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Book Review: "Out of the Blue, Blueline Essays 1979-1989"

Is there such a thing as a literature of the Adirondacks? Alice Wolf Gilborn explored this idea in her essays in Blueline, a literary periodical she founded and edited in the 1980s. Our book reviewer, Betsy Kepes, read her new collection: Out of the Blue, Blueline Essays 1979-1989.  Go to full article

Book review: "Above All Things," Tanis Rideout

Canadian writer, Tanis Rideout, grew up in Kingston, but her first novel, Above All Things, takes her far away from Lake Ontario.

Rideout writes about George Mallory, his fateful climb up Mt. Everest in 1924, and his wife Ruth waiting at home in Cambridge, England.  Go to full article

Books: "The End of Your Life Book Club" by Will Schwalbe

Our book reviewer, Betsy Kepes, traveled to Kingston, Ontario to take in a day of events at the Kingston Writersfest. While she was there she talked with Will Schwalbe, author of the best-selling memoir The End of Your Life Book Club.

Schwalbe and his mother created a two-person book club and discussed their book choices in hospital waiting rooms and doctor's offices. They had almost two years together to talk about books, and life, before Mary Ann Schwalbe died of pancreatic cancer.  Go to full article

Book review: "Alone in the Classroom"

Ottawa writer, Elizabeth Hay, set the action of her fourth novel in Saskatchewan and the Ottawa Valley.

Elizabeth Hay begins her book with a bucolic description of early August in the Ottawa Valley in 1937, when the green world was full of barefoot children picking berries. Hay writes, "The whole landscape was a painting come to life, and not a Canadian painting (no figures allowed) but a European painting, peopled and unpeopled, storied, brazen."  Go to full article

Book review: "The River's Tale"

There's still time this summer to get out the beach books, find an empty Adirondack chair next to a lake, and settle in with a page turner. Betsy Kepes has this review of Michael Virtanen's second novel, The River's Tale.  Go to full article

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

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