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Poetry and Literature Calendar for week of April 24-30

Sunday, 11 a.m.: Reading and Drawing by award-winning children’s book author and illustrator Matt Tavares. His latest book, “Crossing Niagara: The Death-Defying Tightrope Adventures of the Great Blondin” (Candlewick Books), recounts the daredevil Blondin’s feat of walking across the Niagara River at Niagara Falls on a tightrope, 150 years before Nik Wallenda did so in 2012. Talking Leaves Books, 951 Elmwood Ave.

Tuesday, 7 p.m.: SUNY Empire State College Appletree Series open reading featuring poet Robert M. Giannetti. Additional reading slots available. Empire State College, Appletree Business Park, 2875 Union Road, Cheektowaga.

Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Book Launch event for Amber Smith’s novel “The Way I Used to Be” (Margaret K. McElderry Books), the story of a young woman’s struggles to find strength in the aftermath of a sexual assault. Smith, who grew up in Buffalo, graduated from art school with a bachelor’s degree in painting, and later earned her master’s degree in art history. She now lives in Charlotte, N.C., where she works as a curator and freelance art consultant. She has also written on the topics of art history and modern and contemporary art. This is her debut novel. Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.

Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Circleformance Series reading featuring poets Jennifer Campbell and Amol Salunkhe, with Carlos & Michael Mendoza performing on classical guitar. Additional reading slots available. El Buen Amigo & LACA Non-Profit, 114 Elmwood Ave. (near Allen Street). $4.

Thursday, 7 p.m.: University at Buffalo Exhibit X Fiction Series reading by British-born, award-winning novelist, literary critic and nonfiction prose writer Geoff Dyer. He is the author of four novels: “Paris Trance,” “The Search,” “The Colour of Memory” and “Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi”; a critical study of John Berger, “Ways of Telling”; two collections of essays, and six nonfiction, genre-crossing and genre-defying titles. His collection of essays “Otherwise Known as the Human Condition” was published in the U.S. in April 2011 and won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism. His latest book, “White Sands,” will be published in May by Pantheon in the U.S. and Canongate in the U.K. A native of Cheltenham, England, he was educated at the Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and currently lives in Los Angeles, where he is writer-in-residence at the University of Southern California. Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Gallery, 341 Delaware Ave. (near Tupper Street).

Friday, 8 p.m.: Just Buffalo Studio Series reading featuring Edric Mesmer and Maggie Nelson. Mesmer works at the University at Buffalo Poetry Collection, is the collator/publisher of the journal Yellow Field, and is the author of the 2015 Outriders Poetry Project Prize winning collection “Of Monodies and Homophony.” Nelson is the critically acclaimed poet, critic and nonfiction author of books such as “The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning” (W.W. Norton, 2011) , “Bluets” (Wave Books, 2009) and “Jane: A Murder” (Soft Skull, 2005). Her most recent book, “The Argonauts” (Graywolf Press, 2015) is a genre-bending, lyric memoir, a work of “autotheory” offering fresh, fierce and timely thinking about desire, identity and the limitations and possibilities of love and language, including her personal account of falling in love with her partner, the artist Harry Dodge, as well as her journey to and through a pregnancy. Last month, it was awarded the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism. Karpeles Manuscript Library, 453 Porter Ave.