NIC division chair to lead Idaho Humanities Council book discussion

Virginia Johnson, chair of the North Idaho College Communication, Fine Arts and Humanities Division, will lead a book discussion at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8. at the Post Falls Library, located at 821 N. Spokane St.

Johnson will lead a group discussion on Ivan Doig's first book “This House of Sky.” Doig, an award-winning western writer, will be the guest speaker at the Second Annual North Idaho Distinguished Humanities Lecture and Dinner on Sept. 15 at the Coeur d'Alene Resort. The book discussion and the lecture are sponsored by the Idaho Humanities Council.

Doig was born in 1939 in White Sulphur Springs, Mont., and grew up along the Rocky Mountain Front, where much of his writing takes place. “This House of Sky” is a story about Doig's family's life as sheep ranchers in Montana in the 40s and 50s.

The book was a finalist for the National Book Award and won The Christopher Award. Doig, who has written nine books, was honored with the prestigious Lifetime Distinguished Achievement Award from the Western Literature Association.

Johnson, who has read all of Doig's books, has been an English instructor at NIC for 39 years. She is also vice chair of the Idaho Humanities Council.
The book discussion is free and open to the public.

Tickets to the Sept. 15 lecture and dinner are $40 each and available by calling the Idaho Humanities Council in Boise at (888) 345-5346.

For More Information
NIC Communication, Fine Arts and Humanities Division Chair Virginia Johnson, (208) 769-3386

Posted: Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005

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