CORVALLIS, Ore. - Dawn Raffel will read from her illustrated memoir "The Secret Life of Objects" on Friday, April 19, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the rotunda of the Valley Library at Oregon State University.

The reading is free and open to the public, and a book signing will follow.

"The Secret Life of Objects" was on Oprah's Summer Reading List and Best Memoir List for 2012. Raffel's stories have appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, BOMB, Conjunctions, and numerous other periodicals and anthologies. She is now editor-at-large for the book section of "Readers Digest."

Jane Ciabattari of the Chicago Tribune wrote of "The Secret Life of Objects": "Her gift for capturing the nugget of a relationship in a single backward glance works beautifully in this illustrated memoir."

Raffel's appearance in Corvallis is part of the OSU School of Writing, Literature, and Film's Visiting Writers Series, and is sponsored by The Valley Library, the Office of the Provost, the College of Liberal Arts, Kathy Brisker and Tim Steele, and the OSU Beaver Store.

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