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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 16, 2014 — The racism Gandhi encountered in South Africa helped spark a lifetime of activism. Historian Ramachandra Guha says without that experience, "he would never have become a political animal."
Apr 15, 2014 — For the past decade Pakistan has faced war, political instability and the rise of religious extremism. But those crises have fueled a new generation of Pakistani writers and artists.
Apr 15, 2014 — In a new book, New York Times correspondent Carlotta Gall offers new information about how Pakistan has helped the Taliban in Afghanistan and may have helped hide Osama bin Laden.

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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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Readers & Writers on the Air: Alan Cheuse

In this edition of our call-in on contemporary literature, the guest is Alan Cheuse. In addition to being NPR's book reviewer, heard regularly on All Things Considered, Cheuse is a poet, essayist and fiction writer whose work includes The Grandmother's Club: A Novel, Listening to the Page (adventures in reading & writing), and The Light Possessed.  Go to full article

Vermont Bookseller Nervous About Threat of 'Patriot Act' Searches

Afraid of 'Patriot Act' searches, a Vermont bookseller is deleting the names of books on its reader's club list.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers on the Air Call-in on Contemporary Literature: Ihsan Abdul-Rahiim

Hosts Chris Robinson, Margaret Bass and listeners talk with Ihsan Abdul-Rahiim, a poet, fiction writer and playwright. He is the author of ibo landing, an offering of short stories, and has been content editor for the online magazine Voice of the Ghetto. Abdul-Rahiim was a featured writer in the 2003 St. Lawrence University Festival of the Arts.  Go to full article

Book review: "Women On High"

A new book brings new attention to pioneering women mountaineers, who faced more than the usual obstacles as they explored the world's high peaks. Betsy Kepes has our review.  Go to full article

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

NCPR callers join hosts Ellen Rocco and Chris Robinson in compiling a fireside must-read list of authors and writing for 2003.  Go to full article

Books: Hannah's Gift

Martha Foley talks with Maria Housden, author of Hannah's Gift.  Go to full article

Preview: Adk Center for Writing's Holiday Block Party this Sunday

The Adirondack Center for Writing is hosting a party and silent auction this Sunday at 2 pm at the Hotel Saranac in Saranac Lake. ACW Executive Director Nathalie Thill tells...  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Poet Afua Cooper

Tonight's guest is Afro-Caribbean poet Afua Cooper, author of Utterances and Incantations: 12 Female Dub Poets From the Black Diaspora, and numerous other works of...  Go to full article
The Prescott Windmill. In 1873 it was converted into a lighthouse, and today it's a National Historic Site.

Guns Across the River: The Story of the Forgotten "Alamo of the North"

In November of 1838, there was a little known attack on Prescott, Ontario. A group of mostly New Yorkers, known as the Hunter Patriots, landed at Windmill Point, across from...  Go to full article

Commentary: Book Endings

Commentator Paul Willcott offers his thoughts on one of life's painful but little recognized experiences, coming to the end of an absorbing novel, the kind called a...  Go to full article

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