Claudia Rankine 10.23.2015

Dinaw Mengestu 11.18.2015

Louise Erdrich 03.10.2016

Karl Ove Knausgård 04.21.2016

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JB40 - Just Buffalo Literary Center

Just Buffalo Literary Center’s acclaimed BABEL series brings four of the world’s most important authors to Buffalo each year, engaging local audiences, attracting guests from across the country and Canada, and creating a global literary conversation right here at home.

The very name of the series is inspired by that ancient tale of a world shattered and confused, people unable to speak to one another. How to explain the inexplicable? This is the gift of great literature: offering us not simple answers, but lasting enigmas that challenge us to speak even when we have no words.

And BABEL is more than a lecture series. For every author, we organize a full spectrum of events, including book discussions led by local experts at Betty’s Restaurant in downtown Buffalo, screenings of film adaptations and documentaries relevant to the selected books, and special events for high school and college students to meet the authors in an intimate setting.

The 2015–2016 Season

BABEL & The Big Read

October 2, 2015

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The Kick-off Celebration

Where:
Grant Street Neighborhood Center
271 Grant Street
Buffalo, NY 14213
Date: October 2, 2015
Time: 6:00 p.m. (more…)

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BABEL @ Betty’s

October 12, 2015

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Book Discussion: Claudia Rankine’s Citizen

Where:
Betty’s Restaurant
370 Virginia Street
Buffalo, NY 14201
Date: October 12, 2015
Time: 7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m. | Doors open at 6:30 p.m. (more…)

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BABEL: Claudia Rankine

October 23, 2015

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Where:
Kleinhans Symphony Hall
3 Symphony Circle
Buffalo, NY 14201
Date: October 23, 2015
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Patron VIP Reception: 7:00 p.m. (more…)

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BABEL & The Big Read

November 7, 2015

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American Migration & Immigration Stories

Where:
Talking Leaves Books
3158 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14214
Date: November 7, 2015
Time: 5:00 p.m. (more…)

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BABEL @ Betty’s

November 9, 2015

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Book Discussion: Dinaw Mengestu’s The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears

Where:
Betty’s Restaurant
370 Virginia Street
Buffalo, NY 14201
Date: November 9, 2015
Time: 7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m. | Doors open at 6:30 p.m. (more…)

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BABEL & The Big Read

November 12, 2015

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Book Discussion (Focus TBD)

Where:
TBD
Date: November 12, 2015
Time: TBD (more…)

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BABEL Community Nights

November 18, 2015

Where:
Karpeles Manuscript Library
453 Porter Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14201
Date: November 18, 2015
Time: 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. (more…)

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BABEL: Dinaw Mengestu

November 18, 2015

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Where:
Kleinhans Symphony Hall
3 Symphony Circle
Buffalo, NY 14201
Date: November 18, 2015
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Patron VIP Reception: 7:00 p.m. (more…)

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BABEL @ Betty’s

February 29, 2016

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Book Discussion: Louise Erdrich’s The Round House

Where:
Betty’s Restaurant
370 Virginia Street
Buffalo, NY 14201
Date: February 29, 2016
Time: 7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m. | Doors open at 6:30 p.m. (more…)

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BABEL Community Nights

March 10, 2016

Where:
Karpeles Manuscript Library
453 Porter Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14201
Date: March 10, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. (more…)

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BABEL: Louise Erdrich

March 10, 2016

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Where:
Kleinhans Symphony Hall
3 Symphony Circle
Buffalo, NY 14201
Date: March 10, 2016
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Patron VIP Reception: 7:00 p.m. (more…)

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BABEL @ Betty’s

April 11, 2016

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Book Discussion: Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle, Book One

Where:
Betty’s Restaurant
370 Virginia Street
Buffalo, NY 14201
Date: April 11, 2016
Time: 7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m. | Doors open at 6:30 p.m. (more…)

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BABEL: Karl Ove Knausgård

April 21, 2016

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Where:
Kleinhans Symphony Hall
3 Symphony Circle
Buffalo, NY 14201
Date: April 21, 2016
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Patron VIP Reception: 7:00 p.m. (more…)

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Buffalo Hosts World-Famous Authors

Just Buffalo has been bringing the world's greatest authors to Western New York since 2007. Find out what you've been missing.

BABEL 2015–2016

Studio - Author Series - Just Buffalo Literary Center
Author Series

STUDIO brings talented writers from Buffalo, Western New York and beyond to the downtown Just Buffalo Writing Center for readings, in-depth discussions and more.

STUDIO Events

Silo City Reading Series 2015 - Just Buffalo Literary Center - Buffalo, NY
Buffalo's Only High-profile Summer Literary Event

This multidisciplinary series includes readings, musical acts and visual art installations from the best of the arts and cultural community from Buffalo and beyond.

Silo City Reading Series

100,000 Poets & Artists for Change
A Buffalo Art Festival

On this one day, over 100,000 poets and artists from around the world gather to promote social, environmental and political change.

100,000 Poets & Artists

Free Tutoring & Workshops

The Just Buffalo Writing Center is dedicated to helping young and emerging writers ages 12–19 cultivate their writing skills.

Upcoming Workshops

Spotlight On Youth - A Buffalo Open Mic - Just Buffalo Literary Center - Buffalo, NY
A Buffalo Open Mic

Just Buffalo's coffee house open mic series gives young people ages 12–21 a chance to share and develop their talents in front of a live and supportive audience.

Spotlight On Youth

Writer's Critique Group
A Just Buffalo Writers Workshop

Led by author and Just Buffalo teaching artist Gary Earl Ross, the Writer’s Critique Group gives local writers an opportunity to share their work with other members of the literary community.

Writer's Critique Group

Just Buffalo's Member Contests
Coming Up: The 8th Annual Poetry & Fiction Writing Contest

The 8th Annual Member's Contest and Reading will take place in February 2016. This year's genre will be fiction. Contest guidelines and more details will be announced in November 2015.

Annual Writing Contests

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A Who’s Who of Literature

Since the BABEL series was founded in 2007, we’ve brought authors from around the world—Pulitzer Prize winners, Man Booker recipients and Nobel laureates—including:

  • Chinua Achebe from Nigeria
  • Marjane Satrapi from Iran
  • Amos Oz from Israel
  • Isabel Allende from Chile
  • Salman Rushdie
  • Zadie Smith
  • Amy Tan
  • Julia Alvarez
  • Nobel laureate V.S. Naipaul