Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.: Just Buffalo Literary Cafe: A New Year's reading featuring five women poets. The readers include Martha Deed, Lauren Frank, Joyce Kessel, Maria Sebastian and Verneice Turner. Center for Inquiry, 1310 Sweet Home Road, Amherst.
Thursday, 7 p.m.: Meeting of Northside Writers, an ongoing writers group meeting the first and third Thursdays of each month. Crossroads Lutheran Church, 4640 Main St., Amherst. Call 626-4204 for information.
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.
Saturday, 11 a.m.: Presentation and book signing by Michael McCarthy, author of the historical novel "Flight of the Wretched: A Journey to the New World" (Borealis Press). Erie Canal Discovery Center, 24 Church St., Lockport.