Monday, 4 p.m.: UB Center for Marginalia Talk “Robert Zend: Poet without Borders, Explorer of Imaginary Worlds,” by Camille Martin. Poetry Collection, 420 Capen Hall, University at Buffalo North Campus, Amherst.
Monday, 7:30 p.m.: Wordflight Series reading featuring text, visual and sound poet Michael Basinski, curator of the UB Poetry Collection, with poet, playwright, educator and theater professional Annette Daniels Taylor. Basinski’s most recent book is “Piglittuce” (Propolis Press, 2013). PAUSA Art House, 19 Wadsworth St. $5.
Tuesday, 5 p.m.: Larkin Square Author Series: Writing and Baseball. Writers Michael Joyce and Mick Cochrane talk about their passion for writing and their passion for baseball. Joyce, a Buffalo native who now teaches writing at Vassar College, is the author of the 1979 baseball novel “Going the Distance” (republished by Excelsior Editions, 2013). Cochrane, a Minneapolis/St. Paul native who is the longtime director of the Canisius College creative writing program, is the author of the baseball/young adult novels “The Girl who Threw Butterflies” (Random House, 2009), and “Sport” (University of Minnesota Press, 2003). The Filling Station at Larkin Square, 745 Seneca St.
Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Reading and book signing by Cleveland native Patricia Averbach, former director of the Chautauqua Writers’ Center and author of a debut novel “Painting Bridges” published by Bottom Dog Press. Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.
Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.: The Screening Room Series reading featuring poets Gene Grabiner and Michael Steffen. Additional reading slots available. Northtown Plaza Business Center, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. $2.
Thursday, 7 p.m.: Canisius College Contemporary Writers Series presents a reading by Stephen Kuusisto, author of the memoirs “Planet of the Blind”(1998) and “Eavesdropping: A Memoir of Blindness and Listening” (2006), and two collections of poetry, “Only Bread, Only Light” (2000) and “Letters to Borges” (Copper Canyon Press, 2013). Kuusisto holds a University Professorship in the Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies at Syracuse University. Montante Cultural Center, Canisius College, 2021 Main St.
Friday, 7 p.m.: Brighton Place Series reading featuring poets Jared Schickling, Anne-Adele Wight, and Kate Greenstreet. Brighton Place Library, 999 Brighton Road, Tonawanda.
Friday, 7 p.m.: Autumn Poetry reading featuring John Marvin, Peter Siedlecki, and Ryki Zuckerman. A social hour with refreshments will precede the reading. Immanuel Lutheran Church, 107 Scott St., Tonawanda.
Saturday, 1 to 3 p.m.: Book discussion and book signing with Charity Vogel, a Buffalo News staff reporter and author of “The Angola Horror” (Cornell University Press), a new book that explores the details, consequences and legacy of the derailment of a New York Express passenger train near the high truss bridge over Big Sister Creek in Angola on Dec. 18, 1867. Forty-nine persons perished in the accident and over 150 were injured, spurring many railroad industry reforms in the years that followed. Buffalo History Museum, Elmwood Avenue and Nottingham Terrace. Free.