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What does the massive popularity of e-books and e-readers mean for public libraries? Well, it’s complicated, but for North Country libraries, getting on the e-book train is apparently well worth the expense. In an Odgensburg Journal article...
This feels like “fun with books & writing” week. First, we can read Betsy Kepes’ fine updates on the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Annual Conference happening in Seattle. But right now the Canadian...
Quick, when were heated seats invented? If you have that feature in your car, can you imagine living without it? Bonus Q: Are heated seats in the depths of winter cold about as good as sex? Credit writer Louise Penny for that quip. After a coming to...
Earlier this month Dale Hobson wrote about the National Toy Hall of Fame, including this year’s nominees. Judging from the response, many classic toys and games have staying power, in our minds if not in terms of sales at Christmas this year....
How well do inherited policies work in changing times? To be specific, I am mulling over things like trapping and mineral rights. Bear with me and I’ll explain. When I was a child my father mentioned the term “mineral rights.” I...


Books and Authors
Jul 25, 2014 — Sayed Kashua is an Arab who writes novels in Hebrew and a sitcom in Arabic. A contradiction? Maybe. But his newest book is a good look at an often-overlooked segment of the Israeli population.
Jul 25, 2014 — Scott Anderson's Lawrence in Arabia recounts how a handful of adventurers and low-level officers shaped the Arab Revolt during World War I. It appears at No. 9.
Jul 25, 2014 — Appearing at No. 11, Amy Tan's The Valley Of Amazement spans two continents and more than four decades as it explores the connection between an American mother and her half-Chinese daughter.

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Country Schoolhouse
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No Bigger Than a Piano Box: a North Country Schoolhouse in 1893
By historian Betsy Kepes. Based on the 1893 diary of a North Country schoolteacher. A Women's History Month special. Teacher's guide and CD available.
Irving Bachellor
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A Franklin Manor Christmas
Paul Willcott of Saranac Lake reads his original Adirondack holiday story set in a down-at-heels former cure cottage and monastery occupied by a lonesome ex-professor.

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George Saunders. Photo via georgesaundersbooks.com
George Saunders. Photo via georgesaundersbooks.com

Author George Saunders at NCPR: weird fiction, writing, kindness

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

Astrology book urges youngsters to look up at the night sky

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 constellations and astrology through trivia, puzzles and stories. Todd Moe spoke with author Rayne Storm.

Rayne Storm will sign copies of her new book this Saturday, 1-3 pm, at the Brewer Bookstore in Canton.  Go to full article

Books: "Seven Locks" by Christine Wade

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 nation heads toward war? Betsy Kepes talked with Christine Wade about her new novel, "Seven Locks."  Go to full article

"A Beautiful Truth" by Colin McAdam

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
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Gene-o-rama: Tracking your family history through wills

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

Listen: New Adirondack Treasure novel sets mystery, adventure on St. Lawrence

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

Book review: "White Bread: A Social History of the Store-bought Loaf"

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

New mystery by Lake Clear author explores Adirondack great camp culture

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
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Ontario writer Wayne Grady's novel explores race, deception

Kingston writer Wayne Grady grew up in a white working class family in Windsor, Ontario. Years later, while researching his family's history, Grady discovered that his father...  Go to full article

Call-in: Literature of the American West

Callers and correspondents share their favorite reads in the Western genre and the best books by authors of the American West.

Hosts Ellen Rocco and Chris Robinson...  Go to full article

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