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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....
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...


Books and Authors
Jul 24, 2014 — Joshua Wolf Shenk says it's time to debunk the myth of the lone genius. His new book explores creative partnerships — and explains how Emily Dickinson wasn't actually as much of a loner as we think.
Jul 24, 2014 — Nick Harkaway's new novel mixes up a heady brew of comics, longing, tea, murder, post-colonial guilt and mystical tigers. Reviewer Jason Sheehan says it's "not just good, it's shake-a-granny good."
Jul 24, 2014 — Yelena Akhtiorskaya's debut novel is about a family that emigrates from Odessa to the Russian enclave of Brighton Beach in Brooklyn, N.Y. It's a funny tale full of insider knowledge and offbeat words.

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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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The Tau Epsilon Phi frat house,  Potsdam. Some<br />say it's home to a number of ghosts.<br />
The Tau Epsilon Phi frat house, Potsdam. Some
say it's home to a number of ghosts.

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 Plattsburgh.  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. Todd Moe talks with historian Colonel David Fitz-Enz, about the Battle of Plattsburgh, which began on the morning of September 11th, 1814. Fitz-Enz is the author of the book The Final Invasion and is one of the organizers of the Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration this week.  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, Burning Marguerite.  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

The American Freedom Trail: An Adirondack Correction?

Brian Mann talks with Dr. Milton Sernett, author of North Star Country, Upstate New York and the Crusade for African American Freedom. It's a closer look at the...  Go to full article

Readers & Writers Summer Reading Call-in

Readers and Writers on the Air's Ellen Rocco is joined by guest host Jill Breit from Traditional Arts in Upstate New York to talk with callers about their favorite...  Go to full article

The American Dream in Russia's Wild Frontier

Martha Foley talks with Alexander Blakely, author of Siberia Bound. Blakely is a Minnesota-native who's written a book about using his entrepreneurial skills in...  Go to full article
The "Images of America" series profiles many New York Communities, including St. Lawrence County

Book review: "Images of America"

In 1993, a visitor to New England from London looked for books which told the history of America's small towns. He found that for the most part they didn't exist. In...  Go to full article

Big Kiss: One Actor's Desperate Attempt to Claw His Way to the Middle, by Henry Alford

You're gonna love this guy and his hilarious romp through the bizarre world of the struggling NYC actor--complete with horrible headshots, gleefully sadistic acting teachers,...  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Lake Wobegone Summer 1956, Garrison Keillor

This is the latest installment in the saga from the fictional Minnesota hamlet; the narrator is Gary, a libidinous, iconoclastic 14-year-old. As you might expect from...  Go to full article

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