Today, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Haiku workshop with Toronto-based meditation teacher John McQuade. Sponsored by the Shambhala Meditation Group of Buffalo, 408 Franklin St. $20. Register atwww.buffaloshambhalameditation.blogspot.com.
Today, 1 p.m.: "Art, Books & Tea" reading and book signing by Lauren Belfer, author of "City of Light" and "A Fierce Radiance" (HarperCollins). Kenan Center House Gallery, 433 Locust St., Lockport. $10 to $45 (book included). Reservations recommended; call 433-2617.
Today, 3 p.m.: "Theatre Bites," an afternoon featuring poet Loren Keller and friends with Odell Northington on upright bass. Additional reading slots available. Buffalo East, 1412 Main St. $3.
Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.: Appletree Open Literary Reading featuring poet Catherine Berry Miklitsch. Additional reading slots available. Sponsored by ECC North and Empire State College, Appletree Mall, 2875 Union Road, Cheektowaga.
Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Reading and book signing by Buffalo native Greg Lamberson, author of "The Frenzy Way," a new horror novel published by Medallion Press. Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.
Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.: Tangential Reading Series at 464 Gallery with special musical guest Jim Wynne. Open reading slots available. 464 Amherst St.
Thursday, 7 p.m.: Spit at Spot Coffee, open reading and spoken word performance series hosted by Brown Sugar; 227 Delaware Ave.