The Mountaineer has made its reputation on selling quality outdoor gear and hosting climbing, skiing and running events. Later this week, the Keene Valley store will try its hand at celebrating the written word.
On Thursday, more than a dozen writers are scheduled to participate in a book signing and reading at The Mountaineer. The event is "to celebrate its recovery from Hurricane Irene and the reconstruction and resurrection of its beloved book room," according to a press release.
Authors that are expected to participate include Russell Banks, his wife poet Chase Twitchell, Bill McKibben, Paul Matthews, Jerry Jenkins, Phil Brown, Wynant Vanderpoel, Rebecca Foster, Victor Forbes, Willem Lange, Harry Groome, Betsy Thomas-Train, Alex Shoumatoff, Roger Mitchell, Tom Smith and Carl Heilman.
Brown, a Saranac Lake resident who is editor of the Adirondack Explorer news magazine, said he plans to talk about his new guidebook, "Adirondack Paddling: 60 Great Flatwater Adventures." The book is expected to be available for purchase in September.
Nick Gully, who manages the Mountaineer's book department, said authors will feature a variety of old and new works.
"I don't think it's gong to be the typical, one author sitting there for the whole time, obviously because there's so many," Gully said. "This is our first time doing this. We're just going to roll with it and have some fun."
Gully said The Mountaineer has wanted to expand its book room for years but finally was able to do it this spring. The store now offers a better selection, ranging "from kids books and puppets and games to obviously guidebooks around the world to right in the backyard here," Gully said.
The plan is to have Thursday's event outside in the front of the store. Hor d'oeuvres will be served by Green Point Foods and local blues musician Stan Olivia will provide music.
People are welcome to bring their own books for signing. The event runs from 5 to 7 p.m. The Mountaineer is located off state Route 73 in Keene Valley.
The authors night isn't the only one happening in the area. A similar event is scheduled to occur tonight in Long Lake. The 28th annual Authors Night will be held at 7 p.m. at Hoss's Country Corner. Adirondack authors, performers, musicians and storytellers will gather under the big red tent. The public is welcome to have books signed by Adirondack authors or pick up some new books.