Magic Barrel Takes Stage Friday

2015_magicbarrel_marquee-night-full-res-851wThe always well-produced and well-received Magic Barrel makes its annual appearance this Friday at the Whiteside. Each year brings a fresh list of top literary talent to the cause, with all proceeds going to Linn-Benton Food Share.

If past audience experience is an indication, you can expect this literary event to make for a memorable evening. It starts with a little jazz from Corvallis’s LMNO at 6:30 p.m.; readings begin at 7 p.m.

This year’s lineup includes…
Corvallis writer Tracy Daugherty, author of the best-selling, critically acclaimed literary biography The Last Love Song: A Biography of Joan Didion. He also has five short-story collections and four novels, including the Oregon Book Award-winning What Falls Away. He is a distinguished professor (emeritus) of English and creative writing at Oregon State University.

Molly Gloss of Portland, best-selling author of five novels, including the Oregon Book Award-winning The Jump-Off Creek, and many sci-fi and fantasy stories.

Karen Karbo of Portland, Oregon Book Award-winning author of the best-selling Kick Ass Women series: Julia Child Rules, How Georgia Became O’Keeffe, The Gospel According to Coco Chanel, and How to Hepburn.

Peter Zuckerman of Portland, coauthor of Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2’s Deadliest Day, which won multiple awards including the American Outdoor Book Award.

John Witte of Eugene, a poet whose work has been in The New Yorker, the Paris Review, and the Kenyon Review. He has four books: Loving the Days, The Hurtling, Second Nature, and Disquiet.

John Addiego of Corvallis, author of a new mystery novel, The Jaguar Tree. He has two other novels, Tears of the Mountain and Islands of Divine Music.

Danielle Cadena Deulen of Salem, author of two prize-winning poetry collections, Lovely Asunder and Our Emotions Get Carried Away Beyond Us, and an award-winning memoir, The Riots.

Ashley Toliver of Portland, author of the poetry chapbook Ideal Machine (Poor Claudia). Her work has appeared in many poetry journals.

Karelia Stetz-Waters of Albany, author of four novels: The Admirer, The Purveyor, Forgive Me If I’ve Told You This Before, and Something True.

The show’s emcee will be Elena Passarello, Corvallis essayist and OSU professor of English. Her work has appeared in Slate and literary journals including the Iowa Review and Oxford American. Her nonfiction book Let Me Clear My Throat was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award.

Hors d’oeuvres and desserts are complimentary. Squirrel’s Tavern will sell beer, wine, and hard cider by the glass. Authors will greet listeners and sign books, which will be available for purchase from Grass Roots Books & Music at the event.


Tickets cost $10; they are available from the Magic Barrel’s website (, or at the door if any seats are left.


By Rob Goffins