Robin Cody and Brian Friesen
It's hard to believe it has been 25 years since the initial publication of Robin Cody's classic Oregon novel Ricochet River. But it has been! On this night we join Portland's own Ooligan Press in celebrating the release of the 25th anniversary edition of Robin Cody's novel and the publication of Brian Friesen's debut novel At the Waterline. Cody's book is a classic coming-of-age novel set in a small Oregon logging town in 1960. Cody's book Voyage of a Summer Sun: Canoeing the Columbia River won the 1996 Oregon Book Award for Literary Nonfiction. His good friend Brian Doyle says "Trust me, people. Robin Cody is one of the great storycatchers and storytellers ever hatched in the Great North Wet."
Friesen's novel portrays life in a rough-and-tumble houseboat community along the Columbia River. Divorced, ashamed, and haunted by a recent tragedy, Chad tries to leave the river but he can't stay away, and he and this makeshift community change each other in unexpected ways.
Founded in 2001, Ooligan Press is a teaching press dedicated to the art and craft of publishing. Affiliated with Portland State University, the press is staffed by students pursuing master's degrees in an apprenticeship program under the guidance of a core faculty of publishing professionals.
This event will also be a fundraiser for the effort to retire Brian Doyle's mortgage:
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.