How do we set out to do what’s never been done before?

“We’re putting a human on top of a missile and shooting him into space and it’s never been done before. I need a mathematician that can look beyond the numbers, at math that doesn’t exist.” — Al Harrison (played by Kevin Costner) from the movie Hidden Figures How do we set out to do what’s […]

Blazing Ahead is Finalist for 2018 Maine Literary Awards

The Maine Literary Awards is an annual competition sponsored and coordinated by the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Nominations are open to all Maine residents (including part-time seasonal residents). The statewide competition is for published books, as well as drama, short works (either published or unpublished), and student writing. Maine writers may self-nominate, or be […]

Blazing Ahead book review in Appalachia Journal

Photo of Appalachia Journal Winter/Spring 2018 cover

It is not surprising that an enterprise as monumental as a 2,190-mile hiking trail would be fraught with challenges: conceptual, physical, political, and financial. Blend in strong personalities, deeply held beliefs, and competing interests, and you’ve got yourself quite a story. Jeffrey Ryan has written a tightly researched, well-crafted book that will interest both hiking […]

Nice review of Blazing Ahead by The Conway Daily Sun

Photo of White Birch Books, North Conway, New Hampshire. ©2017 www.JeffRyanAuthor.com

I visited North Conway, New Hampshire last week, where I had a chance to be interviewed by intrepid hiker, Ed Parsons. Old hikers usually get along famously, which was certainly the case here. Ed writes a great weekly article about day hikes in the White Mountains for The Conway Daily Sun and had recently finished […]

Two More Wisconsin Appearances!

Wrapping up week one of my Wisconsin book tour (appearances in Baraboo and Elm Grove) and gearing up for another fun week. I’ll be at the Hawthorne Branch of the Madison Public Library on Monday, October 23 and the Fond Du Lac Public Library on October 25. The weather has been fantastic for fall hiking and […]