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Cheryl Strayed, a Portland novelist, advice columnist and memoirist tops the list of speakers at this year's “HomeWord Bound” event, which takes place in the Oregon Zoo's Cascade Crest Banquet Center on Friday.

The annual event for Community Partners for Affordable Housing brings together authors from across the Pacific Northwest for an evening of fun and literature.

The evening includes dinner, a silent auction and book signings.

Now in its 16th year, “HomeWord Bound” has become a major fundraiser for CPAH, which provides cheap, convenient housing for individuals and families across Tigard, Beaverton and Southwest Portland.

The group operates eight affordable housing complexes. It’s newest complex, a four-story apartment building in downtown Beaverton is expected to open in 2015.

Friday’s event will be headlined by Strayed, the writer and former advice columnist whose memoir “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail” has been translated into more than 30 languages and remained at the top of the New York Times’ best seller list for seven weeks. The book is currently being made into a film starring Reese Witherspoon.

Strayed gained prominence through her popular advice column "Dear Sugar" on "The Rumpus." Her two other books are “Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar” and “Torch,” a novel.

Accompanying Strayed at Friday’s event is popular writer and arts, music and TV journalist Peter Ames Carlin. Carlin, a former reporter for The Oregonian, left the paper in 2011 to focus on writing books. His newest book “Bruce,” a biography about rocker Bruce Springsteen, was on the New York Times best seller list.

Debut novelist Cari Luna, whose novel “The Revolution of Every Day” about a community of tenement squatters in New York City, will also speak at Friday’s event, along with guest authors Stevan Allred, Kelly Williams Brown, Monica Drake, Kent Hartman, April Henry, Bart King, Matt Love, Julie Richardson, Kevin Sampsell and Willy Vlautin.

At Friday’s fundraiser, CPAH also plans to present the Friend of Affordable Housing award to Craig Dirksen, a Metro councilor and former Tigard mayor.

Tickets are $85 per person and can be purchased at cpahinc.org. It's $850 to reserve a table for 10 people.

Reservations are required and can be made online. The event begins at 6 p.m. Proceeds will benefit CPAH.

For more information, call 503-293-4038 or visit www.cpahinc.org.

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