Brian Doyle

Reviews: Brian Doyle

Maximum Shelf: The Plover, Shelf Awareness

Jeff Baker: Portland writer Brian Doyle has four books coming in the next 12 months, OregonianLive: The Oregonian

Dawn and Mary by Brian Doyle


For more information on the series, please contact Olivia Archibald.

Schedule of events

Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014

Student presentation
11 a.m. - noon
Norman Worthington Conference Center

Brian's daytime presentation will be given in an interdisciplinary course taught by Dr. Jamie Olson from the English department and Dr. Joe Mailhot from Math.

Focusing on the theme of
"Cli-Fi: Conceiving of Climate Change," the class combines concepts and readings from both science fiction and math. Students from other Saint Martin's classes and area high schools, alongside Saint Martin's staff and faculty have also been invited.

Afternoon reception
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
O'Grady Library's Reading Room

The campus community is invited to a reception for Brian Doyle hosted by the English department.

Evening presentation
7 p.m.
Norman Worthington Conference Center

Mr. Doyle will hold a book signing after the evening presentation.

Books written by Brian Doyle are available to purchase at the Saint Martin's bookstore and will also be available to purchase after Mr. Doyle's evening presentation.

An evening with acclaimed author Brian Doyle

Department overviewEnglish (M., m.)Writing (m.) Les Bailey Writers Series Sigma Tau Delta

“Grace under duress, stories as food, laughter as a weapon against the dark, courage when it doesn’t make any sense, and minor further discussion of basketball, writers, hawks, headlong children, the prevalence of miracles, and thorny holiness”

Brian Doyle is an award-winning author of 14 books of essays, poems, stories, nonfiction and fiction, including “Mink River” and “The Plover.” His work has been featured in prominent national magazines and several anthologies. Doyle also is the editor of Portland, the University of Portland magazine that Newsweek has called “the best university magazine in America.”

More about Brian Doyle

Brian Doyle

… is a hirsute shambling shuffling mumbling grumbling muttering muddled maundering meandering male being who edits Portland Magazine at the University of Portland, in Oregon – the best university magazine in America, according to Newsweek, and “the best spiritual magazine in the country,” according to author Annie Dillard, clearly a woman of surpassing taste and discernment.

Doyle is the author of fourteen books of essays, poems, stories, nonfiction (The Grail, about a year in an Oregon vineyard, and The Wet Engine, about the “muddles & musics of the heart”), and the sprawling novels Mink River and The Plover.

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 often 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, mysteriously, the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2008, this last particularly amazing because previous recipients include Saul Bellow, Kurt Vonnegut, Flannery O’Connor, and Mary Oliver, and wouldn’t that be great table talk?

His greatest accomplishments are that a riveting woman said yup when he mumbled a marriage proposal, that the Coherent Mercy then sent them three lanky snotty sneery testy sweet brilliant nutty muttering children in skin boats from the sea of the stars, and that he once made the all-star team in a Boston men’s basketball league that was a really tough league, guys drove the lane in that league they lost fingers, man, one time a guy drove to the basket and got hit so hard his right arm fell off but he was lefty and hit both free throws, so there you go.

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