This last weekend, Oregon lost one of its most generous and active literary acrobats: Brian Doyle. Please consider helping out his family in this difficult time by going to Broadway Books this Wednesday, May 31st, and purchasing as many books as you can afford to carry. A percentage of the proceeds from book sales this Wednesday will be given to his family to help offset medical and mortgage bills.
This Wednesday evening (May 31st), Robin Cody and I will be reading from Brian Doyle’s work, and from our own as a way to remember and honor Brian’s life and influence on so many writers and readers in the Pacific Northwest. Robin and I are donating sales of our books this Wednesday to Brian’s family, who could use the support and encouragement. I hope you can help us pack the house with people who need literary comfort and joy during this difficult time.
Remembrance in the Oregonian
|Brian Doyle has read at Broadway Books dozens of times, has given the universe hundreds of thoughtful and gorgeously written essays and almost as many books, and wrote a beautiful piece for the store on our 20th anniversary. This fall he was diagnosed with brain cancer and is now in hospice. A GoFundMe site has been created by some of his friends to help retire the mortgage on his house.
On Wednesday, May 31st, Brian’s good friend Robin Cody will be reading at the bookstore, along with another Ooligan author, Brian Friesen. We are declaring the whole day Brian Doyle Day and will donate 20% of our sales the entire day (not just during the reading) to the campaign to retire his mortgage.
Many of our customers have asked what they can do to help Brian. Whenever you buy one of Brian’s books, you are contributing to royalty checks that will go to Brian and his family. On May 31st, however, ANY book you buy will help Brian’s family. In addition, Robin Cody is donating the profits from the sales of his books to the fund. Also, an anonymous (and very kind) donor has offered to match the Broadway Books donation to Brian’s fund!
Please join us for the reading that night at 7 pm – or at any time during the day — to lend support to the Doyle family.
Sally McPherson and Kim Bissell
1714 NE Broadway
Portland, OR 97232