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PW DailyWith the recent anthology, Rooted in Rock: New Adirondack Writing, 1975-2000, editor Jim Gould makes the case for "a true Adirondack literature." The collection is especially strong on environmental writing and, accordingly, prize-winning author Rick Bass and Adirondack Museum director Jacqueline F. Day contribute thoughtful forewords.
The anthology brings together a mix of new and previously published works of fiction, poetry, literary nonfiction and essays by 43 established and up-and-coming writers, including novelist Russell Banks (Cloudsplitter), essayist Sue Halpern (Migrations to Solitude), Native American poet Joseph Bruchac (three of whose poems are published here for the first time), poet Michael Coffey (Publishers Weekly's managing editor), and natural history writer Michael G. DiNunzio (Adirondack Wildguide). Among the more amusing pieces are an interview by James Howard Kunstler with a New Jersey hot-dog millionaire who wants to buy and develop the whole of the Adirondack area and John Quenell's instructions for winning in "how cold was it last night" conversation competitions.
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