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An Intimate Evening with Billy Collins, Poet Laureate of the United States

Poet laureate Billy Collins came to the Thousand Islands to read his poetry, take audience questions, and sign books in the century-old Clayton Opera House. About 200 people gathered in the bunting-decked hall to attend the reading, presented here in full, exclusively from NCPR Online.  Go to full article
Sarah Cohen, store manager Mike Wilcox, and Linda Cohen

New Book Offers Glimpse Into Old Forge's History

In the late 1890's Moses Cohen arrived in the west central Adirondacks with a peddler's pack, and in 1900 opened a hardware store in Old Forge at the foot of the Fulton Chain of Lakes. It's become a centerpiece in the village and is known as the Adirondacks' Most General Store. Today, Cohen's granddaughters, Linda and Sarah own the store. The Cohen sisters, along with Town of Webb Historian Peg Masters are the authors of a new book that pays tribute to the early pioneers and entrepreneurs of Old Forge. They combined their talents in history, local lore and museum administration, and poured through thousands of historic postcards to put together a pictoral history of the Old Forge lake region. Todd Moe caught up with the Cohens during a visit to Old Forge Hardware for a chat about the store and their new book.  Go to full article
The Shoebox, a classic Adirondack swimming hole

A Swimming Hole Connoisseur Explores The Adirondacks

The North Country is famous for its pristine lakes and stunning rivers. A new guidebook is showcasing some of the best places to swim--from the Adirondacks to the Green Mountains. Brian Mann joined the book's author for a trek along the Boquet River, in search of the perfect swimming hole.

Directions to "The Shoebox": Travel north on State Route 73 from the intersection with US 9 North. Go 1.4 miles to the bridge over the Boquet River. Park carefully on pull-out. Follow trail west along river. (Courtesy of Pancho Doll)  Go to full article

Readers & Writers Summer Reading Call-in

Readers and Writers on the Air's Ellen Rocco is joined by co-host Chris Robinson and guest Lenny Golay of Manhattan's famed Corner Bookstore to talk with callers about...  Go to full article

A Gardener's Guide to Frost

If you garden in the North Country, you've got a personal relationship with frost. It marks the beginning and the end of the season, but there are ways around those...  Go to full article

Readers & Writers on the Air: Leanne Howe

In a special edition of our call-in on contemporary literature, the guest is Leanne Howe, author of Shell Shaker, a novel of Chocktaw women that ranges from the 18th...  Go to full article

Readers & Writers on the Air: Jane Hamilton

The guest for our call-in on contemporary literature is Jane Hamilton. A leading fiction voice of the past decade, her work includes The Book of Ruth, A Map of the...  Go to full article

Book: The Pearl of Kuwait

With another war between the U.S. and Iraq, Vermont writer Tom Paine's The Pearl of Kuwait is especially relevant. It's a surreal, comic look at star-crossed lovers...  Go to full article

Readers & Writers on the Air: Alan Cheuse

In this edition of our call-in on contemporary literature, the guest is Alan Cheuse. In addition to being NPR's book reviewer, heard regularly on All Things...  Go to full article

Vermont Bookseller Nervous About Threat of 'Patriot Act' Searches

Afraid of 'Patriot Act' searches, a Vermont bookseller is deleting the names of books on its reader's club list.  Go to full article

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