Bill McKibben

North Country Citation 2002

A best-selling journalist, author and editor, this year's North Country Citation recipient Bill McKibben lives in the southern Adirondacks. A 1982 graduate of Harvard, he was a staff writer for The New Yorker for five years before setting out, successfully, on his own. His work has appeared in publications and periodicals as diverse as The New York Times, Adirondack Life, The New York Review of Books, Rolling Stone, The New Republic, Esquire and Outside. Among his books are The End of Nature, The Age of Missing Information, The Hard Work of Simple Living, Maybe One: A Case for Smaller Families, and Hope, Human and Wild. He has written introductions to an edition of Thoreau's Walden and a new book of photographs and text by noted Adirondack photographer Gary Randorf, and his work will appear in the third edition of Paul Jamieson's acclaimed anthology The Adirondack Reader, due out in 2003.

In much of his writing, McKibben appeals for a gentler treatment of the Earth, and he has been an eloquent advocate of the Adirondacks as a model for saving what is left of the planet's wilderness while simultaneously providing the setting for a sustainable economy. He has been praised by the writer Terry Tempest Williams for his "belief in the coming era of environmental restoration" and dismissed as "an environmental wacko" by Rush Limbaugh. The winner of the 2000 Lannan Prize in Nonfiction Writing, he is a trustee of Paul Smith's College. He has been a frequent visitor to St. Lawrence, contributing to the environmental studies program, the Festival of the Arts and the Writers Series.