The 18th Annual Magic Barrell:A Reading to Fight Hunger takes place tonight, Friday, October 21, at the Corvallis High School Theatre. The event features eight Oregon authors.
More from the Visit Corvallis site:
The Magic Barrel: A Reading to Fight Hunger, is held every fall in Corvallis to raise funds for Linn-Benton Food Share. The event is named after former OSU professor Bernard Malamud’s short story collection, The Magic Barrel, and features approximately eight writers from the Willamette Valley who share their fiction, poems, and works of nonfiction in brief readings. Punctuated by a “tone poem” from the improvisational jazz group, Sideways Portal, the evening begins and ends with music and food, and the excitement of hearing new works.
Suggested donation is $7 (but no one will be turned away). All money raised
goes to Linn-Benton Food Share to help alleviate local hunger.
This year’s readers are:
Keith Scribner, OSU professor and author of the novels Miracle Girl, The Good Life and his latest, The Oregon Experiment.
Alison Clement, Oregon Book Award winner and author of the novels Pretty Is as Pretty Does and Twenty Questions.
Tom Birdseye, author of a dozen novels for young readers including the recently published Storm Mountain.
Jon Lewis, OSU professor and author of eight nonfiction books about cinema,including The Godfather.
Debra Gwartney, author of Live Through This, a memoir about her daughters
living on the streets as runaways that was an Oregon Book Awards and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist.
Tim Black, author of the poetry collection Connecticut Shade.
Karen Holmberg, OSU professor, author of the poetry collection The Perseids and recent winner of the John Ciardi Prize.
Ann Staley, author of the poetry collection Primary Sources and an organizing publisher of FIREWEED: Poetry of Western Oregon.
The evening will be hosted by Mike McInally, editor of the Corvallis Gazette-Times.