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Apr 20, 2014 — NPR's Petra Mayer profiles YA author Ann Brashares, whose new book The Here and Now follows a young girl and her community who've escaped a terrible future via time travel and landed in our present.
Apr 20, 2014 — The new book, Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace, is a look at how the white-collar world came to be the way it is, and what it might become. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with author Nikil Saval.
Apr 20, 2014 — Simon Mayo, a veteran broadcaster for the BBC, has written a series of children's books about a boy obsessed with the periodic table. He talks to NPR's Rachel Martin about the latest, Itch Rocks.
Apr 19, 2014 — Raymond Gunt is profane, rude, heartless and truly the Worst. Person. Ever. Author Douglas Coupland says he's not exactly sure how the character, with no redeeming qualities, came into his mind.
Apr 19, 2014 — Lisa Robinson knows how to talk — and how to make others, especially musicians, want to talk. The veteran rock journalist speaks with NPR's Wade Goodwyn about her four decades behind the scenes.

A portion of the proceeds from <i>Ski Town Soups</i> will go to the Sowing Seeds Project, which helps elementary schools grow their own vegetables.
A portion of the proceeds from Ski Town Soups will go to the Sowing Seeds Project, which helps elementary schools grow their own vegetables.

"Soup-er" book includes recipes from Lake Placid

The author of a new book of soup recipes from sixty ski resort towns around the country will be in Lake Placid for a book party on Thursday. Jennie Iverson's Ski Town Soups includes a chili recipe from The Cottage Cafe and a tomato/basil soup recipe from Simply Gourmet market and deli in Lake Placid.

Iverson will sign copies of her book at the Cottage Cafe on Thursday at 3 pm. She told Todd Moe that she has a passion for making soups, and hopes the book appeals to skiers and foodies, alike. Iverson wanted to include as many regional favorites as possible.  Go to full article

Books: "Strong Deaf"

Novelist Lynn McElfresh says her favorite place to write is in the Thousand Islands, at her family cottage on Grennell Island. Two sisters share the pages in her new book for young readers, Strong Deaf. The younger sister, Jade, is the only one in her family who can hear. Our book reviewer, Betsy Kepes, spoke with McElfresh from her winter home in Florida.  Go to full article

Books: "Adirondack Civilian Conservation Corps Camps"

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Civilian Conservation Corps. Created by President Roosevelt during the Depression, millions of young men provided manual labor for environmental, conservation and natural resources projects across the country. Todd Moe talks with Marty Podskoch, author of Adirondack Civilian Conservation Corps Camps, a book about the CCC camps that were set up in the Adirondack-North Country region.

Podskoch interviewed dozens of former CCC workers and their families about the men who helped plant trees, build roads and fire forest fires from 1933 to 1942. He says there were 60 CCC camps in New York State, and much of the conservation work by the young men is still enjoyed today.  Go to full article
Produced by the Canadian Museum of Nature and the University of Toronto Press, this 2012 publication includes art by Paul Geraghty, Julius Csotonyl and Brenda Carter along with photos from Canadian Geographic. French and e-book editions should be available soon.

Donna Naughton on "The Natural History of Canadian Mammals"

Donna Naughton has been fascinated by nature and natural science all her life.

She landed a job at the Canadian Museum of Natural Science almost by accident,...  Go to full article
Cover detail: <i>An Adirondack Passage, the Cruise of the Canoe Sairy Gamp</i>

How a canoe sparked a trek and a book

Almost twenty years ago, Christine Jerome and her husband paddled a weeks-long canoe route through the Adirondacks. They followed the path of a nineteenth-century writer and...  Go to full article

Books: "Hands on Health"

Todd Moe talks with the local author of a new book about healthier eating and taking care of our bodies. Paula Youmell is a nurse and certified holistic health counselor....  Go to full article

Books: "Friends in a Storm"

A new children's book by Canton writer Mary Sue Seymour includes illustrations by a young artist from Ogdensburg. Friends in a Storm tells the story of Squirrel, who...  Go to full article
Terry Tempest Williams.

Readers & Writers: Terry Tempest Williams, "When Women Were Birds"

Our guest is well-known essayist and poet Terry Tempest Williams, talking about her most recent book, When Women Were Birds, Fifty-Four Variations on Voice - a...  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: George Bilgere, "The White Museum"

Our guest is George Bilgere, author of The White Museum, Haywire, The Good Kiss and other collections of poetry. A new collection, Imperial, is due out this...  Go to full article
Readers & Writers road show at Fort Drum. Left to right: Chris Robinson, Ellen Rocco, author Siobhan Fallon, and Phil LaMarche. Photo: Joel Hurd

Readers & Writers: Siobhan Fallon, "You Know When the Men Are Gone"

Author Siobhan Fallon talks with Ellen Rocco, Chris Robinson and Phil LaMarche about her collection of stories on the lives of military families, You Know When the Men...  Go to full article

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