From our friends at Magic Barrel:
Oregon poet laureate Paulann Petersen, environmental essayist Kathleen Dean Moore and Portland author Brian Doyle will join five other distinguished writers Nov. 2 in Corvallis in a reading to fight hunger.
Oregon Book Award nominees and winners include essayist Moore, essayist and fiction writer Doyle, fiction writer Marjorie Sandor, and poets Clemens Starck and Peter Sears. Also on the program are CALYX’s founding editor Margarita Donnelly and popular young adult novelist Katie Kacvinsky.
The writers will read brief selections from their poetry, fiction and essays for the 19th annual Magic Barrel.
All proceeds go to Linn Benton Food Share to fight hunger in the Corvallis-Albany community. Last year’s event raised more than $2,500 for the food bank.
For the first time, The Magic Barrel will be held in the Whiteside Theatre, a 1920s Italian Renaissance movie palace in downtown Corvallis that is being restored to its former glory.
Iranian-born memoirist Aria Minu-Sepehr will emcee the evening, and readings will be interspersed with live music by Corvallis jazz quartet Sideways Portal. Music starts at 6:30 p.m.; readings begin at 7 p.m.
A reception will feature free hors d’oeuvres and sweets from local chefs. Authors will greet listeners and sign books, which will be available for purchase from Grass Roots Books.
Admission is a sliding scale starting at a suggested donation of $7 at the door, but listeners are encouraged to give what they can. Nobody is turned away for lack of funds.