Occurs on Sunday March 10 2019

Approximate running time: 2 hours


Vashon Center for the Arts
19600 Vashon Highway SW
Vashon Island WA 98070

Performance Notes

× Story Catcher: The Life and Writing of Brian Doyle Sunday, March 10 | 4 pm

The prodigious writer Brian Doyle, whose humorous and poignant prose earned him several prestigious awards and a national reputation, died of brain cancer in 2017 at the too-young age of 60. His voice lives on through his far-ranging stories, essays, and novels that are brimming with universal, life-changing truths. The evening will be moderated by Mike Feinstein and will offer a spirited discussion of his life and work with some of the people who knew him best.

"It's more important than ever before to hold hands and catch and share stories of substance and grace and defiant courage and irrepressible humor. The alternative is to allow nothing in our lives but sales pitches and lies.” —Brian Doyle

The February 17 Arts & Humanities program, “Story-Catcher—the Life and Writing of Brian Doyle,” features a preview of the March program, "Kissing the Joy as It Flies: The Wit and Wisdom of Brian Doyle" and a panel discussion by four people who knew him in various capacities. Moderated by Mike Feinstein, the production will include three of Doyle’s close friends: Oregon nature writer Robin Cody, University of Portland English professor Father Charles Gordon, former director of the Lake Oswego Library William Baars, and Brian’s wife, artist Mary Miller Doyle.

Gerry and Mike Feinstein founded VCA’s Arts & Humanities series in 2009. The Feinsteins moved to the island from Washington, D.C., in 1995 and soon after started their own publications business serving nonprofit institutions throughout the Northwest. “I first met Brian through my work with academic institutions in Portland more than 20 years ago,” Mike said. “He was a superb writer and editor of Portland Magazine. At first we didn’t realize what a following he had here in the Northwest, but when we invited him to be a speaker in the Arts & Humanities Series in 2015; we had an enthusiastic sold-out crowd. That weekend we got to know Brian as a modest, fun-loving guy who had an enormous appetite for stories about people and for life itself. His memory lives on in his work, which continues to inspire and delight us.

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