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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...


Books and Authors
Apr 15, 2014 — For the past decade Pakistan has faced war, political instability and the rise of religious extremism. But those crises have fueled a new generation of Pakistani writers and artists.
Apr 15, 2014 — In a new book, New York Times correspondent Carlotta Gall offers new information about how Pakistan has helped the Taliban in Afghanistan and may have helped hide Osama bin Laden.
Apr 15, 2014 — Also: Willy Blackmore writes about the several identities of his grandfather, John Farrar of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and research on reading comprehension for printed vs. digital books.

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Country Schoolhouse
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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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Books: "What She Left Behind"

Thousand Islands author Ellen Wiseman is out with her second novel, What She Left Behind. A new writer in the historical genre, Wiseman's first book, The Plum Tree, was one of the best selling historical novels of 2013.

Todd Moe spoke with Ellen Wiseman from her Three Mile Bay home about her success as a writer. Wiseman says writing is like any muscle, the more you use it the easier it gets. She says she's had a lifelong love of telling stories and writing.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: "A Field Guide to Bacteria"

Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager discuss Betsey Dexter Dyer's book, A Field Guide to Bacteria, and the distinctive traits of individual bacteria that are visible to the naked eye.  Go to full article

Book Review: "The Orenda," by Joseph Boyden

What was life like for the first French Jesuits, men who rode in canoes up the St. Lawrence River to live with the Iroquois and the Huron? In Joseph Boyden's epic novel, The Orenda, Jesuit priests come to live with a community of Wendat-Huron people at a time of change and disaster.  Go to full article

Book Review: "Taste, Memory" by David Buchanan

Many of us in the North Country are learning to eat closer to home. We buy fruits, vegetables and meats from local farmers as a way to help our economy and get good, fresh...  Go to full article

Books: William Wheeler--Political Star of the North Country

He's not a household name, but back in the 19th century, Malone's William Wheeler was well known as a prominant politician and business leader. He was the only person from...  Go to full article
Charlotte, Vermont artist, teacher and writer Elizabeth VanBuskirk.  Photo: Elizabeth VanBuskirk

Books: "Beyond the Stones of Machu Picchu"

Over the last 30 years, Vermont weaver, writer and teacher Elizabeth VanBuskirk has traveled to the land of the Incas -- the ancient citadel Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley...  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...  Go to full article
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Winter Reading and Holiday Giving Call-in

In our annual Winter Reading and Holiday Giving Call-in Ellen Rocco, Chris Robinson, and book maven John Ernst give their own picks for reading and gifting, and take reading...  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

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