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Michelle Zauner - BABEL - November 9 2023 - Just Buffalo Literary Center

BABEL: Michelle Zauner

Join Just Buffalo Literary Center for an evening with indie-rock artist and bestselling author Michelle Zauner.

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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.

Want to watch 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, November 9, 2023


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

Featured Artist

  • Michelle Zauner
    Michelle Zauner
    Musician, Author, Director

    Musician, author, and director MICHELLE ZAUNER is best known as the frontwoman for her acclaimed indie pop band, Japanese Breakfast, and her bestselling memoir, Crying in H Mart. Named a TIME 100 Most Influential Person, she has won acclaim from major music outlets around the world for releases like Psychopomp (2016) and Soft Sounds from Another Planet (2017).

    When Zauner was 25, her mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Zauner moved home to become her mother’s caretaker, embarking on a journey that would force a reckoning with her identity and eventually a reclamation of the gifts of taste, language, and history her mother had given her. Zauner shares her story of family, food, grief, and self-discovery.

    Crying in H Mart instantly rocketed to the New York Times bestseller list, where it has stayed for over a year. It was named one of the year’s best books by The New York Times, TIME, NPR, Washington Post, Vogue, Entertainment Weekly, Good Morning America, and more. President Obama also included Crying in H Mart among his “Favorite Books of the Year.”

    Crying in H Mart

    “From the indie rock sensation known as Japanese Breakfast, an unforgettable memoir about family, food, grief, love, and growing up Korean American—’in losing her mother and cooking to bring her back to life, Zauner became herself.'”

    In this exquisite story of family, food, grief, and endurance, Michelle Zauner proves herself far more than a dazzling singer, songwriter, and guitarist. With humor and heart, she tells of growing up one of the few Asian American kids at her school in Eugene, Oregon; of struggling with her mother’s particular, high expectations of her; of a painful adolescence; of treasured months spent in her grandmother’s tiny apartment in Seoul, where she and her mother would bond, late at night, over heaping plates of food.

    As she grew up, moving to the East Coast for college, finding work in the restaurant industry, and performing gigs with her fledgling band–and meeting the man who would become her husband–her Koreanness began to feel ever more distant, even as she found the life she wanted to live. It was her mother’s diagnosis of terminal cancer, when Michelle was twenty-five, that forced a reckoning with her identity and brought her to reclaim the gifts of taste, language, and history her mother had given her.

    Vivacious and plainspoken, lyrical and honest, Zauner’s voice is as radiantly alive on the page as it is onstage. Rich with intimate anecdotes that will resonate widely, and complete with family photos, Crying in H Mart is a book to cherish, share, and reread.

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