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April 17, 2013


The University of Montana has selected “Mountains Beyond Mountains” by Pulitzer Prize-winner Tracy Kidder as the 2013 First-Year Reading Experience book.

All first-year students at UM are invited to participate in the First-Year Reading Experience. The program provides incoming freshmen with a shared intellectual experience to encourage discussion, advance critical thinking and develop a sense of community.

The nonfiction book recounts the work of renowned infectious-disease specialist Dr. Paul Farmer as he tackles tuberculosis and the effects of poverty in Haiti, Peru, Cuba and Russia.

The book will be used and referenced in classes across campus, including freshman seminars and Writing 101. The book will be available for purchase at The Bookstore at UM, located in the University Center.

Kidder will be on campus Monday, Sept. 9, to speak to the freshman class as well as to the campus and Missoula communities.

His other books include “House,” “Among Schoolchildren,” “Old Friends,” “Home Town,” “Strength in What Remains” and “The Soul of a New Machine,” for which he won the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction in 1982.

UM freshmen are invited to participate in a writing contest based on the book and interactions with the author during the campus visit.





Contact: Arlene Walker-Andrews, UM associate provost, 406-243-4689,