A warm thank you to author Elizabeth Simpson for an inspiring program on beloved author Ivan Doig. We are grateful for her insight on the author and his process. The afternoon was truly about beautiful language and beautiful landscape and we thank her and all those who attended this special program. Please join the Lopez Island Library for a celebration of the life and work of author Ivan Doig who passed away recently on April 9, 2015. This event will be held in the Lopez Library’s main salon. The Lopez Island Library has over twenty-five of his books in its collection. His ﬁrst book, “This House of Sky,” was a ﬁnalist for the National Book Award in 1979. The western landscape and people play an important role in Doig’s fiction, with much of it set in the Montana country of his youth. The first three Montana novels—English Creek, Dancing at the Rascal Fair, and Ride with Me, Mariah Montana, form the “McCaskill trilogy”, covering the first century of Montana’s statehood from 1889 to 1989. In 2007, he won the Wallace prestigious Stegner Award, which recognizes persons who have “made a sustained contribution to the cultural identity of the West.” He was also the recipient of the Western Literature Association’s lifetime Distinguished Achievement award. His most recent books are “The Bartender’s Tale” published in 2012, and “Last Bus to Wisdom” which will be published this year. The highlight of this celebration will be a reading and discussion by Ivan Doig biographer and local Lopez author Elizabeth Simpson. Ms. Simpson’s book (also available at the library and at our Lopez Bookshop) “Earthlight, Wordfire: The Work of Ivan Doig” is a comprehensive study of his work, his landscapes, his weavings of places in American life. We are grateful for her participation and encourage all who have read, continue to discover and admire Ivan Doig, to join us for this special afternoon.
In an interview with Powell’s Books in Oregon, Ivan Doig was asked why he became a writer. He replied: “A lifetime of reasons, but here’s one: For the love of language and that daily tryst of the pair of us, it and me, creating something that did not exist before.”