Larkin Square Blog

Truck or Treat in Larkin Square!

By Samantha Epps  
October 06, 2016

The treat is a fleet of food trucks spread around Larkin Square; the trick is to pick a winner with so many options!

IMG_0406That’s any given Tuesday in Larkin Square from April into October, as in 2016 Food Truck Tuesday furthered its place as Buffalo’s biggest dinner party with another successful six-month season.

IMG_0384Topping it off with an annual tradition, “Truck or Treat” will return on Friday, October 21st, 5-8pm, with dozens of Buffalo and Rochester trucks serving their usual creative fare while competing in a pumpkin-carving contest and offering candy for kids in costume. As is Truck or Treat tradition, local Grateful Dead tribute band Workingman’s Dead will don its own musical costume onstage, plus a bonus this year in the zombie-like revival of The Stamplickers, the long-lost underground party band fronted by Amy’s Truck owner Amanda Amico.
“We’re thrilled to again get into Halloween spirit with the food trucks and community this year,” said Larkin Square Director of Fun Leslie Zemsky. “We’ll be keeping an eye on our life-sized caricatures of the late pioneers John Larkin and Darwin Martin, in case they come back to life to join the fun!”

IMG_0416Admission is free; beer, wine, and soft drinks will be available for purchase. Food Truck Tuesdays are presented by KeyBank and sponsored by Independent Health. For more information about this and other Larkin Square events, please visit


Ann Hood returns to the Larkinville, October 5th, 2016

By Leslie Zemsky  
September 08, 2016

We are delighted to welcome Ann Hood back to Buffalo and Larkinville. Ann will be speaking at the Larkin Square Author Series on Wednesday October 5th from 5:30 – 6:45 pm. Ann’s new novel is called The Book that Matters Most (W.W. Norton & Co., 2016)Book That Matters Most_9780393241655

This will be Ann’s third time speaking in Larkin Square. Back by popular request, Ann is a very engaging speaker. Her previous best sellers include the novels An Italian Wife and The Obituary Writer. She is also the editor and a contributor to two best selling books of essays with a knitting theme, The Knitting Circle and Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting

The Book that Matters Most is an enthralling novel about love, loss, secrets, friendship, and the healing power of literature. Read More

Paul Hertneky, author of Rust Belt Boy to speak September 21st

By Leslie Zemsky  
August 31, 2016

From Pittsburgh to Buffalo, tales of growing up in a Rust Belt City have a similar thread of experience. The Larkin Square Author Series is pleased to welcome author Paul Hertneky to speak about his new book, Rust Belt Boy on Wednesday, September 21st at 5:30 pm. Paul’s book shares the experiences of one immigrant grandchild who became an emigrant himself, and in so doing tells the story of a generation.

Cover for UPNE catalog“Nearly all of the essays and stories are set in my hometown of Ambridge, Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh,” says Hertneky.  “But every American settlement has seen waves of immigrants.  Those waves often come and go without us recognizing their singularity, their influence, and the pattern they follow.  I have written these essays to acknowledge the boomers who moved away— from Milwaukee and Youngstown and Scranton and all the places in between—and in appreciation for those who stayed home and supplied the gravity, took care of the parents, the towns, and each other.”

Along with the immigrant experience, the book touches on the joys and tribulations of industrial small town life—its foods, cultures, families, workers, bosses and politicos.

Over twenty-five years, Paul Hertneky has written stories, essays, and scripts for the Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, NBC News, The Comedy Channel, Gourmet, Eating Well, Traveler’s Tales, The Exquisite Corpse, National Public Radio, Public Radio International, Adbusters, and many more. His work centers on culture, food, industry, the environment, and travel, winning him a Solas Award, and two James Beard Award nominations. A graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars, he serves on the faculty of Chatham University.

The Larkin Square Author Series is presented by Key Bank and sponsored by Independent Health. The event is co-sponsored by Talking Leaves books, who will be selling copies of Rust Belt Boy at the event.

Beer, wine, and light fare will be available for purchase. Q and A and book signing to follow the talk.

2016 Local Author Celebration

By Leslie Zemsky  
August 30, 2016

Join us for the 3rd annual celebration of local authors on Thursday, September 15th, 2016 from 5pm – 7pm.

More than 30 authors, along with their books, will be on the Boardwalk in Larkin Square for this special edition of the Larkin Square Author Series. Talking Leaves will have copies of their books available for purchase.  Authors will welcome guests to join them in conversation and for book signings.

There is an abundance of  local writing talent. We look forward to welcoming back some past Larkin Square Authors along with many new writers to Buffalo’s biggest book party! The variety of writing includes fiction, non-fiction, poetry and childrens’ books.

Beer, wine and light fare available for purchase during the event.  The celebration is free and open to the public courtesy of Presenting Sponsor Key Bank and sponsor Independent Health.

Authors planning to attend the celebration include:

TheArthur A. Duncan II Esq., Greg Parkes, Matthew Smith, Willie Price, Pat Obermeier, Stephen Eoannou, Nancy Fuentes, Steve Delmonte, Kevin Siepel, Dave Bauer, Gerald Halligan, Jackie Albarella, Christina Abt, Barbara Early, Tim Shannon, Miriam Shannon, Janice Okun, Shane Stephensen, John McGlarry, Mary Mullett Flynn, Paul Lewis, Dave Coleman, Susan Sellingsloh, Patricia Hull, Dianne Sanders Riordan

Tom Dudzick and Holly Caster speaking on September 19th!

By Leslie Zemsky  
August 30, 2016

Buffalo and Larkinville favorite  playwright Tom Dudzick along with his wife, writer Holly Caster, return to the Larkin Square Author Series for a conversation on the Boardwalk, Monday, September 19th from 5:30pm – 6:45 pm.

HC book card-01Holly is the author of the novel, Cape May, a moving novel, set in Manhattan and the seaside town of Cape May, New Jersey. An unexpected romance develops between the lead character, Joanna, married and 60, who has a  chance meeting with a man who could be her soulmate.

Tom is the author of the plays Over The Tavern, Miracle on South Division Street and many more. Tom will be in Buffalo to direct his play Don’t Talk to the Actors performed at the Kavinoky Theatre, September 9 – October 2nd, 2016.

Join Holly and Tom in a conversation and a few laughs with Larkin Square Director of Fun, Leslie Zemsky.  Bring your questions with you or email them ahead to

Tom will also be reading a scene from a work in progress, a brand new musical comedy entitled “Christmas Over the Tavern.” With book, music and lyrics by Tom, it’s a quirky Christmas tale featuring Buffalo’s favorite repressed and dysfunctional family, the Pazinski’s. Tom remarked, “The Larkin Square event will be the first time anyone will have heard a scene from the show out loud — including me! I’m very excited.”

Talking Leaves will have copies of Tom’s plays and Holly’s book available for purchase and signing.  Beer, wine and light fare offered as well. The talk is free and open to the public thanks to the support from Presenting sponsor Key Bank and sponsor Independent Health.

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