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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 — 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.
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."

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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
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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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 take your calls in our annual winter reading show.  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 this memoir by LeMoyne Robinson, Director of Multicultural Affairs at SUNY Potsdam, and by a call-in audience.  Go to full article

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