Discussion Leader: Jan Zauha

Dates: First Mondays:  October 2016–June 2017

Time: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: Pilgrim Congregational Church

Registration: Not required. Free and open to Wonderlust members

Obtaining books is the responsibility of each participant. The Country Bookshelf, a Wonderlust partner, will carry the books in the series and they may be available at other retailers or your public library.


Wonderlust will again offer its popular Wonderlust Book Discussion Series, made possible by a grant from Humanities Montana. Attendance at all sessions is not necessary although it is encouraged to enhance the individual’s experience of the literature and enjoyment of the discussions. The books were chosen by a group of English and Literature professors who are Wonderlust members. The books for the year are listed below.

Jan Zauha, associate professor and MSU librarian, will be the discussion leader. She has extensive experience in leading book discussion programs and makes each session lively, informative and interesting.


Oct. 3 The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

Nov. 7 Emma by Jane Austen

Dec. 5 Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson

Jan. 2 Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi

Feb. 6 Going to Meet the Man by James Baldwin - and - Between the World and Me by Ta Nihisi Coates

March 6 The Dubliners by James Joyce

April 3 All the Names by Jose Saramago

May 8 Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry

June 5 My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout


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