Read to Rebuild: A Benefit for Haiti

I haven’t posted in a while, so I come loaded with excuses.  I’ve been working on the Reading Local Portland site, doing a lot of interviews  with terrific, fascinating people (Heidi Durrow, Jedediah Berry, Arthur Bradford, Nathaniel Boggess, Jennifer Richter, Keith Scribner, and Dao Strom) and generally keeping up on what’s going on, book-wise around our fair city.  Which is always a lot.  And now I’m helping add to the crowded literary calendar.

Reading Local Portland is pairing up with The Writers’ Dojo, a local writers’ center, to host a reading benefit for Mercy Corps’ work in Haiti.  We’ve been working on this for a while, and we have a stellar lineup planned.  It looks something like this:

Read to Rebuild Haiti Benefit

Thanks to Dark Horse Comics for the awesome poster design.  Clicking should embiggenate for legibility.

But in case it’s still teeny, we’ve got readings by Ariel Gore, Margaret Malone, Laura Moulton, Ben Parzybok, Kevin Sampsell, and Tom Spanbauer.  That’s a pretty smokin’ lineup, no?  We’ll have two Mercy Corps folks there with slides and comments about their recent work in Haiti.  We’ll have cello and violin from local duo Sweeter Than Later.

We’ll also have free wine from Cameron Hughes Winery, free snacks from Ladybug Organic Coffee Company, and a raffle of prizes from sponsors ranging from Broadway Books, Dark Horse Comics, Wordstock, Back Fence PDX, and many others.

It all goes down Tuesday, March 16, at The Writers’ Dojo in St. John’s, PDX (directions are in that link.)  Doors open at 6:30, and readings start at 7 pm.

If you’re reading this in Portland, I hope you can make it–and if you have your own Portland book blog, I hope you’ll consider linking to this post or posting some encouragement to your readers to join us that night.  It’s going to be awesome, and Haiti needs everyone’s help.

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