Brian Doyle to read at Behrend as part of Creative Writers Reading Series

ERIE, Pa. -- Do you ever feel overwhelmed? Feel like you need to get away? Declan O’Donnell acts on that feeling as the protagonist in “The Plover,” the latest novel from author Brian Doyle.

Doyle will read from “The Plover” when the Creative Writers Reading Series resumes at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 24. His reading, and the reception that will precede it, are free and open to the public. Both events will be held in the Larry and Kathryn Smith Chapel.

“The Plover” tells the story of O’Donnell, a man who decides to sail out of Oregon after he becomes fed up with other people and their problems. A slew of unique passengers join him along the way, which leads to many misadventures for the group during their travels.

“The Plover” was released earlier this month and Kirkus Reviews describes the novel as “A rare and unusual book and a brilliant, mystical exploration of the human spirit.”

Doyle is the editor of Portland Magazine at the University of Portland. He has written 13 books, including novels “Mink River” and “Cat's Foot,” and a non-fiction book, “The Grail.”

The Creative Writers Reading Series is produced by Penn State Behrend’s B.F.A. in Creative Writing degree program with support from the Clarence A. and Eugenie Baumann Smith Fund. For additional information call 814-898-6108 or visit

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Last Updated January 09, 2015