Thursday, 7 p.m.: Queen City Flash, a flash fiction reading sponsored by Just Buffalo Literary Center and Talking Leaves Books featuring Ted Pelton, Pat Cornelius, Elizabeth Mangano, Chera Thompson, Susan Solomon and Ed Taylor. Just Buffalo Literary Center, Western New York Book Arts Center, second Floor, 468 Washington St. (at Mohawk Street).
Thursday, 7 p.m.: Brighton Place “Art All Over the Place” Series reading featuring poets Fred Whitehead, Marjorie Norris and Paige Melin. Brighton Place Library, 999 Brighton Road, Tonawanda.
Thursday, 7 p.m.: “SOME KINDSA LOVE: Private Writings Made Public,” a themed reading of open letters, love letters, “Dear John” letters, dirty laundry lists, incriminating shopping lists, glowing report cards, scary police reports, heartfelt fan letters, embarrassing job evaluations, intimate social networking correspondence, dreamy dream journals, weird diary excerpts, frisky sexual memoirs, freaky Christmas letters, crazy manifestos, earnest memos to self, and other examples of classified, proprietary, or intimate writings presented in a public context by many of Buffalo’s leading writers and artists. The Ninth Ward at Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave. (near Tupper Street). $5.
Friday, 7 p.m.: Burchfield Penney M &T Second Friday Series reading featuring poet and creative nonfiction writer E.R. Baxter III and poet Perry Nicholas. Auditorium, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Ave.
Saturday, 7 p.m.: Queen City Flash (Part II), a flash fiction reading sponsored by Just Buffalo Literary Center and Talking Leaves Books featuring writers Tammy Sherwood and Gary Earl Ross. Just Buffalo Literary Center, Western New York Book Arts Center, 2nd Floor, 468 Washington St. (at Mohawk Street).