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Jul 28, 2014 — The transition from one part of the world to another is filled with anticipation, conflict and drama. These trips can herald life-changing transformations for families seeking out better lives.
Jul 27, 2014 — In the Land of Love and Drowning, the islands are a magical setting for three generations of one family living through the modern history of the territory as it passes from Danish to American hands.
Jul 27, 2014 — Philby was one of the 20th century's most legendary spies. NPR's Arun Rath talks with author Ben Macintyre about his new book, A Spy Among Friends, and the boozy secret to Philby's success.
Jul 27, 2014 — NPR's Lidia Jean Kott talked to Jason Aaron, the writer of the new female Thor. When she first talked to him she knew nothing about superhero comics, but after some research she became a fan.
Jul 26, 2014 — Greg McKeown doesn't believe in "doing it all." In his new book he argues that we should pursue only those things that are truly important — and eliminate everything else.

Books: Ice Palace

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, the oldest winter festival in the eastern U.S., celebrates its 107th anniversary when it returns the week of February 6th. The theme for 2004 is "Carnival Time". Author Deborah Blumenthal has written a children's book that focuses on the seasonal tradition in Saranac Lake. Ice Palace celebrates winter, art and community. It's the story of a giant ice castle created out of the frozen landscape from the point of view of a young girl. A work crew that includes people from the village and men from a nearby prison cuts and transports huge blocks of ice and builds them into the ice palace. Deborah Blumenthal, who grew up in New York City, now lives in Texas. But for years she and her family vacationed in the Adirondacks. She spoke with Todd Moe.  Go to full article

Books: A Fountain Filled with Blood

Mystery writer Julia Spencer-Fleming is out with a new novel set in the southern Adirondacks. A Fountain Filled with Blood is the second in her Reverend Clare Ferguson mystery series. Two gay men are brutally attacked, PCB's are discovered in a local playground and there's a brutal murder in rural Millers Kill, New York. It's up to Clare, an Episcopal priest, and the local police chief to investigate the crimes. Spencer-Fleming grew up in the Adirondacks and now lives in Maine. She tells Todd Moe that her latest book unveils a darker side to small town life.  Go to full article

Books: Drugs, Labor and Colonial Expansion

Are you drinking that third cup of coffee in the morning because you want to savor the taste, or because the caffeine is a way to make you a more productive member of the work force? Readers and Writers co-host Chris Robinson talks with Dan Bradburd, an anthropologist at Clarkson University who gives us a surprising answer. Bradburd is the co-editor of the new book, Drugs, Labor and Colonial Expansion.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers on the Air: Regional Nonfiction

In our call-in on contemporary literature, hosts Ellen Rocco and Chris Robinson explore nonfiction by regional authors with help from Christopher Shaw, author of Sacred...  Go to full article

History and Lore of Adirondack Fire Towers

Author Marty Podskoch talks with Todd Moe about the history of fire towers and the people who worked on them in his new book that covers the southern districts of the...  Go to full article
One of five Sibley guides out this fall.

Birding With David Allen Sibley

A walk with ornithologist and artist David Allen Sibley, author and illustrator of the Audubon Society's new series of guides to bird identification and behavior. Sibley led...  Go to full article

Readers & Writers on the Air: An Overview of the Region's Literature, pt. 1

In its tenth season opener, this call-in on contemporary literature looks at the literature of the area. Hosts Ellen Rocco and Chris Robinson are joined in the studio by...  Go to full article

Demystifying Modern Art: Why a Painting is Like a Pizza

The Gibson Gallery at SUNY Potsdam kicks off a new lecture series on diverse topics in art tonight at 7 pm. Art historian Dr. Nancy Heller, author of the book, Why a...  Go to full article

Celebrating the Past: The Big Moose Lake History Project

For the past 8 years, a group of Big Moose Lake residents, year-round and summer visitors, has been researching and collecting stories about the early years of life on Big...  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...  Go to full article

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