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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 30, 2014 — What makes an essential rock song? Musicologist Greil Marcus argues that it's not the stature of the performer, but the degree to which a song tells the story of rock 'n' roll itself.
Aug 30, 2014 — A mobile bookstore, loaded with translations of Portuguese classics, drives around selling books to tourists and locals alike. The van, called Tell a Story, plans to start traveling throughout Europe.
Aug 30, 2014 — In her new collection Worn Stories, Emily Spivack compiles odes to beloved pieces of clothing, written by celebrities and fashionistas.

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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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Kevin Bales
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, as old as humanity and very much a reality in the contemporary world. Bales is president of "Free the Slaves", a non-profit organization working to end slavery worldwide. Bales has spent years researching slavery and he's the author of the book, Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy. Kevin Bales gives a lecture tonight (7 pm) at SUNY-Potsdam. He told Todd Moe that slavery began some five-thousand years ago and continues today. He says, there's been an increase in slavery in the last 50 years.  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 to this void, he started a publishing company to launch the Images of America series. It includes many North Country communities. The latest book focuses on the town of Potsdam. Sandstone, lumber, paper, cows, and colleges feature prominently in Potsdam. Todd Moe talks with Potsdam Public Museum Director Betsy Travis and staff member Sue Thacher about the new pictorial history book.  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, Grisha, tells the story of Piatigorsky's childhood in Russia, his escape during the Revolution and as a refugee in Europe. He and his young family eventually made it to New York City and the Adirondacks in the late 1930's. They found safe haven at "Windy Cliff" near Elizabethtown. Todd Moe talks with writer Margaret Bartley about Piatigorsky's remarkable life. She'll be at the Elizabethtown Library this Saturday (3 pm) for a book signing and reading.  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

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

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