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Writers, readers gather in Brockville

Some of the region's top writers will gather with readers at the Thousand Islands Writers Festival in Brockville, Ontario this weekend. Readings, book signings and question/answer sessions get started on Friday afternoon at Brockville's First Presbyterian Church. Todd Moe spoke with co-organizer Russ Disotell, a writer and columnist in Brockville, who says the weekend event will feature readings and discussions with nine extraordinary writers in genres that include fiction, non-fiction and children's.  Go to full article

Learning to love farming, dirt and all

There are urban folks who spend weekends and summers on upstate New York farms. They're taken by the part-time charm of rural life. Then there are those, like Kristin Kimball, who give up the big city completely and fall in love with life in the country. Kimball was a freelance writer in New York City. Then she met a young farmer, and on an impulse, traded city bustle for the chance to live closer to the earth. Since 2003, Kristin and her husband Mark have run Essex Farms, a CSA among the rolling hills above Essex, New York. Todd Moe toured their farm this summer, during the peak harvest season, and talked with Kristin about her new book, The Dirty Life - On Farming, Food and Love. It chronicles the Kimballs' challenges and joys during the first year on their Champlain Valley farm.  Go to full article

Twain experts remember writer and his visit to the Adks

NCPR is media sponsor for "Mark Twain in the Adirondacks", commemorating Twain's visit to Lower Saranac Lake in 1901. Scholars, authors and admirers of Twain will gather tomorrow at Guggenheim Camp to draw a more intimate portrait of the writer and humorist, and explore his lasting influence and power to provoke. Todd Moe talks with Dr. Margaret Washington, a historian at Cornell University. She'll lead a discussion about Twain's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and give a talk titled, "Huckleberry Finn and the Reconstruction of Samuel Clemens."  Go to full article

Protecting and restoring what counts

The author of A Conservationist Manifesto joined co-hosts Ellen Rocco and Chris Robinson last night on NCPR's Readers and Writers. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article
Halpern divides her time between Vermont and the Adirondacks
Halpern divides her time between Vermont and the Adirondacks

Author Sue Halpern: What we remember, why we forget

North Country writer Sue Halpern has spent decades exploring some of the most complicated tangles of science and human experience. She's written about the migrations of monarch butterflies, and the intimate experience of solitude. Her new book, Can't Remember What I Forgot, goes to the frontier of modern brain science. She decodes the way the brain stories memory and looks at new treatment for diseases like Alzheimer's. Halpern spoke this week with Brian Mann.  Go to full article
Arthur C. Clarke in 2005. Photo: Amy Marash; source Wikipedia
Arthur C. Clarke in 2005. Photo: Amy Marash; source Wikipedia

Parishville writer remembers Arthur C. Clarke

British science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke died in Sri Lanka at age 90 yesterday. He came to fame in the 1960s when his short story, "The Sentinel," was made into the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. Clarke's descriptions of space travel and super-computers inspired readers and scientists. Parishville science fiction writer David Kyle told Todd Moe that he met Clarke back in the 1940s and maintained a lifelong friendship.  Go to full article
Russell Banks
Russell Banks

Clarkson Honors Writer Russell Banks

Russell Banks is currently the state author of New York. He is the author of many novels including the Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1985, Continental Drift and a second Pulitzer Prize finalist, Cloudsplitter. Two of Banks' books, The Sweet Hereafter and Affliction have been adapted for film. There are also five short story collections to his credit. Banks has won many awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the John Dos Passos Award, and election to the American Academy of Fine Arts and Sciences. The weekend, Russell Banks will receive an honorary degree from Clarkson University. A couple of weeks ago he spoke with Chris Robinson, co-host of "Readers and Writers On-the-Air" and Professor in the School of Arts and Sciences at Clarkson.  Go to full article

History and Lore of Adirondack Fire Towers

Author Marty Podskoch talks with Todd Moe about the history of fire towers and the people who worked on them in his new book that covers the southern districts of the Adirondacks.  Go to full article

Commentary: Closet Writers

Matt Donahue, an English teacher and free lance writer in Lake Placid, shares his thoughts on closet writers.  Go to full article

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