Tales from Misery Ridge: One Man’s Adventures in the Great Outdoors, a book by former Maine Guide and accomplished outdoorsman Paul J. Fournier, has been named Best Outdoor
Book of 2011 by the New England Outdoor Writers Association.
Tales from Misery Ridge was released by Islandport Press in the fall of 2011, and is the first book by Fournier, who has not only worked as a Maine Guide, but has also been a bush pilot, sporting camp owner, nature photographer and videographer, television producer, and a longtime official with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
"To receive such a prestigious award from so distinguished a group of professional writers is a high honor indeed, one which I will treasure," Fournier said. V. Paul Reynolds, editor of Northwoods Sporting Journal, accepted the award on Fournier’s behalf. The award was announced March 31 at the organization’s annual Excellence in Craft ceremonies, held this year at the Singletary Rod & Gun Club in Oxford, Massachusetts. The organization also bestowed awards for newspaper and magazine writing and photographs. Reynolds also picked up a first-place award for the Best Opinion, Magazine category.
In Tales from Misery Ridge, Fournier writes about his experiences and adventures in Maine’s
Great North Woods, and beyond. He takes readers soaring on his first solo flight in a Piper Cub, describes how a master canoe builder makes his dream canoe a reality, and introduces them to brave flying wardens on rescue calls. Fournier also tells of some spectacularly large salmon, lust-addled moose, leaping trout, adopted eagle eggs, pesky black bears, and a historic mission to transplant caribou from Newfoundland to Maine. Each of these stories reflects special places and times in the Pine Tree State that few have been fortunate enough to experience firsthand.
NEOWA was established in 1942 by a group of dedicated outdoor writers concerned about natural resources, conservation, and our outdoor heritage. NEOWA is the oldest regional outdoor writers organization in America, and is a nonprofit, professional, and educational organization. Learn more at www.neowa.org.