Imaginary Peaks: A Virtual Book Talk with Katie Ives

We are thrilled to partner with the American Alpine Club, Mountaineers Books, Alpinist, and the Alpine Club of Canada for a virtual event with Katie Ives, celebrating her new book Imaginary Peaks: The Riesenstein Hoax and Other Mountain Dreams! She will be in conversation with writer, filmmaker, and climber Pete Takeda. Register here:

From the organizers: "In 1962 Summit magazine readers were astonished to see a photo of an allegedly unknown range: the “Riesenstein” peaks of British Columbia. The main summit, the mysterious author claimed, remained tantalizingly unclimbed. The editors printed the article, as if missing the clues that its creators had planted to hint that the story was a hoax. During this virtual talk, based on the new book Imaginary Peaks: The Riesenstein Hoax and Other Mountain Dreams, author Katie Ives will be exploring some of the richly varied tales behind the Riesenstein, from the long history of climbers’ obsessions with supposed blanks on maps to the complex motivations of the pranksters who plotted the hoax—and the collective fascination with wild places and mythic mountains that the Riesenstein reveals."

About the Author: Katie Ives is editor in chief at Alpinist magazine, and her writing has appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, Outside, The Rumpus, and Adventure Journal, as well as the anthologies Rock, Paper, Fire: The Best of Mountain and Wilderness Writing and Waymaking: An Anthology of Women’s Adventure Writing, Poetry, and Art. In 2016 she received the H. Adams Carter Literary Award from the American Alpine Club. She has participated in the Banff Mountain and Wilderness Writing Program and served as a judge for the Boardman-Tasker Award, and a jury member, panelist, and panel moderator at the Banff Mountain Book Festival. She lives in Cambridge, Vermont. Imaginary Peaks is her first book.

Event date: 
Thursday, December 9, 2021 - 6:00pm
Imaginary Peaks: The Riesenstein Hoax and Other Mountain Dreams Cover Image
ISBN: 9781680515411
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Published: Mountaineers Books - September 14th, 2021