Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Writer Spotlight: Phil Brown

NAME: Phil Brown
FIELD: Editor, writer, publisher
EMPLOYER: Editor of Adirondack Explorer, owner of Lost Pond Press

Q. What were your main writing & publishing accomplishments this past year?
Edited the six regular issues of the Adirondack Explorer, our Annual Outings Guide, and Wild Times, an anthology of hiking and paddling stories from the Explorer. Lost Pond Press’s "Adirondack Birding: 60 Great Places to Find Birds" received honorable mention at the Adirondack Center for Writing’s literary awards ceremony. As the Explorer editor, I received the Adirondack Mountain Club’s communicator of the year award.

Q. What new projects are you working on for the upcoming year?
I’m always thinking about new books. I don’t anticipate publishing any this year.

Q. What are your upcoming public appearances?
I give several slideshow/lectures a year on Bob Marshall, the legendary wilderness advocate and the first Adirondack Forty-Sixer. The slideshow is based on my book “Bob Marshall in the Adirondacks: Writings of a Pioneering Peak-Bagger, Pond-Hopper and Wilderness Preservationist,” published by Lost Pond Press.

Q. If you were to write a book with one other person in the world, who would it be and what would you write?
Stephen King, as I’d be assured of writing a best-seller.

Q. What do you like the most about living in and/or writing about the Adirondack region?
There is always adventure outside my door, and adventure refreshes the soul. I enjoy writing about the Adirondacks because it’s an interesting place—one worth protecting.

Worked in daily journalism for 20 years before taking a job as editor of the Adirondack Explorer newsmagazine in 1999. Author of “The Highroad Guide to the New York Adirondacks” and “Bob Marshall in the Adirondacks.” As owner of Lost Pond Press, published the Marshall book and two others, “Adirondack Birding,” by John M.C. Peterson and Gary N. Lee, and “Within a Forest Dark: An Adirondack Tale of Love and Suspicion,” by Michael Virtanen. The last book won the best-fiction award from the Adirondack Center for Writing. Enjoy hiking, canoeing, backcountry skiing, trail running, and rock climbing, though not all at once. Father of three grown children.

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