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Caitlin Scholl, author of <em>Makebelieve</em>, stands atop the foundation of the castle at Arto Monaco's Land of Makebelieve, the remnants of which were completely destroyed by Tropical Storm Irene. Photo: Chris Morris, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise
Caitlin Scholl, author of Makebelieve, stands atop the foundation of the castle at Arto Monaco's Land of Makebelieve, the remnants of which were completely destroyed by Tropical Storm Irene. Photo: Chris Morris, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Poet finds meaning in "Makebelieve"

A writer from Lake Placid has published a new collection of poetry that draws its characters and themes from a legendary theme park in Upper Jay. Caitlin Scholl's second book, "Makebelieve," was released earlier this year by UNO Press as part of the company's Contemporary Poetry Series.

The book was released not long after Tropical Storm Irene destroyed the last standing structures of Arto Monaco's Land of Makebelieve. The pages of Scholl's poetry collection include images of the theme park, and one of the narrative's characters, Art Mastro, is based in large part on Monaco himself.

Chris Morris caught up with Scholl to tour what remains of Monaco's fantasy world and talk about how it inspires her as a poet and artist.  Go to full article
The first issue of the Saranac Review
The first issue of the Saranac Review

Saranac Review poems nominated for Pushcart Prize

The Saranac Review is a literary journal published at SUNY Plattsburgh. Since 2004, the journal has slowly built a name for itself in the literary community. And this spring it received a big honor: two poems featured in the journal were nominated for the prestigious Pushcart Prize. Sarah Harris has our story.  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

Readers & Writers: Jaimy Gordon

Our guest is Jaimy Gordon. Her fourth novel, Lord of Misrule, won the National Book Award for Fiction in 2011. Her other work includes the novels Shamp of the City-Solo, She Drove Without Stopping, and Bogeywoman. Pedro Ponce and Ellen Rocco host.

Thursday, February 2, Gordon will give a reading at 7:30 pm in Sykes Common Room on the St. Lawrence University campus in Canton NY, as part of the SLU Writers Series. This event is free and open to the public.  Go to full article
Betsy Brooks (left) and Eva Jankowska of the Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System
Betsy Brooks (left) and Eva Jankowska of the Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System

North Country libraries: balancing services, budgets

Libraries aren't just quiet places filled with books. In the North Country, libraries serve as social hubs and community centers. These days, they're scrambling to keep pace with the changing ways that we use information and technology.

But decreases in funding are making it harder for rural libraries to juggle their many missions. Sarah Harris has our story.  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
Dacre Stoker and co-author Ian Holt
Dacre Stoker and co-author Ian Holt

Stoker's great-grandnephew keeps "Dracula" in the family

The great-grandnephew of Dracula author Bram Stoker has written a sequel, Dracula - the Un-Dead. Dacre Stoker, a St. Lawrence University graduate, has returned for a presentation tonight in Canton. Todd Moe talks with him about his famous relative and the first authorized sequel to the original Dracula.  Go to full article

Books: "Jairus' Daughter"

Potsdam writer Evelyn Weissman's first novel, Jairus' Daughter, is a fictional autobiography that began as a series of stories for her children as an answer to questions about her conversion from Judaism to Christianity. She calls it a modern tale of religious conversion. Weissman, like Sara in her book, grew up in a traditional Jewish family and reluctantly followed a spiritual path that led her to Christianity. Todd Moe spoke with her in the backyard of her Potsdam home about the book and her spiritual journey. She'll sign copies of her book at the Brewer Bookstore in Canton this Saturday afternoon (3 pm).  Go to full article

Book art created especially for kids

The Hyde Collection art museum in Glens Falls has kicked off an exhibit of art created especially for children. Also on display are illustrated children's books. Todd Moe talks with associate curator Jayne Stokes about "Draw Me a Story," which includes children's book illustrations from more than 40 artists.  Go to full article

Writers, readers gather in Kingston, Ontario

More than 60 nationally and internationally known writers will be in Kingston for four days of events this week that will help them connect with readers. The Third Annual Kingston WritersFest begins Thursday and will include book launches, readings and workshops for all ages and genres. Todd Moe talks with Merilyn Simonds, Artistic Director for the festival.  Go to full article

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