Today, 4 p.m.: Buffalo Reading Invasion, a monthly summertime flash moblike gathering to celebrate the role of reading, public space and community in our lives. Bring a book, a chair and several friends or family members for an hour of quiet reading in one of Buffalo’s best-loved public spaces. This month’s location, in conjunction with the 21st Century Park on the Outer Harbor Committee: Wilkeson Pointe, 225 Fuhrmann Blvd. Visit buffaloreadinginvasion.com/ for further details.
Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Reading and book signing by Margaret Brabham Thorton, editor of Tennessee Williams’ “Notebooks” and author of “Charleston: A Novel,” published last month by Ecco Press. Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.
Thursday, 7 p.m.: Reading and book signing by M.P. Cooley, author of the debut crime novel “Ice Shear” (William Morrow), set in New York’s Mohawk Valley. Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.
Friday, 7 p.m.: Silo City Reading Series featuring poets Zach Savich and Rachael Katz, with music by Folk Faces, and visual art by Kevin Kline. Savich is the author of the poetry collections “Full Catastrophe Living” (2009), “Annulments” (2010), “The Firestorm” (2011) and the newly released “Century Swept Brutal” (Black Ocean, 2014), as well as a book of prose, “Events Film Cannot Withstand” (2011). His work has received the Iowa Poetry Prize, the Colorado Prize for Poetry and the Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s Open Award, among other honors. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts, he teaches at the University of Arts, in Philadelphia. Katz has taught at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and is currently a teaching artist at the Just Buffalo Writing Center. Her chapbook, “Any Berry You Like,” was recently published by iO Books. The Folk Faces is a Buffalo-based band that plays a blend of blues, ragtime, bluegrass, folk, jazz, punk and rockabilly. Kline’s work shows a concentration in photography and digital media. It has been shown internationally in Beijing and London, as well as New York City. He has a master’s degree in fine arts from the University at Buffalo, and is an instructor of digital photography at the University at Buffalo and at Niagara County Community College. Marine A Elevator, Silo City, 100 Childs St.
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Third Annual Buffalo BookFest, a daylong festival dedicated to printing and the book arts, featuring an artists’ market and a complete schedule of outdoor adult and kid-friendly hands-on demonstrations of the book arts, including letterpress, bookbinding, papermaking, screen printing, sign painting and the always popular steamroller printmaking. Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St. Free and open to the public. Visit wnybookarts.org/events/ for information.