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This feels like “fun with books & writing” week. First, we can read Betsy Kepes’ fine updates on the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Annual Conference happening in Seattle. But right now the Canadian...
Quick, when were heated seats invented? If you have that feature in your car, can you imagine living without it? Bonus Q: Are heated seats in the depths of winter cold about as good as sex? Credit writer Louise Penny for that quip. After a coming to...
Earlier this month Dale Hobson wrote about the National Toy Hall of Fame, including this year’s nominees. Judging from the response, many classic toys and games have staying power, in our minds if not in terms of sales at Christmas this year....
How well do inherited policies work in changing times? To be specific, I am mulling over things like trapping and mineral rights. Bear with me and I’ll explain. When I was a child my father mentioned the term “mineral rights.” I...
Alice Munro’s distinguished literary career has just been recognized with this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature. Readers who like the short story format are almost certainly familiar with that name, as Munro has long been considered one...


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Apr 24, 2014 — The office has long been seen as a symbol of boredom: It's a killer of spirits, a destroyer of spontaneity. But reviewer Rosecrans Baldwin says a new book brings out its entertaining side.
Apr 24, 2014 — With intricately composed photographs, designer Dinah Fried puts readers at the table for 50 of her favorite literary spreads. Her new book is called Fictitious Dishes.
Apr 24, 2014 — Also: The shortlist for the 2014 Caine Prize was announced; Richard H. Hoggart, key witness in the obscenity trial of Lady Chatterley's Lover, has died.

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No Bigger Than a Piano Box: a North Country Schoolhouse in 1893
By historian Betsy Kepes. Based on the 1893 diary of a North Country schoolteacher. A Women's History Month special. Teacher's guide and CD available.
Irving Bachellor
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A Franklin Manor Christmas
Paul Willcott of Saranac Lake reads his original Adirondack holiday story set in a down-at-heels former cure cottage and monastery occupied by a lonesome ex-professor.

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"A Beautiful Truth" by Colin McAdam

In Colin McAdam's new novel, a childless couple in Addison County, Vermont buys a baby chimpanzee. At first he's a cute little guy, but what happens when an ape is raised as a human?

Colin McAdam begins his book in rural Vermont in the 1970s when it wasn't difficult for a man with enough money to buy a baby chimpanzee.  Go to full article
Jane MacNamara holds a copy of her book. Photo: Lucy Martin

Gene-o-rama: Tracking your family history through wills

All sorts of people dabble in documenting family history. Some with a stronger interest attend conferences, like one held this March in Ottawa. Organized by the local branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, "Gene-o-rama" was a weekend event featuring vendors and talks from specialized researchers with material of interest for that endeavor.

One of the featured speakers was Jane MacNamara, a Toronto-area author of a new book: "Inheritance in Ontario: Wills and Other Records for Family Historians." MacNamara spoke with Lucy Martin about how and why wills can provide a wealth of information.  Go to full article

Listen: New Adirondack Treasure novel sets mystery, adventure on St. Lawrence

Cranberry Lake author Matthew Glavin loves a good mystery and a hunt for lost treasure. He and co-author Michael Dolan have released the second installment in the "Adirondack Treasure" series. This second novel, "Isle Royale", features a legendary treasure buried on an island in the St. Lawrence River during the French and Indian War, and terrorists who have smuggled a missile, with a super-EMT warhead, aboard a ship on the river.

Glavin told Todd Moe that he grew up in Syracuse, moved to the Adirondacks about four years ago, and has focused on local history and writing fiction.  Go to full article

Book review: "White Bread: A Social History of the Store-bought Loaf"

What item fills up an aisle at most North Country grocery stores, a food so common we don't even see it? White bread, the All-American food. Betsy Kepes has this review of...  Go to full article

New mystery by Lake Clear author explores Adirondack great camp culture

Lake Clear author Jamie Sheffield recently published another novel in his mystery/crime series featuring protagonist Tyler Cunningham. Sheffield, who teaches at Lake Placid...  Go to full article
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Ontario writer Wayne Grady's novel explores race, deception

Kingston writer Wayne Grady grew up in a white working class family in Windsor, Ontario. Years later, while researching his family's history, Grady discovered that his father...  Go to full article

Call-in: Literature of the American West

Callers and correspondents share their favorite reads in the Western genre and the best books by authors of the American West.

Hosts Ellen Rocco and Chris Robinson...  Go to full article

New photo book celebrates Saranac Lake's history

From the earliest settlers, to winter ice palaces, to Adirondack tourism, a new book celebrates the history of Saranac Lake. It was compiled by Neil Surprenant, who teaches...  Go to full article
Jeff Branch and Dorothy Metz are this year's King and Queen of Winter Carnival. Photo: Mark Kurtz

A local Winter Carnival with global glitz

Along with the Winter Games in Sochi, the Travel Channel is pointing to Saranac Lake as one of the must-see destinations around the world in February.

That's...  Go to full article

e-Books: "Habit" by T.J. Brearton

Adirondack writer T.J. Brearton's debut novel is out as an e-book. Brearton grew up in Saranac Lake and has spent much of his writing career in film, television and as a...  Go to full article

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