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September 24, 2012


Maile Meloy, Helena native and author of The University of Montana First-Year Reading Experience book “Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It,” will visit campus to present a lecture and host a student forum Oct. 17-18.

The lecture, titled “Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It,” will begin at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, in the George and Jane Dennison Theatre. Meloy will discuss how she came to write the book, her writing process and the role Montana has played in her writing. The student forum will be held at 11:10 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 18, in the University Center Theater.

“I’m thrilled to have ‘Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It’ read across campus, especially in my home state,” Meloy said. “I was in Montana two weeks ago and met an incoming freshman who had read the book – and his father had, too – and it seems like a great way to start a college career, to have something in common to talk about. I’m really happy and honored to be a part of that.”

“Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It” is a collection of 11 short stories, mostly set in Montana and the American West. It was named one of the “Ten Best Books of 2009” by The New York Times Book Review, was one of the Los Angeles Times “Favorite Fiction Books of the Year” and was listed on’s “Top Ten Story Collections of 2009.”

UM’s First-Year Reading Experience provides new students a common connection through a thought-provoking book. Students are strongly encouraged to read the book and many faculty members include selections from the book in their freshman classes.

For more information on the First-Year Reading Experience, visit For more information on Meloy’s lecture and student forum, call Arlene Walker-Andrews, associate provost for global century education at UM, at 406-243-4689 or email





Contact: Arlene Walker-Andrews, UM associate provost for global century education, 406-243-4689,