Change comes whether we like it or not. We get laid off from a job, a close friend moves away, our landlord decides to sell the apartment we rent. Yet change can also propel us forward, especially when the choice to move on is our own. After almost two years of acting as co-host of the city’s pre-eminent literary potluck, Feast of Words, Irina Zadov is setting out on another adventure. She and her husband will travel across the country and then continue to Belarus, cooking and gathering stories as they go. Fitting, then, that the theme of this second-to-last Feast of Words before the dinner party’s summer hiatus is “Leap of Faith.” Each month, Feast of Words invites a literary and a culinary guest to inspire attendees. (Previous inspirers include Maxine Hong Kingston and Amara Tabor-Smith.) This month Zadov and fellow host Lex Leifheit import author/actress/comedian Beth Lisick, co-founder of the Porchlight storytelling series, as well as musician/composer/chef John Ingle. For the literary portion of the evening, Lisick shares bits from her upcoming novel, which involves a bartender’s search for meaning in the suburbs of her youth; attendees also vie for prizes by participating in a “Leap of Faith” writing exercise. As for the food, everyone is encouraged to bring a dish to share; this is supplemented by Ingle’s inimitable skill in the kitchen.
Tue., April 17, 7 p.m., 2012