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Dates: first Mondays, October 2015 to June 2016 (see schedule below)
Time: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Pilgrim Congregational Church

Free to Wonderlust members!
Each session will be limited to 25 participants.

Obtaining books is the responsibility of each participant. The Country Bookshelf, a Wonderlust partner, will stock a supply of the books scheduled for discussion.

Over the course of several months, participants in the Book Discussion Group readseveral books chosen by a group of English and Literature professors who are Wonderlust members. The informal but focused discussions are led by Jan Zauha. You do not need to attend all sessions but areencouraged to do so in order to enhance your experience of the literature and enjoyment of the discussions. You may obtain your own books from your preferred source, but The Country Bookshelf, a Wonderlust partner, will stock books scheduled for discussion.

This popular Wonderlust Book Discussion program is made possible by a grant from Humanities Montana.

Jan Zauha is a Professor and Outreach, Instruction, and Research Librarian at MSU. She has extensive experience in researching and leading book discussion programs, including those of Wonderlust. She moderates each session to ensure a lively, informative, and interesting discussion.

BOOK LIST:

Oct. 5: Far From the Maddening Crowd

by Thomas Hardy

Nov. 2: All the Light We Cannot See

by Anthony Doerr

Dec. 7: Hard Times

by Charles Dickens

Jan. 4: Pnin

by Vladimir Nabokov

Feb. 1: Forty Rules of Love

by Elif Shafak

March 7: Americanah

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

April 4:The House of Mirth

by Edith Wharton

May 2: Humboldt’s Gift

by Saul Bellow

June 6: Last Bus to Wisdom

                  by Ivan Doig

Attendance at all sessions is not necessary in order to attend any of the sessions, but it is encouraged to enhance the individual’s experience of the literature and enjoyment of the discussions.

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Kathryn Earley 2When my husband and I were looking for our place to retire, one of the places we visited was Bozeman.  While we were here we went to the library, where I happened to pick up a Wonderlust brochure.  Here was university-quality instruction by experts in a huge number of subjects.  No homework, no exams, no papers, just a chance to learn new things or review things we’d already studied.  It was also an opportunity to meet people with a wide variety of interests.  I was hooked! Over the past several years, I’ve come to feel strongly about supporting this valuable community resource for lifelong learning, and fortunately there’s a community of dedicated volunteers who feel the same way.

This past year was our first as Friends of MSU Wonderlust, whose mission is to support and promote MSU Wonderlust.  We’ve contributed funds to getting a new projector at Hope Lutheran Church, where many of our classes are held, and to Gallatin Community Radio, which broadcasts many of our Friday Forums.  We’re also sponsors of and taking part in Active Aging Week and the Prime Age 50+ Expo.

In September Friends will sponsor the MSU Wonderlust reception.  Join us at the Country Bookshelf on September 9, 5 pm – 7 pm, where you can meet instructors and other people interested in learning.  Also in September we’ll be a sponsor of the Bozeman Public Library’s celebration of Yellowstone National Park, Our Yellowstone.  

On October 3rdand 4thMSU Wonderlust is hosting an interactive symposium for practitioners and lifelong learners, Lifelong Learning: New Opportunities for Aging Communities.  This symposium, sponsored by Friends of MSU Wonderlust and MSU’s Office of Research and Development, will provide an opportunity to share knowledge, experiences, innovations, and strategies.

Save the dates: Wednesday, October 3, 5 pm – 7 pm, for the opening reception and presentation featuring Dr. Renee Reijo Pero of MSU and Dr. Rick Knopf of Arizona State, and Thursday, October 4, 9 am – 4 pm,for in-depth sessions on various topics, featuring speakers from across Montana and the U.S.  For details on the symposium and on all MSU Wonderlust program offerings, see www.montana.edu/wonderlust   

Kathryn Earley, President of Friends of Wonderlust