Dates: Thursdays; Feb. 8, 22, March 8, 22 & April 5

Time: 10:00 a.m. to Noon

Location: Hope Lutheran Church

Would you like to discover the real Montana? There is no better way than through the fiction of Ivan Doig. This course will explore Ivan’s popular trilogy: Dancing at the Rascal Fair, English Creek, and Ride with Me, Mariah Montana. In addition to discussion, readers will discover archival sources that reveal Ivan’s exploration of his own family history, his research into Montana history and the world of the western immigrant, and his interest in the work-life of “the lariat proletariat.” We will learn about the writer’s life and process as he labored to bring these novels into print.

Class Format: Lecture and discussion

Readings: All books by Ivan Doig, Dancing at the Rascal Fair, English Creek and Ride with Me, Mariah Montana

Instructor: Jan Zauha

ZauhaJan Zauha is Professor and Outreach Librarian at MSU Library. She is a subject librarian in the humanities and her outreach builds collaborative relationships that bring reading and discussion into the community. She holds an MA in Literature (Clark University, Worcester, MA), and an MLS (University of Iowa).



MSU Wonderlust is a high-quality community resource for lifelong learning for the Bozeman area.  Here is university-quality instruction by experts in a huge number of subjects, some multi-week courses, some one-off events.  These offerings come free of homework, exams, or papers: The MSU Wonderlust experience is just a chance to learn new things or review things we’d already studied.  It's also an opportunity to meet people with a wide variety of interests.

The Winter/Spring offerings begin with a reception at the Pilgrim Congregational Church from 4 to 6pm.  It's a chance to meet with the course instructors and side-trip presenters; find out more about their plans.  

Gerry Wheeler, President of Friends of Wonderlust