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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 20, 2014 — David Connerley Nahm's debut, Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky, is full of what critic Michael Schaub calls "anti-nostalgia," the pain of intrusive memories that come when you're least prepared.
Aug 19, 2014 — Protests in Ferguson, Mo., continue in response to the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by police on Aug. 9. The incident reminds author Laila Lalami of James Baldwin's Notes of a Native Son.
Aug 19, 2014 — Iranian poet and women's rights advocate Simin Behbahani has died. Her work probed the social and political challenges that faced Iran after its Islamic Revolution. She was 87.

Special Features

Country Schoolhouse
Audio Play:
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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Readers & Writers: Annual Poetry Special (Hour 1)

Our two-hour annual poetry edition continues this year's theme of books on war and peace. Guest poets David Budbill, Jill Vaughan, Joe Duemer and Dale Hobson join host Ellen Rocco and many callers to share their own poems and work by favorite authors.  Go to full article

Book review: "Alec's Primer"

"Once you learn to read you will be forever free." Frederick Douglass spoke these words when black slaves in the American south were forbidden to learn how to read and anyone who dared to teach them could be charged with a crime. A new picture book published by the Vermont Folklife Center tells the true story of a slave boy in mid-nineteenth century Virginia. Alec Turner's forbidden education led him to freedom in the north, specifically to a farm in Grafton, Vermont. Betsy Kepes has this review.  Go to full article
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...  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...  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

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