Best Adirondack Books of 2014 Honored

 BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE –Once again, writers, editors, publishers, and book lovers gathered at the stunning Blue Mountain Center in Blue Mountain Lake on Sunday, May 31, 2015 to hear the announcements of the Adirondack Center for Writing's (ACW’s) annual Adirondack Literary Award winners.

The Adirondack Literary Awards celebrate and acknowledge the books that were written by Adirondack authors or published in the region in the previous year. It is a lovely event, a rare chance for local writers to gather and celebrate being together, living and writing in the Adirondacks. The sense of community was palpable; many people come every year for a chance to spend the evening with other Adirondack readers and writers.

All of the books submitted for consideration this year were on display, giving a visual sense of the scope of our Adirondack literary achievements, and many of the authors had signed copies of their books for sale.

This year a record nine awards were given: 2 in the fiction category, 2 in the children’s literature category, and Best Memoir was shared between 2 books. Other honors went to Best Book of Poetry, Best General Nonfiction, and of course, the popular People’s Choice Award.

And the winners are…..

For Best Children’s Book: The Woodsman's Boy by April Peterson in the Young Adult/Middle Grade category and for Picture Book the honor went to Liana Mahoney’s Forest Green: A Walk Through the Adirondack Seasons published by North Country Books.

There were two fiction prizes, one for best for short story collections and one for best novel. The award for Best Short Story Collection went to The Striker by Luis L. Tijerina, published by RA Press and the prize for Best Novel went to Mary Sanders Shartle for The Truth and Legend of Lily Martindale: An Adirondack Novel. The judges said you could tell Shartle is a poet, the writing was gorgeous and there was not a syllable too much, each word was masterfully chosen.

 Two books received the honor of Best Memoir: Lorraine Duvall’s And I know too Much to Pretend published by Bloated Toe Publishing and Adirondack: Life and Wildlife in the Wild, Wild East, published by SUNY Press, by Ed Kanze.


The Best Book of General Nonfiction went Stuart Bartow for Teaching Trout to Talk: The Zen of Small Stream Fly Fishing also published by RA Press. The judges said Bartow’s book was a “work of great literature.”  And for the second year in a row, the Best Book of Poetry went to Paul Pines, this time for Fishing on the Pole Star by Dos Madres Press.

The popular People’s Choice Award went to Mary Sanders Shartle for The Truth and Legend of Lily Martindale: An Adirondack Novel, giving Mary two awards that night.

ACW is very proud of the judges for the Adirondack Literary Award; they are careful and dedicated readers. The judges are:

Nonfiction and memoir: Bibi Wein and Jerry McGovern

Fiction: Linda Cohen and Joseph Bruchac

Poetry: Marilyn McCabe and Elizabeth Cohen

Children's Literature: Ellen Wilcox and Nancy Beattie

The Adirondack Center for Writing cultivates the art of writing and the joy of reading; we celebrate the power of language to invite discovery, to create an understanding of people and Adirondack sense of place, and to build a community. We are supported by the New York State Council on the Arts and by our members. Members provide a great deal of the operating budget through membership dues and contributions. Come visit us at our office in downtown Saranac Lake.

While it is a membership-based organization, all of the events, including workshops and conferences are open to the public.

In 2006, ACW established the Adirondack Literary Awards as a way to honor the writers and publishers who live and work (even part time) in the North Country. Every year we select winners from fiction, non-fiction, children's literature, memoir, edited collections, feature articles and poetry. Every year the beautiful Blue Mountain Center, graciously hosts this festive event.