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Author talk on Tuesday with outdoors columnist/author Herb Terns

The Open Door Bookstore presents a discussion with Herb Terns, who will discuss his new book, Iron Sharpens Iron, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 23. The virtual discussion will be led by The Open Door's Kathleen Kemp. Free event, but registration required.

Herb, an outdoors columnist at the Albany Times Union, is described on his website as "an adventurer and hypothermia connoisseur who accomplished a rare double disqualification in his first triathlon." Iron Sharpens Iron is his first book.

He was recently featured in a Times Union profile written by Jack Rightmyer. “I discovered that writing a book is much harder than hiking an Adirondack high peak,” he said. Read the Times Union story. Herb was previously featured in a (Schenectady) Daily Gazette profile by Brenton Blanchet, "Schenectady-based author sharpens his skills with first novel, ‘Iron Sharpens Iron’"

From the Iron Sharpens Iron book jacket:

"The past sticks to us like pine sap.

In small Adirondack towns like Lake Placid, everyone remembers things you’d rather they forget. Colden MacIntyre will always be the son of the guy who went crazy. But Colden believes he can scrape off some of those pine sap memories by doing something extraordinary, something that makes his friends and family wonder if maybe he’s gone a little crazy too.

In a place known for historic sporting events, Colden sets his sights on the most famous race in town, a long-distance triathlon typically won by elite racers from around the world.

For most of his life, Colden and his friends have cooked for the tourists, cleaned their toilets, chopped their wood and shoveled their snow. People from out of town own the biggest houses on the best spots on the lakes. But not everything in Lake Placid is for sale. Some things can only be earned through sweat and sacrifice. Maybe Colden’s clean slate can be found with a 140.6 mile gauntlet and some help from his friends. "

Reviewers have described the book as "compelling" and "a satisfying romp." We hope you join Herb for this discussion of writing, the Adirondacks, and the outdoors at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 23.

Link to purchase the book at The Open Door Bookstore:


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