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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...


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Jul 23, 2014 — Also: a new short story by Zadie Smith; mermaid mythology.
Jul 23, 2014 — Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare's effervescent comic about a flight-suited future teenager is now out in a paperback collection. Reviewer Etelka Lehoczky calls it "a high-spirited, often funny ride."
Jul 22, 2014 — Alan Cheuse reviews Angels Make Their Hope Here, by Breena Clarke.

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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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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 summers in the Adirondacks. He got his start as a writer at the Glens Falls Post Star newspaper. This home territory has proved a fertile ground for Kennedy's fictional world. He's created a sort of mythology of gamblers and bootleggers and politicians. But Kennedy says it took him a while to realize that his own history could was suitable raw material for his fiction. During a visit to Saranac Lake in October 2004, he spoke with Brian Mann.  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 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...  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

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