Just as things are heating up, here are a few events you won’t want to miss this month. The best part is that most of these venues have air conditioning.
Juniper Ellis, Loyola University-Baltimore English Professor, will be performing a reading of her first novel, House of Seven Days, at Talking Leaves Main Street location this Thursday, August 20, at 7 pm. This event is free and open to the public. Purchase of the book at Talking Leaves is encouraged.
Within the mystery novel an intriguing tale unfolds, about a young introvert who inherits a mansion and must solve its mysteries within seven days in order to “regain her freedom to travel.” Along the way, she is confronted with a multitude of visitors, puzzles, tenants and more.
According to a press release from Talking Leaves, Ellis is also a worldwide public speaker and a teacher of meditation and yoga philosophy. She has won several awards, including the Fullbright, Andrew W. Mellon, and National Endowment for the Humanities awards and teaches courses about travel literature and banned books. You can see more of her work at her website, www.juniperellis.com.
On Friday, August 28, former Buffalo Bills linebacker Ray Bentley will be signing and discussing his newest book, Driftwood, underneath the Larkin Square Boardwalk from 11:30am-1:30pm and at Dog Ears Bookstore & Café from 6 to 7:30pm. Set in Buffalo, this novel tells the story of building a championship football team. These book signings are free and open to the public.
Ray Bentley has also written several children’s books featuring the character Darby the Dinosaur. Currently, he is in his thirteenth season with ESPN as a college football game analyst. You can read more about the novel here.
Don’t forget that the final Silo City Reading Series event will be held Saturday, Aug 29. Poets Bianca Stone and Emily Anderson, musician Julie Byrne and intermedia artist NP will be performing and displaying their work at 7pm at Silo City’s Marine A on Childs Street. This event has run late in the past so if you’re determined to see all of the performers, expect to be out past 9:30 and bring a jacket because the venue can be quite damp and chilly but worth the visit. This event is free and open to the public. Be sure the RSVP to the event and invite friends on Facebook here.
On a final note, the Buffalo Humanities Festival will be taking place on September 23-26 at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. This year’s theme is “Gender Bender” and featured author Jill Lepore will be performing a reading and discussing her text, The Secret History of Wonder Woman. Now is a good time to start thinking about where to find your copy so you can crack open that spine and start reading to join in the discussion later. For more information about the schedule and ticket purchases, visit the event’s website page here.
Try to stay hydrated in this summer heatwave and, as always, keep reading.