Dances With Words Event

On Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, at 7:30 pm, author Ken Egan will visit the University of Montana Western from Missoula, Mont. for a reading as part of the “Dances with Words” series. Each performance in the series takes place at The Cup, Montana Western’s coffeehouse located below the library on campus.

“Dances with Words” is produced by English Professor Alan Weltzien. The series, free and open to the public, provides the community with a unique opportunity to listen to writers reading their own works, including Montana Western student writers.

After receiving his Ph.D. in American literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ken Egan taught college English for 25 years. He is currently the executive director of Humanities Montana, a non-profit organization that provides support for public humanities programs throughout the state.

His new book, “Montana 1889: Indians, Cowboys and Miners in the Year of Statehood,” is a sequel to “Montana 1864,” which was a finalist for the High Plains Book Award for Nonfiction in 2015.

“Montana 1889” tells the many stories of the overwhelming transformation to statehood by entering into the lives, emotions, and decisions of diverse peoples cooperating and competing on this contested ground. Like Egan’s previous history, the acclaimed “Montana 1864,” these stories are told month by month, deftly showing the flow and friction of events and the unfolding destiny of individuals and nations.

According to Professor Weltzien, “Anyone interested in the official genesis of Big Sky Country will want to read this book.”

For more information, please contact Alan Weltzien by email at or call 406-683-7431.