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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...
Alice Munro’s distinguished literary career has just been recognized with this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature. Readers who like the short story format are almost certainly familiar with that name, as Munro has long been considered one...


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Apr 16, 2014 — The racism Gandhi encountered in South Africa helped spark a lifetime of activism. Historian Ramachandra Guha says without that experience, "he would never have become a political animal."
Apr 15, 2014 — For the past decade Pakistan has faced war, political instability and the rise of religious extremism. But those crises have fueled a new generation of Pakistani writers and artists.
Apr 15, 2014 — In a new book, New York Times correspondent Carlotta Gall offers new information about how Pakistan has helped the Taliban in Afghanistan and may have helped hide Osama bin Laden.

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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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Author Pico Iyer speaking at TEDGlobal 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/tedconference/9018794227/">TED Conference</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Author Pico Iyer speaking at TEDGlobal 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo: TED Conference, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Pico Iyer: The man who is becoming a voice inside my head

I had a chance to chat with author and world traveler Pico Iyer prior to his visit to the St. Lawrence University campus as the first speaker in this year's Writer's Series. He will speak on Thursday, September 12 at 8 pm in the Sykes Common Room.

No matter what subject Iyer is working on, whether it is the spiritual and political journey of the Dalai Lama, meeting his wife in Kyoto, or travelling to the far reaches of the earth to try the MacDonalds there, I perceive in his quirky voice a deep message about how we should live.  Go to full article

Books: "The Allure of Deep Woods"

A Vermont writer's latest book focuses on his solo trek through one of the most remote parts of the Adirondacks. Todd Moe talks with Walt McLaughlin about The Allure of Deep Woods, which details his solitary hike on the Northville-Placid Trail. McLaughlin has hiked Vermont's Long Trail end-to-end, through the Northeast and the Alaskan bush. He's written about his outdoor experiences in Adirondac, Vermont Life, The New York Conservationist and many other periodicals. McLaughlin told Todd Moe that his writings often reflect on the importance of wildness.  Go to full article
Constructed in 1912, the library opened to the public in 1913. This is a hand-tinted photo postcard from opening day.

Colton's library marks 100 years of more than lending books

This summer marks the centennial of the opening of the first Hepburn library funded by financier and politician A. Barton Hepburn. We'll hear the story of the Colton public library, the first of seven libraries that were gifts from Hepburn to the people of St. Lawrence County.  Go to full article
Actors Lucy Lee Flippin (center) and Dean Butler (second from right) helped cut the ribbon at the opening of the replica 1860's schoolhouse on the Wilder Homestead near Malone on Saturday.  Photo:  Todd Moe

A little schoolhouse in the woods

A replica 19th century one-room schoolhouse was officially opened at the Wilder Homestead, near Malone, on Saturday. Hundreds of fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Farmer...  Go to full article

Book review: "Alone in the Classroom"

Ottawa writer, Elizabeth Hay, set the action of her fourth novel in Saskatchewan and the Ottawa Valley.

Elizabeth Hay begins her book with a bucolic description...  Go to full article

Books: "Insinuendo"

Miriam Clavir has spent her career as an art and artifacts conservator. Today, she works part-time in conservation and devotes the rest of her time to writing fiction. She...  Go to full article

Book review: "The River's Tale"

There's still time this summer to get out the beach books, find an empty Adirondack chair next to a lake, and settle in with a page turner. Betsy Kepes has this review of...  Go to full article
Hearth Moon Rising is an ordained priestess in the Dianic tradition and in the Fellowship of Isis.  She lives in Keene Valley.  Photo: Hearth Moon Rising

Books: Invoking Animal Magic

Hearth Moon Rising is an Adirondack psychotherapist who is passionate about nature, the environment, animals and her own pagan spirituality. For more than 20 years she has...  Go to full article
<i>Forever Wild</i> is the third novel in Tony Holtzman's Adirondack Trilogy.

Holtzman wraps up his Adirondack trilogy with "Forever Wild"

A long-time Adirondack summer resident has published the third book in a series of novels about the history of the region. Tony Holtzman will talk about his Adirondack...  Go to full article
A summer reader. Photo: Emily Mills, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Summer Reading List Call-in

In our annual Summer Reading List Call-in staff, guests and listeners share the best beach reads and whatever else is on the summer reading bookshelf. Hosts Ellen Rocco and...  Go to full article

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