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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 23, 2014 — Also: a new short story by Zadie Smith; mermaid mythology.
Jul 23, 2014 — Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare's effervescent comic about a flight-suited future teenager is now out in a paperback collection. Reviewer Etelka Lehoczky calls it "a high-spirited, often funny ride."
Jul 22, 2014 — Alan Cheuse reviews Angels Make Their Hope Here, by Breena Clarke.

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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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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 "cyberpunk"--dystopian, noir, and bleeding-edge in its technological speculations. Ellen Rocco and Chris Robinson co-host.  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

Readers & Writers: Bone Dance by Wendy Rose

On this edition of our call-in on contemporary literature, our guest is poet Wendy Rose, talking about her volume of collected and new poems Bone Dance. Host Jackie...  Go to full article

Redaers & Writers: Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

Our guest is Octavia Butler, talking about her science fiction novel Parable of the Sower, a cautionary tale set in the near future. Co-hosts Ellen Rocco and Chris...  Go to full article

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