Adirondack Mountain Club Presents: The Mountains as Metaphor

By AlpineZone News |
May 24 2005 - 02:32 PM

LAKE PLACID, New York ??” Writer Roxana Robinson talks about the Adirondacks as the setting of her newest novel, Sweetwater on Saturday, June 11th at 8:00 PM in the High Peaks Information Center, located at the end of Adirondack Loj Road. This beautiful mountainous region has long played an important part in the American consciousness, as a symbol of the sacred and powerful notion of wilderness. In Robinson’s book the Adirondacks represent the natural world in all its breathtaking splendor, dangerous potency, and heartbreaking vulnerability. She’ll talk about our need for the notion of wilderness – in our minds and hearts and lives – which lies at the core of her novel.

Roxana Robinson is the author of three novels, a biography of Georgia O’Keefe and two short-story collections. She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the MacDowell Colony. Her fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Harper’s and Vogue. Her latest novel, Sweetwater, has been praised by The Los Angeles Times, Newsday, Chicago Tribune, and was a New York Times Book Review Notable Book.

Robinson’s slide show is part of the ADK’s Saturday Evening Lecture Series, funded with support from Stewart’s Shops. The Saturday Evening Lecture Series offers presentations on natural history, backcountry recreation, and Adirondack history, art, and music. All ADK lectures are free and open to the public.

Founded in 1922, the Adirondack Mountain Club is a member-directed organization committed to public service and stewardship. With more than 35,000 members in 27 chapters, ADK promotes a balanced approach to outdoor recreation, advocacy, environmental education, and natural resource conservation. Membership guides ADK’s mission via its educational and outreach programming, trails maintenance and restoration projects, volunteer opportunities, and legal advocacy work. New members are always welcome to join! For more information about our programs or about membership, contact ADK at (518) 523-3441, or visit our website at