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Brandon Mendelson. Photo: Matthew Farenell
Brandon Mendelson. Photo: Matthew Farenell

Former marketing consultant calls social media "B.S."

There's no avoiding social media these days--even if you're not on the internet, TV commercials urge you to like companies on Facebook or follow them on Twitter, newscasters read influential people's tweets on the air, and if you're not on Facebook, well, you're in for a lot of funny looks.

If you run a business or an organization, pressure to have an active social media "presence" can be intense--but the benefits you actually get from that presence may not be anywhere near as huge as what you were led to expect.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Louise Penny, "The Beautiful Mystery"

Our guest is Louise Penny, author of the award-winning Quebec mystery series, featuring inspector Armand Gamache and the idyllic town of Three Pines. Like all the previous books in the series, the latest, The Beautiful Mystery, is on bestseller lists across North America. It's also been nominated for CBC Radio's Canada Reads series. Jackie Sauter and Betsy Kepes host.  Go to full article

Gift Books and Winter Reading Call-in

Our annual winter books call-in is hosted by Ellen Rocco and Chris Robinson, with guest book maven John Ernst. Callers and visitors share their favorite picks for holiday giving and reading on long winter nights. A compiled list of recommendations will be available soon at the Readers & Writers Book Club.  Go to full article

Vietnam vet reaches out to young soldiers with "Facing PTSD"

Tom Smith grew up in Connecticut, but his family has owned land in Keene Valley for four generations. He was drafted in 1968 and flew helicopters in Vietnam. Smith saw lots...  Go to full article

Preview: Kingston WritersFest

Writers and readers are gathering in Kingston this week for the annual celebration of books and writing. NCPR's book reviewer Betsy Kepes spoke with artistic director Merilyn...  Go to full article

Readers & Writers, Mary Karr, "Lit"

Memoirist Mary Karr was our guest. She talked with hosts Ellen Rocco and Chris Robinson about Lit, third in her series of personal explorations that began with...  Go to full article

Books: "Rising from the Swamp"

The outdoors and natural beauty are draws for many communities in the Adirondacks. According to the author of a new book, Rising from the Swamp, a source of pride for...  Go to full article

Books: "Taking Hart"

A new novel, set on the St. Lawrence River, combines suspense and regional history. Maggie Hockett's first book, Taking Hart, coincides with the bicentennial of the...  Go to full article

Books: "This is What I Thought at the Time"

Long-time Canton resident Peter Van de Water is out with a new book, This is What I Thought at the Time. It's a collection of his essays originally published in the...  Go to full article

Readers and Writers: Mark Slouka

Slouka is the SLU Viebranz Visiting Professor of Creative Writing whose work has been translated into 18 languages. His novels include God's Fool and the Visible World; and...  Go to full article

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