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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 22, 2014 — Alan Cheuse reviews the novel In Praise of Hatred, by Khaled Khalifa. The book, which was recently translated to English, features a young Muslim girl in 1980s Syria.
Apr 22, 2014 — The strategy of going to the Supreme Court to challenge Proposition 8 was controversial within the gay-rights movement. Now, Jo Becker's new book is proving to be controversial as well.
Apr 22, 2014 — Also: The battle over the word "literally," Claudia Rankine won the $50,000 Jackson Poetry Prize.

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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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Four Wings and a Prayer, Sue Halpern

North Creek author Sue Halpern reads from her book about monarch butterflies, called Four Wings And A Prayer.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Writers' Block Party: An Audio Magazine

Our guest is Amy Krouse Rosenthal, editor of a breakthrough publishing venture which might best be described as a compact disc marinated overnight in a magazine, a radio program, and a touch of those cool mix tapes you made in college. We'll be talking about Issue One: 51 minutes of entertainment provided by 18 contributors--writers, humorists, playwrights, essayists, bands and poets--including the U.S. poet laureate, Billy Collins.  Go to full article

People: Sandra Steingraber, Author of Living Downstream

David Sommerstein talks with biologist and author Sandra Steingraber. She's spent more than two decades linking rising cancer rates to pollution in our air, our water, and our food. In 1959, the year Sandra Steingraber was born, 25 percent of all Americans could expect to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes. Today that number's risen to 40 percent.  Go to full article

Children's Writers and Illustrators Plan Watertown Conference

Writing and illustrating books for kids--its not as easy as you might think. We'll have a preview of a conference this spring in Watertown for writers and illustrators of...  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod by Gary Paulsen

Guest Gary Paulsen is one of the most popular writers for the young adult audience. In this recent work about his entry into the most challenging dog sled race, he tells a...  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Medicine River by Thomas King

As tonight's guest author Thomas King puts it, "tragedy is the topic, comedy is the strategy." This is a tale of Native America--laugh-out-loud funny, as well as "precise and...  Go to full article

The 25 Books Campaign: Reading Immersion at Clifton-Fine

A small St. Lawrence County school does its part to improve literacy and motivate readers. Students at Clifton-Fine are given books as rewards for reading. Todd Moe reports.  Go to full article

People: Naturalist Ed Kanze, on the Australia Bush Fires

Martha Foley talks with naturalist Ed Kanze, author of the book "Kangaroo Dreaming," about massive fires burning in New South Wales, Australia. The country has a long...  Go to full article

Challenging the Assumption "Growth is Good"

It's generally accepted that economic growth is good. David Sommerstein talks with a biologist who challenges that notion: Brian Czech, author of Shoveling Fuel for a...  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Last Refuge of Scoundrels: A Revolutionary Novel by Paul Lussier

Guest: Paul Lussier. Last Refuge of Scoundrels: A Revolutionary Novel is a new work of fiction described as "an audacious tale of the American Revolution from the...  Go to full article

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