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What you and I are reading this summer What titles have you been reading at the beach, or at the camp, or maybe on your Kindle in the back seat during that long day trip? Do you have any recommendations from the new releases section at your...
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....


Books and Authors
Aug 23, 2014 — The younger Scarry, also an illustrator, found a draft of Best Lowly Worm Book Ever! in his dad's Swiss chalet. He says all that was missing was the final art, "so that's what I did."
Aug 22, 2014 — The scent of fresh pencils is in the air, and homework assignments are around the corner. In honor of back-to-school season, author Alexander Aciman recommends The Lost Estate by Henri Alain-Fournier.
Aug 22, 2014 — Katy Simpson Smith's novel, set during the American Revolution, was inspired by her research on mothers in the South. "Death was sort of the specter that haunted every aspect of life," she says.

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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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Book Review: "Taste, Memory" by David Buchanan

Many of us in the North Country are learning to eat closer to home. We buy fruits, vegetables and meats from local farmers as a way to help our economy and get good, fresh food. But author and farmer David Buchanan believes truly local food must pass the test of time. Betsy Kepes reviews his book Taste, Memory--Forgotten Foods, Lost Flavors, and Why They Matter.  Go to full article

Books: William Wheeler--Political Star of the North Country

He's not a household name, but back in the 19th century, Malone's William Wheeler was well known as a prominant politician and business leader. He was the only person from the North Country to serve as U.S. vice president. Historian Herb Hallas told Todd Moe about his new biography William Wheeler - Political Star of the North Country , the story of the Franklin county native who served as vice president under Rutherford B. Hayes.  Go to full article
Charlotte, Vermont artist, teacher and writer Elizabeth VanBuskirk.  Photo: Elizabeth VanBuskirk

Books: "Beyond the Stones of Machu Picchu"

Over the last 30 years, Vermont weaver, writer and teacher Elizabeth VanBuskirk has traveled to the land of the Incas -- the ancient citadel Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley and Cusco. She and her husband, David, loved the region, its people and culture so much that that they helped found the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco.

VanBuskirk has collected some of her own favorite stories and Inca folktales in a new book, Beyond the Stones of Machu Picchu.  Go to full article

Books: "Dawn of Memories: The Meaning of Early Recollections in Life"

For over a century, first memories have been the subject of hundreds of investigations and academic studies. The age of a person's earliest recollections, the content of...  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/14718163@N08/4910048360/">ageing accozzaglia</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Winter Reading and Holiday Giving Call-in

In our annual Winter Reading and Holiday Giving Call-in Ellen Rocco, Chris Robinson, and book maven John Ernst give their own picks for reading and gifting, and take reading...  Go to full article

A conversation with young adult author Barabara Stewart

Chis Robinson, co-host of Readers & Writers, talks with Barbara Stewart about her young adult novel The In-Between, a phantasmagoric story told at the...  Go to full article

Books: When Men and Mountains Meet

Next Monday marks a little known event in American history. On November 25, 1783, the last of the British forces departed from Manhattan and the last shot of the...  Go to full article

Book Review: "Out of the Blue, Blueline Essays 1979-1989"

Is there such a thing as a literature of the Adirondacks? Alice Wolf Gilborn explored this idea in her essays in Blueline, a literary periodical she founded and...  Go to full article
Tessa Mellas will read from and talk about her awarding winning collection of short stories, <i>Lungs Full of Noise</i>, on Thursday night (7 pm) at Dean-Eaton Formal Lounge at SLU.  Her book is published by University of Iowa Press.  Photo: Tessa Mellas

Ogdensburg native Tessa Mellas wins Iowa Short Fiction Award

Ogdensburg native and St. Lawrence University graduate Tessa Mellas returns to campus this week to read some of her award-winning stories. Tessa Mellas recently won the Iowa...  Go to full article
Richard Rodriguez at the Pacific News Service 40th Anniversary Celebration in 2010. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/pnsnam/5182211403/">New American Media</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Richard Rodriguez discusses "Darling: A Spiritual Autobiography"

Essayist Richard Rodriguez is most widely known as a commentator on the PBS NewsHour. He is the author Hunger of Memory, Brown, Days of Obligation, and the...  Go to full article

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