St. Lawrence University

Environmental literature has become important and popular in the Adirondacks in recent years. With the environmental movement in popular culture, fiction about environmental issues is being written prolifically. Adirondack fiction in general acts as a way to advocate for the land—a book set in a great wilderness is a way to speak for the land, to give it more attention in the public eye, much like photography or art. The fiction in this subgenre, however, goes beyond this and discusses, very frankly, environmental issues. The abundance of issues that comes with a 6 million acre state park with private and public land and dozens of different land designations is complex, to say the least, and the fiction written about these issues makes them more accessible to the public. Generally, preservation is the principle issue in Adirondack environmental fiction, whether historical, current or futuristic.