Our Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

As a precaution to help limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and care for our community, Just Buffalo Literary Center has postponed a number of events, and we will follow the guidance of Buffalo Public Schools in terms of Just Buffalo Writing Center programming.

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The Silo City Reading Series continued on July 22, 2023 on a beautiful night at the grain silos. Poets Ana Božičević and Sean Thomas Dougherty shared their work with a musical performance by the band Wild Pink who performed a stripped down set during the reading and a full band show at Duende afterwards with a moving projection installation by the artist Mizin Shin.

On March 30, 2023, Anthony Doerr wowed the BABEL audience with his humor, expansive knowledge & inspiring perspective. His kindness & radiating warmth touched us all from the students at the JBWC to the very last fan in the book signing line. Thank you to everyone who came out to Kleinhans & our at-home viewers, too. The BABEL magic is because of all of you. Photographs by Pat Cray and Nancy J. Parisi

We can’t wait to welcome you on Thursday, March 30th, for Just Buffalo Literary Center’s BABEL series featuring Anthony Doerr. Below, you’ll find FAQs for the event—whether you plan to attend in-person or virtually.

On November 11, 2022 the BABEL season continued at Kleinhans Music Hall with the brilliant author & journalist Omar El Akkad. Thank you to everyone who came out and made the evening so special. Big thank you to El Akkad who left us in awe over the powerful and unsettling stories he shared of the human experience. Photographs by Pat Cray and Nancy J. Parisi

Omar El Akkad is an Egyptian-born author and journalist. He has reported on current events in places all over the world, including Guantanamo Bay and Afghanistan. This Thursday, November 10th, he will be participating in the BABEL author series at Kleinhans Music Hall. His featured book, What Strange Paradise, tells the story of 9-year-old Amir, an immigrant boy who washed up on a small island after the overcrowded ship he left home on tragically sank. Through his novel, El Akkad depicts the unfortunate harshness of the immigrant process, and the world at large, through the eyes of a child. Below is a list of local organizations that strive to make the immigrant experience in WNY a little easier.

We can't wait to welcome you to BABEL on Thursday, November 10th, for an evening with novelist & journalist Omar El Akkad. Here, you'll find FAQs for event attendance, whether in-person or virtual.

We can't wait to welcome you to BABEL on Friday, October 14th, for an evening with environmental & climate change journalist Elizabeth Kolbert. Here, you'll find FAQs for event attendance, whether in-person or virtual.

Environmental journalist Elizabeth Kolbert visits Buffalo on Friday, October 14th for a BABEL author talk at Kleinhans Music Hall. Kolbert's research and writing on species extinction is fascinating, terrifying, and absolutely necessary as we face the realities of climate change. But how do we move forward with this knowledge? How do we turn away from despair and toward action? Look to the people in our own Buffalo & Western New York community working towards environmental justice!