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Perhaps you’re like me and find yourself yearning for a simpler time. A throwback to earlier days, before cell phones and pretentious Starbucks orders existed; when the plague was still a threat, art was found in caves, and Velociraptors...
Here's something to mull over this weekend. We're looking for a farmer, large or small, to write blog entries – more like journal entries – here on The Dirt to document the ebbs and flows of the growing season. This would entail sending...
I know, I know, you have your iPad and ‘Droid and laptop and you haven’t used a pen or pencil in weeks or months, at least not to write anything longer than a shopping list or a new friend’s phone number, and even these are...
Some not-for-profit groups just do more than one would ever expect. The Adirondack Center for Writing is punching way above its weight. ACW sponsors events, workshops, and engages with the writing and reading public creatively and effectively...
Maybe you heard, word nerds are rebelling against the Associated Press. The AP recently released its latest Stylebook and – among other changes – declared the word “hopefully” an adjective. I know! Time for pitchforks and...
News stories tagged with "writing"
by Betsy Kepes
Mar 18, 2009 — 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
by Betsy Kepes
Jul 23, 2008 — 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
May 01, 2007 — 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
Apr 30, 2007 — 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
Apr 04, 2007 — 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
Feb 20, 2007 — 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
Mar 29, 2006 — 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
Jan 03, 2006 — 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
Nov 02, 2005 — 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
Sep 28, 2005 — 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