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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...


Books and Authors
Apr 24, 2014 — The office has long been seen as a symbol of boredom: It's a killer of spirits, a destroyer of spontaneity. But reviewer Rosecrans Baldwin says a new book brings out its entertaining side.
Apr 24, 2014 — With intricately composed photographs, designer Dinah Fried puts readers at the table for 50 of her favorite literary spreads. Her new book is called Fictitious Dishes.
Apr 24, 2014 — Also: The shortlist for the 2014 Caine Prize was announced; Richard H. Hoggart, key witness in the obscenity trial of Lady Chatterley's Lover, has died.

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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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One of the Sibley series of Audubon guidebooks.
One of the Sibley series of Audubon guidebooks.

Birding With David Allen Sibley

All a birdwatcher needs, really, is a patch of the outdoors - or a window -- and something to sit on. Patience and binoculars help. But there ARE certain skills that earn SERIOUS birders treasured sitings of rare or shy species, and a deeper understanding of bird behavior. A couple of years ago, Martha Foley got an early morning lesson in the best practices from ornithologist and artist David Allen Sibley, author of the new series of Sibley bird books from the Audubon Society. Her story first aired last October.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, Chris Hedges

Drawing from his experience as a New York Times correspondent in the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Central America, Hedges explores the seductive attraction of war--for the soldier, the civilian and the war correspondent--in this brief but provocative work. Hedges and hosts Ellen Rocco and Chris Robinson take listener questions.  Go to full article

Books: From Great Wilderness to Seaway Towns

A new book by a St. Lawrence University graduate and Watertown native examines the history of two towns on the St. Lawrence River - Massena and Cornwall, Ontario. It's described as "a comprehensive study of two towns on either side of the U.S.-Canadian border." From Great Wilderness to Seaway Towns chronicles Cornwall and Massena from the end of the Revolutionary War to the present. It describes the struggles of early settlers, analyzes the development of industrialization and construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway. And Claire Puccia Parham explores the parallel histories and how the residents of both areas created similar social, political, and economic communities. She told Todd Moe that her book starts with an account of the early years when the two communities were agricultural centers. Claire Puccia Parham is looking for stories from those who helped build the St. Lawrence Seaway. You can contact her at (518) 337-2348, ext 1004.  Go to full article
Nick Sagan

Books: Nick Sagan's Edenborn

The son of astronomer and writer Carl Sagan is making a literary mark of his own. Growing up in Ithaca and Los Angeles, Nick Sagan shared his parents' love of science, art,...  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Natalia Rachel Singer and Bob Cowser (Hour 1)

The opening program of the 2004-05 season features two regional writers, Natalia Rachel Singer, author of Scraping By in the Big Eighties, and Bob Cowser, author of...  Go to full article

Books: Tailspin - The Strange Case of Major Call

50 years ago this summer a gruesome murder case rocked the nation. Marilyn Sheppard, a housewife from an elite Cleveland suburb, was bludgeoned to death in her house during...  Go to full article

Preview: Yeats Festival in Chestertown

Scholars, students and fans of Adirondack poet Jeanne Robert Foster will gather in Chestertown the weekend of September 9th for a conference. The Town of Chester Historical...  Go to full article
Patricia Reiss Brooks

Books: Mountain Shadows

Patricia Reiss Brooks' book, Mountain Shadows, is an adventure novel of courage, danger and love. Reiss is a native of Lake Placid and her book is set in the North...  Go to full article

A "Common Man's" Hiking Guide to the St. Lawrence Valley

If you go to the outdoor section of your local bookstore, you'll find dozens of guidebooks for the Adirondacks and several for the Lake Champlain area and the Tug Hill...  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

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