Lake George, NY—August 5, 2018—Adirondack Archangels: Guardians of the High Peaks, by Christine Bourjade and Alex Radmanovich of New Russia, NY, and Montreal, Quebec, has been named by the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group as one of the best indie books of 2018. The book is published by ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club).

Bourjade and Radmanovich’s book was cited as a finalist in the Environment category in the 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, a book awards program for independent publishers and self-published authors. The awards are judged by leaders of the indie book publishing industry, including many with long careers at major publishing houses. Their love of a great read and experience in the publishing arena identify books deserving a wider audience.

Adirondack Archangels is a collection of essays by and about individuals who have worked to protect the Adirondack Park and its highest peaks. It is a tribute to the late Edwin H. “Ketch” Ketchledge, Ph.D., who in 1989 led the creation of the High Peaks Summit Stewardship Program. The book comprises thirty-nine essays and includes a foreword by celebrated writer Bill McKibben and over 250 photographs.

All proceeds from Adirondack Archangels go to support the High Peaks Summit Stewardship Program. One of the most successful environmental programs in the Northeast, the Summit Stewardship Program focuses on educating hikers, protecting and monitoring the alpine summits, and training the next generation of environmental stewards. The program is a partnership of ADK, the Adirondack Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Adirondack Archangels is 304 pages, 6″ x 9″, and includes over 250 color and black and white photos, some of which are archival images. It is available in softcover for $24.95 at book and outdoor supply stores, at ADK stores in Lake George and Lake Placid, through mail order by calling (800) 395-8080, or online at


2018 is the 11th year of the book awards program. Catherine Goulet, Co-Chair of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, notes, “Our program has become known as the Sundance of the book publishing world.” A complete list of 2018 winners and finalists is available at the Next Generation Indie Book Awards website at

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About ADK

ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) is the only nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and advocating for New York State’s wild lands and waters while also teaching people how to enjoy natural places responsibly. Since 1922, the organization has offered people opportunities to stay and play in as well as protect, discover, and explore the outdoors. Today, ADK has 30,000 members in 27 chapters statewide and is served by a professional, year-round staff. The organization is recognized as a vital voice in the commitment to environmental stewardship and ethical outdoor recreation in New York State. For more information on membership or making a difference, head to or follow ADK on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.