Writers, editors, publishers, and book lovers gathered at the Blue Mountain Center in Blue Mountain Lake on Sunday 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.
Judges for the Adirondack Literary Award were Bibi Wein and Jerry McGovern (nonfiction and memoir); Ellen Rocco and Joseph Bruchac (fiction); Stephanie Coyne-DeGhett and Stuart Bartow (poetry); Ellen Wilcox and Nancy Beattie (children’s literature). All of the books submitted for consideration this year were on display on Sunday, 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.
And the winners are…
Best Children’s Book: Sackets Harbor Powder Monkey: The War of 1812 by Hope Irvin Marston
Best Book of Fiction: Far Alaska by Mason Smith
Best Memoir: How Was I Supposed to Know? The Adventures of a Girl Whose Name Means Lost by Lorna Lee
Best Book of Nonfiction: Women on the Water by Ruth Dandrea, Kathy DeLong, Carol Moseman, and Bonnie Sanderson
Best Book of Poetry: Perpetual Motion by Marilyn McCabe.
People’s Choice Award: What’s an Elephant Doing in the Ausable River by George Speedy Arnold.
The Adirondack Center for Writing is a non-profit organization that supports the literary arts throughout the Park. They present workshops, writing and publishing conferences, and also organize public readings where they present both regional and nationally acclaimed authors. They’re supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts. Members provide a great deal of the operating budget through membership dues and contributions. Their office is in downtown Saranac Lake. For more information visit the Adirondack Center for Writing website.