SUNY Potsdam’s Department of English and Communication has announced the publication of a new volume of Adirondack essays: “Inside the Blue Line: Essays on Adirondack Environments.” Attached is SUNY Potsdam’s press release:
Published by Potsdam College Press, “Inside the Blue Line: Essays on Adirondack Environments,” concentrates on environmental issues in the Adirondack Park from the 19th century to the present. This is the latest book-length volume of essays to be produced by the editors of Blueline, the College’s nationally distributed literary journal, which has honored the spirit of the Adirondacks in words and images since 1978.
The book, which includes a series of 11 essays written by local experts in a variety of disciplines as well as prints of Adirondack art, was edited and produced by SUNY Potsdam faculty. St. Lawrence University professors also contributed work to the volume.
The interdisciplinary anthology includes articles on such topics as mining and railroads in the North Country, the effect of Adirondack logging on bee colonies, artistic representations of the “Forever Wild” region, and the impact of motorized use of the Park. Dr. Anthony O. Tyler, professor emeritus of English, and Dr. Michael S. Wilson, visiting assistant professor of English, edited the book and both contributed essays.
The photography in the anthology includes images of Adirondack railroads and mining sites. The collection also features reproductions of Adirondack paintings by Thomas Cole, Winslow Homer, Georgia O’Keeffe, and others.
In the book’s introduction, Dr. Wilson writes, “the Adirondack Park is uniquely suited to the interdisciplinary, protean character of environmental studies,” and suggests that the collection is ideal for college-level courses. Dr. Wilson also points out that the book is “suited as well to the many non-academic readers who have abiding interest in the Adirondack region.”
“Each author writes in a clear and engaging style, focusing always on the Adirondacks, the environment, and issues that are of deep concern to all of us,” said Dr. Donald J. McNutt, an assistant professor of English who edits Blueline. “All the topics the authors chose to address are of vital importance to us North Country dwellers as they take on the issues of our region.”
To purchase “Inside the Blue Line: Essays on Adirondack Environments,” contact Dr. McNutt, at firstname.lastname@example.org or The Editor, Blueline, Department of English and Communication, 125 Morey Hall, SUNY Potsdam, 44 Pierrepont Ave., Potsdam, NY 13676. Copies of the anthology are available in paperback for $19.95.