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    It took Min Jin Lee 12 years to write her first book. At age 50, she's only written two -- but her second book, "Pachinko," took the literary world by storm in 2017. It landed on 75 best-of lists and was a finalist for the National Book Award. Lee appears in Just Buffalo Literary Center's acclaimed BABEL series Wednesday at Kleinhans Music Hal…

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In courtrooms, he is known as William Lorenz Jr., attorney. When he appears at local charity events, people call him “Batman.” Lorenz, 32, an attorney with the Amherst law firm HoganWillig, has written a book about his experiences appearing at charity events all over Western New York, dressed as the famous superhero. A portion of the proceeds from every copy of “The …

CHILDREN'S The Lost Girl by Anne Ursu, Drawings by Erin McGuire; Walden Pond Press, 356 pages ($16.99) Ages 8 to 12. ... There is real magic in this sparkling, perfect gem of novel by the author of  "Breadcrumbs" and "The Real Boy" (which was long-listed for the National Book Award). There's a very spooky villain with a talent for magic; there is magic in the obse…

The old assumptions about sex, gender and power that people could have 15 years ago are no longer possible. Everything is different. Toxic male behavior has been outed and razed -- not just a little, but a lot and for any number of reasons (among the least complicated, it dovetails with escalating 21st technology and the corresponding disapp…

CHILDREN'S BIOGRAPHY Never Caught: The Story of Ona Judge, Young Readers Edition by Erica Armstrong Dunbar and Kathleen Van Cleve; Aladdin, 233 pages ($18.99) Ages 9 to 13. ... "Never Caught," a finalist for the National Book Award for Nonfiction, is now available in this fine Young Readers Edition, meaning children can now learn the fascinating story of the young…

GRAPHIC NOVEL New Kid by Jerry Craft; HarperCollins, 256 pages ($12.99) Ages 8 to 12. ... This smart, funny, insightful graphic novel offers a sympathetic and entertaining exploration of "new kid" drama in middle school while training a sharp spotlight on realities of race and class in America, through the experience of a 12-year-old African American boy who leave…

The authors of “He’s Out,” the story of convicted killer Richard Matt and his 2015 breakout from a high-security state prison, will speak and sign books at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at the new North Tonawanda History Museum, 712 Oliver St.. Matt’s daughter, Jamie Scalise, and her co-author, former Buffalo News reporter Bob DiCesare, will be there. The event is free to the public. …

YOUNG ADULT Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer; Page Street Publishing, 589 pages ($17.99) Ages 14 and up. ... This thrilling reimagining of Norwegian fairy tale "East of the Sun, West of the Moon" (with elements borrowed from Scottish ballad "Tam Lin"), set in a vivid landscape inspired by 19th century Siberia, is a beautifully written tale of the power of love – an…

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Former Buffalo Police Cold Case detective Lissa Marie Redmond will host a book launch party for her second novel, "The Murder Book," at 7 p.m. on Feb. 8 at the Blackthorn Restaurant and Pub, 2134 Seneca St. The public is invited, and the event will feature drinks, food and cake. Redmond will also appear at book talks and signings at 7 p.m. on March 5 at the Brighton …

PICTURE BOOK What Is Given From the Heart by Patricia C. McKissack, illustrated by April Harrison; Schwartz & Wade Books ($17.99). Ages 4 to 8. ... This eloquent tale about the joy of giving, of generosity from the heart by the poorest of the poor, acts as a sort of benediction as the final picture book by gifted storyteller Patricia McKissack, who died in 201…

CHILDREN'S The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman; Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin, 187 pages ($16.99) Ages 8 to 12. ... The author of acclaimed novel "A Time to Dance" brings a gritty realism to this  heartrending look at the plight of the homeless children of her native India in this fine novel inspired by true stories of India's homeless children. Fleeing an alcoh…

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The new second-floor library at Jung Center Buffalo on the grounds of Trinity Episcopal Church on Delaware Avenue is a serene space with clean lines, oak wood walls and two stained glass windows. “We hired an architect and a wood craftsman to work together in composing the room,” said Ted Bickford, a member of the Jung Center’s board of directors for 15 years. “Once you…