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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 28, 2014 — When you're making plans to become a famous author, just remember that you're going to want health care — especially when 40 rolls around and your body is no longer made of rubber.
Aug 28, 2014 — David Mitchell's new novel might span five perspectives and six decades, but he brings this complex mix together with signature elegance. The combination makes for a thrilling read.
Aug 28, 2014 — Also: Leslie Jamison on a lonely whale; Ben Lerner on writing fiction.

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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
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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 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 history of fire, and some plants thrive on fire, but people settled on the landscape complicate the picture.  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 Runaway Train: Errant Economists, Shameful Spenders, and a Plan to Stop Them All.  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

Living North Country: A Talk with the Editors

Martha Foley talks with editors Neal Burdick and Natalia Singer about their new book, Living North Country: Essays on Life and Landscape in Northern New York.  Go to full article

Look Under Guys, Sensitive, New Age

Martha Foley talks with SLU Gender Studies professor Joel Morton and Peter E. Murphy, author of the book Studs, Tools and the Family Jewels: Metaphors Men Live By.  Go to full article

Redaers & Writers: Mirth of a Nation: The Best Contemporary Humor, Michael J. Rosen, editor

This is the best and most comprehensive sample of contemporary humorous writing. Guest Michael Rosen has included well-known as well as emerging voices--but all are at the...  Go to full article

Authors: Stephen Doheny-Farina, The Grid and the Village

Martha Foley talks with Stephen Doheny-Farina, author of The Grid and the Village, about losing electricity, finding community and surviving disaster. His book is a...  Go to full article

People: Peter Owens, Author of Rips, a St. Lawrence River Historical Novel

A trip to an island on the St. Lawrence river for a chat with author Peter Owens. His family's island is the setting for a historical novel about life on the St. Lawrence...  Go to full article

Maurice Kenny Reading from "Tremolo"

North Country author Maurice Kenny reads an excerpt from his story "Tremolo", featured in the new book Living North Country, Essays on Life and Landscapes in Northern New...  Go to full article

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