Today, 1 to 3 p.m.: Book talk and book signing by travel writer Dan Szczesny, a Buffalo native and author of “The Adventures of Buffalo and Tough Cookie” (Bondcliff Books, 2013), a memoir chronicling the trail adventures of the author and his young but ambitious hiking partner during their yearlong quest to reach all the summits on the “52 With a View” New Hampshire mountain list, and his latest book “The Nepal Chronicles” (Hobblebush Books, 2014). Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, 688 Abbott Road.
Wednesday, 7 to 9 p.m.: Reading featuring poet and spoken-word artist Janna Willoughby-Lohr and poet Efrayim Levenson, former Buffalo resident and author of “Book of Sparks: Psalms for a New World” (Waterloo Cottage Press, 2014). Rust Belt Books, 202 Allen St.
Friday, 7 p.m.: Silo City Reading Series featuring poets Tarfia Faizullah and Cheryl Quimba; musician, sound and media artist Jax Deluca; and visual art and sculpture by Dave Derner. Faizullah, a Bangladeshi-American poet who grew up in Midland, Texas, is the Nicholas Delbanco Professor in Poetry at the University of Michigan Helen Zell Writers’ Program. She is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards for her writing, including the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award for her debut collection “Seam” (Southern Illinois University Press, 2014). Quimba is the author of the forthcoming chapbook, “Scattered Trees Grow in Some Tundra” (2014), and her poems have appeared in Dusie, Everyday Genius, 1913, and Phoebe. She is the publicist for Starcherone Books, and a teaching artist at the Just Buffalo Writing Center. Deluca, the executive director at Squeaky Wheel/Buffalo Media Resources, is a multitalented musician, sound artist and songwriter. Derner, whose work has been exhibited at SUNY Buffalo State and the Center for Inquiry, has been voted Buffalo’s Best Sculptor three times by ArtVoice. Perot Elevator, Silo City, 100 Childs St.