Author Series

Ari Weinzweig, CEO of Zingerman’s in conversation with Tim Bartlett from the Lexington COOP

By Leslie Zemsky  
February 12, 2019

The Larkin Square Author Series welcomes you to a talk and book signing with Ari Weinzweig, CEO of Zingerman’s Community of Businesses, headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Joining Ari in conversation will be Tim Bartlett, general manager of the Lexington COOP. The free event will be held on Tuesday, March 19th, 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm in the Filling Station in Larkin Square, 745 Seneca Street in Buffalo. Parking is free. You may park in Larkin Square, behind the Swan Street Diner or in the lot off of Emslie Street next to the Hydraulic Hearth. Talking Leaves will be selling copies of Weinzweig’s books. Make an evening of it and enjoy dinner across the street from Larkin Square before or after the talk at the Hydraulic Hearth.

Tim Bartlett and the team at the Lexington COOP have worked with Zingerman’s through their ZingTrain program to fine tune their best business practices. This is a great talk for anyone interested in food, small business, entrepreneurship, leadership, creativity, the arts, writing and making books.

Ari Weinzweig is CEO and co-founding partner of Zingerman’s Community of Businesses, which includes Zingerman’s Delicatessen, Bakehouse, Creamery, Catering, Mail Order, ZingTrain, Coffee Company, Roadhouse, Candy Manufactory, Events at Cornman Farms. And the newest business, Miss Kim, which serves great tasting Korean fare.

Zingerman’s produces and sells all sorts of full flavored, traditional foods in its home of Ann Arbor, Michigan to the tune of $60,000,000 a year in annual sales. Ari was recognized as one of the “Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America” by the 2006 James Beard Foundation and has awarded a Bon Appetit Lifetime Achievement Award among many recognitions.

Ari is the author of a number of articles and books, including Zingerman’s Guide to Better Bacon (Zingerman’s Press), Zingerman’s Guide to Giving Great Service, Zingerman’s Guide to Good Eating (Houghton Mifflin), Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading, Part 1: A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Building a Great Business, and Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading, Part 2: A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Being a Better Leader. Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading, Part 3; A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Managing Ourselves, was released in December of 2013. Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading, Part 4; A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to the Power of Beliefs in Business was released in summer of 2016. In 2017 Ari was named one of “The World’s 10 Top CEOs (They Lead in a Totally Unique Way)” by Inc. Magazine. His most recent publication is the pamphlet, “The Art of Business; Why I Want to be an Artist.”

Zingerman’s website shares this about The Art of Business: “What would happen if everyone approached their lives as artists? Put together their communication as if they were poets? Designed their spaces—small and large—as if they were architects? Listened to others like a musician? What if business leaders looked at their organizations as if they were making art for the ages instead of being just vehicles for making money? What if everyone—not just those who society calls “creatives”—is capable of turning what they do every day into amazing art?”

For a deeper dive into creativity and leadership, Ari, along with a full roster of interesting speakers, will be presenting the following day, March 20th, 2019, at Awaken 2019, a conference presented in conjunction with the grand opening of the Buffalo Center for Cultural Innovation.

Larkin Square Events, including the author talks,  are presented by KeyBank and sponsored by Independent Health. They are free and open to the public.

Mason Winfield and Daniel Starr: 2 acclaimed local authors, February 20th, 2019

By Leslie Zemsky  
February 01, 2019

The Larkin Square Author Series is pleased to welcome two acclaimed local authors, Mason Winfield and Daniel Starr, for an evening of stories, book sales and signings.  Join us Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 at 5:30 pm for this free event in the Filling Station in Larkin Square.

Mason Winfield is well known for his popular ghost walks in various locations around Western New York. He is also the author of numerous books filled with ghost stories and local lore and legends.  Mason will be sharing a story from his newest book,  The Rose Witch: Supernatural Tales Among Western New York Ethnicities 

Daniel Starr, professor emeritus of Canisius College and life-long Buffalonian, also writes stories set in Western New York. For the past decade, Starr has written the popular Starr Gazing column for the publication Over 50.  The column is the inspiration for his book, Starr Gazing.  Daniel will share some of his stories at the the talk. 

Both authors’ books will be available for purchase at the event through Talking Leaves.

The Filling Station will have refreshments and snacks available for purchase. The Hydraulic Hearth, across the street from Larkin Square is open before and after the book event.

Tom Dudzick and Mike Randall Wednesday, October 17th at 5:30 PM

By Leslie Zemsky  
September 12, 2018

The Larkin Square author and speaker series is pleased to welcome Buffalo and Hydraulics native, Tom Dudzick,  back home to speak with his long time friend Mike Randall.

Tom Dudzick was born and raised in the Larkinville neighborhood above his father’s tavern on Seneca Street, Big Joe’s. Big Joe’s and his many memories of growing up in the neighborhood inspired his Over the Tavern series of plays as well as his play Miracle on South Division Street.

Tom is in town preparing for the premiere of his new musical, Christmas Over the Tavern. The world premiere at MusicalFare Theatre will be on stage Novemeber 14th – December 16th, 2018. The musical features an all-new holiday story about Buffalo’s favorite family, the Pazinskis, from his Over the Tavern series.  “Christmas 1959 is not very merry for the Pazinskis.  Dad is going through a mid-life depression and refuses to buy a Christmas tree. Sister Clarissa is threatening to expel 12-year-old Rudy for performing a blasphemous one-man Nativity Scene where he plays all the characters as Hollywood celebrities and everyone is worried that this may be their last Christmas together as a whole family. It’s a brand new chapter in this WNY tradition,” shares notes from MusicalFare Theatre.

