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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

Preview: Kingston WritersFest

Writers and readers are gathering in Kingston this week for the annual celebration of books and writing. NCPR's book reviewer Betsy Kepes spoke with artistic director Merilyn Simonds, who says the event includes with both emerging and world class authors.  Go to full article

Book review: "The Great Northern Express"

In the year he turned 65 and was treated for prostrate cancer, Vermont writer Howard Frank Mosher took a summer to travel around the country for a book tour, driving his twenty-year-old Chevy Celebrity. In 65 very short chapters, Mosher reflects on that trip and looks back to 1964, the first year he lived in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. Betsy Kepes has this review of Mosher's new memoir, The Great Northern Express.  Go to full article

Book review: "Future Babble"

Ottawa writer Dan Gardner doesn't have much use for experts who forecast the economic future. He says their predictions are less likely to be correct than a coin toss. Betsy Kepes has this review of Gardner's new book, Future Babble.  Go to full article

Book review: "Dust to Dust" by Benjamin Busch

Benjamin Busch grew up in rural New York State south of the Adirondacks. He ran through the woods, made forts and played war. Later, as an officer in the Marines, he served several tours in Iraq. Betsy Kepes has this review of his memoir, Dust to Dust.  Go to full article

Book review: "Mudwoman"

In the opening scene of Joyce Carol Oates' new novel, Mudwoman, a religiously deranged woman sacrifices her young daughter, throwing her into the mud flats of the fictional "Black Snake River," in the Adirondack fooothills. Betsy Kepes has this review.  Go to full article

Book review: "Twin"

When Vermont writer Allen Shawn was eight years old, his parents placed his twin sister Mary into an institution for disabled children. In his new memoir Shawn explores how that loss has shaped his life. Betsy Kepes has this review of Twin.  Go to full article

Book review: "Happy Life"

In his new book, Happy Life, Vermont poet David Budbill uses the ancient Chinese poets as inspiration. Our book reviewer, Betsy Kepes, reflects on Budbill's reflections.  Go to full article

Book review: "New York Amish" by Karen M. Johnson-Weiner

New York State now includes more than 10,000 Amish people in 25 settlements, many of them in the North Country. In her book New York Amish, Karen Johnson-Weiner explains some of the history and customs of the Plain people. Betsy Kepes has this review.  Go to full article

Book review: "Ethan Allen, His Life and Times"

Vermont might have become the eastern side of New York State if it hadn't been for the bold action of patriot and land speculator Ethan Allen. Betsy Kepes reviews William Sterne Randall's new biography of Vermont's first hero.  Go to full article

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