Monday, 7 p.m.: Canisius Contemporary Writers Series reading by Chris Offutt. Offutt, who has been named one of the 20 best young fiction writers by Granta magazine, is the author of two short-story collections, "Kentucky Straight" and "Out of the Woods"; a novel, "The Good Brother," and two memoirs, "The Same River Twice" and "No Heroes." He was also formerly the executive story editor for HBO's "True Blood" and is currently co-producer and writer for Showtime's "Weeds" and creator and executive producer of "Tough Trade," a new show for the premium cable network Epix. Grupp Fireside Lounge, Richard E. Winter Student Center, Canisius College, 2001 Main St.
Thursday, 7 p.m.: Medaille College's The Write Thing Series reading by graphic novelist Phoebe Gloeckner, the author and/illustrator of "Diary of a Teenage Girl" and other works. The Library at Huber Hall, Medaille College, 18 Agassiz Circle.
Thursday, 7 p.m.: Reading and book signing by Mary Malloy, author "The Wandering Heart," the first book in a planned trilogy based on themes in maritime history. Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.
Friday, 7 p.m.: Fourth Friday Series reading featuring fiction writer, independent publisher (Starcherone Books) and Medaille College professor Ted Pelton, author of "Endorsed by Jack Chapeau," "Bhang," and "Malcolm and Jack (and other famous American criminals)" from his forthcoming novella, "Bartleby, the Sportscaster" (Subito Press). Additional reading slots available. Dog Ears Books, 688 Abbott Road.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Just Buffalo Workshop "Studio How To: Write & Sell Your Book (Fiction/Nonfiction)," led by author Kathryn Radeff. Just Buffalo Literary Center, second floor WNY Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St. (corner Mohawk St.). $60. Call 832-5400 or e-mail email@example.com for registration information and payment.
Poem submissions: The poems printed in the Spotlight section of The Buffalo News are selected by R.D. Pohl. Poetry submissions should be sent to him at: R.D. Pohl, P.O. Box 641, Buffalo, N.Y. 14225. All poems must include author's name, address and Social Security number. Inquiries about the poetry page can be e-mailed to Rdpohl1@aol.com. Poems will not be accepted through e-mail.