Monday, 7 p.m.: BABEL at Betty’s. Book discussion of Richard Blanco’s poetry collection “Directions to the Beach of the Dead” (2005) in preparation for his appearance in the BABEL lecture series Oct. 22. Betty’s Restaurant, 370 Virginia St. $10,.
Tuesday, 7 p.m.: Circleformance Series reading featuring poet Patrick Cornelius and award-winning fiction writer Gary Earl Ross, with a musical performance by Michael Sheffield. Meridian West Gallery, 1209 Hertel Ave. $7.
Tuesday, 8 p.m.: UB Poetics Program presents a reading and performance featuring Swiss pianist and interdisciplinary conceptualist composer Jacques Demierre with University of Lausanne (Switzerland) historian (specialty: history of medicine) and translator Vincent Barras, the author of various books, essays and articles on body theory, medicine, psychiatry, contemporary poetry and music. Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St. (at Mohawk Street).
Wednesday, 5 p.m.: Talking Leaves Book Club discusses Khaled Hosseini’s 2007 novel “A Thousand Splendid Suns.” Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.
Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.: Earth’s Daughters Gray Hair Series reading featuring fiction writer Kim Chinquee and poet and fiction writer Ed Taylor. Chinquee, an associate professor of English at SUNY Buffalo State, is the author of the flash fiction collections “Pistol” (Ravenna Press, 2012), “Pretty” (White Pine Press, 2009), and “Oh Baby” (Ravenna Press, 2008). Taylor, an educator and former arts administrator, is the author of the forthcoming novel “Theo,” and the poetry collections “Idiogest” and “The Rubaiyat of Hazmat” (Blazevox Books). Hallwalls Cinema, 341 Delaware Ave. $5.
Thursday, 7 p.m.: UB Exhibit X Fiction Series reading by Laird Hunt, award-winning author of six books including “The Paris Stories” (Smokeproof Press, 2000), “The Exquisite” (Coffee House Press, 2006), “Ray of the Star” (Coffee House Press, 2009), and “Kind One” (Coffee House Press, a finalist for the 2013 Pen/Faulkner award and the winner of a 2013 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Fiction). Hunt is a professor of creative writing at Denver University and editor of the Denver Quarterly. Hallwalls Cinema, 341 Delaware Ave. (near Tupper Street).
Thursday, 7 p.m.: Medaille College’s The Write Thing Series reading by poet Ethan Paquin. The founder of the literary journal Slope and the nonprofit small press Slope Editions, Paquin is the author of five books of poems including “The Violence” (Ahsahta Press, 2005), runner-up for the 2005 Poetry Society of America William Carlos Williams Award, “My Thieves” (Salt Publishing, 2007), and “Cloud vs. Cloud” (Ahsahta Press, 2013). A former associate professor of Humanities at Medaille, he returned to his native New Hampshire in 2010, where he now teaches at his alma mater, Plymouth State University. The Academic Commons, fourth floor, Main Building, Medaille College, 18 Agassiz Circle.
Thursday, 7 p.m.: Raiders of Niagara Series reading featuring John Cullen, winner of the 2013 Slipstream Chapbook Award, and Dan Sicoli, one of the longtime co-editors of Slipstream magazine. Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.