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Listen: New Adirondack Treasure novel sets mystery, adventure on St. Lawrence

Cranberry Lake author Matthew Glavin loves a good mystery and a hunt for lost treasure. He and co-author Michael Dolan have released the second installment in the "Adirondack Treasure" series. This second novel, "Isle Royale", features a legendary treasure buried on an island in the St. Lawrence River during the French and Indian War, and terrorists who have smuggled a missile, with a super-EMT warhead, aboard a ship on the river.

Glavin told Todd Moe that he grew up in Syracuse, moved to the Adirondacks about four years ago, and has focused on local history and writing fiction.  Go to full article

Book review: "White Bread: A Social History of the Store-bought Loaf"

What item fills up an aisle at most North Country grocery stores, a food so common we don't even see it? White bread, the All-American food. Betsy Kepes has this review of Aaron Bobrow-Strain's book, "White Bread: A Social History of the Store-bought Loaf."  Go to full article

New mystery by Lake Clear author explores Adirondack great camp culture

Lake Clear author Jamie Sheffield recently published another novel in his mystery/crime series featuring protagonist Tyler Cunningham. Sheffield, who teaches at Lake Placid Central School, writes mostly during the summer months. "Caretakers" is the sequel to his debut novel, "Here Be Monsters," and once again pitches Tyler Cunningham, an unconventional hero, into another mystery set in the Adirondacks.  Go to full article
Christopher Buerkett will sign copies of "69 Seconds: Poetry in Time's Need" at The Bookstore Plus in Lake Placid from 3-5 pm on Saturday. Photo: Christopher Buerkett
Christopher Buerkett will sign copies of "69 Seconds: Poetry in Time's Need" at The Bookstore Plus in Lake Placid from 3-5 pm on Saturday. Photo: Christopher Buerkett

Saranac Lake poet and clock repairer publishes first book

Christopher Buerkett composes poems while focusing on the inner workings of clocks.

Buerkett owns a clock repair shop in Saranac Lake and has just published his first book of poetry: "69 Seconds: Poetry in Time's Need." In the book, his poems are adorned with photos of old timepieces and clock parts. He told Todd Moe that, for him, poetry feels like painting with words.  Go to full article
Tessa Mellas will read from and talk about her awarding winning collection of short stories, <i>Lungs Full of Noise</i>, on Thursday night (7 pm) at Dean-Eaton Formal Lounge at SLU.  Her book is published by University of Iowa Press.  Photo: Tessa Mellas
Tessa Mellas will read from and talk about her awarding winning collection of short stories, Lungs Full of Noise, on Thursday night (7 pm) at Dean-Eaton Formal Lounge at SLU. Her book is published by University of Iowa Press. Photo: Tessa Mellas

Ogdensburg native Tessa Mellas wins Iowa Short Fiction Award

Ogdensburg native and St. Lawrence University graduate Tessa Mellas returns to campus this week to read some of her award-winning stories. Tessa Mellas recently won the Iowa Short Fiction Award for her collection of a dozen short stories in Lungs Full of Noise.

Mellas was a 2001 English and Music major at St. Lawrence, and grew up skating at ice rinks around the North Country. Appleton Arena is one of her favorite rinks. She spoke with Todd Moe about her writing style -- realistic fiction with fantastic elements -- and what it's like to be a professional writer. She also reads from the story, "Mariposa Girls", in Lungs Full of Noise.  Go to full article
R. M. Doyon.    Photo:  courtesy the author.
R. M. Doyon. Photo: courtesy the author.

Books: "Thou Torturest Me"

Canadian author R. M. Doyon's new novel, Thou Torturest Me, is a sequel to his debut novel, Upcountry. Set in upstate New York, Upcountry fans will recognize many of their favorite characters in this second volume. Todd Moe spoke with R.M. Doyon from his home on Howe Island in the Thousand Islands. Doyon says his new book is filled with love, loss, hope and culture clashes between mainstream society and the sometimes misunderstood Amish.  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
<i>Forever Wild</i> is the third novel in Tony Holtzman's Adirondack Trilogy.
Forever Wild is the third novel in Tony Holtzman's Adirondack Trilogy.

Holtzman wraps up his Adirondack trilogy with "Forever Wild"

A long-time Adirondack summer resident has published the third book in a series of novels about the history of the region. Tony Holtzman will talk about his Adirondack trilogy and the final book, Forever Wild, at the Old Forge Library on Tuesday night August 6th. Holtzman first visited the Adirondacks in the early 1950's, and after retiring from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 2002, he bought a cottage at the Bartlett Carry Club on Upper Saranac Lake.

Holtzman's first two novels in the trilogy, Axton Landing, and The Railroad, were released the past two summers. Todd Moe spoke with Holtzman about his novels, a love of the Adirondacks and a new short story. The trilogy portrays life in the region in the late 19th century and tackles topics such as the environment, land use, logging, railroads and the creation of the Adirondack Park.  Go to full article
The organization Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, or TAUNY, in Canton will host a free book release party for <i>North Country Reflections</i> and <i>Adirondack Reflections</i>, on Thursday at 7 pm.
The organization Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, or TAUNY, in Canton will host a free book release party for North Country Reflections and Adirondack Reflections, on Thursday at 7 pm.

Books: Adirondack and North Country Reflections

In a new collection of essays, writers who live in the Adirondack North Country have shared their experiences about what it's like to be part of the landscape or a local community. The two volumes, North Country Reflections and Adirondack Reflections are filled with essays about life in our region. They were edited by Neal Burdick and Maurice Kenny. NCPR station manager Ellen Rocco wrote the Foreword for both books.

Neal Burdick says our region has been written about since it was first visited by Europeans hundreds of years ago. Yet for most of the intervening centuries, few of those writers lived in this corner of America that is both demanding and rewarding. Burdick told Todd Moe that's changed in recent years.  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

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