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Aug 22, 2014 — Katy Simpson Smith's novel, set during the American Revolution, was inspired by her research on mothers in the South. "Death was sort of the specter that haunted every aspect of life," she says.
Aug 22, 2014 — Kelly McEvers talks to food writer Mark Kurlansky and his daughter Talia about their cookbook International Night, based on their tradition of cooking a meal every week from a different country.
Aug 22, 2014 — In this poem, "Kingfisher," Chris McCabe recalls a bird watching trip, and an attempt to see a rare bird — the vivid blue kingfisher — that he long dreamed of seeing.
Aug 22, 2014 — Census Bureau data show a wider gap between rich and poor. Kelly McEvers explores this with economist Enrico Moretti of the University of California-Berkeley, author of The New Geography of Jobs.
Aug 19, 2014 — The protagonist of Julie Schumacher's new Dear Committee Members is frustrated with the future of American arts and letters — and the feckless students who pester him for recommendation letters.

Join Hallie Bond for a book signing event at the Bookstore Plus in Lake Placid this Saturday, 3-5 pm.
Join Hallie Bond for a book signing event at the Bookstore Plus in Lake Placid this Saturday, 3-5 pm.

New cookbook celebrates Adirondack history and cuisine

An Adirondack historian and top chef have teamed up to create a cookbook that offers new takes on traditional food. "Adirondack Cookbook" is part history lesson, part culinary inspiration.

Todd Moe spoke with Hallie Bond, who co-authored "Adirondack Cookbook" with chef Stephen Topper. The book includes lots of historical photos and stories about regional food researched by Bond.

It also contains some of Chef Topper's favorite recipes, modern takes on traditional dishes like Mohawk soup and beaver stew. Todd Moe spoke with Halle from her home in Long Lake and she told him that the book evolved from a presentation that she and Steven Topper gave on historically-inspired dishes at the Adirondack Museum several years ago during the museum's "Let's Eat" exhibit.  Go to full article
Annie, Mary, and Sarah Brown, ca. 1851. Photo: Library of Congress<br />

Women and abolition the focus of lecture in Lake Placid on Saturday

The women in John Brown's family will be the focus of a lecture at the John Brown Day event in Lake Placid on Saturday. John Brown, the famous abolitionist, was convicted of treason and hanged for leading the raid on Harper's Ferry. He's buried on his family's farm in North Elba.

In 1849, he moved to a farm in the Adirondacks to lead freed slaves in farming. Each year, the non-profit organization, "John Brown Lives!" sponsors a series of lectures, workshops and a commemoration of John Brown's work to end slavery.

Todd Moe talks with historian Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz, who has written a book about the work of Mary, Brown's wife, and his daughters, Ruth and Annie, on behalf of the anti-slavery movement in the 19th century.

Laughlin-Schultz will lead a workshop for teachers on Saturday morning, and be part of a panel of historians talking about women and abolition. She's the author of the book, "The Tie That Bound Us: The Women of John Brown's Family and the Legacy of Radical Abolitionism."  Go to full article

Books: "Dawn of Memories: The Meaning of Early Recollections in Life"

For over a century, first memories have been the subject of hundreds of investigations and academic studies. The age of a person's earliest recollections, the content of those memories and various other topics are of enduring interest to lots of people. Experts say early recollections yield deep insights into an individual's personality and ways of perceiving life.

In his new book, Dawn of Memories, St. Lawrence University professor Arthur Clark focuses on tapping into strengths and "an awareness of potentialities" that emerge from early recollections. Clark spoke with Todd Moe about his latest book and how early recollections can influence us throughout life.  Go to full article

A conversation with young adult author Barabara Stewart

Chis Robinson, co-host of Readers & Writers, talks with Barbara Stewart about her young adult novel The In-Between, a phantasmagoric story told at the...  Go to full article

Books: When Men and Mountains Meet

Next Monday marks a little known event in American history. On November 25, 1783, the last of the British forces departed from Manhattan and the last shot of the...  Go to full article
Richard Rodriguez at the Pacific News Service 40th Anniversary Celebration in 2010. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/pnsnam/5182211403/">New American Media</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Richard Rodriguez discusses "Darling: A Spiritual Autobiography"

Essayist Richard Rodriguez is most widely known as a commentator on the PBS NewsHour. He is the author Hunger of Memory, Brown, Days of Obligation, and the...  Go to full article
R. M. Doyon.    Photo:  courtesy the author.

Books: "Thou Torturest Me"

Canadian author R. M. Doyon's new novel, Thou Torturest Me, is a sequel to his debut novel, Upcountry. Set in upstate New York, Upcountry fans will...  Go to full article

Books: "The End of Your Life Book Club" by Will Schwalbe

Our book reviewer, Betsy Kepes, traveled to Kingston, Ontario to take in a day of events at the Kingston Writersfest. While she was there she talked with Will Schwalbe,...  Go to full article
Author Pico Iyer speaking at TEDGlobal 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/tedconference/9018794227/">TED Conference</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Tonight in Canton: author Pico Iyer

Writer and world traveler Pico Iyer, author of The Man Within My Head, is the first featured guest in this year's St. Lawrence Uiversity Writers Series. He will...  Go to full article
Author Pico Iyer speaking at TEDGlobal 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/tedconference/9018794227/">TED Conference</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Pico Iyer: The man who is becoming a voice inside my head

I had a chance to chat with author and world traveler Pico Iyer prior to his visit to the St. Lawrence University campus as the first speaker in this year's ...  Go to full article

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