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What you and I are reading this summer What titles have you been reading at the beach, or at the camp, or maybe on your Kindle in the back seat during that long day trip? Do you have any recommendations from the new releases section at your...
What does the massive popularity of e-books and e-readers mean for public libraries? Well, it’s complicated, but for North Country libraries, getting on the e-book train is apparently well worth the expense. In an Odgensburg Journal article...
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....


Books and Authors
Aug 1, 2014 — Nearly a dozen notebooks and journals by the author, who fought in the British Army during the war, are being released to coincide with the centenary of the start of the conflict.
Aug 1, 2014 — In Thinking In Numbers, Daniel Tammet uses everyday examples to illustrate the way numbers and equations form the basis of our lives. It appears at No. 12.
Aug 1, 2014 — In Jo Nesbo's 10th Harry Hole novel, Police, a killer targets police officers at the scenes of crimes they failed to solve. It appears at No. 13.

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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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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 Central School, writes mostly during the summer months. "Caretakers" is the sequel to his debut novel, "Here Be Monsters," and once again pitches Tyler Cunningham, an unconventional hero, into another mystery set in the Adirondacks.  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 had grown up as the youngest son of a black working class family in Windsor. Grady's novel, "Emancipation Day," imagines his father's secrets and deceptions on his journey from black to white.  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 were joined in the studio by our regular book maven John Ernst.  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

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...  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...  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,...  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

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