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Portland Magazine editor Brian Doyle has two books nominated for 2013 Oregon Book Awards

Portland Magazine editor Brian Doyle has been nominated for two Oregon Book Awards, it was announced today. Doyle’s book Bin Laden’s Bald Spot was nominated for the Ken Kesey Award for Fiction, and his book Cat’s Foot was nominated for the Leslie Bradshaw Award for Young Adult Literature. Literary Arts released the finalists for 26th annual Oregon Book Awards today; the winners will be announced at the 26th Oregon Book Awards ceremony on April 8, 2013.

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“Ah, it’s a great honor to be a finalist,” said Doyle. “To have books chosen as among the best written in this most literate and literary state, that’s a joy. Plus you get free tickets to the award ceremony, and Ursula Le Guin is there every year, and Ursula Le Guin is one of the finest writers America ever hatched, and I can sit near her and bathe in her aura. This is why I write fiction, so I can sit near Ursula Le Guin at the awards ceremony. You have to have ambition as a writer, and that’s mine, to sit two rows behind Ursula Le Guin. You don’t get that chance every day, you know.”

Bin Laden’s Bald Spot is a collection of short stories published by Red Hen Press, while Cat’s Foot is a novella published by Corby Books about a man who goes in search of the foot he has lost in a war. Last year, Doyle’s debut novel Mink River was also a finalist for the Ken Kesey Award for Fiction. Doyle is the author of twelve books and has been nominated for seven Oregon Book Awards in four different categories.

University of Portland’s quarterly Portland Magazine, edited by Doyle since 1991, recently earned a 2012 national bronze medal for writing excellence from the international Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the premier trade association for higher education public relations, marketing, and fundraising efforts. Portland has now won a CASE national medal of some hue for 19 consecutive years. The honors include five national gold medals as the best small-circulation university magazine in America, and CASE’s 2005 Sibley Award as the best college magazine of any size.

The University of Portland is an independently governed Catholic university guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross. U.S. News & World Report ranks the institution as one of the top ten regional universities in the West. It is the only school in Oregon to offer a College of Arts & Sciences, a graduate school, and nationally accredited programs in the schools of business, education, engineering, and nursing.

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