Monday, 7 p.m.: BABEL at Betty’s book discussion of Amy Tan’s novel “The Joy Luck Club” led by Dorothy Tao in conjunction with Tan’s appearance in the BABEL Lecture Series on Nov. 22 in Buffalo. Tao is an associate librarian at the University of Buffalo, and the collection specialist for the School of Architecture and Planning, as well as the Visual Studies department (Art and Art History) in Lockwood Library. Betty’s Restaurant, 370 Virginia St. $10; $5 Just Buffalo members and/or BABEL Series subscribers.
Monday, 7:30 P.M.: Wordflight Series reading featuring poets Jimmie Margaret Gilliam and Olga Karman. Gilliam, professor emerita of English at Erie Community College-City Campus and a Just Buffalo Literary Legacy Award winner, is the author of the poetry collections “The Rime & Roar of Revolution,” “Ain’t No Bears Out Tonight” (1984) and “Pieces of Bread” (1987). Karman, an award-winning poet and D’Youville College educator, is the author of two books of poetry, “Adios” (Just Buffalo, 1984) and “Border Crossings” (The Buffalo Press, 1990), and the memoir “Scatter My Ashes Over Havana” (Pure Play Press, 2006). PAUSA Art House, 19 Wadsworth St. $5 voucher (can be applied to food or beverage purchase).
Tuesday, 11:30 A.M.: Villa Maria College Reading Series presents “Mark Twain in Buffalo,” a lecture by SUNY Buffalo State English professor emeritus Thomas Reigstad, author of “Scribblin’ for a Livin’: Mark Twain’s Pivotal Period in Buffalo” (Prometheus Books, 2013). Recital Hall, Villa Maria College, 240 Pine Ridge Road, Cheektowaga.
Wednesday, 7:30 P.M.: Earth’s Daughters Gray Hair Series featuring poet Elaine Rollwagen Chamberlain, author of “Pictures from the Bee House” (White Pine Press) and poet, journalist and independent media collaborator Paula Wachowiak, best known for her work with Buffalo-based No Budget Films. Hallwalls Cinema, 341 Delaware Ave. $5.
Wednesday, 7:30 P.M.: Jewish Community Book Fair presents a lecture by David E. Kaufman, author of “Jewhooing the Sixties: American Celebrity and Jewish Identity – Sandy Koufax, Lenny Bruce, Bob Dylan and Barbra Streisand” (Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture, and Life, 2012). Jewish Community Center, Benderson Building, 2640 North Forest Road, Getzville. $12, $6 students.
thursday, 7 p.m.: Brighton Place Series reading featuring poets Kristina Marie Darling and Nava Fader, with fiction writer and filmmaker Brian Mihok. Darling is the author of 15 books, including “Melancholia (An Essay)” (Ravenna Press, 2012), “Petrarchan” (BlazeVOX Books, 2013), and a forthcoming hybrid genre collection called “Fortress” (Sundress Publications, 2014). Fader, a frequent practitioner of the technique known as “false translation,” is author of the full-length books “All the Jawing Jackdaw” (BlazeVOX, 2009) and “Misstep: False Translations from Dante’s Inferno.” Her chapbooks include “Stonesoup,” “The Plath Poems,” “The Rilke Poems,” and “Soot Tear Zest: Poems from Garcia Lorca.” Mihok’s novel “The Quantum Manual of Style” was published earlier this year by Aqueous Books. His fiction and prose has appeared in many publications and he is an associate editor at Sunnyoutside Press and edits Matchbook, “a journal of indeterminate prose.” Brighton Place, 999 Brighton Road, Town of Tonawanda.
Thursday, 7 p.m.: BABEL at the Movies, screening of director Wayne Wang’s 1993 film “The Joy Luck Club” based on the eponymous 1989 novel by Amy Tan. Tan visits Buffalo on Nov. 22 to appear in the BABEL Lecture Series. Market Arcade Film & Arts Centre, 639 Main St. $6.
Friday, 12:30 P.M.: The Visiting Poets Series at St. Bonaventure University presents a Friday Forum talk by poet Tyrone Williams. Williams teaches literature and theory at Xavier University and is the author of five books of poetry, “c.c.” (Krupskaya Books, 2002), “On Spec” (Omnidawn Publishing, 2008), “The Hero Project of the Century” (The Backwaters Press, 2009), “Adventures of Pi” (Dos Madres Press, 2011) and “Howell” (Atelos Books, 2011). The University Club, Hickey Dining Hall, St. Bonaventure University, 3261 West State Road, Olean. $3 (lunch).
Friday, 8 p.m.: University at Buffalo’s annual Oscar A. Silverman Reading featuring Irish-born poet Eamon Grennan. A longtime professor of English at Vassar College until his retirement in 2004, Grennan is the author of 18 books of poetry, translations and essays, including “Out of Sight: New and Collected Poems” (Graywolf Press, 2010), “Matter of Fact” (Graywolf, 2008), and “Still Life with Waterfall” (Graywolf, 2002), winner of the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. Butler Mansion, 672 Delaware Ave. (at North Street).