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Main Characters
in Mink River

Moses, a talking crow raised by the old

Cedar, war veteran and head of the
Department of Public Works with
Worried Man.

Worried Man (Billy), a Salish native,
married to Maple Head (May), a
sixth grade school teacher; parents of
No Horses (Nora).

No Horses (Nora), a wood sculptor,
married to Owen Cooney, Irish
immigrant; parents of Daniel, a young
boy with three thick braids of different

Red Hugh O'Donnell; father to
Grace, Declan, Niall and Peadar.

Michael, town policeman, married to

Rachel and Timmy, a young couple
working at the shingle factory.

Questions ?   Call 541-475-3351 or Email Library



Brian Doyle

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in our library catalog. 

  Do You Know These Hands?
The Madras and Warm Springs connection
with "Mink River" author Brian Doyle.

All of March

Oregon Coast Pictures by Bill Vollmer
In the Jefferson County Library
Reflecting the setting for "Mink River".


Friday March 2nd


5:30-7:00 pm - at the Art Adventure Gallery 185 SE 5th St.
Art Gallery Reception
The Art Adventure Gallery and Jefferson County Community Read 2012 will host an opening reception with photographers, Sean Minogue and Mick Geronimo of Lake Oswego. Photographs and paintings were created to visualize our Community Read book “Mink River” by Brian Doyle.

Mar 2 through Mar 30

11am-5pm Monday through Friday
at the
Art Advenature Gallery 185 SE 5th St. Madras OR.
Art Gallery Exhibit
The Art Adventure Gallery, in conjunction with Jefferson County Community Read 2012, will be hosting an exhibit of photographs and paintings created for “Lake Oswego Reads Mink River.” The photographers “set out to capture the essence of Brian Doyle’s Oregon coast” and the 18 professional artists reveled in the “rich visual possibilities” of the book.

Friday March 16th

7:00 pm - at the Warm Springs Library
Author Presentation
Brian Doyle will expand on the Native American themes in “Mink River” and any other topic that surfaces from dialogue with the audience. A frequent speaker and author of ethical and spiritual essays, his sense of humor can be seen in his presentation title: An Evening of Burbling Storytelling & Snickering & Etc. in That Vein with Oregon Author Brian Doyle.

Saturday March 17th

10:00 am - noon - in the Library Rodriguez Annex
Writer's Workshop
A Saturday morning Writer’s Workshop by “Mink River” author Brian Doyle, will be held in the basement of the Rodriguez Annex of the Jefferson County Library: A Not-Workshop with Brian Doyle During Which We Will Play with Starts and Seeds of Stories for Sheer Entertainment.
(Limit 18 - Call the library to sign up. 541-475-3351)

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm - at Great Earth Natural Foods
Schmoozing & Wine Tasting with the Author
Jefferson County Community Read author Brian Doyle & Wine Tasting at Great Earth Natural Foods. “The Grail: A year ambling & shambling through an Oregon vineyard in pursuit of the best pinot noir wine in the whole wild world,” a book of essays about the Lange Winery in Dundee, Oregon, also by Brian Doyle, inspired a wine-tasting event with Great Earth Natural Foods. Gary and Troy will have wines from the Lange Vineyard for tasting ($5), and a single bottle of Lange’s best and most expensive wine for a $5 taste limited to the first 20 requests. Does an expensive wine really taste better?

7:00 pm - in the Library Rodriguez Annex
Author Presentation
Community Read author Brian Doyle will make a presentation about his fiction book, “Mink River,” a finalist for the Oregon Book awards to be announced later this month. A frequent speaker and author of ethical and spiritual essays, his sense of humor can be seen in his presentation title: An Evening of Burbling Storytelling & Snickering & Etc. in That Vein with Oregon Author Brian Doyle.

 Sponsors:    Summer and Adele Rodriguez Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation
                   Mail Copies and More
                   Don and Ruth Ann Hopps
                   Jefferson County Library District
                   Mountain Photo & Graphics
                   Great Earth

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Like Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood and Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio, Brian Doyle’s stunning fiction debut brings a town to life through the jumbled lives and braided stories of its people.

