Many hats

Anyone wondering how Ridenbaugh Press, which until now has published only nonfiction and mostly reference books, came to publish three novels by an author deceased for a dozen years, can take a look at a piece (“Passion Projects“) out today in the Spokane Inlander.

The author was not just any novelist: Syd Duncombe was a revered political science professor who deeply influenced a generation of Idaho leaders. And his books are about Idaho – and with the passage of time, look like prescient time capsules.

“What most of his friends, colleagues and former students didn’t know about Duncombe, who died in 2004, was the literary heart beating inside the man. That aspect of his life was only recently rediscovered and brought to life through the efforts of his daughter, a curious Idaho historian and a small publishing house,” the paper noted.

Read on in it for more about how all this happened, and the role of another Ridenbaugh author in serving as spark plug. – rs