AMHERST BOOKS: Nathan Larson reads from his new novel, “The Nervous System,” today, 7 p.m., at the bookshop, at 8 Main St., Amherst. 256-1547.
∎ Palestinian poet Ghassan Zaqtan and poet and translator Fady Joudah read from their work Monday, 8 p.m.
ANCHOR HOUSE OF ARTISTS: National Book Award winner and former New York State Poet Laureate Jean Valentine and local poet Ellen Miller-Mack read next Friday, 7:30 p.m., 518 Pleasant St., Northampton. 584-4323.
THE ELEVENS: Writers Night Out — Straw Dog Writers Guild sponsors monthly evening of readings Tuesday, 7-9 p.m., 140 Pleasant St., Northampton. 835-5513.
HINGE: Poetry Open Mic — Tuesday, and Oct. 9, 8 p.m., 48 Main St., Northampton. Sign up at 7 p.m. northamptonpoetry.com.
MOCHA MAYA’S COFFEE HOUSE: Poets Patrick Donnelly and Jean Valentine read from their work Thursday, 7 p.m., 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls. Part of the Collected Poets Series. $2-$5 donation. 625-6292.
MOUNT HOLYOKE COLLEGE: Junot Diaz reads from his new story collection, “This Is How You Lose Her,” Sunday, 7 p.m., Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall, at the college in South Hadley. 538-2000.
ODYSSEY BOOKSHOP: Peter Heller reads from his new novel, “The Dog Stars,” today, 7 p.m., at the bookstore, located in the Village Commons, 9 College St., South Hadley. 534-7307.
∎ Archer Mayor reads from his new Joe Gunther mystery, “Paradise City,” set in Northampton, Wednesday, 7 p.m.
SMITH COLLEGE: Iraqi poet Amal al-Jabouri speaks, with translation by Rebecca Gayle Howell, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., Wright Hall Auditorium, at the college in Northampton.
SUNDERLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY: Joshua Goldstein, author of “Winning the War on War,” speaks Tuesday, 7 p.m., at the library, 20 School St., Sunderland. 665-2642.”
WHITE SQUARE BOOKS: 100,000 Poets for Change — Local readings as part of world-wide movement, Saturday, 4-6 p.m., at the bookstore, 86 Cottage St., Easthampton. Michael Alves, Stephanie Baird, David Miller, Mariya Deykute, others. -320-3658.