Over 200 people showed up last Wednesday night at William Woods auditorium in Fulton to hear about the working lives of horses in America 1880-1920. Equine instructor Laura Ward showed off some lovely horse blankets and sleigh bells. She also brought along great old photos of horses being used for all kinds of work.
The Boonslick Chord Busters and the Sweet Adelines chorus performed music from the era of “The Whistling Season” at a One Read concert at Columbia’s Cherry Street Artisan.
A good crowd of readers came by the Columbia library and William Woods in Fulton to talk to One Read author Ivan Doig. The author said he draws on his early years growing up in Montana and his career as a journalist in Illinois. Doig also answered lots of questions and even read an excerpt from his novel in progress which is a sequel to “The Whistling Season.” In the scene Doig read, Morrie is working in a library in Butte and encounters “Rabrab,” one of his students from Marias Coulee.
On Tuesday, September 30th the Columbia Public Library and William Woods University were treated to a talk by the author of this year’s One Read book, Ivan Doig. Mr. Doig spoke to us via videoconference and took questions from the audience at both facilities. It was a delight to see him and hear his thoughts on “The Whistling Season” as well as his writing habits. Ivan Doig said he draws on his early years growing up in Montana and his career as a journalist in Illinois. He said he learned early on in his professional life that he preferred using his imagination to tell a story rather than reporting the facts.
He even read a portion of his sequel to “The Whistling Season” which he is working on right now!
Tell us what you think of Ivan Doig’s writing and storytelling.