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Passarello to read from latest book at Linfield

Elena PassarelloElena Passarello, author and assistant professor of English at Oregon State University, will read from and discuss her latest book, “Let Me Clear My Throat,” Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room at Nicholson Library at Linfield College.

“Let Me Clear My Throat,” which was published by Sarabande Books in 2012, is a collection of essays written by Passarello. According to her website, the essays in “Let Me Clear My Throat” are about unforgettable moments in the history of the human voice.

Passarello has won several awards for “Let Me Clear My Throat,” including the gold medal at the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards, and she was named a finalist for a 2014 Oregon Book Award. Her essays have been published by Oxford American, Slate, the Iowa Review, Creative Nonfiction, and in the music writing anthology, “Pop When the World Falls Apart.” She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s from the University of Iowa. Originally from Charleston, S.C., Passarello currently lives in Corvallis.

The event, part of the Readings at the Nick series, is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Nicholson Library and the Linfield College English Department. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, director of Linfield libraries, 503-883-2517.