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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 20, 2014 — Daniel Kehlmann's F, about three brothers abandoned by their father, examines the detail of lives lived without integrity. It is brilliantly translated from the German by Carol Brown Janeway.
Aug 20, 2014 — The American publishing industry has long been the realm of the privileged few. Lately, though, some writers of color are making their voices heard — and starting some uncomfortable conversations.
Aug 20, 2014 — Also: Poet Simin Behbahani, known as the "Lioness of Iran," has died; novelist Lev Grossman on finding his vocation.

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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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Nick Sagan
Nick Sagan

Books: Nick Sagan's Edenborn

The son of astronomer and writer Carl Sagan is making a literary mark of his own. Growing up in Ithaca and Los Angeles, Nick Sagan shared his parents' love of science, art, philosophy and creative writing. Those interests steered him into a career as a screenwriter for films and shows such as Star Trek: Voyager. Like his famous father, Nick writes about the future of humankind, but with a chaotic twist. He's out with a new book, Edenborn, which he promoted recently at St. Lawrence University. It's the second book in his Idlewild series. He spoke about science fiction and his view of the cosmos with Todd Moe.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Natalia Rachel Singer and Bob Cowser (Hour 1)

The opening program of the 2004-05 season features two regional writers, Natalia Rachel Singer, author of Scraping By in the Big Eighties, and Bob Cowser, author of the forthcoming Dream Season: A Professor Joins America's Oldest Semi-Pro Football Team. This two-hour special features readings and conversation, and as always, listener calls. Chris Robinson hosts.  Go to full article

Books: Tailspin - The Strange Case of Major Call

50 years ago this summer a gruesome murder case rocked the nation. Marilyn Sheppard, a housewife from an elite Cleveland suburb, was bludgeoned to death in her house during an apparent botched robbery attempt. A sensational murder trial ended with the conviction of Sheppard's husband, Dr. Sam Sheppard. Sheppard maintained his innocence, but even after his conviction was reversed in 1966, the question remains -- who really killed Marilyn Sheppard? For five years Bernard Conners, a novelist and former FBI field agent became engrossed in the case which inspired the 1960s TV series, "The Fugitive". In his latest book, Tailspin: The Strange Case of Major Call, Conners concludes that it was Major James Call who killed Sheppard. Call's criminal activities included the slaying of a Lake Placid police officer, and an exhaustive manhunt in the Adirondacks by New York State Police. Bernard Conners lives near Albany and has a summer home in Lake Placid. Todd Moe spoke with Conners about the book, which he believes cracks this decades-old case and vindicates Sheppard.  Go to full article

Preview: Yeats Festival in Chestertown

Scholars, students and fans of Adirondack poet Jeanne Robert Foster will gather in Chestertown the weekend of September 9th for a conference. The Town of Chester Historical...  Go to full article
Patricia Reiss Brooks

Books: Mountain Shadows

Patricia Reiss Brooks' book, Mountain Shadows, is an adventure novel of courage, danger and love. Reiss is a native of Lake Placid and her book is set in the North...  Go to full article

A "Common Man's" Hiking Guide to the St. Lawrence Valley

If you go to the outdoor section of your local bookstore, you'll find dozens of guidebooks for the Adirondacks and several for the Lake Champlain area and the Tug Hill...  Go to full article

Books: Breaking Trail

After digging through archives and articles, and recovering pieces of women's history, Peggy Lynn and Sandra Weber have joined together to present stories of remarkable...  Go to full article

Books: Ladies of the Lake

Kathleen Bagley's book, Ladies of the Lake, offers a glimpse into the lives of women who are drawn to water, and the legacy of life on Lake Placid. It's a collection...  Go to full article
Antiques appraiser Ted Comstock

Antiques Expert Leads Book Appraisal Fair in Saranac Lake

How much is that Wordsworth worth? Saranac Lake antiques expert Ted Comstock will lead a book appraisal fair Thursday evening in the bakery at the Hotel Saranac (4-7pm). ...  Go to full article

Readers & Writers on the Air: Summer Reading Call-in

Hosts Ellen Rocco, Chris Robinson and Rick Hunter recommend favorite summer reading for 2004 in this two-hour special edition of Readers & Writers. Listener calls and...  Go to full article

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