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The Great Montana Read

What is Montana’s Best-Loved Ivan Doig Novel?

This year, we're celebrating an upcoming documentary, Landscapes of a Western Mind, by launching an Ivan Doig Great Montana Read celebration! Montana PBS has partnered with 4:08 Productions to ask readers to vote for their favorite book written by Montana author, Ivan Doig. 
 

“The Great Montana Read is an exciting collaboration, encouraging conversation and celebration around the Treasure State’s rich literary tradition," said Sarah Aronson, host of the Great Montana Read video feature series. 

Here’s the list of Ivan Doig books you'll be voting on this year:

  • Bucking the Sun
  • Last Bus to Wisdom
  • Sweet Thunder
  • The Bartender's Tale
  • Dancing at the Rascal Fair
  • This House of Sky
  • The Eleventh Man
  • Work Song
  • Ride with me Mariah Montana
  • Sea Runners
  • Mountain Time
  • The Whistling Season
  • Prairie Nocturne

Thank you to our partners:

  • 4:08 Productions
  • Montana Library Association
  • Humanities Montana
  • Mansfield Library
  • Montana PBS
  • Montana Public Radio
  • Montana State University Library
  • University of Montana
  • UM Creative Writing Department
  • Yellowstone Public Radio

Voting Now Open!

Select your favorite Ivan Doig novel before voting ends December 31, 2021. 

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Learn More About the Books

GReat MT Read 2021

Prairie Nocturne

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Bucking the Sun

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Sweet Thunder

Great MT Read 2021

This House of Sky

Great MT Read 2021

Last Bus to Wisdom

Great MT Read 2021

Mountain Time

Great MT Read 2021

Ride With Me Mariah Montana

Great MT Read 2021

Dancing at the Rascal Fair

Great MT Read 2021

The Sea Runners

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English Creek

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Work Song

Great MT Read 2021

The Eleventh Man

Great MT Read 2021

The Whistling Season

Great MT Read 2021

The Bartender's Tale