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Saturday, December 2, 2023
Dec. 2, 2023

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Open-mic session to celebrate Brautigan

The Columbian

Vancouver poet Christopher Luna will host a special open-microphone reading and celebration Thursday of poet Richard Brautigan at the Clark County Historical Museum.

The free reading is from 7-9:30 p.m. at 1511 Main St., where the museum is displaying “Autumn Trout Gathering,” an exhibit on Brautigan, until Jan. 30.

Members of the community are encouraged to bring a favorite Brautigan poem to read during the open-mic session.

Although admission is free, Luna encourages those attending to make a small donation to the museum, which will stay open almost six hours later than usual.

Richard Brautigan was born in Tacoma in 1935 and moved to San Francisco in 1956, where he rose to international prominence as the author said to best capture the spirit of the counterculture during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Brautigan, who died in 1984, is best remembered for his novel “Trout Fishing in America” (1967), his poetry collection “The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster” (1968), and his collection of stories “Revenge of the Lawn” (1971).

The reading will include a presentation by Washington State University Vancouver professor John Barber, a personal friend of Brautigan who developed and maintains the Brautigan Bibliography and Archive (www.brautigan.net) based at the Clark County Historical Museum.

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