Special Preview of our New Guestrooms

at Kennedy School

Featuring a reading by author

Brian Doyle

with live music by

Jake Ray

and more

  • 5 p.m. ’til late |
  • Free |
  • All ages welcome

About Special Preview of our New Guestrooms


Event Schedule

5 p.m. ‘til 9 p.m.

New guestrooms open for viewing

7 p.m. ‘til 7:45 p.m.

Brian Doyle reading in the gym

7 p.m. ‘til 11 p.m.

Jake Ray playing in the gym

We’ve been talking up our 22 new guestrooms for months now – and today’s the day we let you all in to have a look! The rooms become open to guests who reserve them on December 21.

Set in a newly constructed building set just behind the main hotel, these 22 new guestrooms are each inspired by a book (including one by the featured speaker, Brian Doyle), chosen by Mike McMenamin. Each room will have its own bathroom and a king-sized bed, plus lots of light and original artwork by our staff of artists.

After (or before) checking out the new building and rooms, stop by the Gym to hear Portland author Brian Doyle read from one of his works and listen to the live music of Jake Ray.

While you’re visiting, try one or two of our specialty cocktails, based on the authors or books, available in all of the bars onsite.

Maybe there could be an alternative reading list, after all the typical books required by the school have been read and salted away. Maybe it's a list compiled by the janitor who has become something of a legend over the years by spreading around this particular list of books with strange words of encouragement like, "Do not read any of these books as they might be too much for you at this time," or "If you're not of sound mind..." and things of that sort. He then might go into a strange dance and give you a wink while he sweeps down the hallways. Maybe there is a remote and separate wing of the school where things aren't quite as they should be. It could be the English wing and maybe it's where the janitor holds impromptu readings and discussions and there is where, just maybe, great things can begin....

- Mike McMenamin

  1. A Box of Rain, Robert Hunter
  2. The Compleat Angler, Sir Izaac Walton
  3. A Confederate General from Big Sur, Richard Brautigan
  4. The Farthest Shore, Ursula K. Le Guin
  5. Garcia: An American Life, Blair Jackson
  6. Golf In The Kingdom, Michael Murphy
  7. The Great Good Place, Ray Oldenburg
  8. The Greater Trumps, Charles Williams
  9. Ireland, A Novel, Frank Delaney
  10. Jayber Crow, Wendell Berry
  11. The Keep, Jennifer Egan
  12. Left Out in the Rain: Poems, Gary Snyder
  13. Little Chapel on the River, Gwendolyn Bounds
  14. Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
  15. Mink River, Brian Doyle
  16. The Mystery of Golf, Arnold Haultain
  17. The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern
  18. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garciá Márquez
  19. Paris Was Yesterday, Janet Flanner
  20. The Philosopher’s Stone, Colin Wilson
  21. Ramona series, Beverley Cleary
  22. Returning to Earth: A Novel, Jim Harrison
  23. The Riddlemaster of Hed, Patricia A. McKillip
  24. The River Why, David James Duncan
  25. The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd
  26. Sometimes A Great Notion, Ken Kesey
  27. Stagecoach and Tavern Days, Alice Morse Earle
  28. A Thatched Roof, Beverly Nichols
  29. Tropic of Capricorn, Henry Miller
  30. The Wee Free Men, Terry Pratchett
  31. Winter’s Tale, Mark Helprin

About Brian Doyle


Brian Doyle recently penned his own biography thusly: “Brian Doyle is, in order, a dad, a dad, a dad, a husband, the editor of Portland Magazine at the University of Portland, a guy who tries to be a decent son and friend and brother, and a writer who recently committed the sprawling epic Oregon novel, Mink River.”

To this, we would add that he is the author of ten books, including The Grail, with its lengthy but descriptive subtitle, “A year rambling & shambling through an Oregon vineyard in pursuit of the best pinot noir wine in the whole wild world.” His essays have been published in Best American Essays and Best American Spiritual Writing anthologies, and received the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, all the while he continues to make Portland his home.

About Jake Ray


Singer songwriter Jake Ray has never stayed in one place long-but when a broke down truck left him stranded in Portland, OR he quickly found himself warmly welcomed into the vibrant music scene, playing a well rounded mix of mostly his own songs and a few covers of the music that has inspired him through the years. In traditional country style, his songs tell personal stories of heartbreak, hope, pain and redemption soaked with whiskey and the struggles of getting by. He has a way of taking you on an incredible journey with his lyrics and music-from the moments of rich, soul-touching sadness to the up beat rockabilly numbers where you are transported back in time to some roadside Honky Tonk dancing all your cares away.

Jake Ray - guitar/vocals
Tim Acott - bass
Paul Brainard - pedal steel
Ian Miller - lead guitar
Kevin Major - snare drum


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