Ruminate Magazine says of Brian Doyle: “His lyrical prose, even when working with weighty, difficult topics, carries a timbre of grace that leaves you full-hearted and stunned.” You’re invited to join a BOOK GROUP to explore Doyle’s work with friends in October and November, and then to listen to him and lunch with him the first weekend of December.
1) A Shimmer of Something — Meets 10 a.m. Sundays at FBC (begins Oct. 23)
No RSVP necessary. “Doyle surprises us, steering us away from the predictable and routine, saying all of those things that are un-sayable, and capturing our attention so that we can see what we were just about to miss.” —from the introduction, by Jill Pelaez Baumgaertner
2) Grace Notes — Meets 12:15 p.m. Sundays at FBC (begins Oct. 23)
No RSVP necessary. In this eclectic and compelling collection of stories Doyle writes about his discovery of the incarnated Spirit of God every time he turns around, often in the most unlikely of people, places, and things. Be prepared to take a beautiful, breathtaking, tear-jerking ride on some of the most accomplished, outside-the-box writing you’ve ever read.
3) Mink River — Meets 12 p.m. Tuesdays at Pura Vida (begins Oct. 25)
RSVP to email@example.com. “I’ve read no Northwest novel like it and enjoyed few novels more. Of this Oregon I am nothing but glad to have wandered. Mink River sings and sings.” —David James Duncan
4) The Grail — Meets 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at R. Stuart & Co. (begins Oct. 25)
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. “Like the wine Doyle writes of, these recollections are layered with subtlety and depth… Perfect for wine aficionados and word lovers, this is a full-bodied, ebullient account.” —Publishers Weekly Starred Review
5) Children & Other Wild Animals — Meeting time & place TBD. RSVP to email@example.com. “In Doyle’s universe, language is too wild to be confined to a single genre, just as living things (human and otherwise) are too wild to be confined to separate niches. He makes us feel the aliveness of words, newts, hummingbiirds, infants, teenagers, in essays as fervent as prayers.” —Anne Faidman