In a small town on the Oregon coast there are love affairs and almost-love-affairs, mystery and hilarity, bears and tears, brawls and boats, a garrulous logger and a
silent doctor, rain and pain, Irish immigrants and Salish stories, mud and laughter. There’s a Department of
Public Works that gives haircuts and counts insects, a policeman addicted to Puccini, a philosophizing crow, beer and berries. An expedition is mounted, a crime committed, and there’s an unbelievably huge picnic on the football field. Babies are born. A car is cut in half with a saw. A river confesses what it’s thinking…

It’s the tale of a town, written in a distinct and lyrical voice, and readers will close the book more than a little sad to leave the village of Neawanaka, on the wet coast of Oregon, beneath the hills that used to boast the biggest trees in the history of the world.    -OSU Press

Brian Doyle Biography

Brian Doyle is the editor of Portland Magazine at the University of Portland, in Oregon, and a 2008 recipient of the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Portland has earned five consecutive national gold medals as the finest small-circulation university magazine in the United States, and won the 2005 Sibley Award from Newsweek magazine as the finest university magazine, bar none. Which we crowed about for a couple days and then slogged back to work. Portland has been graced over the years with work by Barry Lopez, Andre Dubus, Terry Tempest Williams, Edward Hoagland, Cynthia Ozick, Edward O. Wilson, Ian Frazier, Mary Gordon, Colm Toibin, Pico Iyer, Tony Hillerman, Jan Morris, James Carroll, Sallie Tisdale, Bill McKibben, Joseph Epstein, Mary Lee Settle, William Stafford, David James Duncan, Ursula Le Guin, and Rick Bass, among many other fine writers.
“A great magazine, the finest spiritual magazine in the United States,” Annie Dillard has said of it, without prompting or remuneration (yet) by the editor. Fine woman, Annie Dillard.
God is Love, an anthology of the best spiritual essays and poems from Portland Magazine, was published in 2003 by Augsburg Fortress Press in Minnesota.

Brian Doyle is the author of ten books:

  • Mink River, a “sprawling Oregon novel.” “This is a Great. American. Novel.” (Cynthia Ozick). Oregon State Press, 2010.
  • Thirsty for the Joy: Australian & American Voices (One Day Hill, Victoria, Australia, 2008), a collection of “, poems, stories-as-told-to-me-in-startling-fashion, voices, shreds of tale, shards of adventures, spoken notes…”
  • Epiphanies & Elegies (Rowman and Littlefield, 2007), a collection of “proems, very short stories, voices, rhythmic tales, sort-of-poems…”
  • The Grail: a year ambling & shambling through an Oregon vineyard in pursuit of the best pinot noir wine in the whole wild world (Oregon State University Press, March 2006) – a cheerful fan’s notes about how wine is actually made, a sort of wine for dummies or Wine 101, starring a father-and-son winemaking team in Oregon.
  • The Wet Engine (Paraclete Press, 2005), “a headlong heartfelt chant and song and expedition to the seat of the soul, the pumping station of the body, the power house, headquarters, head water, fuse-box, crossroads, the crucial battery, the mysterious extraordinary moist relentless fragile holy human heart; and notes on how it works and doesn’t work, and what it means, and how we use it so easily and casually as a metaphor for the extraordinary loves and pains that course through us like muscular rivers; and explorations of doctors and nurses and surgeries and the hearts of hummingbirds and whales and worms; and agony and atresia and courage and cardiology and blood and pulse and ebb and flow and prayer and people and the pain and poetry of the chambered muscle that drives us humming and weeping and hopeless and hopeful through the intricate countries of our days.”
  • Spirited Men (Cowley Publications, 2004), a collection of eleven long essays about literary and musical storytellers from William Blake to Robert Louis Stevenson to Van Morrison;
  • Leaping (Loyola Press, 2003), a collection of essays in what Cynthia Ozick calls “the jubilantly idiosyncratic and laughing language of love”;
  • Saints Passionate & Peculiar (St. Mary’s Press, 2002), a collection of “brief excitable headlong essays” for teenagers about saints;
  • Credo, a collection of essays about believing in many things (Saint Mary’s Press, 1999); and
  • Two Voices (with his father, Jim Doyle), a collection of their essays (Liguori Publications, 1996).

    Books may be purchased for $14 at:
      •  Jefferson County Library
      •  Art Adventure Gallery
      •  Mail Copies and More
      •  Warm Springs Museum
    Available for checkout at the library.


Contributions to support Jefferson County Community Reads activities may be sent to:

Jefferson County Community Read
                         Attention:    Library Director                              
Send to:    241 SE 7th Street
                 Madras, OR 97741

Questions:  contact Library Director at  541-475-3351
A contribution qualifies as a 501 (c) (3) deduction. Non-Profit Number : 93-0493296

Book Selection Guidelines:

1.  A book for high school age and older that would appeal to a wide range of readers.
2.  Priority for the author to be present.
3.  A book that will foster discussion among residents and bring the community together through the common bond of reading.
4.  A book that would offer opportunities for additional special events.
5.  Affordable, in paperback & audio.
6.  A book that “feels right” for our community

Mission Statement

The mission of the Jefferson County Community Read program is to provide a forum for bringing our community together through a common book with activities that encourage the full participation of our multicultural community. This is done to promote reading, to foster literacy, to help our residents have a growing understanding of our cultural diversity, and to encourage dialogue among our community members. 

A scrapbook of Community Read activities and events from each year is kept in the Office of the Library Director.

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