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Saturday, June 28, 20147:00 p.m.Rust Belt Books – 202 Allen StreetFreeIn classic used bookstore fashion, dusty, organized, and crowded Rust Belt Books on Allen Street is a place for discovery. Its narrow aisles feature titles of every genre and helpful staffers to assist in one’s navigation.Occasionally the Allentown business holds poetry readings, dramatic p…

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The poet Maya Angelou, whose work captured the challenges and aspirations of her generation in graceful and sometimes strident language, died Wednesday at 86.Presidents and proles alike embraced Angelou’s personality and poetry, a package deal that for many embodied peculiarly American brand of hope and served as a voice for millions of voiceless people.Reactions to…

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Humorist, best-selling author and National Public Radio "This American Life" essayist David Sedaris will visit Buffalo for a brief book talk and reading, followed by a question-and-answer session, beginning promptly at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 6th at Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main Street in Buffalo. Following the talk, which is a ticketed event and limited to 125…

Buffalo area native Patrick Riedy returns to his hometown as the featured reader at this month’s 4th Friday Poetry Series reading at 7 p.m. May 23. in Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, 688 Abbott Road. Admission is $3, and there will be additional reading slots are available.Reidy is the co-founder and editor of the chapbook publisher PressBoard Press. He is the a…

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A prominent Irish poet whose work should be appealing to a local audience will give the 11th annual Hassett Reading on Thursday in the Montante Cultural Center of Canisius College.Paula Meehan, who was appointed the Ireland Professor of Poetry in 2013, a post equivalent to poet laureate, will speak at 7 p.m. in the center, 2001 Main St. The event, part of the Canisius Coll…

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For a herring seller and former attorney, Mark Russ Federman isn’t a bad writer.And now the retired operator of the venerated “Russ & Daughters” deli on the Lower East Side of Manhattan will visit the Jewish Community Center Book & Arts Fair on Sunday for some stories and some schmoozing.Like the famous Russ & Daughters smoked salmon, which…

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She’s been anointed a princess by the contemporary literary establishment – tattered though it is, like penurious but titled Britons who live off admission fees accrued by their historic homes.And then, she’s been set onto literary celebrity’s red carpet – in the United States admittedly a stardom on the low-end of the scale in terms of brightness, behind that of…

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“My mind’s not right” — so wrote the aristocratic, manic-depressive American poet Robert Lowell, a towering (in all senses – 6 feet 4 inches tall) figure in American letters, in his famous “Skunk Hour.” A Boston Brahmin with anger management issues and genes from Cotton Mather, Lowell won the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award and was an avatar of the int…

Not liking "San Miguel" would be like kicking kittens. T.C. Boyle is one of contemporary American literature's big guns, and "San Miguel" is a heartfelt, meticulous novel imagining the lives of three brave women on one of the least-known and most picturesque parts of the continental United States, during one of American history's liveliest periods, from the 1880s to the en…

Hoyt Lake Swimmer(based on an article in The Buffalo News, 4/1 4/1 2)cars passing or walkers with dogs, or both:somebody saw & phoned, & then Air Onehovered & the black mitts of divers minedunder whitecaps of 43 degree April watertoo dirty for eyes because – man down,man in; "his arms ending at the elbows,"he left clothes & shoes & glasses in bent grass,in underwea…

It's a sight gag you've seen David Letterman, in balmier days, pull off a million times. He'll be doing some bit on his show with mock danger involved -- some experiment by kid scientists, say, or feeding an animal you wouldn't want crawling around your bedroom. And then, suddenly, with a blood-curdling shriek, he'll pull his hand back or pretend to hold some body pa…

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Ingrid Bergman refused to cap her teeth or pluck her eyebrows to satisfy studio heads, but when it came to her craft, she didn't hesitate to chop her hair to play Maria in "For Whom the Bell Tolls." Ava Gardner rebuffed requests to fill in a facial dimple with plastic surgery. Sophia Loren gave a firm "no" when she was told to get a nose job after her first screen test.…

SELECTED ESSAYS By JOHN BERGER PANTHEON 588 PAGES, $35 THE SHAPE OF A POCKET By JOHN BERGER PANTHEON 264 PAGES, $24 "When my father died recently," wrote John Berger in the 1972 essay "Drawn to That Moment," "I did several drawings of him in his coffin, drawings of his face and head." He then immediately tells us an anecdote about the listless life d…