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Global flavor; Four writers coming to Babel lecture series beginning in October

Four writers from far-flung parts of the globe will come to Buffalo to speak as part of the 2012-13 Babel lecture series.

The list of writers that will appear as part of the popular literature series was announced by Just Buffalo Literary Center, the group that runs the series.

*Russell Banks, a New York State resident, Oct. 18:

Banks, who lives in Saratoga Springs and Keene, is the critically acclaimed author of books on working-class people and small-town residents, including "The Sweet Hereafter," the story of a bus accident set in a fictional town near Lake Placid, and "Cloudsplitter," a work set in the Adirondacks that tells the story of abolitionist John Brown. Banks has won numerous prizes for his work, and served as New York State Author. His works have been adapted into films.

*Nuruddin Farah of Somalia, Nov. 7:

Prize-winning and internationally acclaimed Somalian novelist Farah's works include "From a Crooked Rib," "Territories" and "Yesterday, Tomorrow: Voices from the Somali Diaspora." He lives in Cape Town with his family.

*Alexandra Fuller, of Great Britain and Zimbabwe as well as the United States, March 7, 2013:

A native of England, Fuller moved with her family to Africa when she was 2, and she lived there for many years. Two of her four books, including "Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight" and "Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness," tell colorful stories about her time in the African countryside. Fuller now lives in Wyoming with her husband and children.

*Julia Alvarez of the Dominican Republic, April 3:

A New York native, Dominican-American Alvarez spent much of her childhood in the Dominican Republic, and her writings deal with issues of cultural differences and identity. Alvarez is the author of "In the Time of the Butterflies" and "How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents."

For more information on the Babel series, visit www.justbuffalo.org, or call 832-5400.

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