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John Irving - BABEL - March 21 2024 - Just Buffalo Literary Center

BABEL: John Irving

Join Just Buffalo Literary Center for an evening with bestselling author John Irving.

“It is impossible to imagine the American—or international—literary landscape without John Irving…. He is as close as one gets to a contemporary Dickens in the scope of his celebrity and the level of his achievement.”

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Individual BABEL event tickets include a ticket for in-person attendance at Kleinhans Music Hall, as well as a virtual link to view from home via Livestream. All tickets will be issued via the Kleinhans/BPO website for the 2023–2024 season.

  • General Admission: $42 each
  • General Admission with Library Card: $37 each
  • VIP Patron: $102 each (includes catered pre-event reception attended by the featured author and preferred seating)
  • Student: $12 each (must present a valid Student ID at events)

NOTE: Currently, proof of COVID-19 vaccination is not required for entry to BABEL events. We will continue to monitor health & safety recommendations and communicate any changes or updates to ticketholders as necessary. Please note that we are unable to provide refunds for tickets.

Planning on Watching from Home?

  • If you choose to watch from home instead of attending in-person, the virtual link will be sent to you from babel@justbuffalo.org.
  • You must be signed up for the Just Buffalo Newsletter in order to receive the virtual link. (To sign up, opt-in during the checkout process, or use the form in the footer of the website.)
  • Ticket purchases made after 3:45pm EDT on October 26 will not receive a livestream link. But don’t worry if you miss it—you will also be granted access to a password-protected event recording, which will be emailed to you within 48 hours of the event.
  • Click here to purchase VIRTUAL ONLY TICKETS


Thursday, March 21, 2024


Doors & VIP Patron Receptions at 7:00 p.m. | Events at 8:00 p.m.
8:00 pm

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Kleinhans Music Hall & Online
3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo, NY 14201 (Free Parking) / Online via Livestream


Just Buffalo Literary Center
Just Buffalo Literary Center
(716) 832-5400

Other Organizers

Buffalo and Erie County Public Library
Buffalo and Erie County Public Library

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  • John Irving
    John Irving

    “It is impossible to imagine the American—or international—literary landscape without John Irving…. He is as close as one gets to a contemporary Dickens in the scope of his celebrity and the level of his achievement.”

    “The voice of social justice and compassion in contemporary American literature.” —The Globe and Mail

    JOHN IRVING has written fifteen novels over the course of his prolific career, the majority of which have been international bestsellers. He has written some of the most acclaimed books of our time—among them The World According to Garp, The Cider House Rules, A Prayer for Owen Meany, and A Widow for One Year.

    Born in Exeter, New Hampshire, in 1942, his books explore themes of sexual difference and sexual intolerance, inequalities, and discrimination.

    Irving has been nominated for a National Book Award three times, winning in 1980 for The World According to Garp. In 2000, he won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules. In 2013, he won a Lambda Literary Award for In One Person. Internationally renowned, his books have been translated into more than thirty-five languages. A Prayer for Owen Meany is his best-selling novel, in every language. His most recent novel is The Last Chairlift.

    John Irving is a dual citizen of the United States and Canada. He lives in Toronto.

    The Cider House Rules

    “Superb in scope and originality, a novel as good as one could hope to find from any author, anywhere, anytime. Engrossing, moving, thoroughly satisfying.”
    —Joseph Heller

    First published in 1985, The Cider House Rules is set in rural Maine in the first half of the twentieth century. The novel tells the story of Dr. Wilbur Larch—saint and obstetrician, founder and director of the orphanage in the town of St. Cloud’s, ether addict and abortionist. This is also the story of Dr. Larch’s favorite orphan, Homer Wells, who is never adopted.

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