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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...


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Jul 24, 2014 — Also: President Obama will give the 2013 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal to 21 artists, writers, academics and journalists; Katie Crouch on Sylvia Plath.
Jul 24, 2014 — Get your comic fix this week with Bryan Lee O'Malley's Seconds and The Shadow Hero, by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew. Both books take up the idea of re-writing the past — but in very different ways.
Jul 23, 2014 — Veterinarian Vint Virga works with pets and zoo animals on behavior disorders. He talks about how house cats are more fulfilled when they forage for food, and how to show animals affection.

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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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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 first-hand account of the 1998 ice storm that shut down the North Country and parts of New England and Canada.  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 during the French and Indian War. Todd Moe reports.  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 York.  Go to full article

Sandra Weber, author of Mt Marcy: The High Peak of New York

Martha Foley talks with author Sandra Weber about her book on Mount Marcy, New York's highest peak.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Neuromancer by William Gibson

With Neuromancer guest William Gibson did more than launch a highly successful and disturbing novel of science fiction, he launched an entire sub-genre now known as...  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels

Guest Anne Michaels's startlingly beautiful debut novel, Fugitive Pieces tells the interlocking stories of two men from different generations whose lives have been...  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Three Books by Barry Lopez

In this edition of our call-in on contemporary literature, we talk with author Barry Lopez about three of his books: About This Life: Journeys on the Threshold of...  Go to full article

American Identities: Lure of the Road

Mark Edmonds, author of Longrider, and Dee Gagnon, author of Dee Tours discuss their extensive experiences "on the road" and literature of the road. Both...  Go to full article

Norman Hallendy: St. Lawrence Festival of the Arts Guest on Inuit Megaliths

Martha Foley spoke with Norman Hallendy, author of Inuksuit: Silent Messengers of the North.  Go to full article

Publishing Books in the Adirondacks: Sisters from the Bronx Open Publishing House in Tupper Lake

Two sisters from the Bronx have opened a publishing company in the Adirondacks. Highbridge Press moved to Tupper Lake last year. The fledgling company has already published...  Go to full article

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