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Books: Ivan Doig tribute Sept. 18 at Village Books

Author Ivan Doig and his last book is the subject of a tribute by his wife, Carol Doig, and author David Laskin Sept. 18 at Village Books.
Author Ivan Doig and his last book is the subject of a tribute by his wife, Carol Doig, and author David Laskin Sept. 18 at Village Books. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Seattle writer Ivan Doig, one of the great novelists of the American West, died in April 2015, but independent bookstores in the region are celebrating his last, recently published book, “Last Bus to Wisdom.”

Locally, David Laskin, author of “The Family” and “The Children’s Blizzard” join Ivan’s wife, Carol Doig, at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, at Village Books, 1200 11th St.

In his last novel, set in 1951 in Doig’s beloved Two Medicine Country of the Montana Rockies, 11-year-old Donal Cameron is being raised by his grandmother, the cook at the legendary Double W ranch. But when she has to have surgery, she sends Donal off to her sister in Manitowoc, Wis. Aunt Kate, though, is bossy, opinionated, argumentative and tyrannical, and henpecks the man she calls her husband, as well as Donal.

Donal and Herman decide to hop the next Greyhound and fly the coop together. On the road, they meet an ensemble of characters and have a mess of misadventures along the way.

More on Doig: ivandoig.com.

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