Lucky, lucky University of Montana freshmen. Their First-Year Reading Experience book this year is Maile Meloy‘s “Both Ways is The Only Way I Want It.”
The short-story collection garnered accolades from the New York Times Book Review (10 best books of 2009), the Los Angeles Times (favorite fiction books of the year) and Amazon (top 10 story collections of 2009). Meloy is no stranger to awards; her first book, “Half in Love” – also a short-story collection – won the PEN/Malamud award in 2003. And this year, her book for young readers, The Apothecary,” tied with “Wildwood” by her brother, Colin Meloy, and his wife, Carson Ellis, for the E.B. White Read-Aloud Award during the Indies Choice Book Awards.
Tonight, Meloy will discuss “Both Ways is The Only Way I Want It” at 8 p.m. in the George and Jane Dennison Theatre. She’ll hold a student forum Thursday at 11:10 a.m. in the University Center Theater.
The First-Year Reading Experience encourages all new students to read the same book, and teachers of freshman classes to use it as part of their curricula.