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Born and raised in the city, Buffalo Rising contributor Vilona Trachtenberg possesses "a lot of pride for Buffalo." When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the region, Trachtenberg worked to highlight some of the many community efforts aimed at lifting spirits and helping healthcare workers. 


Just Buffalo Literary Center had been planning to release its Lit City Voices video series this month, long before the COVID-19 pandemic swept through the nation and altered modern life. Produced last summer, the series highlights local poets "out in the community inspiring other people about what this great city means to us," said Barbara Cole, Artistic Director and Associate Executive Director at Just Buffalo Literary Center. "I think this is one of those moments, too, where you realize that we really do sometimes need to seek out some wisdom, and writers are there to offer it.”

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The passing of Toni Morrison has prompted recollections from all around the world. In Buffalo, the Nobel Prize-winner is remembered for her appearance here in 2017 as part of Just Buffalo Literary Center's Babel Series. The center's Artistic Director Barbara Cole shared the stage with Morrison that night. According to Cole, Morrison appeared here 50 years to the day from the Buffalo visit of Martin Luther King, Jr. The historic significance, Cole says, added to a memorable evening for those attending Morrison's talk.

World-renowned writer Amos Oz died Friday in Tel Aviv at the age of 79. He brought his message to this region 2011 as part of Just Buffalo Literary Center's Babel series. At that time, he provided his insights during an interview with WBFO's Mike Desmond.

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Buffalo immigrants and refugees gathered in front of the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library this weekend to share their stories of arrivals and departures at an event titled “Points of Departure”. It’s part of a collaboration between Just Buffalo Literary Center and Journey’s End Refugee Services.

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BABEL, the author lecture series produced by Just Buffalo Literary Center, has captured the attention of the reading public. The series enjoys the second-highest attendance of any author series in the country.

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The Just Buffalo Literary Center has announced its lineup of authors for the coming Babel season.

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Some Buffalo Public School students are enhancing their writing skills.  They're attending the Just Buffalo Literary Writing Center.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley visited a recent after-school session to find out how some students are hungry to learn more about the written word.

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Tonight's Babel Series event at Kleinhans Music Hall features best-selling author  Abraham Verghese. Born in Ethiopia and a trained physician who serves at School of Medicine at Stanford University, Doctor Verghese has a group of enthusiastic followers at the UB medical school.

Author Russell Banks opens Babel series tonight

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Tonight marks the start of the 6th annual Babel series, where the Just Buffalo Literary Center brings some of the globe's most accomplished writers to speak at Kleinhans Music Hall.

The series can boast past appearances from several notable writers, including three winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature.