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Book review: "At the Mercy of the Mountains"

Survival stories are best read in the comfort of your own home, definitely not while you're in the arctic, or drifting at sea in a tiny life raft, or scaling a mountain in a howling blizzard. Betsy Kepes was warm at home sipping tea while she read Peter Bronski's At the Mercy of the Mountains: True Stories of Survival and Tragedy in New York's Adirondacks. She has this review.  Go to full article

Book review: "Towards Polaris"

A couple of years ago, Mason Smith published Florida: A North Country Novel. The book has a new publisher, Syracuse University Press, and a new title. Betsy Kepes reviews Towards Polaris: A Novel of the Adirondack Foothills.  Go to full article

Small town papers win fans with focus on community

These are tough times for America's newspapers, which face growing competition from the internet and other electronic media. A new report issued yesterday found that circulation has declined yet again, down by more than three percent at some big-city papers. But in this age of blogs and 24/7 news, one part of the newspaper business seems to be thriving. Small newspapers that offer "hyper-local" content -- everything from baby pictures to neighborhood politics -- are managing to hold their audience. In some towns here in the North Country and around the country, mom-and-pop papers are actually expanding circulation. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article
Terry Tempest Williams. Photo courtesy Cheryl Himmelstein
Terry Tempest Williams. Photo courtesy Cheryl Himmelstein

Terry Tempest Williams: Breaking into the wild

The writer and activist Terry Tempest Williams lives in Wyoming, but she first started visiting the Adirondacks in the early 1990s. She spoke last week at Paul Smiths College, at a program sponsored by the Adirondack Center for Writing. The gathering drew more than 120 people, including college students, writers and environmental activists. In books like The Open Space of Democracy and Leap, Williams argues for a new relationship between humans and the experience of wilderness.  Go to full article
Richard Stratton's Federal incarceration ID (Source: R. Stratton)
Richard Stratton's Federal incarceration ID (Source: R. Stratton)

The view from inside a North Country prison

Here in the North Country, we're surrounded by neighbors most of us never see. Thousands of prison inmates live invisibly in Malone, the Tri-Lakes, Dannemora, Ogdensburg and a half-dozen other towns. In the late 1980s, the novelist and filmmaker Richard Stratton spent more than a year at the Federal prison in Ray Brook, following his conviction for smuggling large quantities of marijuana. Stratton wrote about the experience for the latest issue of Adirondack Life magazine and he spoke with Brian Mann.  Go to full article
<i>No Great Mischief</i> by Alistair McLeod
No Great Mischief by Alistair McLeod

Canadian author McLeod tells big stories about small towns

Alistair McLeod is one of Canada's most prominent post-War writers. His novel No Great Mischief and his collections of short stories have captured the experience of Canada's far-flung small towns. McLeod will read from his work Monday evening at Middlebury College in Vermont and Tuesday at Paul Smiths College in the Adirondacks. McLeod spoke with Brian Mann.  Go to full article
Author Jennifer Donnelly
Author Jennifer Donnelly

A Northern Light Author Returns to Her Roots

North Country Reads is a region-wide project focusing this year on Jennifer Donnelly's book, A Northern Light. Next week, Jennifer Donnelly will make several appearances in the region -- Lowville, Canton, Potsdam and Watertown. A Northern Light has won several awards, including the Carnegie Medal and the L.A. Times Book Prize. It's a coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of Grace Brown's murder on Big Moose Lake in the summer of 1906. Donnelly told Todd Moe that she began her writing career as a reporter for the Watertown Daily Times in 1987.  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

Writing Contest Celebrates Nature and Memoirs

Once again this fall, NCPR and the Adirondack Center for Writing, are offering a literature award to regional writers. The "2005 Writing Contest for Young and Adult Writers" welcomes submissions from anyone over 12 years old and living in the Adirondacks and/or NCPR listening area. Nathalie Thill, Adirondack Center for Writing Executive Director, told Todd Moe that this year's contest will focus on nature writing and memoir.  Go to full article
Barbara McMartin, 1932-2005
Barbara McMartin, 1932-2005

Adirondack Author, Activist Barbara McMartin Dead at 73

Adirondack author and activist Barbara McMartin died yesterday at the age of 73. She had been battling breast cancer for more than two decades. McMartin spent thirty years exploring the region. She wrote more than twenty books, capturing the history and the environmental conflicts of the Adirondacks. She authored and edited a series of popular guidebooks. McMartin also sat on the state's Forest Preserve Advisory committee and served as its chairman. She was honored in 2004 by the Residents Committee for the Protection of the Adirondacks, with an Adirondack Park Defender award. Brian Mann traveled to McMartin's home in Canada Lake last year to talk with about her life and her final book The Privately Owned Adirondacks.  Go to full article

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