Magic Barrel is Back!

Corvallis’ most important literary event, The Magic Barrel: A Reading to Fight Hunger, returns to the Whiteside Theater on Friday, October 27.  Some of Oregon’s best writing will be featured with the goal of raising money for the Linn Benton Food Share.

Named after a collection of short stories by former Oregon State University professor, Bernard Malamud, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Fixer in 1966. The readings will be emceed by romance writer Karelia Stetz-Waters. 

This year’s readers include Bonnie Arning, Mike Copperman, John Daniel, Cindy Williams Gutiérrez, Nick Jaina, Kathleen Dean Moore, Susan Jackson Rodgers, Clemens Starck, and David Turkel.  

The night will kick off with the Cooper Hollow Jazz Quintet, followed by the main event. Wine, beer, and cider will be available for purchase along with autographed books.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and program begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27 at Whiteside Theater located at 361 SW Madison Avenue in Corvallis. Tickets are $12 online and $15 (cash only) at the door. For more information, go to

By Chris McDowell