Author Series

SOLD OUT: Hillary Rodham Clinton to sign books in Larkin Square, Thursday, September 28th, 12:30 pm

By Leslie Zemsky  
August 24, 2017

Tickets are currently sold out and required for this book signing event at Larkin Square. 
Larkin Square will be open to ticket holders on the day of the event, with limited access to the public. 

The Larkin Square Author Series and Talking Leaves books invite you to Larkin Square, 745 Seneca Street, for a book signing with Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday, September 28th, 2017 at 12:30 pm

Hillary Clinton will sign copies of her new book, What Happened.

“In the past, for reasons I try to explain, I’ve often felt I had to be careful in public, like I was up on a wire without a net. Now I’m letting my guard down.”
—Hillary Rodham Clinton, from the introduction of What Happened

For the first time, Hillary Rodham Clinton reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history. Now free from the constraints of running, Hillary takes you inside the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interference, and an opponent who broke all the rules. This is her most personal memoir yet.

In these pages, she describes what it was like to run against Donald Trump, the mistakes she made, how she has coped with a shocking and devastating loss, and how she found the strength to pick herself back up afterward. With humor and candor, she tells readers what it took to get back on her feet—the rituals, relationships, and reading that got her through, and what the experience has taught her about life. She speaks about the challenges of being a strong woman in the public eye, the criticism over her voice, age, and appearance, and the double standard confronting women in politics.

She lays out how the 2016 election was marked by an unprecedented assault on our democracy by a foreign adversary. By analyzing the evidence and connecting the dots, Hillary shows just how dangerous the forces are that shaped the outcome, and why Americans need to understand them to protect our values and our democracy in the future.

The election of 2016 was unprecedented and historic. What Happened is the story of that campaign and its aftermath—both a deeply intimate account and a cautionary tale for the nation.

Hillary Rodham Clinton will sign What Happened and the 2017 illustrated children’s book edition of It Takes a Village only. She will sign up to two books per customer, one of which must be What Happened. Place in the signing line is determined by time of arrival at the event. 

 No other books or memorabilia, personalizing, or posing for photos.

Parking is free for guests attending the event, please park in the gravel lot at Hydraulic and Seneca Streets. Food and drinks will be available for purchase from the Filling Station Restaurant in Larkin Square.

This special author event is sponsored  by Talking Leaves.

Media contact for the day of event: Bridget Schaefer,, 716-346-8053

Phoebe Lapine shares her “Wellness Project” on June 9th

By Leslie Zemsky  
June 02, 2017

The Larkin Square Author Series is pleased to present a special lunchtime, 12:15 PM, Friday June 9th, edition of the Larkin Square Author Series with the writer Phoebe Lapine. Phoebe is the author of the book the Wellness Project: How I learned to do right by my body, without giving up my life.

Ms. Lapine is a private chef, culinary instructor, caterer, cookbook author, and the voice behind the award-winning blog Feed Me Phoebe, which documents her recipes for healthy, gluten-free comfort foods and tips for achieving a more balanced life. Lapine is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, Food52, Serious Eats, and Food & Wine, among other publications. Feed Me Phoebe was a finalist in the 2015 Saveur Blog Awards. She lives in New York.

The Wellness Project is written with humor and smart nutrition tips as Ms. Lapine spent a year investigating ways to feel better through nutrition and lifestyle choices without giving up a bellini with brunch! The book contains 20 recipes and lots of healthy living tips she learned during her 12 month journey of discovery.

Inviting Phoebe to Buffalo and to speak in Larkin Square is a perfect fit with our focus on healthy living here in Larkin Square. From the Healthy Options program at Food Truck Tuesdays to free pickleball, hula hoops and scratch made cooking at The Filling Station, we like to incorporate healthy fun into the programming and food offerings in Larkin Square.”

The Wellness Project will be available for purchase at the event from Talking Leaves. Lunch will be available for purchase from the Filling Station and Amys Food Truck.  For more information about Phoebe Lapine, please visit

Lauren Belfer returns to Larkin Square, May 15th, 2017

By Leslie Zemsky  
April 28, 2017

The Larkin Square Author Series is pleased to welcome back to Larkin Square and Buffalo, Lauren Belfer. Buffalo’s beloved author has invited Frank Kowsky and Stephanie Crockatt to join her in a conversation titled, Buffalo’s Olmsted Legacy: Past, Present, and Future. The talk will include historic images of the Olmsted Parks which inspired Ms. Belfer’s writing in City of Light.

