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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
Jul 31, 2014 — Anya Ulinich's new graphic novel is inspired by Bernard Malamud's "The Barrel" — both star choosy loners looking for love. But Malamud's swoony violins and lit candles don't apply to Lena Finkle.
Jul 31, 2014 — Also: a novel by Oscar Hijuelos will be published posthumously; Stephen Marche on the inevitability of literary failure.
Jul 31, 2014 — Yelena Akhtiorskaya's debut is a funny, sometimes heartbreaking, uniquely American chronicle of a family of Soviet immigrants who have transplanted a bit of their home to Brooklyn's Brighton Beach.

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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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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 since the 1970s. He is the author of more than a dozen volumes of poetry, as well as collections of essays and short stories. Kenny is an internationally renowned writer of poetry, fiction, and plays. And he is generously sharing Feeding Bears, a full-length volume of new poems on our website. He spoke with Todd Moe.  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 betrayal, the story spans 40 years and plays out against the troubled background of Afghanistan's recent history. Ellen Rocco and Chris Robinson host.  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 Olmstedville resident, who divides her time between a Manhattan apartment and a log cabin in the Adirondacks, is out with a new book, The Way Home - A Wilderness Odyssey. Within the first dozen pages, Bibi and her partner, Bob, are lost in the woods on a mid-summer evening. But Bibi told Todd Moe that her book is more than a story of getting lost. It tells of love, loss, humor and discovery in the Adirondacks.  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

Readers and Writers: David Maraniss, They Marched into Sunlight

They Marched into Sunlight is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author's newest book. It intertwines two narratives to capture the Vietnam War experience from homefront and...  Go to full article

Novelist William Kennedy Weaves Life and Fiction in Albany

Pulitzer Prize winning novelist William Kennedy is the author of eight novels, including Roscoe, Ironweed and Legs. Kennedy grew up in Albany and spent...  Go to full article
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...  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...  Go to full article

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