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.

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!