September is a busy month for the popular Larkin Square Author Series, which will kick off its third season Monday in the comfortable surroundings of Larkin Square.
The first author set up to give “a fun twist on a book talk” is hometown playwright Tom Dudzick, author of “Over the Tavern” and “Miracle on South Division Street.” His talk will run from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday in Larkin Square, 745 Seneca St.
The events, which are held inside the Filling Station but move outside to the covered boardwalk if weather allows, are part of a nine-month series that spotlights current and former Buffalo authors or authors who have ties to Western New York.
Writers talk about their books, their inspiration, their current projects, their writing style, Buffalo, and many other topics in the wide-ranging, animated presentations, which are usually followed by question-and-answer sessions and book-signings.
Of all the authors who have spoken during the series, Dudzick’s roots are geographically the closest to Larkinville. His family lived upstairs from the tavern operated by his father, Big Joe Dudzick, once located across the street from what is now Larkin Square. “Over the Tavern” was inspired by his upbringing there, while “Miracle on South Division Street” was inspired by the shrine a few blocks east of Larkin Square.
As well as speaking, Dudzick will perform an original song inspired by Buffalo. “Over the Tavern” will be staged in the Kavinoky Theater from Friday until Oct. 5.
The series continues with a lunchtime talk on Sept. 16 by Dr. Mike Roizen, co-author of the New York Times bestselling “You” series with Dr. Mehmet Oz. Roizen, who attended Nichols School, will speak from noon until 1 p.m. Roizen will sign books sold by Talking Leaves, and lunch and beverages will be offered for purchase from the Larkin Grill, The Filling Station and Whole Hog Food Truck.
The final September event will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 22, with a talk by Laura Pedersen, author of “Buffalo Gal” and “Buffalo Unbound.”
Pedersen’s talk will be followed by the Buffalo Reading Invasion get-together in the square from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Buffalo Reading Invasion, which has a website at buffaloreadinginvasion.com, is a group of people who gather for “a celebration of our city’s love of reading, our beautiful public spaces, and our spirit of community and gathering.”
Each event is free. Books will be available for purchase from Talking Leaves, along with beer, wine and light fare from The Filling Station.