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Poetry and Literature Calendar (Jan. 30 to Feb. 5)

Today, 4 p.m.: Poetry and Dinner Night at the Woodlawn Diner, featuring poet Fred Whitehead. Additional reading slots available. 3200 Lake Shore Blvd., Blasdell. $12 (includes dinner). Contact for reservations.


Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.: Just Buffalo Literary Cafe featuring novelist Mick Cochrane with guest appearance by poet/fiction writer Janet McNally. Cochrane, a professor of English and Lowery Writer-in-Residence at Canisius College, where he teaches writing and literature, directs the creative writing program, and coordinates the Contemporary Writers Series, is the author of three novels: "Flesh Wounds" (1999) which was named a finalist in Barnes and Noble's annual Discover Great New Writers competition, "Sport" (2003), and "The Girl Who Threw Butterflies" (2010), a Judy Lopez Memorial Awards Honor Book. McNally, a Canisius College graduate and Notre Dame MFA, was awarded a fellowship in fiction in 2008 by the New York Foundations for the Arts. She teaches creative writing and English at Canisius College and has published in many magazines and journals. Center for Inquiry, 1310 Sweet Home Road, Amherst.


Thursday, 7 p.m.: BABEL Series Extras reading by and talk with Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya, Indian-born author of the new novel "The Storyteller of Marrakesh" (W.W. Norton), a literary mystery "set in a broad, discursive, plausible, and often beguiling presentation of a contemporary Islamic culture little changed by centuries, geopolitics, globalization, or religious enmity." Roy-Bhattachara's first novel, "The Gabriel Club" (1998) was published in eight languages in 16 countries. Book signing sponsored by Talking Leaves Books to follow. Hallwalls Cinema, 341 Delaware Ave. (at Tupper St.), Buffalo.


Friday, 7 p.m.: Book launch for "Katzenjammered," a new novel by Buffalo-based author Norma Kassirer published by BlazeVox Books. Kassirer is the author of the surrealist story collection "The Hidden Wife" (Shuffaloff Books, 1991) and two children's classics, "Magic Elizabeth" (1966) and "The Doll Snatchers" (1969), both published by Viking Press. Book signing to follow. Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St. (near Mohawk St.).

Friday, 7 p.m.: Reading and book signing by Tim Joyce, co-author (with Carl Kozlowski) of "Seize the Day Job" (Razor 7 Publishing), a compilation of humorous advice for the underemployed and those seeking financial independence. Dog Ears Bookstore, 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo.