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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 20, 2014 — Daniel Kehlmann's F, about three brothers abandoned by their father, examines the detail of lives lived without integrity. It is brilliantly translated from the German by Carol Brown Janeway.
Aug 20, 2014 — The American publishing industry has long been the realm of the privileged few. Lately, though, some writers of color are making their voices heard — and starting some uncomfortable conversations.
Aug 20, 2014 — Also: Poet Simin Behbahani, known as the "Lioness of Iran," has died; novelist Lev Grossman on finding his vocation.

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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Readers & Writers on the Air: Regional Humor

Guest writers Tim Brookes and Joe Connelly join hosts Chris Robinson and Ellen Rocco and callers to talk about humor writing by regional authors. What to read: "A Hell of a Place to Lose a Cow": An American Hitchhiking Odyssey, Tim Brookes; Crumbtown, Joe Connelly. *Due to a technical problem, this program was not recorded.  Go to full article

Books: Drugs, Labor and Colonial Expansion

Are you drinking that third cup of coffee in the morning because you want to savor the taste, or because the caffeine is a way to make you a more productive member of the work force? Readers and Writers co-host Chris Robinson talks with Dan Bradburd, an anthropologist at Clarkson University who gives us a surprising answer. Bradburd is the co-editor of the new book, Drugs, Labor and Colonial Expansion.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers on the Air: Regional Nonfiction

In our call-in on contemporary literature, hosts Ellen Rocco and Chris Robinson explore nonfiction by regional authors with help from Christopher Shaw, author of Sacred Monkey River: A Canoe Trip with the Gods; Thurston Clarke, author of Pearl Harbor Ghosts: The Legacy of December 7, 1941;and Phil Harnden, author of Journeys of Simplicity: From the Lives of Thomas Merton, Basho, Edward Abbey, Annie Dillard and others and with help from NCPR listeners.  Go to full article

History and Lore of Adirondack Fire Towers

Author Marty Podskoch talks with Todd Moe about the history of fire towers and the people who worked on them in his new book that covers the southern districts of the...  Go to full article
One of five Sibley guides out this fall.

Birding With David Allen Sibley

A walk with ornithologist and artist David Allen Sibley, author and illustrator of the Audubon Society's new series of guides to bird identification and behavior. Sibley led...  Go to full article

Readers & Writers on the Air: An Overview of the Region's Literature, pt. 2

The second hour of the tenth season opener of this call-in on contemporary literature.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers on the Air: An Overview of the Region's Literature, pt. 1

In its tenth season opener, this call-in on contemporary literature looks at the literature of the area. Hosts Ellen Rocco and Chris Robinson are joined in the studio by...  Go to full article

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...  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...  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...  Go to full article

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