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View Comments[1]By official proclamation, Nov.

6 will be ‘Brian Doyle Day’ in Lake Oswego, with a daylong celebration at the library

REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Lake Oswego Public Library Director Bill Baars sits in front of the newly created Brian Doyle Garden, which will officially be unveiled during a ceremony at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov.
p6.When prolific Lake Oswego author Brian Doyle passed away earlier this year, Lake Oswego Public Library Director Bill Baars described him as a “community treasure.” This week, Baars doubled down on that statement ahead of the city’s celebration of Doyle’s life and legacy. Next Monday is officially “Brian Doyle Day” in Lake Oswego, by proclamation of Mayor Kent Studebaker.

“He was a great spirit in this community,” Baars says of Doyle. “Very much loved and honored, and so much of what Brian wrote about was his life and his community. For a writer of that stature to choose Lake Oswego as his community is pretty amazing.” DOYLEThe public is invited to join library staff on Doyle’s birthday, Nov.

6, in a celebration of his remarkable career as an author and essayist whose works captivated audiences across the country. Throughout the day, fans of Doyle’s work are welcome to add notes to a memory tree, enjoy book displays and view portions of his Lake Oswego Reads presentation, “The Wild and Lovely Threads of Story that Compose and Create a Community.” The day will culminate at 7 p.m. with an unveiling and dedication of the Brian Doyle Garden, with music performed by Kathryn Claire on the Irish fiddle.

“To find a place to honor him in the library was special to us, but the response from the community has been just terrific,” Baars says. “I think it’s very appropriate we have a space to honor this amazing author in our library.” Doyle, a nine-time Oregon Book Award nominee, won in 2016 for his young adult novel “Martin Marten.” His essays and poems have been published in The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Orion, Commonwealth and the Times of London, as well as the annual Best American Essays, Best American Science and Nature Writing and Best American Spiritual Writing anthologies, among others. Doyle’s novel “Mink River” was the selected title for Lake Oswego Reads in 2012 and was a wildly popular choice, according to Baars, bringing with it a sense of community that the program seeks to foster amongst its readers.

“In terms of the library, he was a great fan.

He spent a lot of time here and wrote really wonderful tributes to the library and to Booktique, the library’s nonprofit book store,” Baars says. “He just was always bringing joy, love, laughter and light to the library and the community.” For his part, Doyle loved engaging deeply with Lake Oswegans. In October 2016, he spoke to a gathering at the library about his latest book and later told Library Program Coordinator Cyndie Glazer in an email how much he enjoyed the experience.

“I loooove speaking in our library — it’s moving to me to try to contribute some salt and song to that air I have admired so long,” he wrote. “I always worry a little that I’ll bore people or horrify them. I so want to connect, to move folks, to at least make them laugh; then, I find, you can talk about deeper game.” Contact Lake Oswego Review reporter Sam Stites at 503-636-1281 ext.

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WHAT: Brian Doyle Day WHEN: All day on Monday, Nov.

6,; unveiling ceremony of the Brian Doyle Memorial Garden at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 Fourth St.

COST: Free and open to the public


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