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Three local authors are scheduled to be showcased on upcoming Saturdays at the downtown Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square, the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library announced. Buffalo News staff reporter Mark Sommer will open the library's Homegrown Author series at 2 p.m. Oct. 26 with a discussion of his new book, "Rocky Colavito: Cleveland's Iconic Slugger." A…

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Ted Gioia's "Music: A Subversive History" is one of the most important and welcome books I've encountered in the last decade. If ever there were a book the world sorely needed, it's Gioia's (Basic Books, 514 pages, $35). No one is going to pretend it's the kind of book that has "bestseller" written all over it (unlike Ronan Farrow's book "Catch and Kill"), but Gioia's t…

YOUNG ADULT The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys; Philomel Books, 512 pages ($18.99) Ages 12 and up. This enthralling work of historical fiction casts a sharp spotlight on Spain under the Fascist rule of Francisco Franco, with a particular focus on the suffering of  children and young people whose parents were imprisoned, tortured and executed for their Republica…

YOUNG ADULT SLAY by Brittney Morris; Simon Pulse, 318 pages ($18.99) Ages 12 and up. A safe space for black gamers like herself, a game celebrating black heroes and black culture, a virtual reality without trolls or racist slurs. That's the genius and genesis of SLAY, a multiplayer online role-playing card game created anonymously by a black teenager in this thrillin…

"Susan Sontag was America's last great literary star," writes Benjamin Moser, using a most un-Sontagian word -- "star." She was "a flashback to a time when writers could be more than simply respected or well-regarded, famous. ... Her success was literally spectacular: played out in public view. "Tall, olive-skinned, with strongly traced Picasso eyelids and serene lip…

CHILDREN'S Beverly, Right Here by Kate DiCamillo; Candlewick Press, 241 pages ($16.99) Ages 8 to 12. ... Fierce, stubborn, brave Beverly Louise Tarpinski will steal your heart in this heartbreakingly lovely, perfect gem of a book from the great Kate DiCamillo, the culmination of three books that began with National Book Award-nominated "Raymie Nightingale" and con…

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The redevelopment group that is buying the former Record Theatre complex has signed four retailers as the first tenants for space in the new $6 million mixed-use project. GObike Buffalo and Reddy Bikeshare, Gutter Pop Comics, a new record shop and Fry Baby Donut Co. will occupy more than half of the available commercial space, helping to reactivate the 33,000-square-foo…

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Leave it to Stephen Colbert. No one comes up with better commercial sound bytes than a late-night talk show host who needs to explain why those watching at home need to stay tuned for 10 more minutes and pay attention before bidding the world goodnight. So earlier this week, as he was about to interview Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and …

YOUNG ADULT The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee; G.P. Putnam's Sons, 366 pages ($17.99) Ages 12 and up. ... Stacey Lee, a fourth-generation Chinese American, casts a vivid spotlight on the post-Reconstruction South and the rank injustice and cruelty inflicted on newly freed blacks and on Chinese immigrants in this beautifully written, illuminating novel set in 1890 …

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Nothing like having a front row seat to people's most unorthodox, bizarre, perverted and criminal behavior to find great ideas for your novel. Retired Buffalo police homicide detective Lissa Marie Redmond now has three books published featuring her alter ego, cold case detective Lauren Riley. Readers have several chances this month to meet Redmond, who still lives in Bu…

CHILDREN'S Dead Voices by Katherine Arden; G.P. Putnam's Sons, 256 pages ($16.99) Ages 10 and up. ... The three friends who survived an encounter with menacing scarecrows and the nasty smiling man in "Small Spaces" return for an equally scary adventure in this thrilling, pitch-perfect follow-up, as Katherine Arden once again shows herself to be the master of the h…

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What do you get when you cross a voracious reader-writer, and lover of legend and myth, with a former social worker? In the case of Shannon Traphagen, a series of novels titled “Finding Morgan: A LeFay Trilogy.” Traphagen, of Hamburg, recently released the first book in her series about a young woman who shares a name with the sorceress capable of both good and evil …

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We know the drill by now with Ken Burns. First comes the whopper – a book, usually a big, bountiful and utterly extraordinary illustrated history of America by Burns and a collaborator. If music is involved, there's also likely to be a multi-disc historical anthology of his epic subject. In the case of his "Jazz," series, it became a stunning and irreplaceable revival o…