Dog Ears Bookstore will be offering a free literary and art program for senior citizens. Those 55 and older are invited to participate in the Around The World Literary & Art Program that will explore different countries and their authors, artists and culture.

On Wednesday, May 19, join in an exploration of Mexico! A literary instructor will introduce participants to the life and work of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Octavio Paz. Various works from the authors will be read and reflected on. Following the literary discussion, a local glass artist will guide participants in making their own glass confetti bowl.  

The program will run from 10 a.m. to noon and is limited to 15 participants. The program is completely free for senior citizens and all class materials will be provided. In addition, a book of the highlighted author’s work will be raffled off among those in attendance.

The program will be held at Dog Ears Bookstore, which is located at 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo, near Mercy Hospital. All COVID protocols must be followed including social distancing and mask wearing. The café will be open for food and beverage purchases.

Pre-registration is required and can be made by calling the bookstore at (716) 823-2665.  

The Around The World Literary & Art Program will be a monthly series that will feature a different country and its authors and artists each month. More information on summer and fall sessions will be forthcoming soon.

The Around The World Program is funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and is administered by Arts Services Inc.

Unable to hold our annual fundraising gala for the second consecutive year due to ongoing pandemic restrictions, the nonprofit Dog Ears Bookstore & Café in South Buffalo will hold a Supporters Sweepstakes virtual drawing on April 24 with a top prize of $5,000! A total of $10,000 in prizes will be awarded.

Tickets are priced at $50 each and only 500 will be sold on a first come, first served basis. Tickets can be purchased at the community bookstore, located at 688 Abbott Road. The live virtual drawing will take place at 7 p.m. April 24. In addition to the $5,000 grand prize, there will be a $2,000 second prize, $1,000 third prize and four $500 prizes.

“The past year has been extremely difficult for many businesses and organizations, and Dog Ears is no exception,” said Executive Director Thomas McDonnell. “A dramatic loss of event revenue, plus a drop in bookstore and café sales due to the pandemic have made this fundraising event critical for future programming. On a positive note, we’re confident that the overly generous Western New York community will make this a hugely successful event!”

For more information on our community bookstore, please call 823-2665 or follow us on Facebook for frequent updates.

We would like to thank Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Erie County for their ongoing support of the arts in WNY, including programs offered here at Dog Ears Bookstore. Please know that your support is greatly appreciated!