LITERARY LOCATION: 5192 Claydon Road, Garden Bay, Sunshine Coast

Having lived for many decades in a waterfront cottage that was built by her second husband, John Daly, about whom she wrote her memoir Fishing With John, the former New Yorker contributor Edith Iglauer Daly of Garden Bay died at age 101 on February 12, 2019. She would have turned 102 on March 10th.

"I am not just an American journalist writing about Canada for Americans," Edith Iglauer Daly once said, "but a Canadian journalist writing about America for Canadians as well... I want them to know and respect one another as much as I do."

Born in Cleveland, Ohio on March 10, 1917, Edith Iglauer grew up in a comfortably well-off Cleveland family. She began selling her articles to newspapers in her hometown while she attended the School of Journalism at Columbia University. She married writer/editor Philip Hamburger and raised two sons in New York. One is Jay Hamburger, artistic director for Theatre In the Raw in Vancouver; the other is Richard Hamburger, a teacher and director of theatre in New York City.

As a frequent contributor to the New Yorker, Iglauer chiefly wrote about Canada. Her first book, The New People (1966, reprinted and updated as Inuit Journey in 1979 and 2000), chronicled the growth of indigenous people's cooperatives in the eastern Arctic.

Divorced in 1966, she first came to Vancouver in 1973 for an assignment to write about fishing. She subsequently met and married John Heywood Daly, a sophisticated but overtly rough-hewn commercial salmon troller. A romance ensued when John Daly took her aboard his cramped and toilet-less 41-foot troller, MoreKelp, for a dinner of sauteed salmon and champagne. Returning to New York, Iglauer was awakened by a phone call from Pender Harbour. "I've just bought a wooden toilet seat that I think will fit very well on top of that pail on the boat," Daly said, "It's sky-blue, and I paid eight dollars and fifty-five cents for it."

"Lovely," she replied, "But it's two o' clock in the morning. What about it?"

"What about it?" he shouted back. "Marriage! That's what!"

She moved to his home at Garden Bay (part of Pender Harbour) on the B.C. coast in 1974 but she did not entirely sever her ties with the sophisticated hurly-burly of New York. John Daly died on a dance floor in 1978.

After writing Seven Stones: A Portrait of Arthur Erickson, Architect (1981), Edith Iglauer Daly began recording her memories of her late husband and his salmon troller. The result was Fishing with John, a bestseller and nominee for the 1989 Governor General's Award for Non-Fiction. It recounts how Iglauer left New York to live with an iconoclastic fisherman as a "fishwife" aboard the Morekelp. Yes, there are fish. But readers were intrigued to learn about how John Daly always turned off the engines every afternoon to listen to classical music on CBC.

Acclaimed by Publishers Weekly as "superb", excerpted by Saturday Night and the New Yorker, Fishing With John was intended to serve as a scrupulous celebration of commercial fishing, not a depiction of true-life romance. But the soul of the book turned out to be the Shakespeare-loving trade unionist John Daly. "What I hate more than anything," Daly says "are polite arseholes who' agree. That's the road to destruction of mental protein. I believe in struggle -and that physical and moral softness is death, and that we human beings can do anything."

Fishing With John became the basis for a Hallmark movie, Navigating the Heart (2000), starring one of the former Charlie's Angels, Jaclyn Smith. (The producers had intended to call the movie Fishing with John from the outset, but they were later prevented from doing so because concurrently and coincidentally there was a sport fishing television series in the United States called Fishing with John.)

During the making of the made-for-TV movie, Jaclyn Smith, the actor once voted the most beautiful woman in the world, received an autographed copy of Edith Iglauer's West Coast memoir from the author. "It was interesting to see myself portrayed by someone younger and more beautiful than I am," Iglauer laughed. "I hope the movie is reasonably honest about fishing... About the only criticism I could make is that the actors weren't dirty enough. They didn't have blood all over themselves!"

Retaining her surname Iglauer for publication purposes, Edith Iglauer Daly released a collection of shorter works gleaned from her career in journalism, The Strangers Next Door (1991), having profiled Pierre Trudeau in 1969 and internationally known architect Arthur Erickson in 1979. An original manuscript of her travels in northern Canada, Denison's Ice Road (1991) is about the building of a 325-mile winter road above the Arctic Circle.

After marrying Frank White, father of Harbour Publishing publisher Howard White, Edith Iglauer Daly White received her doctor of laws degree, honoris causa, from the University of Victoria November 15, 2006 to celebrate her sixty years of writing as a journalist and author. "I started writing when I was a small girl, and I still write because I can't stop writing," she said. "... I can't emphasize enough the importance of good teaching at an early age."

Lynne Van Luven, as acting chair of the UVic's writing department, emphasized Edith's amazing work as a journalist over the past decades in her citation: "Edith has always been attracted to ground-breaking stories, whether they involved laying the foundations of the World Trade Centre... the building of an ice road in the Arctic, the making of a prime minister or the thinking of a West Coast fisherman. She maintains that journalists are the watchdogs of democracy; she believes in the power of the "still small voice of truth."

Iglauer and Frank White continued to live together in John Daly's former house at Garden Bay until 2015, during which time Frank White published two volumes of autobiography when he was aged 99 and 100--the second volume of which describes their union and their travels. On a par with John Daly for homespun wisdom and sharp wit, Frank White often joked about what it was like living in a shrine to his wife's second husband, noting his own marriage to her had lasted much longer. Franklin Wetmore White was born May 9, 1914 in Sumas, Washington and he died on October 18, 2015.

Frank White started writing the story of his life in 1972 when he was nearly sixty. It took him over four decades to finish his book and get it published as Milk Spills and One-Log Loads: Memories of a Pioneer Truck Driver (Harbour, 2014). Along the way, his boisterous yarn in Raincoast Chronicles about wrangling tiny trucks overloaded with huge logs down steep mountains with no brakes won the Canadian Media Club award for Best Magazine Feature. It was reprinted so many times everyone urged him to write more. When, as a 100-year-old former truck driver, logger, gas station operator, "excavationist" (bulldozer operator extraordinaire) and waterworks technician, Frank White released his second volume of his memoirs, That Went By Fast (Harbour, 2015), he was accompanied to a book launch by his 97-years-young wife, Edith.

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Review of the author's work by BC Studies:
Fishing With John