Ivan Doig was born in Montana and grew up along the Rocky Mountain Front, the dramatic landscape that has inspired much of his writing. A former ranch hand, newspaperman, and magazine editor, Doig is the author of twelve novels, most recently The Bartender's Tale and Sweet Thunder, and four works of nonfiction, including his classic first book, the memoir This House of Sky. He has been a National Book Award finalist and has received the Wallace Stegner Award and a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Western Literature Association, among numerous other honors.
His major theme is family life in the past, mixing personal memory and regional history. The first three Montana novelsEnglish Creek, Dancing at the Rascal Fair, and Ride with Me, Mariah Montanaform the so-called "McCaskill trilogy," covering the first centennial of Montana's statehood from 1889 to 1989. As the western landscape and people play an important role in his fiction, he has been hailed as the new dean of western literature, a worthy successor to Wallace Stegner.
He lives in Seattle.
This biography was last updated on 07/03/2014.
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