Willem Lange

160 pp.

6 x 9 Gatefold Paperback


August 2015






Emmy award-winning storyteller and beloved host of NHPTV’s Windows to the Wild, Willem Lange, presents a new collection of favorite tales from the wilds of New England and beyond. Words from the Wild is a celebration of great milestones for Willem Lange and his work:

 •The best columns from over thirty years of A Yankee Notebook, Lange’s column is featured in several New England newspapers.

•The tenth anniversary of the award-winning series on New Hampshire Public Television, Windows to the Wild

•The 80th birthday of Willem Lange

Willem Lange holds the mantra, “do something each week you’ve never done before.” He shares with us some of his best experiences connecting with fascinating new people, places, and to the wild itself. Words from the Wild inspires us to get out there and live.


Willem Lange has worked as an Adirondack guide, a preacher, a bartender, a construction laborer, a cab driver, a bob-sled run announcer, a bookkeeper, a ranch hand, a high-school English teacher, a carpenter, a contractor, and from 1968 to 1972 he directed Dartmouth College’s Outward Bound Center. For more than thirty years he has been writing a weekly column, A Yankee Notebook, which appears in newspapers all over New England. He is a regular commentator on Vermont Public Television and Vermont Public Radio, and the host of New Hampshire Public Television’s award-winning series, Windows to the Wild.

Praise for Words from the Wild: 

“Heart-felt, but never sentimental; humorous, but always thoughtful; biting, but always kind, Will Lange’s essays are as refreshing as a cool autumn morning atop a high peak. He’s a master storyteller, on the trail, around the campfire, or with your heels up in a favorite chair sipping tea.”

—Dan Szczesny, author of The Adventures of Buffalo and Tough Cookie 

“It’s always a pleasure to hit the trail with the well-traveled and woods-wise Willem Lange, whether the destination is a White Mountains hut, a Maine Wilderness Lodge, or a breathtaking backcountry vista. In many ways, Will’s outlook mirrors AMC’s mission of inspiring people to get outdoors and make a closer connection to the natural world. Windows to the Wild episodes, and the essays in this book, provide that inspiration to explore, enjoy, and care for the region’s mountains, waters, forests, and trails.”

—Rob Burbank, Director of Media and Public Affairs, Appalachian Mountain Club

“New England is fortunate to have Willem Lange to tell the stories of wild places and the people who thrive in them. Reading of his adventures, watching them on New Hampshire Public Television, or listening to them while sharing a mountain with Willem is akin to sitting around the fire with one of the grand storytellers of old.”

—Tom Ryan, author or Following Atticus: Forty-eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship