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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 — Daniel Kehlmann's F, about three brothers abandoned by their father, examines the detail of lives lived without integrity. It is brilliantly translated from the German by Carol Brown Janeway.
Aug 20, 2014 — The American publishing industry has long been the realm of the privileged few. Lately, though, some writers of color are making their voices heard — and starting some uncomfortable conversations.
Aug 20, 2014 — Also: Poet Simin Behbahani, known as the "Lioness of Iran," has died; novelist Lev Grossman on finding his vocation.

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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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No. 50 Bob Cowser, on the bench (above) and in the game.
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 and the players, but most of us have never worn a uniform or taken a hit from a 250-pound lineman. St. Lawrence University English professor Bob Cowser has written a book, called "Dream Season: A College Professor Joins America's Oldest Semi-professional Football Team" about his experience, returning to football in middle age. Cowser played defensive end in 2001 for the Watertown Red and Black, the oldest semi-pro team in the country, and a dominant force in the Empire Football League. After his season with the Watertown Red and Black, Cowser helped to co-found a new semi-pro team, the St. Lawrence Valley Trailblazers. He spoke with Brian Mann about the realities - and the subtleties - of playing a violent sport.  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 Express, an intimate memoir of the life of an American soldier during the first Gulf War. Host Chris Robinson and Joel Turnipseed take calls from NCPR listeners.  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 Adirondack women. Their book, Breaking Trail, profiles 25 women, historical and contemporary, who've lived in or had experiences in the mountains. Singer-songwriter Peggy Lynn and writer-storyteller Sandra Weber told Todd Moe that these tales have remained unknown and unsung for too long.  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
<i>The Way Home</i> is published by Tupelo Press

Books: The Way Home

Writer and editor Bibi Wein's credits include daytime serials for CBS, NBC, ABC and articles and essays for a variety of magazines, including Adirondack Life. The...  Go to full article
Kevin Bales

Books: Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy

The use of humans by other humans as sources of free labor and without regard to the right of self-determination of those dominated is, according to sociologist Kevin Bales,...  Go to full article

Books: Images of America - Potsdam

In 1993, a visitor to New England from London looked for books which told the history of America's small towns. He found that for the most part they didn't exist. In response...  Go to full article
Gregor Piatigorsky, age 11, at the Moscow Conservatory of Music

Books: Grisha, Biography of Cellist Gregor Piatigorsky

After five years of research and many interviews, an Elizabethtown author has written a biography of Russian-American cellist Gregor Piatigorsky. Margaret Bartley's book,...  Go to full article

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