SARANAC LAKE – Barkreaders offers local writers a place to share their work and meet new authors at the Adirondack Center for Writing. This fortnightly reading features an open mic, so everyone has the opportunity to share up to 5 minutes of live writing in front of an audience. The November episode of Barkreaders features Lorraine Duvall, author of three books, including the most recent, “Finding a Woman’s Place: The Story of a 1970s Feminist Collective in the Adirondacks.” Barkreaders is a live, in-person event at the Adirondack Center for Writing, 15 Broadway, Saranac Lake.
Duvall will read at ACW on Wednesday, November 9 at 7 p.m., with an open mic to follow. Admission to the event is free, with a suggested donation at the door. Playback and open mic will last a total of 60 minutes. Those interested in attending can RSVP for free at https://adirondackcenterforwriting.org/event/barkreaders-lorraine-duvall/.
The fifth Barkreaders guest of the year is Keene resident Lorraine Duvall, who in the 1970s spent time in a revolutionary women’s community in Athol, New York called A Woman’s Place. Her book is a history of this feminist collective. In 1974, seven women, along with their eight children, left their jobs, friends and family to live together in a rustic, abandoned 23-acre resort in Athol. They called their new home A Woman’s Place, inspired by other feminists to take this independent action and leave behind the constraints of the patriarchal society of the 1960s and 1970s. Hundreds of women have passed through the doors of A Woman’s Place at during its eight years of existence, from 1974 to 1982. Duvall tells a powerful story of community life – the trials and tribulations, the joys and the sorrows.
Barkreaders will include a 10-15 minute featured reading by Duvall, followed by an open mic where audience members can register to read a short text. Open mics are a great place for new and experienced writers to test their work in front of a supportive audience.
Learn more from ACW guest author Lorraine Duvall
After retiring to the Adirondack Mountains in 2000, Duvall became active helping to protect Adirondack lakes, ponds and rivers from exploitation. She explored these waters in her solo canoe, writing about her travels with other paddle enthusiasts, resulting in memoirs, “Praise of Still Waters: Finding Solitude and Adventure in the Wild Adirondacks,” which won the Adirondack Center for Writing’s 2016 Literary Award for Best Dissertation. His first memoirs “And I know too much to pretend” won the ACW Literary Prize in 2014, where she writes about her experiences growing up in the formative years of the 2nd wave of the feminist movement.