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The Magic Barrel is Back 

Nov. 4th 2022

Doors open at 6 pm
Program at 7 pm

Whiteside Theatre, 361 SW Madison Ave, Corvallis

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We are so excited to announce that the Magic Barrel will take place after a two-year COVID hiatus. Once again, we invite you to a night of short readings by local authors, music, food, drinks, and a chance to connect with friends. 


The Magic Barrel raises funds for the Linn-Benton Food Share.

Donate to the Food Share here

To protect our community,
masks are strongly encouraged

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Readings by Oregon authors, with autographed books for sale by Grass Roots Books and Music.

Chopping Vegetables


Wine, beer, and cider available for purchase, with proceeds going to benefit Linn Benton Food Share.

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Live music before the program and during intermission.

The Mid-Willamette Valley’s premier literary event, The Magic Barrel: A Reading to Fight Hunger, is held each fall in Corvallis, Oregon, to raise funds for Linn Benton Food Share. This unique event which began in 1993 is named after Bernard Malamud’s story by that title, The Magic Barrel, and features writers from around Oregon sharing their fiction, poetry, and works of nonfiction in brief readings.

The evening begins and ends with live music, beer, and wine, with all proceeds benefiting Linn Benton Food Share. The audience enjoys readings by novelists, poets, short story writers, and nonfiction writers. Courtesy of Corvallis’ local bookstore Grass Roots Books and Music, the authors’ books are made available to buy at the event, with all proceeds donated to Linn Benton Food Share.

The event is supported by a major contribution from the OSU Center for the Humanities at Oregon State University, where Malamud once taught, and is organized by a group of Corvallis writers and readers.

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