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Poetry and Literature Calendar (Aug. 14 to Aug. 20)

Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.: Book launch for "Anatomy of Nonfiction: Writing True Stories for Children" with authors Margery Facklam and Peggy Thomas. Monkey See, Monkey Do Children's Bookstore, 9060 Main St., Clarence.

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Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Book talk and signing by West Virginia based Reiki master and peace gardener Mary Burkhardt Reed, author of "Healing Point of View." Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St., Buffalo.

Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.: The Screening Room Wednesday Poetry Series featuring Stephanie Haefner and Fred Whitehead. Additional reading slots available. Northtown Plaza Business Center, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. $2.

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Thursday, 7 p.m.: Spit at Spot Coffee, ongoing open format poetry and spoken-word performance series hosted by Brown Sugar. Spot Coffee, 227 Delaware Ave., Buffalo.

Thursday, 7 p.m.: Meeting of Northside Writers Group. First and third Thursdays of each month. Crossroads Lutheran Church, 4640 Main St., Amherst. Call 348-8772 for information.