Get the scoop on writing, publishing, marketing, & distributing books here in the North Country. Questions and conversation with a panel of author/editors and Nick Gulli of the ADK’s own regional wholesale and distribution company, Blue Line Book Exchange. This panel is moderated by Dr. Rich Frost. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the industry as it operates here in the Adirondacks. 

  • Saturday, August 20, 11am
  • ACW: 15 Broadway, Saranac Lake
  • FREE (Registration for Kickass Writers Festival suggested)

Learn it from a Local is an opportunity to learn more about:

  • local news an local publishing with author, reporter, and publisher Andy Flynn
  • investigative reporting for Adirondack Explorer with author of If This Brain Had a Mouth: Lucy Gwin and the voice of Disability Nation, James Odato 
  • magazine writing and editing with Adirondack Life editor, Annie Stoltie 
  • writing, publishing, and reviewing with Dr. Rich Frost
  • book distribution and wholesaling with Nick Gulli of Blue Line Book Exchange. 
 

Andy Flynn, of Saranac Lake, New York, has more than 30 years of experience in the communications field — as a print and radio journalist, public relations professional, author, editor and publisher. Currently the editor of the Lake Placid News, he has earned more than 30 statewide journalism awards — including 1996 New York Press Association Writer of the Year in his circulation category. He has worked for North Country Public Radio for more than a dozen years, as a reporter, radio documentary producer and correspondent. He is the author of nine Adirondack books — including the six-part “Adirondack Attic” series. As the owner/operator of Hungry Bear Publishing, he has helped local authors such as Diane Chase and Randy Lewis publish their own books. A 1987 graduate of Tupper Lake High School, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communication from SUNY Fredonia in 1991.

James Odato has had a journalism career rooted in watchdog reporting, and has been cited as one of New York’s top newshounds covering state government, gambling, and abuse and waste of public money. He has written thousands of articles, his byline has appeared in numerous national publications and his investigative stories have spurred reforms. He has been a staff reporter for several newspapers. He works as a freelance journalist and college journalism instructor. In October 2021, the University of Massachusetts published his biography “This Brain Had a Mouth, Lucy Gwin and the Voice of Disability Nation.” https://www.umasspress.com/9781625346186/this-brain-had-a-mouth/

Annie Stoltie is executive editor/co-publisher of Adirondack Life magazine, where she’s been on staff since 2000. Her work has appeared in Slate, The New York Times, Modern Farmer and Forbes magazines. She’s the author of the guidebook The Adirondacks (W. W. Norton).