Brian generously visited the Hoffman Center twice to read at our Manzanita Writers’ Series in its fledgling years. He packed the house. He also stepped up to judge submissions when we launched our literary publication the North Coast Squid. He was eager to encourage other writers.
When Brian read from his works, he could make us laugh or cry. He often cried along with us. His passion for writing and storytelling was contagious.
Brian was a born storyteller. Even when he wasn’t reading from one of his carefully crafted books, he engaged audiences with fascinating stories. One favorite told of an exchange he had with a Buddhist monk backstage before an appearance of the Dalai Lama. They discussed, at length and with some passion, whether basketball or soccer was the best sport. It took a few minutes before Brian realized he was talking with the Dalai Lama himself, not one of his entourage.
It’s hard to believe Brian is no longer with us here but we expect he’s busy telling stories wherever he is.
For fans who would like to help Brian’s family in this time of need, a GoFundMe campaign has been set up at: https://www.gofundme.com/betenderandlaugh
If you’re not acquainted with his work, here’s A Guide to Brian Doyle’s Best Works by April Baer of OPB: http://www.opb.org/artsandlife/article/brian-doyle-oregon-author-books/