Today, 7:30 p.m.: The Jewish Community Book Fair presents "The Sabbath World: Glimpses of a Different Order of Time" with author and journalist Judith Shulevitz. Temple Sinai, 50 Alberta Drive, Amherst. $10, $5 for subscribers.
Thursday, 6:30 p.m.: Tangential Reading Series. Special holiday open reading hosted by Andrea Zysk and George Georgakis, with 20 available sign-up reading slots. New location: Rust Belt Books, 202 Allen St., Buffalo. $2.
Thursday, 7 p.m.: Spit at Spot Coffee, ongoing weekly open reading/spoken word performance series hosted by Brown Sugar. Spot Coffee, 227 Delaware Ave., Buffalo.