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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 21, 2014 — When we asked movie critic Bob Mondello to contribute to our Book Your Trip series, he immediately began humming show tunes. Spend six minutes listening to this story and you'll be singing along, too.
Jul 21, 2014 — Chris Tomlinson covered conflict, including apartheid in Africa, for 11 years. Then the great-great-grandson of Texas slaveholders realized he needed to write a book about his family's history.
Jul 21, 2014 — Phyllis Schlafly is best known for her successful 1973 campaign to stop the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. Host Michel Martin speaks to the conservative activist about her life and career.

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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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Wilds of Lake Champlain

Wisdom in the Valley: a Conversation with Bill McKibben

People often describe the two shores of Lake Champlain as separate worlds, with distinct cultures and economies. Environmental writer Bill McKibben thinks western Vermont and the eastern Adirondacks should be seen as parts of one unique landscape. His new book, published next month by Crown, is called Wandering Home. The travel journal describes a long walk across the Champlain Valley. McKibben describes the valley and its communities as one of the most hopeful places in America.  Go to full article
Author & activist Bill McKibben

Commentary: Wind Power A Necessary Evil & Symbol of Hope

If wind power projects go forward in the North Country, they will change the visual landscape for some of the most pristine areas in the Adirondack Park. Author and activist Bill McKibben spends much of each year wandering the hills and back roads near his home in Johnsburg. McKibben says the massive windmills are a necessary evil and a symbol of hope for a world threatened by global warming. Bill McKibben is author of the End of Nature and a new book due out this spring called Wandering Home about his his trek through the Champlain Valley. He divides his time between Johnsburg, in the Adirondacks, and Middlebury, Vermont. His essay first appeared in the New York Times.  Go to full article

Books: Walking a Roundabout Path

Lowville writer and retired dairy farmer, Bonnie Colton, writes essays, poetry and commentaries about life in Lewis County. She's collected some of her weekly newspaper columns in a new book. Colton told Todd Moe that the book's title, Walking a Roundabout Path, is a metaphor for life.  Go to full article

De-mystifying Hypnosis

A recent book de-mystifies hypnotism and shows how careful, respectful use of hypnotism can work for counselors and psychologists, and their clients. Martha Foley talks with...  Go to full article
No. 50 Bob Cowser, on the bench (above) and in the game.

Dream Season: St. Lawrence Professor Plays Semi-Pro Football

Superbowl weekend is upon us. For most football fans, this is a time for armchair quarterbacking in the purest sense of the word. We shout at the referees and the coaches...  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Baghdad Express, Joel Turnipseed

Readers & Writers, our monthly call-in on contemprary literature, continues its season of books on war and peace with guest Joel Turnipseed, author of Baghdad...  Go to full article

Books: Breaking Trail

After digging through archives and articles, and recovering pieces of women's history, Peggy Lynn and Sandra Weber have joined together to present stories of remarkable...  Go to full article

Readers & Writers on the Air: 2005 Winter Reading Call-in

NCPR callers join hosts Ellen Rocco and Chris Robinson and guest John Ernst in compiling a fireside must-read list.  Go to full article
photo Paul Rosado

Poetry: Maurice Kenny and Feeding Bears

Native American writer Maurice Kenny, a resident of Saranac Lake, teaches writing at SUNY Potsdam and has been a leading figure in the renaissance of Native American poetry...  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

In our call-in on contemporary literature, the theme of war and peace is explored with Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner. A stirring tale of loyalty and...  Go to full article

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