Today, 4 p.m.: Poetry and Dinner Night at the Woodlawn Diner featuring Elaine Chamberlain, author of "Pictures from the Bee House" (White Pine Press). 3200 Lakeshore Road, Blasdell. $12, includes choice of two dinner selections. Call 903-3335 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
Monday, 8 p.m.: Exhibit X Fiction and Prose Series reading featuring Steve McCaffery, Canadian poet-scholar and Gray Chair Professor of Poetry and Letters at the University at Buffalo. McCaffery, author of more than 30 books, will read from his 1984 novel "Panopticon." Hallwalls Cinema, 341 Delaware Ave.
Tuesday, 1 p.m.: "Epistolary Revision," a Small Press in the Archive Series lecture by Julia Bloch. Poetry Collection, 420 Capen Hall, UB North Campus.
Tuesday, 6 p.m.: Talk by Phillip Hoose, author of "Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice" (2009), which won both the National Book Award for Young People's Literature and was a Newbery Honor book, and "We Were There, Too! Young People in U.S. History" (2002). Robert H. Jackson Center, 305 E. Fourth St., Jamestown.
Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.: Appletree Series reading featuring poet Loren Keller. Empire State College, 2875 Union Road, Cheektowaga.
Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: "Literary Lions of Western New York: Hear Them Roar." This week: "Postmodern novelists John Barth (b. 1930) and John Gardner (1933-1982)" with lecturer Michael Harris. Unitarian Universalist Church, 695 Elmwood Ave. $10; call 885-2136.
Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.: Canisius College Contemporary Writers Series presents a reading by Aryn Kyle, author of award-winning debut novel "The God of Animals" (Scribners, 2007) and "Boys and Girls Like You and Me" (Scribners, 2010), a short-story collection. Grupp Fireside Lounge, Canisius College, 80 Hughes Ave.
Wednesday, 8 p.m.: Open reading and spoken word performance night. The Caribbean Experience, 2897 Bailey Ave., Buffalo. $5.
Friday, 8 p.m.: Readings by poets Dale Smith and Noa Hguyen. Smith, a poet, editor and critic, is the author of six books including "Notes No Answer" (Habenicht Press, 2005), "Black Stone" (Effing Press, 2007), and "Susquehanna" (Punch Press, 2008). After studying poetry at New College of California in San Francisco, and completing his Ph.D. at the University of Texas in Austin, he and his wife, the poet Hoa Nguyen, now live in Toronto, where he is a professor at Ryerson University. Born in Vinh Long, near Saigon, in 1967, Nguyen grew up in the Washington, D.C., area and studied poetry at New College of California in San Francisco. She co-edits Skanky Possum, a book imprint and journal, with Smith, and is the author of five books, the most recent of which are "Red Juice" (Effing Press, 2005) and "Hecate Lochia" (Hot Whiskey Press, 2009). Rust Belt Books, 202 Allen St.
Saturday, 7 p.m.: "Meet Bill Press," a talk and book signing with the political commentator, syndicated radio show host, and author of eight books, including the newly released "Obama Hate Machine" published by Thomas Dunne Books. Press is a graduate of Niagara University. Talking Leaves Books, 951 Elmwood Ave.