There's a writer in town named D.K. Holm. I've been a reader of his on-and-off for a few years; he's also a friend and colleague of several of my local critic friends.
And he has esophageal cancer. And he's a freelance writer without health insurance, faced with the prospect of thousands of dollars of medical bills.
So his friends have booked a fundraiser to help Holm: Sunday, April 27th at 7 p.m. at Cinema 21 in NW Portland.
There will be music (by Thomas Lauderdale of Pink Martini), a silent auction, and more. There will also be dramatic readings of some of the hate mail his writings have inspired; coffeeinhell will be employing her good radio voice to read one of them.
This is a guy whose entertainment writing is read, and vouched for, by entertainment-coverage hound Kevin Smith (Holm's written for Smith's Quick Stop Entertainment for years, starting back when it was Movie Poop Shoot Dot Com). He's a great analyst of the work of Quentin Tarantino (two books' worth so far, and that's not all of his print-published work). He's a good, talented guy, and thus this is a good cause. I'll be there.
(Thanks to coffeeinhell for the heads-up and Mike Russell for creating the "Help D.K. Holm" webpage...)