Island Books is proud to welcome bestselling Northwest writer Brian Doyle to our store on Saturday, February 27th at 7pm. Best known as a novelist for his beloved modern classics such as Mink River and The Plover, he is also an essayist par excellence, and in his award-winning new collection Children and Other Wild Animals, he describes encounters with astounding beings of every sort and shape. These true tales of animals and human mammals (generally the smaller sizes, but here and there elders and jumbos) delightfully blur the line between the two.
His short vignettes explore the seethe of life on this startling planet, the astonishing variety of our riveting companions, and the joys available to us when we pause, see, savor, and celebrate the small things that are not small in the least.
Doyle’s trademark quirky prose is at once lyrical, daring, and refreshing; his essays are poignant but not pap, sharp but not sermons, and revelatory at every turn. Throughout there is humor and humility and a palpable sense of wonder, with passages of reflection so true and hard earned they make you stop and reread a line, a paragraph, a page.
His visit to Island Books is an unmissable opportunity to see in person an inimitable talent and a Northwest treasure. Admission is free and seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.