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Book review: "The Truth and Legend of Lily Martindale" by Mary Sanders Shartle

Mary Sanders Shartle begins her novel with a scene of an Adirondack hermit shooting a rifle at low flying military planes that are disturbing the quiet of a cold February day.

All of us have been startled by the roar of military fly-overs, but Lily Martindale does more than complain to the hotline. After a bullet from her rifle hits a plane she is under investigation by Homeland Security and her secluded life as a caretaker at a camp in the northern Adirondacks comes undone.  Go to full article

e-Books: "Habit" by T.J. Brearton

Adirondack writer T.J. Brearton's debut novel is out as an e-book. Brearton grew up in Saranac Lake and has spent much of his writing career in film, television and as a freelance journalist. He's the coordinator for the annual Lake Placid Film Forum.

Set in upstate New York, his new detective thriller is his first commercially published book. Todd Moe spoke with Brearton about the e-publishing process and researching the setting for Habit.  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
Adam Levin. Photo courtesy the author
Adam Levin. Photo courtesy the author

Chicago writer Adam Levin visits SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton will host Chicago writer Adam Levin on Wednesday night as part of their "Living Writers Reading Series." Levin is the author of the award-winning The Instructions, praised for its dark humor, and is out with a new collection of short stories, Hot Pink. Todd Moe spoke with him about his intense writing habits--sometimes 12 hours at a stretch--and the inspiration for his brand of fiction.

Levin will give a reading at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at SUNY Canton's Kingston theatre as part of their Living Writers Reading Series. Admission is free and open to everyone.  Go to full article
Gish Jen
Gish Jen

Readers & Writers: Gish Jen

Our guest is Gish Jen, whose 1997 novel Mona in the Promised Land catapulted her to the top tier of contemporary American fiction. More recent work has included the story collection Who's Irish? and the novel, Typical American. Her latest book, World and Town, was published in October. Ellen Rocco and Chris Robinson host.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Francine Prose, Touch

The author's most recent novel is a sexual coming-of-age story aimed at high school and adult readers. Ms. Prose's other works include the novels Goldenrod, Blue Angel and A Changed Man, as well as non-fiction--most recently--Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and For Those Who Want to Write Them, a NY Times Notable Book of the Year.  Go to full article

The joys and challenges of writing for kids

As a child, writer Ellen Potter says New York City was the background for her earliest stories. It still is. Potter lives in Stone Mills, near Watertown. Her books include the award winning series, Olivia Kidney, Pish Posh and her newest novel, Slob. She told Todd Moe that many of her main characters are based on people she knew while growing up in the city.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Thomas McGuane

Our guest is Thomas McGuane, author of Gallatin Canyon In reviewing this collection of stories, The New York Times wrote, "Astonishing...words as access to the soul." McGuane participates as part of the St. Lawrence University Writers Series and will give a live talk on the SLU campus on April 22 at 8 pm in the Sykes Common Room. On this edition of Readers & Writers, hosts Ellen Rocco and Chris Robinson are joined by St. Lawrence University professor of English Kerry Grant.  Go to full article

Books: "A Murderous Thirst"

Murder, deceit, greed and water are all ingredients in a new murder mystery set in the Adirondacks. The book is titled, A Murderous Thirst - Death Comes to the Adirondacks, by Aileen Vincent-Barwood. She's been a foreign correspondent for the CBC, and editor of the St. Lawrence Plaindealer newspaper in Canton. Vincent-Barwood has also written books about life in the North Country and winters spent on a remote island in the Bahamas. In A Murderous Thirst, we follow former crime reporter Tyler Scott's return to her hometown in the Adirondacks. Life is shattered when she learns of a plan to build a luxury resort. Todd Moe spoke with Aileen Vincent- Barwood about her new novel.  Go to full article
John Briant
John Briant

Books: Adirondack Detective

The Jason Black Adirondack Detective series has garnered a regional and national following in the last few years. Author John Briant lives and writes about Black's crime solving adventures in Old Forge. He's working on the fifth book in the mystery series this winter. Like his protagonist in the novels, Briant is a retired state trooper and crime investigator. He told Todd Moe that writing is his third career.  Go to full article

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