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Let’s face it, these days there aren’t very many brick-and-mortar bookstores - let alone ones that focus on children. Our buying habits have changed over the years, leaving independent bookshops with a not-so-happy ending. Some shops have managed to make it, though. One of our favorites is Monkey See, Monkey Do in Clarence. The adorable book store has quite a story to tel…

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The world of literature is famous for the number of thorny, tantalizing and even indecipherable individualists one finds in its ranks. Even so, you’re not likely to find another writer quite like Geoff Dyer. Dyer will appear at 7 p.m. April 28 in Hallwalls, 341 Delaware Ave., to present his soon-to-be-published book “White Sands.” Dyer frequently writes novels but it’s h…

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When Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, 453 Porter Ave., hosts the 10th annual Buffalo Small Press Book Fair on April 9 and 10, it also will be the final one. The event consists of two days in which vendors from small-press publishers and independently owned art businesses hope to sell their latest merchandise. It was started in 2006 by Kevin Thurston and Chris Fritton w…

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Most years, the focus on Irish history and heritage fades soon after March 17. This year is different. Local re-enactments, a parade, panel discussions and educational, musical and cultural events will mark the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising in Dublin and the 150th anniversary of the Fenian Invasion of Canada, which was launched from Black Rock. Along with the us…

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A series of spectacles including poetry readings, lectures and open discussion will be the focus of International Women’s Month continuing through March at El Buen Amigo in a partnership between the Latin American Cultural Association and the Buffalo State Writer’s Network. “What we are doing is celebrating women’s accomplishments [all over the world],” said Rachel Johnso…

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The Buffalo and Erie County Public Library's annual list of the year's most popular books is out. The results: Adult fiction "The Girl on the Train," by Paula Hawkins "Gray Mountain," by John Grisham "Private Vegas," by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro Adult non-fiction "Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania," by Erik Larson "Wall of Snow: The Historic WNY Sno…

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I recently ran into an acquaintance who also reviews books and he asked, “Have you heard of this book ‘Bats of the Republic?’ ” Yeah, I said, I have a copy. “I’m supposed to review it,” he said, shaking his head. “I don’t know what to say about it.” Now that I’ve read it, I’m agreeing. So I’ll spill it and let the reader decide.The first and most arresting thing about it i…

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Former Buffalo Sabres goalie Clint Malarchuk will sign copies of his new book and lead a discussion about his experiences with mental illness on Nov. 6 at Barnes & Noble, 4401 Transit Road in Clarence. The discussion will take place at 5 p.m. and the book signing follows from 6 to 8 p.m. The event, which also will feature six additional Western New York authors, is a …

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In Buffalo, poetry inhabits even our most desolate and abandoned spaces. It echoes from the ceilings of our industrial ruins. It flows like the meandering Buffalo River through the inner harbors of our ghost palaces, resonating out of phase through tens of thousands of tons of concrete, barely audible above the wind soughs, before blending into the vernacular of our city b…

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For the past few years, Max Langer has been telling his family – including his grandfather, Mark Goldman – that when he grows up, he wants to be mayor of Buffalo.Lucky for Max, his grandfather, a local entrepreneur and author, knows Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown.So one day in the fall of 2013, when Max was 6 years old, Goldman contacted Brown to see if the may…

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Chazz Palminteri’s performance of “A Bronx Tale,” scheduled for Saturday at Kleinhans Music Hall has been canceled, it has been announced.Palminteri cited family reasons, said Mike Montoro of BPO Nation, the presenter of the show. The show has not been rescheduled.Ticket holders may receive refunds at the Kleinhans Music Hall box office, or by calling …

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There has been a change in the program of the Silo City Reading Series event scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday in the Perot Elevator (100 Childs St.) in Buffalo’s historic grain elevator district.Award-winning Bengladeshi-American poet Tarfia Faizallah will not be able to appear as originally scheduled, although she is hoping to reschedule at a future Silo City Reading Se…

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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…