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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 16, 2014 — Ellah Allfrey reviews Kinder Than Solitude, by Yiyun Li.
Apr 16, 2014 — A crackling new translation of Giorgio Scerbanenco's crime novel Private Venus has just been released. Critic John Powers read it in a single sitting.
Apr 16, 2014 — The announcement of the winners and finalists for the Pulitzer Prizes gives us an opportunity to herald great journalism that illuminates matters relating to race, ethnicity and culture.

Special Features

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
Audio Novella:
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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Readers & Writers: Regional Fiction

The postponed February edition of Readers & Writers on the Air, our call-in on contemporary literature. The focus is on fiction by regional authors. Hosts Ellen Rocco and Chris Robinson, and callers, talk with two exceptionally talented novelists and short fiction writers: Elizabeth Innes-Brown, author of Burning Marguerite, and Chris Bohjalian, author of Midwives, The Law of Similiars, and The Buffalo Soldier.  Go to full article

Power Dam Politics: When David Meets Goliath

David Sommerstein talks with Massena attorney Tom Snider about his new book, Power Dam Politics. It's Snider's take on the negotiations to relicense the New York Power Authority's massive hydropower project on the St. Lawrence River.  Go to full article

People: Poet Roger Mitchell

Writer Roger Mitchell spent years away from the North Country... the Midwest, England and the Everglades. Now he's back, living in Jay and writing about the Adirondacks, history, farming and family. His new book, Delicate Bait, won the 2002 Akron Poety Prize. Our experiences and place in the world feature prominently in Mitchell's poems. Todd Moe spoke with him at his home in Jay.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers on the Air: New Regional Fiction

Hosts Ellen Rocco and Chris Robinson, along with callers, talk with the authors of two new novels with regional connections. Sue Halpern's The Book of Hard Things and...  Go to full article

Book review: "No Fixed Points: Dance in the Twentieth Century"

In the evolution of dance in the 20th century, such dancers as Isadora Duncan, Vaslav Nijinsky and Anna Pavlova were revered as artists and celebrities -- but these famous...  Go to full article
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A Conversation With Elizabeth-Inness Brown

Martha Foley talks with Elizabeth Inness-Brown, author Burning Marguerite. She's a guest Thursday at 7 pm on Readers and Writers on the Air. This conversation...  Go to full article

Readers & Writers on the Air: 2004 Winter Reading Call-in

NCPR callers join host Ellen Rocco and guests Chris Robinson and Rick Hunter in compiling a fireside must-read list of regional authors and writing.  Go to full article

Too Much Ink?

Could there possibly be too many books? Commentator Chuck Brumley is finding ways to keep afloat on the rising tide of print.  Go to full article

Books: Ice Palace

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, the oldest winter festival in the eastern U.S., celebrates its 107th anniversary when it returns the week of February 6th. The theme for...  Go to full article

Books: A Fountain Filled with Blood

Mystery writer Julia Spencer-Fleming is out with a new novel set in the southern Adirondacks. A Fountain Filled with Blood is the second in her Reverend Clare...  Go to full article

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