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Poetry and Literature Calendar (Aug. 11-17)

Tuesday, 7 p.m.: Circleformance Series reading featuring poets Elaine Chamberlain and Sara Ries, with a musical performance by Michael Sheffield. Additional reading slots available. Meridian West Gallery, 1209 Hertel Ave. $7.

Wednesday, 5:30 P.M.: Main Street Book Club discussion of Nov. 22 Just Buffalo Babel Series author Amy Tan’s novel “The Joy Luck Club” (1989) led by Buffalo State College English professor emeritus Craig Werner. Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.

Thursday, 7 p.m.: “An Evening of Filth and Music” to benefit the Buffalo-based, nonprofit, innovative fiction press Starcherone Books, featuring readings by award-winning authors E.R. Baxter III (“Niagara Digressions” and “Niagara Lost and Found: New and Selected Poems”) and Alissa Nutting (“Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls” and the recently released Harper Collins novel “Tampa”), with Argentinian tango music with La Gata & Moshe Shulman, as well as klezmer music from Ahavaraba. Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, 341 Delaware Ave. $5. Food truck and cash bar available.

Thursday, 7 p.m.: Book signing with counselor and psychologist Darcy Thiel, author of “Bitter and Sweet: a Family’s Journey with Cancer” (Baby Coop Publishing). Rescheduled from July 25. Talking Leaves Books-Elmwood, 951 Elmwood Ave.

Thursday, 7 p.m.: Reading and book signing with Canadian novelist Brad Smith, author of “Shoot the Dog: A Virgil Cain Mystery” (Scribner). Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.

Saturday, 2 p.m.: Reading and book signing with former journalist turned best-selling author Reshonda Tate Billingsley, whose new novel “A Family Affair” was published last month by Gallery Books. Co-sponsored by Talking Leaves Books. Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, Frank Merriweather Branch, 1324 Jefferson Ave.

Saturday, 5 p.m.: Talking Leaves Books reading and book signing with Reshonda Tate Billingsley, author of “A Family Affair” (Gallery Books). 3158 Main St.

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