Thursday, May 24, 2012

OLA SSD 2012 Keynote Speaker Brian Doyle

We are very excited to have Oregon writer Brian Doyle as our keynote speaker at this year's conference. Among various honors for his work is the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Mink River, published by Oregon State University Press, was an Oregon Book Awards finalist for 2012. Read why Lake Oswego Public Library chose Mink River for its 2012 city-wide reading program. Watch Brian on Live Wire, taped at the live radio show on November 18, 2011.

The University of Oregon bookstore will be at the conference selling copies of Brian's books -- he's written 10 including Thirsty for the Joy: Australian and American VoicesEpiphanies and Elegies, and The Wet Engine. Books from other Oregon authors will also be available


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  2. OLA-SSD Gateways Conferences always feature informative workshops and inspiring keynote speakers. Having attended several over the past 15 years, yesterday's conference in Eugene was--in my opinion--the best ever. Brian Doyle set the stage with humor and grace, with glimpses into his treasure trove of humorous and sad family stories. He reminded us of our important mission to children and the child within all humanity. His words moved me to laugh and shed some cathartic tears. I really hope someone managed to record his inspiring keynote address to us and will share it on this blog and on Youtube, so non-library folks can enjoy it, too.

    Charlotte Nitcher
    Public Services Specialist
    Deschutes Public Library/Sisters Branch

  3. Thanks, Charlotte. We're so glad you enjoyed the conference and Brian's keynote. I hope someone recorded it, as well, and we'll definitely get it up on the blog if it exists.