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Come to the Lake Oswego library to celebrate Brian Doyle's birthday with cake, readings taking place Nov. 6.

PGM FILE PHOTO  - Brian Doyle was a much admired Lake Oswego resident and author.

The Lake Oswego Public Library will celebrate Brian Doyle Day Nov. 6, Doyle's birthday, honoring the local novelist and essayist who was a longtime Lake Oswegan and tireless supporter of the Lake Oswego Public Library. He died in 2017.

There will be commemorations throughout the day.

At 4 p.m. Mary Doyle, Brian's wife, will read an excerpt from the forthcoming book, "One Long River of Song," a posthumous collection of his writings to be released Dec. 3 by Little Brown & Co.

All are invited write a comment or thought and hang it on the tree that stands next to the Brian Doyle Garden at the library.

Doyle was the longtime editor of Portland Magazine at the University of Portland in Oregon. He was the was the author of more than 40 books including two nonfiction books, two collections of "proems," the short story collection "Bin Laden's Bald Spot," the novella "Cat's Foot," and the novels "Mink River," "The Plover," "Martin Marten" and more.

He was also the editor of several anthologies, including Ho`olaule`a, a collection of writing about the Pacific islands.

Doyle's books have seven times been finalists for the Oregon Book Award, and his essays have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, Orion, The American Scholar, The Sun, The Georgia Review, and in newspapers and magazines around the world, including The New York Times, The Times of London, and The Age (in Australia). His essays have also been reprinted in the annual Best American Essays, Best American Science & Nature Writing, and Best American Spiritual Writing anthologies. Among various honors for his work is a Catholic Book Award, three Pushcart Prizes, the John Burroughs Award for Nature Essays, Foreword Reviews' Novel of the Year award in 2011, and the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2008 (previous recipients include Saul Bellow, Kurt Vonnegut, Flannery O'Connor and Mary Oliver).

Attendees to the event Nov. 6 are welcome to take home a Brian Doyle bookmark and most importantly "be tender and laugh," as Doyle would encourage all to do.

The events are free and open to the public.

The library is located at 706 4th St., Lake Oswego.

— For The Review, Tidings


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