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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
<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
Actor Kevin Craig West with writer Polin Prabakar as she addresses the audience. Photo: Claire Woodcock
Actor Kevin Craig West with writer Polin Prabakar as she addresses the audience. Photo: Claire Woodcock

Actors, students come together for Plattsburgh lit event

Recently, more than 100 people gathered in Plattsburgh's Strand Theatre for the "Adirondack All Write." Professional actors traveled from as far as Los Angeles to perform the works of local literacy students through "Symphony Space." Adirondack Center for Writing and the Literacy Volunteers of Essex, Franklin, and Clinton counties partnered with the New York City-based series for the event.  Go to full article
TC Boyle. Photo: Spencer Boyle, via <a href="http://www.tcboyle.com/index.html">TCBoyle.com</a>
TC Boyle. Photo: Spencer Boyle, via TCBoyle.com

TC Boyle: Back in Potsdam again

Writer TC Boyle will be at SUNY Potsdam Thursday evening for a reading as part of Potsdam's Lougheed Festival of the Arts. He'll also be introducing student writers on Friday night.

After growing up in Westchester County, Boyle graduated from SUNY Potsdam in 1968.  Go to full article

Books: "American Youth"

"Readers and Writers" co-host Chris Robinson talks with Phil LaMarche about his book, American Youth. LaMarche is a professor of English at SUNY-Canton and directs the Living Writers Series.

His debut novel has won wide acclaim. It's the tale of a teenager in southern New England who is confronted by a terrible moral dilemma following a firearms accident in his home. This tragedy earns him the admiration of a gang of boys at his school. It's been called a classic portrait of a young man struggling with the idea of identity and responsibility.  Go to full article
View of Lake Placid from the summit of Little Whiteface Mountain.  For more information about <i>A Place to Dream</i>, call 518-523-1312.  (photo: Giggy)
View of Lake Placid from the summit of Little Whiteface Mountain. For more information about A Place to Dream, call 518-523-1312. (photo: Giggy)

Preview: "A Place to Dream" in Lake Placid

NCPR is media sponsor for Adirondacks: A Place to Dream, a three-day event in Lake Placid this weekend. Arts and cultural organizations from throughout the region will gather to explore the power of place that, for more than 150 years, has drawn some of the world's greatest artists, photographers, musicians, filmmakers and writers to the mountains. The multi-media weekend will include some of the most important voices in the Adirondack arts and culture community.

Todd Moe talks with Gary Smith, one of the co-organizers of the event, who says the free series of lectures and conversations will cover music, art, storytelling, writing, films and photography.  Go to full article

An Evening of Performance Poetry

April is National Poetry Month.

Last week the Adirondack Center for Writing brought three poets from New York City and Chicago to the Saranac Lake Campus of North Country Community College for an evening of performance poetry. Performance poetry isn't a poetry slam, necessarily, and it's not a poetry reading, either. There's nothing like the energy in a room when a performance poet is up there--in famous performance poetry venues like the Nuyorican Poet's Cafe and the Bowery Poetry club, it's common practice for the audience to react during the performance, calling out, or clapping. But even here in the North Country, where the audience tends to stay in their seats, the atmosphere was electric. These three poets were on.  Go to full article
Marilyn McCabe, Elaine Handley and Mary Sanders Shartle  (Laura Von Rosk)
Marilyn McCabe, Elaine Handley and Mary Sanders Shartle (Laura Von Rosk)

Poetry that celebrates life in the North Country

Three Saratoga area women won their third award this year from the Adirondack Center for Writing for a book of poetry. They'll share their thoughts and words tonight (7:00pm) at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.

Elaine Handley, Marilyn McCabe and Mary Sanders Shartle began working together at the Saratoga Springs Public Library coffee shop in the late 90's, and realized that even in sharing common themes their three voices were very different yet compatible.

In a phone conversation with Todd Moe, they each shared a poem from their latest chapbook, Tear of the Clouds. Elaine Handley says the idea of writing poems about life in the North Country was a logical next step for all three poets.  Go to full article
Margaret Roach
Margaret Roach

From the big city to a dirt road--and loving it!

Margaret Roach, former editorial director of Martha Stewart Living turned blogger, has done what some urbanites only dream about - traded a busy career for life in the country. Roach left New York City and the magazine design world a few years ago for a quieter life filled with two lifelong passions: gardening and writing. She'll give a talk at St. Eustace Church in Lake Placid on Saturday (2-4 pm), titled "Nonstop Plants: a Garden for 365 Days." The event is a fundraiser for the Lake Placid Community Beautification. You'll find tickets at The Bookstore Plus. She also sign copies of her latest book, And I Shall Have Some Peace There.

For more than twenty years Margaret Roach has been working on the gardens at her place in Columbia County, near the Berkshires. She spoke with Todd Moe about gardening and finding solitude.  Go to full article
Can a book still change the world?
Can a book still change the world?

Can nature writing still shape the national debate?

This week, we've been looking at outdoor education in the North Country, from the revival of the visitor interpretation centers in Newcomb and Paul Smiths to the effort to get more kids into the woods.

Last year, Brian Mann attended a conference looking at how nature writing shapes our culture and influences the national debate over environmental issues. He found that some of the country's top nature writers wonder whether their work can still make a difference. (Brian Mann's story first aired in August 2010.)  Go to full article

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