Lauren Belfer is the author of the best-selling novels City of Light, A Fierce Radiance, and and After the Fire.  City of Light is set in Buffalo. Much of the story is set in Olmsted designed parks in Niagara Falls and in Buffalo. This will be Ms. Belfer’s fifth time speaking at the Larkin Square Author Series. This will be her first talk with a thematic subject.  She has invited Olmsted scholars Frank Kowsky and Stephanie Crockatt to join the conversation. Audience members will be encouraged to ask questions as well.

Frank Kowsky is the author of The Best Planned City in the World: Olmsted, Vaux and the Buffalo Park System.  Stephanie Crockatt is Executive Director of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy.

We are honored that Lauren Belfer will again return for a spring time talk in Larkinville. May is the most beautiful time of the year along our Olmsted designed parkways and parks, we are delighted to share some of that beauty through conversation and historic images.”

Lauren Belfer’s books will be available for purchase at the event from Talking Leaves.  A book signing will follow the talk. Information on the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy will also be shared at the event.   Beer, wine and snacks available for purchase from The Filling Station. For more information about upcoming Larkin Square events, including upcoming author talks, please visit  For more information about Lauren Belfer, visit For more information about the Olmsted Parks, visit

Right Here, Right Now: The Buffalo Anthology, April 26th, 2017

By Leslie Zemsky  
April 14, 2017

The Larkin Square Author Series is pleased to welcome to Larkin Square in a new role, as writers, the musicians Mary Ramsey, John Lombardo, Robbie Takac, and Jeff Miers in conversation with Jody Biehl on Wednesday, April 26th at 5:30 pm They will be speaking (and perhaps playing a little music)  about their written contributions to Right Here, Right Now: The Buffalo Anthology (Belt Publishing, 2016) edited by Jody Kleinberg Biehl.

Mary Ramsey and John Lombardo are members of the alternative rock bank 10,000 Maniacs and the folk-rock band, John & Mary and the Valkyries. They have performed numerous times in Larkin Square playing at the Wednesday KeyBank Live at Larkin Series. The 10,000 Maniacs played at the opening of Larkin Square in 2012.  John and Mary each write about what inspires them about Buffalo.
Robby Takac is the founding member of four-time Grammy nominated, 10-time platinum-selling rock band The Goo Goo Dolls. He’s also the owner of Good Charamel Records and GCR Audio Recording Studios and the founder of the Buffalo-based not for profit Music Is Art.

He writes about creating the Music is Art festival and the organic way the community rallied for arts programming. Larkin Square has been proud to support Music Is Art through numerous instrument drives. Guests at the April 26th talk are encouraged to bring a musical instrument to donate to Music is Art.  Donated instruments will be refurbished and distributed to students in need.

Jeff Miers, is a musician and the music journalist and pop music critic for the Buffalo News.

He writes a nostalgic romp through “Buffalo’s cultural underbelly its old, weird, blurry blend of avant-guard art and punk rock, its boozy clubs that smelled like stale cigarette smoke, sweat and urine, its cheap apartments in Allentown, its air of artistic permissiveness…its acceptance of the fact that nothing was guaranteed and everything was allowed.” Jeff has also performed numerous times at the Wednesday KeyBank Live at Larkin series.

Jody K. Biehl is the editor of Right Here, Right Now: The Buffalo Anthology. The book contains essays written by numerous writers with a Buffalo connection, including past Larkin Square Author Series writers Lauren Belfer and Margaret Sullivan.  Jody will lead a panel discussion with Ramsey, Lombardo, Takac and Miers on their contributions to the anthology.

Right Here, Right Now: The Buffalo Anthology will be available for purchase at the event from Talking Leaves.  Wine, beer and snacks available  for purchase from The Filling Station. The event is free courtesy of presenting sponsor KeyBank and sponsor Indpendent Health. For more information about Larkin Square, including upcoming author talks, please visit For more information about the Buffalo Anthology, please visit