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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...


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Apr 18, 2014 — Also: Exiled Romanian poet Nina Cassian has died; the real title of Hillary Clinton's forthcoming memoir; Gary Shteyngart retires from book blurbing.
Apr 18, 2014 — Joan Chase's 1983 debut During the Reign of the Queen of Persia is a careful, layered account of a troubled family in rural 1950s Ohio, narrated by a quasi-Greek chorus of daughters and cousins.
Apr 18, 2014 — Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 87, died on Thursday. He made Colombia synonymous with literature, particularly the dreamlike, whimsical story-telling known as magical realism.

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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
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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Demystifying Modern Art: Why a Painting is Like a Pizza

The Gibson Gallery at SUNY Potsdam kicks off a new lecture series on diverse topics in art tonight at 7 pm. Art historian Dr. Nancy Heller, author of the book, Why a Painting is Like a Pizza--a Guide to Understanding and Enjoying Modern Art, will give a presentation on demystifying modern and contemporary art. Her lecture is free and open to the public, and ideal for those who are often curious yet suspicious art world neophytes venturing into the unknown. Heller told Todd Moe that a painting and a pizza both depend on visual balance for much of their overall appeal.  Go to full article

Celebrating the Past: The Big Moose Lake History Project

For the past 8 years, a group of Big Moose Lake residents, year-round and summer visitors, has been researching and collecting stories about the early years of life on Big Moose. They've put together a book, to be published next spring, titled Big Moose Lake in the Adirondacks: The Lake, the Land and People. Todd Moe visited a Big Moose Lake summer camp recently and met with some of the residents working on the book.  Go to full article

Book review: Traveling light with Phil Harnden

Neal Burdick reviews Phil Harnden's new book, Journeys of Simplicity: Traveling Light with Thomas Merton, Basho, Edward Abbey, Annie Dillard & Others, a book about traveling, not just physically but spiritually as well.  Go to full article

An Intimate Evening with Billy Collins, Poet Laureate of the United States

Poet laureate Billy Collins came to the Thousand Islands to read his poetry, take audience questions, and sign books in the century-old Clayton Opera House. About 200 people...  Go to full article
Sarah Cohen, store manager Mike Wilcox, and Linda Cohen

New Book Offers Glimpse Into Old Forge's History

In the late 1890's Moses Cohen arrived in the west central Adirondacks with a peddler's pack, and in 1900 opened a hardware store in Old Forge at the foot of the Fulton Chain...  Go to full article
The Shoebox, a classic Adirondack swimming hole

A Swimming Hole Connoisseur Explores The Adirondacks

The North Country is famous for its pristine lakes and stunning rivers. A new guidebook is showcasing some of the best places to swim--from the Adirondacks to the Green...  Go to full article

Readers & Writers Summer Reading Call-in

Readers and Writers on the Air's Ellen Rocco is joined by co-host Chris Robinson and guest Lenny Golay of Manhattan's famed Corner Bookstore to talk with callers about...  Go to full article

A Gardener's Guide to Frost

If you garden in the North Country, you've got a personal relationship with frost. It marks the beginning and the end of the season, but there are ways around those...  Go to full article

Readers & Writers on the Air: Leanne Howe

In a special edition of our call-in on contemporary literature, the guest is Leanne Howe, author of Shell Shaker, a novel of Chocktaw women that ranges from the 18th...  Go to full article

Readers & Writers on the Air: Jane Hamilton

The guest for our call-in on contemporary literature is Jane Hamilton. A leading fiction voice of the past decade, her work includes The Book of Ruth, A Map of the...  Go to full article

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