Oregon Authors

Brian's Doyle's recommended reading list of Oregon Authors.

Brian Doyle, Oregon’s beloved author was our first author to visit the Langlois Library five years ago. It was such an exhilarating experience that our book club and the Friends of the Langlois Library decided to host an annual Oregon author event. Since then we’ve had Shannon Applegate, Molly Gloss, and Jane Kirkpatrick. Sadly, Brian died of brain cancer several years ago and his loss to Oregon’s community is unfathomable. After his visit, the book club members received the following post when we asked him what would be the best of Oregon authors. Recommendations for reading during this “ Shelter in Place” abound on social media and the net, to include blurbs from NPR, the Atlantic and many others. I am sure that you will appreciate his boundless enthusiasm and thought given to this missive. Also, check out the Coastal Libraries web site for Library2Go section. items.https://coastlinelibrarynetwork.org/

Admittedly, there is a long waiting list for the digital versions of current best sellers. You may have better luck trying Brian’s list.


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Me personally I'd immediately say Ken Kesey's Sometimes a Great Notion, perhaps the best Oregon novel, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Maybe one of the Don Berry novels? Certainly Ursula Le Guin's The Lathe of Heaven, set in Portland, a classic speculative fiction adventure, and certainly David Duncan's The Brothers K or The River Why, heck, maybe both ? you can say accurately of The River Whythat it's a young raw book and not as good as The Brothers Kwhich though much longer is much tighter, but you have to wonder at The River Whyselling briskly and blowing young minds all these years later, something great in that... Read more about Brian's Doyle's recommended reading list of Oregon Authors.

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