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More than 55 local authors will participate in "Indie Author Day" Saturday at the Buffalo and Erie County Central Library. The event is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square. It is free and open to the public. The program includes national speakers appearing via videoconferencing, discussing book publishing, marketing and other issues. The…

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If you grew up on the pork chop, you are probably nodding your head. But most of us who grew up on "the mainland" never gave a second thought to Grand Island's unique shape and its quirky nickname. Saundra Marcel, a former Grand Island resident and New York City graphic designer, is selling a series of gift items she designed, from hats to tote bags, postcards and mo…

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The world of literature is famous for the number of thorny, tantalizing and even indecipherable individualists one finds in its ranks. Even so, you’re not likely to find another writer quite like Geoff Dyer. Dyer will appear at 7 p.m. April 28 in Hallwalls, 341 Delaware Ave., to present his soon-to-be-published book “White Sands.” Dyer frequently writes novels but it’s h…

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On Dec. 4, a different sort of happy hour will be celebrated at Mohawk Place (47 East Mohawk St.) beginning at 5 p.m.Sara Elizabeth, a vibrant young singer/songwriter who also happens to be a schooled multi-instrumentalist and graduate of the UB Music Department, will perform selections from her own songbook, as well as interpretations of works from her long and variegate…

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Earlier this week, after a few days of catching bonefish in the high tides of the Bahamas, Bob Rich was sitting at a bar with friends.They were celebrating.Rich was writing.“There’s Bob sitting with his iPad,” said his friend, Craig Reagor. “I don’t know what he was writing, but he was writing.”Antisocial? Not at all. To the contrary, people who know the billionaire chairm…

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Officials of the David A. Howe Public Library in Wellsville, which is best known for the Great Wellsville Balloon Rally, are flying high this week as they anticipate a talk Friday by Joyce Carol Oates.The prolific and award-winning author, who grew up on a small farm on Transit Road in the Clarence hamlet of Millersport, will speak on Western and Central New York as the ba…

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Last week, as news of the death of Buffalo-raised activist and author Leslie Feinberg made its way across social media, dozens of Western New Yorkers offered personal reflections on Feinberg’s life and favorite snippets of text. And for a brief time, when “Leslie Feinberg” qualified as a trending topic on Facebook, you could scroll through hundreds of tributes from people…