May 09, 2014 — The women in John Brown's family will be the focus of a lecture at the John Brown Day event in Lake Placid on Saturday. John Brown, the famous abolitionist, was convicted of treason and hanged for leading the raid on Harper's Ferry. He's buried on his family's farm in North Elba.
In 1849, he moved to a farm in the Adirondacks to lead freed slaves in farming. Each year, the non-profit organization, "John Brown Lives!" sponsors a series of lectures, workshops and a commemoration of John Brown's work to end slavery.
Todd Moe talks with historian Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz, who has written a book about the work of Mary, Brown's wife, and his daughters, Ruth and Annie, on behalf of the anti-slavery movement in the 19th century.
Laughlin-Schultz will lead a workshop for teachers on Saturday morning, and be part of a panel of historians talking about women and abolition. She's the author of the book, "The Tie That Bound Us: The Women of John Brown's Family and the Legacy of Radical Abolitionism." Go to full article
May 02, 2014 — Writer George Saunders will be reading and talking about his work on the SUNY Canton campus as part of its Living Writers series tonight at 6:30. Saunders is the author of books including the story collections "CivilWarLand in Bad Decline", "Pastoralia", and "In Persuasion Nation." He's won many awards including a MacArthur Foundation "Genius" grant, and been on Time Magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world. He teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Syracuse University.
Saunders talked today in our studios with Readers & Writers Host Chris Robinson, about his short story collection, 10th of December, social justice in writing, and kindness, the subject of his newest book, "Congratulations, By The Way: Some Thoughts on Kindness." Go to full article
May 02, 2014 — We have a bit of a tradition here at North Country Public Radio: book reviewer Betsy Kepes brings in a group of Canton H.S. students who have read and talked about a particular book to share their reactions with us.
On May 1, 2014, Betsy led a conversation about A Tale for the Time Being, by Ruth Ozeki, a Man Booker Prize finalist in fiction.
Narrated alternately by a teenage girl in Tokyo and a middle-aged writer living on an island off British Columbia, the book explores and connects the themes of time, culture, physics, zen, and bullying. Go to full article
May 01, 2014 — A Canton author has written a new book exploring the basic fundamentals of the zodiac. "In the Night Sky" is a guide for young readers to understand the night sky, the... Go to full article
Apr 30, 2014 — Imagine life in a Dutch village along the Hudson River in the years before the American Revolution. When a farm woman's husband disappears, how will her family survive as the... Go to full article
Apr 15, 2014 — In Colin McAdam's new novel, a childless couple in Addison County, Vermont buys a baby chimpanzee. At first he's a cute little guy, but what happens when an ape is raised as... Go to full article
Mar 27, 2014 — All sorts of people dabble in documenting family history. Some with a stronger interest attend conferences, like one held this March in Ottawa. Organized by the local branch... Go to full article
Mar 12, 2014 — Cranberry Lake author Matthew Glavin loves a good mystery and a hunt for lost treasure. He and co-author Michael Dolan have released the second installment in the "Adirondack... Go to full article
Mar 11, 2014 — What item fills up an aisle at most North Country grocery stores, a food so common we don't even see it? White bread, the All-American food. Betsy Kepes has this review of... Go to full article
Feb 26, 2014 — Lake Clear author Jamie Sheffield recently published another novel in his mystery/crime series featuring protagonist Tyler Cunningham. Sheffield, who teaches at Lake Placid... Go to full article