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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 19, 2014 — Lisa Robinson knows how to talk — and how to make others, especially musicians, want to talk. The veteran rock journalist speaks with NPR's Wade Goodwyn about her four decades behind the scenes.
Apr 19, 2014 — "All of us have chased the American dream so there's something very universal about it," the Irish actor says. O'Dowd and James Franco star in a new Broadway production of Steinbeck's novella.
Apr 18, 2014 — Gabriel Garcia Marquez died Thursday. It would be hard to overstate the importance of his novels, but author Gustavo Arellano recommends getting to know him in a different medium.

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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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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 Todd Moe that the gathering is for writers and readers interested in being a part of the Adirondack literary scene.  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 poetry and non-fiction. Chris Robinson and Eve Stoddard host.  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 Ogdensburg, convinced thousands of Canadians would join them to oust the British from North America. They occupied a stone windmill near Prescott, but their plan failed. Todd Moe talks with Donald Graves, author of the book, Guns Across the River.  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
Janet Poppendieck signs a book at SUNY Potsdam.

Anti-Hunger Efforts: Rethinking the Soup Kitchen

David Sommerstein talks with Janet Poppendieck, author of Sweet Charity: Emergency Food and the End of Entitlement. She says the growth of soup kitchens and food...  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Janisse Ray, Ecology of a Cracker Chidhood

This month's guest is Janisse Ray, author of Ecology of a Cracker Chidhood, described as a "seamless interweaving of personal memoir and natural history." Ellen Rocco...  Go to full article
The Tau Epsilon Phi frat house,  Potsdam. Some<br />say it's home to a number of ghosts.<br />

Haunted Northern New York Explores the Paranormal

Todd Moe talks with North Country author Cheri Revai, whose book, Haunted Northern New York focuses on restless spirits and haunted sites from Sackets Harbor to...  Go to full article

Preview: Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration

A series of events in Plattsburgh this week will honor victims and survivors of last September's terrorist attacks, and those of an 1814 battle along the Canadian border. ...  Go to full article

Books: Burning Marguerite

Martha Foley talks with Liz Inness-Brown, North Country native, St. Lawrence university graduate and professor at St. Michael's College in Vermont, about her new novel,...  Go to full article

Commentary: Books and the Internet

Interest in the Internet as a way to publich and read books is growing steadily. It's an issue that is regularly addressed in newspapers, trade journals and on the Internet...  Go to full article

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