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2019 Discussion Series Dates and Titles

Ivan Doig fans and reading enthusiasts were invited to join the Montana State University Library and Country Bookshelf for  “Exploring Ivan Doig: Discussing the Final Four.”


As part of the series, MSU Library and Country Bookshelf held a community discussion series on Doig’s last four books. The discussions took place from 6- 7 p.m. at the Country Bookshelf, located at 28 W. Main St. in downtown Bozeman. The public was invited to attend any or all of the free discussions.

Photo of Ivan at typewriterThe full series included:

  • June 24, 2019                Work Song (published 2010)
  • July 29, 2019                  The Bartender's Tale (2012)
  • August 26, 2019            Sweet Thunder (2013)
  • September 30, 2019    Last Bus to Wisdom (2015)

Ivan Doig was a writer of international acclaim who published 16 memoirs and novels between 1978 and 2015. His last four books were written after his diagnosis with multiple myeloma, the disease that took his life in April 2015 at age 75.

The discussion series was led by Jan Zauha, Humanities and Outreach Librarian at Montana State University, and focused on Doig’s novels written while he managed the disease. Doig’s medical journals and other supplemental materials from the MSU Library’s Ivan Doig Archive ( were used to further understand the connections between Doig’s medical journey and his creative process.

Individuals interested in being placed on an email distribution list for future Doig discussion series are invited to contact Zauha at


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