Magic Barrel Takes Whiteside Stage

magic-barrel2From poet laureates to novelists, the unparalleled literary event of the season is back for its 23rd annual iteration. The Magic Barrel: A Reading to Fight Hunger is named after the wonderful short story collection, The Magic Barrel, by famed Corvallis author Bernard Malamud.

This event sheds a delightful light upon some of Oregon’s finest authors. Headliners include: nationally acclaimed essayist Sallie Tisdale, novelist David Shafer, Oregon poet laureate Elizabeth Woody, short story writer Wayne Harrison, poet Charles Goodrich, and poet Jennifer Richter—all emceed by author Karen Karbo. Beyond its highly anticipated book readings, its setting in the historical Whiteside, jazz music by Corvallis’ LMNO, and tasty beverages provided by Squirrel’s Tavern, the night is also a meaningful charitable event.

For years The Magic Barrel event has raised money for the Linn Benton Food Share, which received nearly $8,000 last year. Hopes this year are for “a full house and $9,000,” according to Magic Barrel committee member Greg Kleiner.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28. The program starts at 7 p.m. at the Whiteside Theatre, 361 SW Madison Avenue in Corvallis. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online or at the door. For more information, visit

By. Jamie Asunsolo