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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 27, 2014 — Also: Kobo will release a waterproof e-reader; new poems from Idra Novey and Marylen Grigas.
Aug 27, 2014 — John Scalzi's new Lock In is a successful genre mashup that balances the needs of a police procedural (dead body, damaged detective) with those of a science fiction yarn (hard-core world building).
Aug 26, 2014 — Michael Pitre, author of Fives and Twenty-Fives, served two tours in Iraq. He says, "It was not glamorous and it's not SEAL Team 6; it's just work, and I wanted to tell a story about that."

Special Features

Country Schoolhouse
Audio Play:
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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Milton Sernett
Milton Sernett

Book: North Star Country: Upstate New York and the Crusade for African American Freedom

Todd Moe talks with Milton Sernett, author of the book North Star Country: Upstate New York and the Crusade for African American Freedom. Sernett teaches African American studies and Religion at Syracuse University. He'll give a lecture tonight (7 pm) at the Unitarian-Universalist Church in Canton on a renewed regional interest in the personalities, events and places of America's "freedom trail".  Go to full article

Readers & Writers on the Air: Regional Poetry Special, hour 1

Readers & Writers call-in on contemporary literature wraps up its tenth anniversary season with a two-hour program surveying poets of the region. Callers share their favorite work with hosts Ellen and Rocco and Chris Robinson, and guest poets Michael Coffey, Joe Duemer, Roger Mitchell and Dale Hobson.  Go to full article

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...  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,...  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

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