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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What a beautiful ending to a great season. Thank you Kiese Laymon for your warmth, your vulnerability, your humor, and your incredible work. Thank you to our audience, both at Kleinhans and at home—The magic of BABEL is because of all of you.

On March 21, 2024, Just Buffalo Literary Center welcomed best-selling author John Irving to BABEL. Mr. Irving shared multiple excerpts from his forthcoming novel tentatively titled, Queen Esther. He shared more about the book than we think he wanted to. Thank you to everyone who joined us which created the atmosphere for a remarkable evening.

On November 9, 2023, Just Buffalo Literary Center presented another BABEL with the frontwoman for the acclaimed indie pop band, Japanese Breakfast, and author of bestselling memoir, Crying in H Mart, Michelle Zauner. We had an up close and personal conversation with the lovely Zauner on grief, loss, Korean food, finding joy again, Lord of the Rings couples costumes and so much more. Thank you to everyone who joined us for another spectacular evening

On October 6, 2023, we started the new season of BABEL with the inspiring Jhumpa Lahiri. We had a lovely conversation on language and belonging and even got to hear a reading from her forthcoming book Roman Stories! Thank you to everyone who came out to Kleinhans & to our at-home viewers. You are what makes BABEL so magical.

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.