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Betsy Kepes share her homemade house in Pierrepont, New York with her husband, Tom VandeWater, and her sons Lee, age 15, and Jay, age 7. She teaches piano to children and adults and performs with the Little River Trio. In the summer, she works for the United States Forest Service in Idaho as a forest fire lookout and contract trail crew. In her spare moments she is an amateur historian, a gardener, a runner and a writer of women's history, poetry and short stories.

Book review: "The Far Traveler"

Nancy Marie Brown is a Vermont writer fluent in Icelandic. For her new book, The Far Traveler, she researched the life of a woman who lived over a thousand years ago. Her subject, Gudrid, wasn't just any Viking woman, but the first European woman to set foot in North America.  Go to full article

Book review: "Dateline Vermont"

Republican presidential frontrunner John McCain plans to make a stop in Vermont tomrrow. The state's delegates are up for grabs March 4, all 17 of them. The entire population of Vermont is less that that of Syracuse, yet the state may be the mouse that roared in national politics. Think Jim Jeffords, Bernie Sanders, Howard dean and Patrick Leahy. A new memoir by veteran political reporter Chris Graff explores the politics the the green Mountain State. Betsy Kepes has our review.  Go to full article

Book review: "Schroon Lake"

Lueza Thirkield Gelb was born in New Jersey, in the first part of the twentieth century, two years after the stock market crash, and grew up in the Adirondacks before and during World War II. Her book, Schroon Lake, won the Best Memoir award Sunday at the Adirondack Center for Writing's annual book awards in Blue Mountain Lake. Our book critic, Betsy Kepes, has this review.  Go to full article

Book review: "Wild Fire" by Nelson DeMille

It's not every day the Adirondack North Country is the setting for a popular page-turner. But we've got one today. Betsy Kepes review Nelson DeMille's Wild Fire. (She...  Go to full article

Book review: "Over the Mountain and Home Again"

In 1992, Edward Kanze and his wife Debbie bought an old camp on 18 acres of land bordering the Saranac River in Bloomingdale. Kanze's new book, Over the Mountain and Home...  Go to full article

Books review: Two books with a passion for nature

It's almost time to get out hiking, but while we wait for the snow to melt and the mud to dry up, we still have time to learn more about our northern woods. Betsy Kepes...  Go to full article

Book review: "A North Country Quartet"

The English Department at SUNY-Potsdam recently published a book featuring four North Country poets. NCPR's book reviewer, Betsy Kepes, shares a few of the poems.  Go to full article

Book review: "Without Grace" by Carol Hoenig

In Carol Hoenig's novel Without Grace, rural poverty forces many of the characters to make difficult choices. Set in Churubusco in the 1970s, the book chronicles the...  Go to full article

Books review: two books about Adirondack kids

Adirondack kids have adventures climbing mountains, and sometimes they lose their way in the woods. Betsy Kepes reviews two books for young readers that are set in the...  Go to full article

Book review: "Grisha"

This summer, Elizabethtown writer and historian Margaret Bartley's book, Grisha, won an award at the Adirondack Center for Writing's first annual literary awards...  Go to full article

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