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Hal Prize Winner Roger Barr Organizes Charity Reading

Roger Barr – author and first place winner of the fiction category of the Hal Prize – continues a holiday writing tradition in St. Paul this December.

For 24 years, Barr has been writing a new holiday short story about the fictional Batholomew family. The newest story, “Christmas, Like Normal” will be part of his 17-year tradition of organizing a benefit reading in support of area food shelves. The new story explores how we maintain our faith in all its spiritual and secular manifestations in troubled times. 

Since 2004 Barr has organized an annual public reading of his story to benefit local food shelves. For the seventh consecutive year, Barr is supporting the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center Food Shelf. Barr will read “Christmas, Like Normal” at Macalester Plymouth United Church, 1658 Lincoln Avenue in St. Paul, on Dec. 12, 4 pm.   

Attendees can make cash donations or write checks payable to “Hallie Q. Brown Community Center Food Shelf” and Barr will deliver all donations to the center, which remains closed to the public. Copies of Barr’s book The Christmas Promise, which includes Bartholomew stories written from 2011-2019 will be available for purchase at $25, with the entire amount going to the food shelf.    

The reading will be available in-person and via Zoom. You can access the link here>> (Meeting ID: 853 4485 0525, Passcode: 793734)

Barr is the author of ten published books, more than 30 published short stories, an award-winning play and countless newspaper and magazine articles.