Today, 1 p.m.: “Mark & Max Meet Public,” Buffalo historian, author, and entrepreneur Mark Goldman and his grandson Max sign copies of their new children’s book collaboration “Max Meets the Mayor” (CrissCross AppleSauce, 2014), illustrated by Elizabeth Leader. Talking Leaves-Elmwood, 951 Elmwood Ave.
Tuesday, 7 p.m.: “An Evening with Marge Piercy,” a reading by the award-winning poet, novelist, memoirist and social activist author of 19 books of poetry including “The Hunger Moon: New and Selected Poems, 1980-2010” (Knopf, 2012) and “Made in Detroit” (forthcoming this month from Knopf) and 17 novels including “Gone To Soldiers” (1987), “Sex Wars” (2005), and the story collection “The Cost of Lunch, Etc.” (PM Press, 2014). Burchfield Penney Art Center, SUNY Buffalo State, 1300 Elmwood Ave.
Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Squeakeasy Film Series presents “Patti Smith: Dream of Life,” an intimate portrayal of the poet, painter, musician and singer’s life presented in conjunction with her Just Buffalo BABEL Series appearance April 17. Squeaky Wheel, Market Arcade Building, 617 Main St. (Street Level), Buffalo. $7, free to Just Buffalo and Squeaky Wheel members.
Wednesday, 7:30 P.M.: Just Buffalo Literary Café featuring poets Joel Lesses, Lynnette Mende and Peter Ramos. Center for Inquiry, 1310 Sweet Home Road, Amherst.
Thursday, 7 p.m.: Raiders of Niagara Series reading featuring poets Marc Pietrzykowski and Lisa Wiley. Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St., Buffalo.
Thursday, 8 p.m.: UB Poetics Program reading by poet Sarah Riggs. Riggs, a poet, translator and visual artist born in New York in 1971 has lived in Paris since 2001. She is the author of “Chain of minuscule decisions in the form of a feeling” (Reality Street Editions), “Waterwork” (Chax Press, USA), and “28 télégrammes and 60 textos” (éditions de l’Attente, tr. Françoise Valéry, France). She is also the author of “Word Sightings: Poetry and Visual Media in Stevens, Bishop and O’Hara” (2002). A member of the bilingual poetry association Double Change and director of Tamaas, an international multicultural foundation, she has taught at Columbia University in Paris, and with Omar Berrada has translated Marie Borel’s Wolftrot (2006). Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St. (near Mohawk), Buffalo.
Friday, 7 p.m.: Museum of disABILITY History presents an evening of readings and presentations by a panel of disabled writers, disability scholars and writers who cover disability. Speaking will be poet and disability scholar Lisa Cunningham; teaching artist and performer Maggie Parks from Spotlight Theater; writer, disability activist and mother Sally Bittner Bonn and Beth Geyer, a disability arts educator, writer and artistic director of Unique Productions. The writers will read from their work and discuss disability literature culture, what it means to them, and how it empowers writers of difference. Museum of disABILITY History, 3826 Main St., Buffalo.
Saturday, 1 p.m.: Museum of disABILITY History presents an “open mic” reading for local and regional disability writers to share their own writing, their own stories and their own contributions to disability culture. Disability writers, poets, novelists, and academics are invited “to share a little piece of themselves to show that normal is no virtue, because normal doesn’t exist.” Museum of disABILITY History, 3826 Main St., Buffalo.