CANTON - The varied aspects of life in the North Country are explored in a new book of 18 essays edited by St. Lawrence University Professor of English Bob Cowser. Why We're Here: New York Essayists on Living Upstate has just been published by Colgate University Press.
Contributors include St. Lawrence faculty members Mary Hussmann, Natalia Rachel Singer and Paul Graham, as well as Marion Roach, an alumna and University trustee. Other contributors are James McConkey, Brock Clarke, Jennifer Brice, William Bradley, Paul Pines, Anne Panning, Ned Stuckey-French, Bibi Win, Robert Marshall Haven, Robert Strong, Rick Henry, Janine DeBaise and Dan Roche.
On Friday, September 24, Cowser and several of the authors whose work is in the book will celebrate its publication at a reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. at The Northwoods Inn on Main Street in Lake Placid. Cowser will be a guest on North Country Public Radio's "Readers and Writers on the Air" on Thursday, September 23, at 7 p.m., speaking about the book.
Author Robin Hemley says of the collection, "This is a truly remarkable and compelling collection of essays, first and foremost about the North Country, but really about the odd combination of happenstance and fate that bring us somewhere strange and make it familiar."
Dream Season, Cowser's first book, was a New York Times Book Review "Editor's Choice" and was listed among The Chronicle of Higher Education's best-ever books about sports. He is also the author of the memoir Scorekeeping and the forthcoming Green Fields.