My Edmonds News notes Thursday’s passing of Ivan Doig, a prodigious writer and great friend to the Edmonds literary community. Over the years, many Edmonds residents attended Doig’s readings and book signings.
Doig is the author of 16 books in total, including “This House of Sky” which was a National Book Award nominee. His historical fiction won many awards including the 2007 Wallace Stegner Award, the Western Literature Association’s lifetime Distinguished Achievement award and many Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association honors.
Within hours of his passing news of Doig’s death spread across the Facebook pages of Edmonds-area writers and book club members, including this from Edmonds writer David Gross: “He inspired so many writers and set such a high standard.” Local author Judith Works recalled his 2013 novel, “Bucking the Sun,” as her favorite; and Edmonds resident Maggie Peterson recalled fondly, “This House of Sky.”
Edmonds Bookshop owner Mary Kay Sneeringer added to her Facebook page a tribute that included a photo of Doig at one of the shop’s book signings and this comment, “We mourn the passing of Ivan Doig, a giant among Northwest writers and a friend of Edmonds Bookshop.”
Many of Doig’s books take place in his home state of Montana, including his latest novel scheduled for an Aug. 18 release, “Last Bus to Wisdom”. His last Edmonds book signing was in August 2013 for his novel, “Sweet Thunder.”
Ivan Doig is survived by his wife Carol, professor emeritus journalism, Shoreline Community College; whom he often referred to as his “partner in crime.”
— By Emily Hill