Virtanen to sign books in Schenectady

River Tales front cover finalMichael Virtanen will be signing copies of his new suspense novel, The River’s Tale, at the Open Door Bookstore in Schenectady  on Saturday, June 15, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

The River’s Tale is a prequel to Virtanen’s award-winning first novel, Within a Forest Dark. Both are set largely in the Adirondacks. In The River’s Tale, Alison Reade flees to the Adirondacks to escape an obsessive boyfriend. She takes a job as a rafting guide and starts to fall in love with her charismatic boss. Life is good until she discovers the Adirondacks are not the safe haven she thought they were.

Virtanen’s first book won the Adirondack Center for Writing’s award for best fiction of 2007. The protagonist, Jack Kirkland, reappears in The River’s Tale as an insurance examiner looking into a drowning on the Hudson River.

The Open Door is located at 128 Jay St. in downtown Schenectady.


Praise for ‘The River’s Tale’

River Tales front cover finalVirginia Hunt, who lives in Nevada but grew up in upstate New York, sent us a nice note after reading The River’s Tale. She called Mike Virtanen’s book “a thoroughly enjoyable, and relaxing summer novel. It flowed effortlessly and evoked memories of the cool water of Fourth Lake and the smell of pines in the Adirondacks when I was a kid. The attention to detail in the rafting scenes made the action real. Mike clearly is a gifted writer who knows how to entertain and keep his readers interested. Keep writing, Mike. I’m a huge fan.”

Gary Lee on bird banding

Adirondack BirdingNorth Country Public Radio interviews retired forest ranger Gary Lee–one of the authors of Adirondack Birding: 60 Great Places to Find Birds–about banding birds at his home in Inlet. Incidentally, Gary also visits the Crown Point bird-banding station every spring. John M.C. Peterson–the other author of the birding guidebook–started the Crown Point tradition many years ago. Click here to listen to the interview.