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Poetry & Literature Calendar

Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.: ?The Screening Room Series reading featuring poets Charles Case, Marge Merrill and Marek Parker, with host Loren Keller. Northtown Plaza Business Center, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst, $2.


Thursday, 5:30 to 730 p.m.: Starcherone Books Summer Solstice Celebration and benefit reading featuring Alissa Nutting, debut author of "Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls" (2010), winner of the sixth Starcherone Fiction Prize selected ?by Ben Marcus. Nutting's story "Model's Assistant," from that prize-winning collection, has recently been selected for the next Norton Introduction to Literature anthology. She is assistant professor of Creative Writing at John Carroll University. Indigo Gallery. 74 Allen St. ?$25. Reading and reception to follow.

Thursday, 7 p.m.: Rustling the Leaves: Reading with India-born novelist Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya, author of "The Gabriel Club" (1998), "The Storyteller of Marrakesh" (2011) and his new novel "The Watch" published by Hogarth Press. Inspired by the Greek classical myth of Antigone, "The Watch" is the story of a young Afghan woman mourning the death of her brother, an insurgent killed in battle while trying to overtake an isolated U.S. military base in Kandahar. Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.

Friday, 6 to 9 p.m.: Opening reception for the Western New York Book Arts Collaborative Members' Exhibition. Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Book signing by Shelly A. Manison, author of "Diamond Hero," a new young adult novel from Tate Publishing. Book Nook, 1170 Central Ave., Dunkirk.