On Tuesday, January 15 at 7pm, the Friends of the Dover Public Library will present a talk by author, lecturer, and journalist Dan Szczesny about his newest book, “The White Mountain”. Over the course of one calendar year, Szczesny explored the history and mystique of New England’s tallest mountain. But Mount Washington is more than just a 6,288-foot rock pile: the mountain is the cultural soul of climbers, hikers, and tourists from around the world looking to test their mettle against its extreme conditions in return for a chance to experience its most intense natural beauty.
Szczesny's research took him outside of the archives; he was on the team of a 97-year-old ultra-runner, he dressed as Walt Whitman and read poetry while hiking up the mountain, and he spent a week in winter cooking for the scientists at the Observatory. In “The White Mountain”, Szczesny turned a veteran journalist's eye toward exploring Mount Washington's place in the collective consciousness of the country and our state. He explores how this rugged NH landscape reflects our timeless obsession and passion for exploration and discovery.