Monday, 7 p.m.: BABEL at Betty’s, a book discussion of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel “Americanah” led by Barish Ali, an assistant professor of English at SUNY Buffalo State. Adiche will be the guest of Just Buffalo Literary Center’s BABEL Lecture Series on March 26. 370 Virginia St. Refreshments available. $10, $5 for Just Buffalo members.
Wednesday, 6:15 P.M.: Spotlight on Youth: Open format poetry, spoken word, musical performance, dance and visual arts series for young persons, ages 12 to 21. Call 832-5400 or visit www.justbuffalo.org for information. Just Buffalo Writing Center, second floor, 468 Washington St. (at Mohawk Street).
Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Buffalo Books & Beer, a new reading series curated by Buffalo-based writers Matt Higgins and Brian Castner that pairs national and local nonfiction authors in the relaxed and cozy informal atmosphere of a Buffalo brewery. This month’s featured writers are New York Times editor Clay Risen, author of “American Whiskey, Bourbon & Rye: A Guide to the Nation’s Favorite Spirit,” and Buffalo-band humorist Greg Bauch, author of “Frank’s Date.” Resurgence Brewing Company, 1250 Niagara St.
Wednesday, 7:30 P.M.: The Screening Room Reading Series presents a performance by The Tradition Keepers: Black Story Tellers of Western New York. Additional reading slots available. Northtown Plaza Business Center, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. $2.
Thursday, 7 p.m.: Reading and book signing by Sarah Layden, author of “Trip through Your Wires,” (Engine Books, 2015). Layden is the winner of the Allen and Nirelle Galson Prize for fiction and an AWP Intro Award. A two-time Society of Professional Journalists award winner, she teaches writing at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Marian University and the Indiana Writers Center. Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.
Friday, 6 p.m.: EVERY FUTURE, a multimedia live performance that incorporates poetry, music, projections and dance. The performance is based on “YOU ARE IN NEARLY EVERY FUTURE,” a book-length poem by Noah Falck that attempts to highlight the tension between song and image. Featured readers and performers include Noah Falck, Tommy Nguyen, Jim Abramson, Frank Napolski, Liz Bayan and the interdisciplinary collaborative video, software programming, performance and installation ensemble FLATSITTER, with choreography by Jax Deluca and costumes designed by Tommy Nguyen. Squeaky Wheel & Media Arts Center, 617 Main St. $5.