Exploring Ivan Doig: A Discussion Series

The MSU Library and Country Bookshelf invite local readers to join us for Exploring Ivan Doig: A Discussion Series, a series of book group-style discussions to explore the works of beloved Montana author Ivan Doig.

Each month from May through November we will focus our discussion on one book, starting with Whistling Season on Wednesday, May 10th, at the Country Bookshelf in downtown Bozeman. See below for the full schedule.

We look forward to hearing a wide variety of responses to Doig’s work and the Montana stories of his readers. Additionally, we will share insights – including unpublished documents, letters, photos and sounds – from the Ivan Doig Archive which is also available for free public access at ivandoig.montana.edu.

This series is in concert with the upcoming symposium Doig Country: Imagining Montana and the West, September 14-16, presented by the Western Lands and People’s Initiative at Montana State University, the College of Letters and Science, and the MSU Library. Also, please join us at the 2017 Big Sky Country State Fair Gallatin County July 19-23 at the Fairgrounds in Bozeman to explore a large interactive exhibit which will immerse you in Doig’s life and work and help discover the writer in you.

Schedule of Exploring Ivan Doig: A Discussion Series
All discussions start at 7pm at Country Bookshelf. Everyone is welcome!

May 10th (WED): Whistling Season
June 7 (WED): Winter Brothers 
July 13 (THU): English Creek
August 9 (WED): Prairie Nocturne
September 13 (WED): This House of Sky
October 11 (WED): Heart Earth
November 8 (WED): Last Bus to Wisdom

If you are interested in receiving email reminders about this series, please contact Jan Zauha at jzauha@montana.edu.

The Whistling Season Cover Image
ISBN: 9780156031646
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harvest Books - May 7th, 2007

Novelist Ivan Doig revisits the American west in the early twentieth century, bringing to life the eccentric individuals and idiosyncratic institutions that made it thrive.

Winter Brothers: A Season at the Edge of American (Ameri)CA Cover Image
ISBN: 9780156972154
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Published: Harvest Books - June 15th, 2011

The author of This House of Sky provides a magnificent evocation of the Pacific Northwest through the diaries of James Gilchrist Swan, a settler of the region. Doig fuses parts of the Swan diaries with his own journal.

English Creek Cover Image
ISBN: 9780743271271
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Published: Scribner Book Company - June 1st, 2005

In this prize-winning portrait of a time and place--Montana in the 1930s--that at once inspires and fulfills a longing for an explicable past, Ivan Doig has created one of the most captivating families in American fiction, the McCaskills.

Prairie Nocturne Cover Image
ISBN: 9780743201360
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Published: Scribner Book Company - May 1st, 2005

Prairie Nocturne is the epic saga of two former lovers sired in the pages of Ivan Doig's acclaimed Montana Trilogy. Susan Duff -- the bossy, indomitable schoolgirl with a silver voice from Dancing at the Rascal Fair-- has reached middle age alone, teaching voice lessons to the progeny of Helena's high society.

This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind Cover Image
ISBN: 9780156899826
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Published: Harvest Books - February 19th, 1980

A haunting, magnificently written memoir by Ivan Doig about growing up in the American West

Heart Earth: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501156052
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Published: Scribner Book Company - August 16th, 2016

Ivan Doig's companion memoir to his bestselling This House of Sky--inspired by the letters his mother wrote during World War II--is "a lyrical evocation of the Doigs' gallantly hardscrabble existence and love for the unforgiving Montana mountains" (San Francisco Chronicle).

Last Bus to Wisdom Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101982563
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 16th, 2016

Named a Best Book of the Year by the Seattle Times and Kirkus Review