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Book Review: The Purchase

Each year Canada's Council for the Arts awards the Governor General's Literary Awards to the best books of the year. The winning novel for 2012, The Purchase, chronicles what happens when a Quaker man in Virginia "accidentally" buys a slave. The author, Linda Spalding, born and raised in Kansas, has lived in Canada for 30 years. Our book reviewer, Betsy Kepes has this review.  Go to full article

Books: "Strong Deaf"

Novelist Lynn McElfresh says her favorite place to write is in the Thousand Islands, at her family cottage on Grennell Island. Two sisters share the pages in her new book for young readers, Strong Deaf. The younger sister, Jade, is the only one in her family who can hear. Our book reviewer, Betsy Kepes, spoke with McElfresh from her winter home in Florida.  Go to full article
Cover detail: <i>An Adirondack Passage, the Cruise of the Canoe Sairy Gamp</i>
Cover detail: An Adirondack Passage, the Cruise of the Canoe Sairy Gamp

How a canoe sparked a trek and a book

Almost twenty years ago, Christine Jerome and her husband paddled a weeks-long canoe route through the Adirondacks. They followed the path of a nineteenth-century writer and outdoorsman, George Washington Sears, known as Nessmuk to his readers. Our book reviewer, Betsy Kepes, spoke to Chris about the new edition of her book An Adirondack Passage, the Cruise of the Canoe Sairy Gamp.  Go to full article

Book review: "Peak Experiences"

The mountains of the northeast attract hikers to their rocky summits. What happens, though, when something goes wrong? Carol Stone White collected over 50 essays in her new book, Peak Experiences - Danger, Death, and Daring in the Mountains of the Northeast. Betsy Kepes as this review.  Go to full article

Book review: "Safekeeping"

Vermont author, Karen Hesse, earned the Newbery Medal and a MacArthur Fellowship. Her new book for Young Adults is set in Vermont and explores a world gone wrong. Betsy Kepes has this review of Safekeeping.  Go to full article
<i>A Cold and Lonely Place</i> is the sequel to <i>Learning to Swim</i>.
A Cold and Lonely Place is the sequel to Learning to Swim.

Book review: A Cold and Lonely Place

In the opening scene of Sara J. Henry's new novel, a body is found in Lake Flower, frozen into the ice near the village of Saranac Lake. Betsy Kepes has this review of A Cold and Lonely Place.  Go to full article

Books review: girls in sports books

Two new books by writers with ties to the Adirondacks feature girls in elite level sports. Betsy Kepes reviews Soccerland by Beth Choat and Sugar and Ice by Kate Messner.  Go to full article

Books: "Man of War"

What would it have been like to fight in the Roman Legion or row a cargo boat down the St. Lawrence River, or march to Stalingrad during World War II? Charlie Schroeder writes of his experiences as a re-enactor in his book, Man of War. Our book reviewer, Betsy Kepes, talked with Schroeder from his home in Hong Kong.  Go to full article

Books: "Eating the Bread of this World"

North Country visual artist and sculptor Becky Harblin included her poetry in a recent exhibit at the St. Lawrence County Arts Council in Potsdam. At the opening, poet and publisher Albert Glover asked if he could publish the poems. The result of their collaboration is a slim book of poetry titled, Eating the Bread of this World. Our book reviewer, Betsy Kepes, talks with Becky Harblin about her new book.  Go to full article

Book review: Half-blood Blues

Each year, one Canadian author receives the Giller Prize, Canada's premier literary award for fiction in English. In 2011, the novel Half-blood Blues by Esi Edugyan won the prestigious award. Betsy Kepes has this review.  Go to full article

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