Ivan Doig


Lyrical prose and engrossing narrative from a purveyor of tales told in the vernacular.



Ivan Doig "If America was a melting pot, Butte would be its boiling point," notes Morrie, the protagonist of Ivan Doig's most recent book, Work Song, which is peppered with stories of miners and homesteaders, a multi-ethnic stew of people creating and being created by the American West. Jane Ciabattari, in her review says "Doig, who was raised in White Sulphur Springs, gets Butte right, beginning with the rhythms of the language." Here, Doig shares his appetite for lyrical prose and engrossing narrative with three books he can't stop reading.


Books by Ivan Doig




Chronicle in Stone

By Ismail Kadare


"Kadare is one of the treasures recovered from the Cold War, a world-class poet-turned-novelist who, for most of his career, was sealed away behind the totalitarian boundaries of Albania. This tale of a boy who penetrates the life of raindrops and the tides of the World War II invaders of his beleaguered old city is a rare kind of lyrical magic."




The All of It

By Jeannette Haien


"Seldom have secrets been as sweetly revealed as in this tale of a trouble-weary County Mayo priest and his most exemplary couple of parishioners, who, upon their deaths, are found not to have been what everyone assumed. Short but exhilarant of language, this is one that tugs not at the heart, but at the sinews of the heart, lines of unrequited love and gallant endurance."




Isak Dinesen: The Life of a Storyteller

By Judith Thurman


"This vintage biography predates such Dinesen-based movies as Out of Africa and Babette's Feast, yet it remains an exceedingly smart piece of work, cannily following the failed coffee grower and minor aristocrat Karen Blixen as she takes up pen and pen name and, in that breathtaking moment, finds a timeless voice and begins telling us not only of her life in Kenya, but also of the far reaches of her imagination in Winter's Tales, Seven Gothic Tales, and Anecdotes of Destiny."


April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.