Calling all readers! The Adirondack Experience and the Adirondack Center for Writing are teaming up to launch a new book club focused on classic and contemporary books about, set in, or inspired by this unique region we all know and love – the Adirondacks! Bring your brown bag lunch, your book, and your brains. We’ll supply coffee, chocolate, and what is sure to be lively conversation!

January 12, 2020 | 11:30 pm – 1:00 pm  |  ADKX  Auditorium
Adventures in the Wilderness; or, Camp-life in the Adirondacks by W. H. H. Murray
It’s the book that launched a thousand guideboats! William Henry Harrison (aka “Adirondack”) Murray published his fame-making title in 1869, inspiring thousands of vacationers – who came to be known as “Murray’s Fools – to try their luck at camping and tramping through the Adirondack wilds. Part guidebook, part tall tale, Adventures gives a very colorful account of Murray’s own exploits through this region. Join us for this inaugural meeting of the Rustic Readers Book Club to see why we’re still talking about this book more than 150 years later!

March 8, 2020 | 11:30 pm – 1:00 pm  |  ADKX  Auditorium
An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
Ripped from the turn-of-the-century headlines, this classic of American literature is based on the real-life murder of Grace Brown by her beau, Chester Gillette, during their stay at the Hotel Glenmore on Big Moose Lake in 1906. Gillette’s trial in Herkimer County drew national attention, and Dreiser’s adaptation of the true crime story spawned a cascade of adaptions through the years, including the 1951 Elizabeth Taylor film, A Place in the Sun. This lengthy novel is a door-stopper, but it’s got enough meat on its bones to get you through the cold winter months.

Upcoming Dates & Titles:

  • June 7, 2020 |  The People from Heaven by John Sanford
  • August 9, 2020 |  Adirondack Passage by Christine Jerome
  • September 13, 2020 |  Woodswoman by Anne LaBastille
  • November 8, 2020 |  A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly

Get the Books!

Pick up the books at your local library – the Indian Lake Library has some copies available and is happy to request copies from other libraries on a first-come, first-served basis. Or purchase titles from these local bookstores:  Hoss’s Country Corner in Long Lake and The Bookstore Plus in Lake Placid.

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