About Will…

Willem Lange was born in 1935. A child of deaf parents, he grew up speaking sign language and first came to New England to prep school in 1950 as an alternative to reform school in his native New York State.

During a few absences from New England, Will earned a degree in only nine years at the College of Wooster in Ohio. In between those scattered semesters, he worked as a ranch hand, Adirondack guide, preacher, construction laborer, bobsled run announcer, assembly line worker, cab driver, bookkeeper, and bartender. After graduating in 1962, he taught high school English in northern New York, filling in summers as an Outward Bound instructor. More…

READ Will…

Read A Yankee Notebook Will's weekly column. Savor a classic short story or buy one of Willem Langes's ten published books to date: A Dream of Dragons, Tales from the Edge of the Woods, Favor Johnson: A Christmas Story, Where Does the Wild Goose Go? more »

HEAR Will…

Listen to Will's recent commentaries on Vermont Public Radio (VPR).Listen to a story snippet from Will's CD, Not Love at First Sight: Stories from New England, or buy a CD online… more »

SEE Will …

See Will's TV show, : Windows to the Wild (NHPTV), or Buy his video: Tales from the North Country, or check out Will's new Photo album and slideshow more

A Dream of Dragons

A-Dream-of-Dragons-Jacket-170 A Dream of Dragons is a proper and modern Norse saga written with all the power of Melville and Hemingway and a true story now retold in the ageless rhythms of blank verse as irresistible as the beautiful and especially commissioned wood cuts of Vermont artist and Caldecott medalist Mary Azarian. » more

“...a saga of imagination”

“...a fascinating tale!”

“ beautifully illustrated...”

Upcoming readings and appearances
:: 2015 ::
Feb 28 Montpelier – Kellogg-Hubbard Library – Annual spelling bee
Mar 13 Fairlee – Wilderness Paddlers' Gathering
Apr 15 GMC headquarters – Friends of Waterbury Reservoir – Canoeing talk
May 2 Montpelier – Annual Green-Up Day with Vt River Conservancy
May 14 Montpelier – Annual Corporate Cup 5k Run/Walk
May 16 Bretton Woods, NH – NHPTV Film screening
May 17 Warner, NH, Town Hall –Story-telling
May 30 Highland Lodge, Crawford Notch – NHPTV birthday party for my 80th
May 31 Crawford Notch – Hike with NHPTV members
Jun 13 Waterbury Center – Green Mt Club Annual Meeting
Jun 28 Meredith, NH – Loon Preservation Society – Talk
Jul 14 Paul Smiths, NY – Canoe Heaven boat show

Yankee Notebook

—my weekly column which appears in several New England newspapers.

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Favor Johnson: A Christmas Story

Favor Johnson: A Christmas Story A mystery hangs over a village as Christmas approaches. Who is delivering, door-to-door, dozens of homemade fruitcakes from house to house? A modern American folktale, Favor Johnson: A Christmas Story has been a favorite radio story for twenty-five years and is published now for the first time, brought to life by the wonderful watercolor illustrations of Bert Dodson. The unsentimental but completely heartwarming story of Favor Johnson, his dog Hercules, Doctor Jennings, and the mysterious house-to-house delivery of homemade fruit cakes on Christmas Eve has become a Vermont classic tale. September 2009 » more


Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. on NHPTV

For show dates and program descriptions, visit the TV program, watch online, see the photo gallery or explore the Flickr photostream. Here’s an example of a Windows to the Wild program about one of the exciting wild places just outside your window…

Windows to the Wild photo

Episode: Bridle Path to Greenleaf

Host Willem Lange and his daughter Virginia hike the Old Bridle Path in Franconia Notch State Park. The path once served as a horse trail from the Notch to the Old Summit House, which provided shelter for climbers, but only the house's foundation remains. After enjoying the views from the top of Mount Lafayette, they spend a relaxing night in the AMC Greenleaf Hut just below the summit. More

Will's latest photo album and slideshow

Album 1

20 photos »

from A beautiful spring day in 1959... to a Sub-Arctic Bushwhack in northern New Hampshire, and More...

Album 2

20 photos »

a brook trout and a green beadhead Woolly Bugger, the most enthusiastic characters you’ll ever meet, and More...

Album 3

21 photos »

northern New Hampshire, northern Labrador, high in the Adirondacks, and More...

View photos of Will’s favorite people, places and things from 1959 - present… from the Torngat mountains in northern Labrador, which Jacques Cartier called “the land God gave to Cain”, to a beautiful Spring day in 1959 in the Adirondacks, to running rapids down the bony Payne River, Ungava Peninsula in the far north coast of Nunavik, Quebec, Canada, to a mountain in northwest Iceland (considered by the Icelanders to be the mouth of Hell)… to the Cliffs of Moher on the west coast of Ireland. Meet the Geriatric Adventure Society —a group of staunch outdoor enthusiasts whose members have skied the 200-mile Alaska Marathon, climbed in Alaska, the Andes, and Himalayas, bushwhacked on skis through northern New England, and paddled rivers north of the Arctic Circle…


Not Love at First Sight: Stories from New England (CD)

*Listen to an mp3 snippet from The White-Footed Mouse

Willem Lange has lived in New England for over fifty years, working everywhere from the lumber woods in the Adirondacks and the coastal islands of Maine to the ivied halls of Dartmouth College. All through his travels he has picked up stories — hundreds of them — about this unique place and the complicated, reticent, dry-humoured people we call Yankees. The Not Love at First Sight CD is a collection of nine of these tales read aloud by the author, a master storyteller.

Not Love at First Sight: Stories from New England (CD)