Curated by the incredible Betsy Folwell of Adirondack Life

Calling all rustic readers! Betsy Folwell has curated a selected of classic and contemporary books about, set in, or inspired by this unique region we all know and love – the Adirondacks. We’ve teamed up with Adirondack Experience to launch this new book club (check out their site for more book club events). Dive into a brand new book or revisit a favorite alongside inquisitive peers and impressive conversation leaders.

Bring your book and your input, we’ll supply the lively conversation. This is a free event, open to all. Request the books from your local library or bookstore, or purchase online from the ADKX Store.

Featured book: “The People from Heaven” by John Sanford | Led by Betsy Folwell, Adirondack Life Creative Director & Amy Godine, historian and writer

Featured book: “A Northern Light” by Jennifer Donnelly | Led by Betsy Folwell, Adirondack Life Creative Director


About the conversation leaders.

Betsy Folwell is creative director of Adirondack Life magazine and author of Short Carries: Essays from Adirondack LifeBetsy has won numerous awards for her work from the Regional Publishers Association and the International Regional Magazine Association. “Peer recognition is great,” she says, “but what I love is when some stranger recalls a specific story and tells me all about his or her response to it!” She lives in Blue Mountain Lake, where she hikes, paddles, cross-country skis and enjoys living in an extremely quiet place.

Amy Godine is a well-known historian who has researched and documented Black history in the Adirondacks. She is the curator of the permanent exhibition, “Dreaming of Timbuctoo,” on display at the John Brown Farm State Historic Site. Amy Godine is a regular contributor to Adirondack Life magazine and a popular lecturer.