Mike Randall is well known as the chief meteorologist at WKBW channel 7 Eyewitness News. He recently celebrated his 35th anniversary with the station. A native of Western New York, Mike is also a professional actor, puppet master and magician. He has performed a variety of roles in theaters locally and around the country and he continues to perform his critically acclaimed solo shows of Mark Twain Live! and Charles Dickens Presents: A Christmas Carol.

Tom and Mike are long time friends dating back to performing together in dinner theater in Buffalo.  They look forward to sharing a preview song from Christmas Over the Tavern as well as their memories of acting together. They will welcome questions from the audience as well.

During the event, Larkin Square is pleased to introduce the new book from Arcadia Publishing Images of America Series: The Larkin CompanyWritten by Shane Stephenson with an introduction by Howard Zemsky. The book is filled with historic photos and the history of the Larkin Company and the neighborhood. Books will be available for purchase, and book signing.

The Larkin Square Author and Speaker Series is made possible by presenting sponsor KeyBank and sponsor Independent Health. The Filling Station will have snacks and refreshments available for purchase at the event.

Arthur Bovino and Andrew Galarneau: A Conversation about Food in Buffalo, August 20th, 2018

By Leslie Zemsky  
July 30, 2018

The Larkin Square Author Series is pleased to welcome Arthur Bovino, author of the new book Buffalo Everything: A Guide to Eating in the Nickel City
to speak in Larkin Square on Monday, August 20th at 5:30 p.m. Bovino will be joined by Buffalo News food writer Andrew Galarneau for a conversation about food in Buffalo. 

During the past couple of years, Bovino has traveled and tasted food served throughout Buffalo. He discovered such an abundance of delicious food that Buffalo Everything is the first of two books to be published by Countryman Press.  Buffalo Everything is about the city’s dining scene and history, to be followed in February 2019 by a cookbook focused on iconic local foods and Buffalo sauce-flavored comfort foods and party dishes.

Bovino is a classically trained cook passionate about fine dining—and also a self described  wing nut and pizza nerd. “I’d long heard about Buffalo’s unique pizza scene, so when a friend recommended me for a project focused on a Buffalo sauce-themed cookbook, I jumped on it.” wrote Bovino in a recent blog post, “I dined at 120-plus restaurants and got a comprehensive education on the city’s food history from leading local chefs and writers. From classic Italian and Polish restaurants to New-School Buffalo cuisine, it was food discovery at its best.”

Andrew Galarneau is the food editor for the Buffalo News and writes frequently about Buffalo area restaurants and other local food related news.

“With Buffalo’s wide variety of locally owned restaurants, including in Larkinville, we know this will be a delicious conversation around new and old Buffalo favorite foods.” writes Larkin Square’s Leslie Zemsky, “Food Truck Tuesday receives a mention in the book along with dozens of other dining suggestions and observations.”

Books will be available for purchase at the event courtesy of Talking Leaves Books. Book signing to follow the talk.

Refreshments will be available for purchase from the Filling Station.

Larkin Square Author talks are presented by KeyBank and sponsored by Independent Health.


A Celebration of Writing: Buffalo and Beyond with Elizabeth Licata and writers from Voices from the Rust Belt

By Leslie Zemsky  
April 20, 2018

The Larkin Square Author Series welcomes you to a Celebration of Writing: Buffalo and Beyond on Thursday, May 10th at 5:30 pm in the Larkin Square Filling Station. The event features Elizabeth Licata, author of the new book 100 Things to do in Buffalo before you Die along with the writers Jeff Klein and Ben Gwin who wrote essays for the new book Voices from the Rust Belt.

Licata offers suggestions for Buffalo residents and visitors for enjoying “a rich banquet of intriguing history, iconic architecture, lush scenery, fun food, and a relentless nightlife”, (book cover). Suggestion number 57 encourages partying in the Hydraulics aka Larkinville, we heartily concur!

Voices from the Rust Belt features a collection of essays edited by Anne Trubek previously published in Belt City anthologies including writers from Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Detroit, Flint, Youngstown, Akron and Buffalo.

The essays in the book “address segregated schools, rural childhoods, suburban ennui, lead poisoning, opiate addiction, and job loss. They reflect upon happy childhoods, successful community ventures, warm refuges for outsiders, and hidden oases of natural beauty. But mainly they are stories drawn from uniquely personal experiences: A girl has her bike stolen. A journalist from Buffalo (Margaret Sullivan)  moves away, and misses home. A father gives his daughter a bath in the lead-contaminated water of Flint, Michigan” (from the introduction).

Joining the event will be the writers Jeff Klein and Ben Gwin with the editor Anne Trubek

Books will be available for purchase at the event through Talking Leaves. A signing will follow the talks. Beer, wine and other refreshments along with snacks will be available for purchase from the Filling Station.

The event is free and open to the public thanks to the support of presenting sponsor KeyBank and sponsor Independent Health.  Talking Leaves is the co-sponsor of the Larkin Square Author Series.