Off the beaten track

A book written by local writer and professor Suzanne Roberts was given the top award for literature by the 2012 National Outdoor Book Awards (NOBA).

Roberts’ book, Almost Somewhere: Twenty-Eight Days on the John Muir Trail, documents her month-long journey through the Sierra Mountains in 1993, and addresses gender dynamics in the context of the environment.

The NOBA website states, “What emerges is a revealing and insightful coming-of-age portrait of women of the post baby boom generation. … This is life in an outdoor setting from a feminine perspective: anxiety over strange men met along the way and the challenges of long days on the trail.”

Roberts teaches at Lake Tahoe Community College and Sierra Nevada College, and has written several poetry books. She received a doctorate from the University of Nevada, Reno’s Literature and Environment Program, and National Geographic Traveler magazine called her “the next great travel writer.”