Popular novelist Aimee Bender comes to OSU on Nov. 11


CORVALLIS, Ore. – Fiction writer Aimee Bender, celebrated for her unique style and use of magical elements in contemporary settings, will read from her recently released novel, “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake,” on Friday, Nov. 11 at Oregon State University.

The free public event begins at 7:30 p.m. in The Valley Library’s main rotunda; a book signing follows.

“The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake” tells the story of Rose Edelstein, an unassuming yet extraordinary nine-year-old, who discovers that she has the magical power to taste emotions after biting into her mother’s lemon-chocolate cake. Her miraculous gift reveals the emotional secrets of those around her as she eats her way toward an understanding of the power and burdens of knowing too much about other people.

The Los Angeles Times described Bender as the “master of quiet hysteria” and People magazine called her newest novel “moving, fanciful and gorgeously strange.”

Bender is the author of four books including “The Girl in the Flammable Skirt” (1998), which was a New York Times Notable Book, “An Invisible Sign of My Own” (2000), a Los Angeles Times Pick of the Year, and “Willful Creatures” (2005), which was nominated by The Believer as one of the best books of the year. She lives in Los Angeles and teaches creative writing.

Bender’s appearance is part of the 2011-12 Visiting Writers Series, and is made possible by contributions from The Valley Library, the OSU Department of English, the Office of the Provost, the College of Liberal Arts, Kathy Brisker and Tim Steele, and the OSU Beaver Store.