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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
Jul 29, 2014 — Ari Shapiro talks with first-time novelist Yelena Akhtiorskaya about her book, Panic in a Suitcase.
Jul 29, 2014 — Robert Timberg, who was disfigured by a land mine as a Marine in Vietnam, went on to become a successful journalist. His new memoir Blue Eyed Boy charts his struggle to recover from his wounds.
Jul 29, 2014 — Chris Leslie-Hynan's debut novel follows a white grad student who's a chauffeur to a black basketball player. It references The Great Gatsby often with fresh takes on race, manhood and meritocracy.

Special Features

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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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 Sauter is joined in the stdio by Maurice Kenny and Susan Stebbins.  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 Robinson are joined in the studio by teachers and students from Canton Central School.  Go to full article

Long Distance: Author Bill McKibben Races "The Loppet" in Lake Placid

Adirondack author Bill McKibben has written a new book called "Long Distance: A Year of Living Strenuously". It's the chronicle of his year on the cross-country ski circuit, training and competing with some of the world's top endurance athletes. This weekend, McKibben was in Lake Placid for the 19th annual "Loppet", the biggest cross-country race in the north country. Brian Mann tagged along and has our story.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Winter Reading Call-in

Time to recommend your favorite fireside reading. Host Ellen Rocco is joined by literary omnivore Rick Hunter to pick though the best new titles and old favorites, and to...  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: James McBride, "The Color of Water"

Our guest is James McBride, author of The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to his White Mother. Host Ellen Rocco is joined in conversation with the author about...  Go to full article

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