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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 22, 2014 — Also: How to tell you're in a Balzac novel; Ernest Hemingway's letters.
Aug 22, 2014 — Comics critic Etelka Lehoczky says the wildly discordant art styles in a new graphic novel compilation of World War I poetry work to illuminate the emotional chaos of soldiers on the Western Front.
Aug 22, 2014 — Kelly McEvers talks to food writer Mark Kurlansky and his daughter Talia about their cookbook International Night, based on their tradition of cooking a meal every week from a different country.

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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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The "Images of America" series profiles many New York Communities, including St. Lawrence County
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 response to this void, he started a publishing company to launch the Images of America series. The series includes many North Country communities. Jill Breit, with TAUNY, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, has our review.  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, and mutilated Shakespeare.  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 Keillor, the book is poignant, outrageous, mocking--and thoroughly engaging. And, you'll have an opportunity to chat directly with Garrison, who most of you know as the host of A Prairie Home Companion.  Go to full article

Reading Challenge in Indian Lake

Teachers at Indian Lake Central School use a month-long reading challenge to spark an interest in literature outside the classroom. Todd Moe talks with English teacher Nora...  Go to full article

Book review: "Adirondack Tales"

In 1970, Adirondack Life magazine printed a book called Adirondack Tales: A Girl Grows Up in the Adirondacks in the 1880s. In it writer and painter Edna West...  Go to full article

Eben Holden: A New Edition of an Old Favorite

Martha Foley talks with St. Lawrence University English professor Dr. Albert Glover about his new edition of Irving Bacheller's Eben Holden.  Go to full article

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...  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...  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

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