Monday, 7 p.m.: BABEL at Betty’s: Book discussion of Suzan Lori-Parks’ “Topdog/Underdog” facilitated by Lindsay Brandon Hunter, assistant professor of theater at the University at Buffalo. Parks will deliver the Just Buffalo BABEL Series lecture March 11 at Kleinhans Music Hall. Betty’s Restaurant, 370 Virginia St. $10, $5 Just Buffalo members
Tuesday, 12:30 P.M.: UB Poetics Program reading by the award-winning Brooklyn/Berlin based German language poet and translator Uljana Wolf. The Poetry Collection, 420 Capen Hall, University at Buffalo North Campus.
Tuesday, 8 p.m.: UB Poetics Program reading by Brooklyn/Berlin-based German language poet and translator Uljana Wolf. Wolf’s books that have been translated into English include “My Cadastre,” translated by Nathaniel Otting (Nor By Press, Northampton, Mass., 2009), “Aliens: An Island,” translated by Monika Zobel (Belladonna Collaborative, Brooklyn, 2011), and “False Friends,” translated by Susan Bernofsky (Ugly Duckling Presse, New York, 2011). Just Buffalo Literary Center, second floor, Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St. w
Wednesday, 7:30 P.M.: Just Buffalo Literary Café featuring five Buffalo-area based women poets: Lynn Ciesielski, Christine Fina, Carrie Gardner, Erika Hendra and Rachel Katz. Center for Inquiry, 1310 Sweet Home Road, Amherst.
Thursday, 9:30 A.M.: Villa Maria College Guest Writer Series poetry reading by Olean-based poet Helen Ruggieri. Her most recent book is “The Kingdom Where Everyone Sings Off Key” (Aldrich Press, 2013). Villa Maria College, 240 Pine Ridge Road, Cheektowaga.
Thursday, 6 p.m.: Dovetail Chapbook Press poetry reading featuring John R.O. Gery and Victoria Brockmeier. Gery, a research professor of English at the University of New Orleans and director of the Ezra Pound Center for Literature in Brunenberg, Italy, will read from his new book “Have at You Now!” His previous books include “Charlemagne: A Song of Gestures” (1983), “The Enemies of Leisure” (1995), “Davenport’s Version” (2003), “A Gallery of Ghosts” (2008), and “Lure” (2012). Brockmeier’s first book of poems, “my maiden cowboy names,” won the 2008 T. S. Eliot Prize and was published by Truman State University Press. She edits the poetry journal Lumn and is at work on two new poetry manuscripts and a critical manuscript, “Apostate, Sing This World Forth: Avant-Mythopoetic Encounters with Doubt, Chaos, and Community.” Sweetness 7 Café, 220 Grant St. (corner Lafayette Avenue).
Thursday, 7 p.m.: UB Exhibit X Fiction and Prose Series reading by Victor LaValle. He is the author of the story collection “Slapboxing with Jesus” (Vintage Books, 1999, winner of the PEN Open Book Award) and three novels, “The Ecstatic” (Crown Publishing, 2002, finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award); “Big Machine” (Spiegel & Grau, 2009, winner of the Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel in 2009, the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence and an American Book Award in 2010); and “The Devil in Silver” (Spiegel & Grau, 2012). LaValle is an assistant professor and the acting director of the Fiction program at the Columbia University School of the Arts. Hallwalls Cinema, 341 Delaware Ave. (near Tupper Street).
Thursday, 7 p.m.: Book talk and book signing by Spencer Morgan, curator of the Steel Plant Museum of Western New York and author of “Western New York Steel,” a pictorial history with a brief narrative overview of the industry’s role in the region just released by Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America Series. Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.