CORVALLIS, Ore. - Critically acclaimed writer Tracy Daugherty, a professor at Oregon State University, will read from his new book, "Just One Catch," on Thursday, Oct. 13, at OSU's Valley Library. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. in the main rotunda; a book signing follows.

In "Just One Catch" (St. Martin's Press), Daugherty traces famed American author Joseph Heller's life in from his early days as a Coney Island kid and the son of Russian immigrants, to his growth as a major 20th-century American writer and author of the influential novel "Catch-22."

Daugherty's biography was named one of Publishers Weekly's 2011 Top Summer Books and has garnered praise from reviewers. Donna Seaman, with Booklist, said "Daugherty's groundbreaking portrait of the prophetic, contradictory, and essential Joseph Heller is dramatic and revelatory."

Daugherty is the author of four novels, four short-story collections, and a book of personal essays. His critically acclaimed biography of Donald Barthelme, "Hiding Man," was a New York Times Notable Book. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and is a four-time winner of the Oregon Book Award.

He holds the title of Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing at OSU.

The Literary Northwest Series is co-sponsored by the OSU Beaver Store and the OSU English Department, and celebrates regional literary achievement.

Daugherty will also be appearing in Portland at Wordstock at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 8 at the Oregon Convention Center.

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Rebecca Olson, 541-737-1648