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Paint cans, stepladders and boxed-up accessories were all part of the scene earlier this week as interior designers and everyone else involved in Decorators’ Show House 2017 worked toward the same goal: Preparing the August Feine House for thousands of visitors beginning April 29, when it opens its doors to the public for three weeks. More than 40 area decorators, …

My Life With Bob by Pamela Paul, Henry Holt, 142 pages, $27. It is a confession of no small deficiency to admit that one of the last places on this earth I expected to find conspicuous public whimsy is in the current editor of the New York Times Book Review and, indeed, the Maharini of all New York Times book coverage. But there it is, big as life and just as brazen …

NONFICTION Killings By Calvin Trillin Random House 293 pages, $26 By Gene Warner Calvin Trillin never dwells on the gory details of a killing. He couldn’t care less about the caliber of the gun or the length of the knife blade. If you’re looking for blood and guts or a graphic painting of a murder scene, look elsewhere. That seems odd in a book…

NONFICTION Anatomy of Innocence: Testimonies of the Wrongly Convicted Edited by Laura Caldwell and Leslie S. Klinger Liveright 260 pages, $26.95 By Lee Coppola Audrey Edmunds spent more than 10 years in Wisconsin prisons for a crime she didn't commit. She had been convicted of shaking to death an infant in her care. But she refused to admit her guilt…

NONFICTION It's Up to the Women By Eleanor Roosevelt Nation Books 256 pages, $23 By Stephanie Shapiro Nearly 85 years later, Eleanor Roosevelt's tips for Americans trying to get through the hard times of 1933 hold up fairly well. Many still are practical, despite the differences in our times and hers. Her husband was not yet sworn in for his first ter…

YOUNG ADULT The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas; Balzer and Bray; 444 pages ($17.99) Ages 14 and up. ... This stunning, timely and critically important debut novel tackles tough issues of police violence and racism through the experience of a 16-year-old girl who is the only witness when her childhood friend is killed by a police officer during a traffic stop. Starr Carter …

Mainstream arbiters of culture are suddenly paying attention to lesbian poet Eileen Myles, who has been a significant figure in the poetry scene since the 1970's. The New Yorker published a poem of Myles and a sympathetic write-up in 2015. That same year, the New York Times published a flattering piece with the headline, "The Poet Idolized by a New Generation of Femini…

Research has shown that people diagnosed with prediabetes can make lifestyle changes to reduce their chances of developing Type 2 diabetes. To help those at risk, YMCA Buffalo Niagara next week will start its next session of the National Diabetes Prevention Program at four of its branches. “We’ve seen great results with the Diabetes Prevention Program," said Kelly S…

Mr. and Mrs. R.L. “Lucky” Bartholomew of Caneadea have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. High school sweethearts, Mr. Bartholomew and the former Patricia Miklas were married on April 28, 1967, in Tonawanda. Mr. Batholomew retired from General Motors after 37 years of service and Mrs. Bartholomew retired from Gibraltar Steel. They have two sons and five grandc…

Mr. and Mrs. George Wittek of Buffalo celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a dinner with family in the Italian Village Restaurant in Depew. Mr. Wittek and the former Madeline Seitz were married April 27, 1957, in Visitation Roman Catholic Church in Buffalo. He retired from work as a machinist for Worthington Corp. in Buffalo. They have three children, three grand…

Mr. and Mrs. David Hawk of Lancaster celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary. Mr. Hawk and the former Cathy Laney were married April 21, 1962, in Batavia. He is self-employed. They have four children, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

The Buffalo Spring Sectional Tournament continues today, Saturday, April 22, in the Main-Transit Fire Hall Social Hall, 6777 Main St., Amherst, with pairs games at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. It concludes with Swiss teams at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 23. For info, click this link. * * * The Airport Bridge Club is awarding extra points at all of its games at 11 a.m. from Mond…

Toni Morrison, the last specifically American novelist to win the Nobel Prize, was announced Thursday evening to be the headliner of the 2017-2018 season of Babel, the remarkable literary reading series sponsored by the Just Buffalo Literary Center. Morrison was an Oprah Winfrey show favorite and remains one of the most famous writers in America. She won the Nobel in 19…

Western New York’s walking man is gearing up for a new season of outdoor fitness, starting next week with National Walk at Lunch Day. “Walking is the grand slam of physical activities,” said Philip L. Haberstro, executive director of the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo. Haberstro will lead a walk at noon Wednesday starting and ending at The Buffalo News, …

Imagine getting into shape without a gym. It's a tempting prospect. No annoying music blasting at you. No hassle getting to the gym when the weather's bad. Plus, you get to head home from work or school and work out in your comfy home. You can also just take your phone, loaded with fitness apps, and head to the park, on your own, on a sunny day. Sounds great, r…