Today, 7:30 P.M.: The Screening Room Series reading featuring poet Celeste Lawson, plus a video by Bill Kothe. Additional reading slots available. Northtown Plaza Business Center, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst.
Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Book release celebration for “Noah’s Ark” (BlazeVOX Books), a collaboration between poet Sam Magavern and artist Monica Angle that features 48 new poems by Magavern and 24 watercolors by Angle, inspired by sites along the Missouri River in Nebraska. Magavern will read from the book promptly at 8 p.m. PAUSA Art House, 19 Wadsworth St.
Wednesday, 7:30 P.M.: Just Buffalo Literary Café featuring poets Peter Siedlecki, Teresa Peipins and Gunilla Kester. Center for Inquiry, 1310 Sweet Home Road, Amherst.
Thursday, 8 p.m.: “Bad Neighbors,” a poetry reading featuring Michael Flatt and Rachael Emily Katz. Flatt is currently a Ph.D. student in the UB Poetics Program. His first collection of poems, “Absent Receiver,” was published earlier this year by SpringGun Press. “Chlorosis,” a collaboration with poet-editor Derrick Mund, is forthcoming from Bon Aire Projects next year. Katz has taught at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and is currently a teaching artist at the Just Buffalo Writing Center. She is also developing a program for Western New York children with language-based learning disabilities in conjunction with the University at Buffalo. She is the author of “Any Berry You Like” (iO Books, 2014) and her work has appeared in numerous poetry magazines and journals. Sweetness 7 Café, 220 Grant St.
Friday, 6 p.m.: Talking Leaves Books presents a book talk, brief reading and question-and-answer session with best-selling author and humorist David Sedaris in conjunction with the release of the paperback edition of his most recent essay collection, “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls” by Little, Brown and Company. The talk is a ticketed event limited by space to 125 persons. Tickets are available free of charge to anyone who purchases or orders a David Sedaris book from Talking Leaves between today and Friday. Following the book talk at 7 p.m., Sedaris will sign copies of any of his books. The book signing is free and open to the public. Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St. For additional information, contact Talking Leaves Books at either its Main Street (837-8554) or 951 Elmwood Ave. (884-9524) location.