Tuesday, 7 p.m.: Book talk and book signing by Irus Braverman, author of “Wild Life: The Institution of Nature” (Stanford University Press, 2015), a book that takes a deep look at the “wild versus captive” divide in species conservation, and at the complex issue of managing nature in the contemporary world. Braverman, who is a professor of law and adjunct professor of geography at UB, is also the author of the Independent Book Publisher Award bronze medal winning-“Zooland: The Institution of Captivity” (Stanford Law Books, 2012), a much-discussed look at the moral, ethical and practical realities of zoos and zoo culture. Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.
Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Circleformance Series reading featuring poets Jennifer Campbell, Celeste Lawson and Amy Upham. Additional reading slots available. Daily Planet Coffee Co., 1862 Hertel Ave. (at the corner of Parker Avenue). $4.
Friday, 7 p.m.: Fourth Friday Poetry Series reading featuring poet Lisa Wiley, author of “My Daughter Wears Her Evil Eye to School” (The Writer’s Den Press, 2015) and “Chamber Music” (Finishing Line Press, 2013), a chapbook of 21 villanelles. Additional reading slots available. Dog Ears Bookstore, 688 Abbott Road. $4.
Saturday, 5 p.m.: Friends and colleagues of Norma Kassirer (1924-2013), the Buffalo-based writer and artist whose oeuvre ranged from children’s fiction to experimental prose and poetry, and from collage pieces and handmade artist’s books to painted murals, will gather to celebrate the book launch of “Minnows Small as Sixteenth Notes: The Collected Poems of Norma Kassirer,” edited by Ann Goldsmith and Edric Mesmer, and published by BlazeVOX Books. Brighton Place Library, 999 Brighton Road, Tonawanda.