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Lorraine M. Duvall, author

Author Lorraine Duvall


Lorraine Duvall became a lover of the Adirondacks early in life through a Girl Scout canoe-camping trip on Upper Saranac Lake. As an adult, she vacationed in the southern Adirondacks. Her longtime dream of living in the Adirondacks was realized after she purchased land in Keene in 1995, built a house, and moved there as a retiree. Since moving to these mountains, Duvall’s varied civic and environmental endeavors have helped her to understand and respect the different perspectives of those who live in and visit the Adirondacks.

As a board member of Protect the Adirondacks (and its predecessor organization, the Residents’ Committee to Protect the Adirondacks), Duvall devotes her efforts to environmental issues. In the early 2020s he led an effort on environmental justice for the Keene Valley Congregational Church. She also served on the Keene Planning Board, the board of the Ausable River Association, the board of the Saranac Lake Community Store, the executive committee of the Hurricane Mountain Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club, and the Community Services Board of Essex County.

Since retiring to the Adirondacks, Duvall has authored four books:

  • And I Know Too Much To Pretend (2014). Won the Literary Award from the Adirondack Center for Writing for Best Memoir of 2014.

  • In Praise of Quiet Waters: Finding Solitude and Adventure in the Wild Adirondacks (2016). Won the Literary Award from the Adirondack Center for Writing for Best Memoir of 2016.

  • Finding A Woman’s Place: The Story of a 1970s Feminist Collective in the Adirondacks (2020).

  • Where the Styles Brook Waters Flow: The Place I Call Home (2023).


​Duvall holds a BS degree in Mathematics from Grove City College (1960), an MS in Operations Research from Syracuse University (1974), and a PhD in Information Studies from Syracuse University (1995). She spent her professional career as a software engineer and director of research.

Adirondack Publications by Lorraine Duvall

  • Regular contributor to the Adirondack Almanack and to the New York Almanack.

  • “A Woman’s Place: Athol’s Groundbreaking Feminist Collective.” Adirondack Life Home Issue 2018, 64-69.

  • “The ISABEL-6: Still paddling after all these years.” Adirondack Life, 2016 Annual Guide to the Great Outdoors, 90-93.

  • “BIRTH of the ISABEL SIX: A tale of Six Adirondack Women and Their Canoeing Adventures.” ADIRONDAC (July-August 2013), 30-32.

  • “Just me & the Boogeyman.” Adirondack Explorer, July/August 2006, p. 33. Reprinted in Wild Times: Your Personal Guide to 120 Hiking and Paddling Adventures in the Adirondacks. Adirondack Explorer, 2009, 103.

  • “Adventures of the Isabel Six.” CANOE Journal, 2004, 38-39, 77.

In the News—Print

  • “Finding a Woman’s Place: The Story of a 1970’s Collective in the Adirondacks: Award-winning author Lorraine Duvall brings her book to Saranac Village at Will Rogers on March 22.” Robin Caudell. Press Republican (March 15, 2023), A6.

  • “Barkreaders presents Lorraine Duvall,” Adirondack Daily Enterprise (November 3, 2022), A11.

  • Leigh Hornbeck. Review of Finding A Woman’s Place, Adirondack Explorer (June 23, 2020).

  • Naj Wikoff. “ON THE Scene: ‘Finding a Woman’s Place’ with Lorraine Duvall.” Lake Placid News (March 26, 2020).

  • Jerry McGovern. “Author revisits feminist commune in Adirondacks.” Adirondack Daily Enterprise (March 18, 2020).

  • “Author Lorraine Duvall brings new book to Village Mercantile on March 21. Adirondack Daily Enterprise (March 12, 2020).

  • Photo/caption: “Lorraine Duvall of Keene floats on Weller Pond …” “Final plan for SLWF,” Adirondack Daily Enterprise (June 27, 2019), A9.

  • Betsy Kepes review of And I Know Too Much To Pretend and In Praise of Quiet Waters. Adirondack Explorer (March/April 2017).

  • Neal Burdick. Book review of In Praise of Quiet Waters. ADIRONDAC (November-December 2016), 27.

  • Marilyn McCabe “Book: And I Know Too Much to Pretend. Duvall helps make history in new book.” Adirondack Daily Enterprise (November 18, 2015).

In the News—Online Interviews/Stories

Author Lorraine Duvall at Styles Brook Falls
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