If it’s October, it must be BABEL
N. Scott Momaday, who appears October 16, is a Kiowa author and Pulitzer Prize winner.
One of the biggest autumn compensations that arrive as summer departs is this long-running lecture series. Just Buffalo’s Babel has been bringing world-famous authors to Western New York since 2007. There have been Nobel Prize winners, Pulitzer Prize winners, National Book Award winners, and winners of the MacArthur “genius grant” Fellowship. A Babel audience was lucky enough to see one of the last appearances by Toni Morrison, who died last month. Babel audiences have also met and listened to such authors as V. S. Naipaul, Isabel Allende, Salman Rushdie, Patti Smith, and A. S. Byatt.
Visiting authors always meet with Buffalo high school students and sign books in an informal VIP session before the lecture and Q&A period onstage at Kleinhans. Those who attend Babel are generally familiar with the authors they see, but it’s important to note that anyone could buy a ticket to a Babel lecture without ever having read the book by the author or even having heard of the author. The events are structured in such a way—with generous introductions and a story-telling focus—that they stand on their own. No reading assignment is necessary.