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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Apr 23, 2014 — Also: a previously unpublished story by Shirley Jackson; tips to tell whether you are in a Charles Dickens novel.
Apr 23, 2014 — Darryl Gregory's new novel, Afterparty, envisions a future where anyone with the right gear can make his own custom drugs. Critic Jason Sheehan calls it a juicy jumble of second-generation biopunk.
Apr 22, 2014 — Alan Cheuse reviews the novel In Praise of Hatred, by Khaled Khalifa. The book, which was recently translated to English, features a young Muslim girl in 1980s Syria.

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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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The Shoebox, a classic Adirondack swimming hole
The Shoebox, a classic Adirondack swimming hole

A Swimming Hole Connoisseur Explores The Adirondacks

The North Country is famous for its pristine lakes and stunning rivers. A new guidebook is showcasing some of the best places to swim--from the Adirondacks to the Green Mountains. Brian Mann joined the book's author for a trek along the Boquet River, in search of the perfect swimming hole.

Directions to "The Shoebox": Travel north on State Route 73 from the intersection with US 9 North. Go 1.4 miles to the bridge over the Boquet River. Park carefully on pull-out. Follow trail west along river. (Courtesy of Pancho Doll)  Go to full article

Readers & Writers Summer Reading Call-in

Readers and Writers on the Air's Ellen Rocco is joined by co-host Chris Robinson and guest Lenny Golay of Manhattan's famed Corner Bookstore to talk with callers about their favorite summer reading for 2003.  Go to full article

A Gardener's Guide to Frost

If you garden in the North Country, you've got a personal relationship with frost. It marks the beginning and the end of the season, but there are ways around those deadlines. Martha Foley talks with Phil Harnden, founder of the North Country Garden School, advocate of Garden Share, and author of a new book: A Gardener's Guide to Frost.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers on the Air: Leanne Howe

In a special edition of our call-in on contemporary literature, the guest is Leanne Howe, author of Shell Shaker, a novel of Chocktaw women that ranges from the 18th...  Go to full article

Readers & Writers on the Air: Jane Hamilton

The guest for our call-in on contemporary literature is Jane Hamilton. A leading fiction voice of the past decade, her work includes The Book of Ruth, A Map of the...  Go to full article

Book: The Pearl of Kuwait

With another war between the U.S. and Iraq, Vermont writer Tom Paine's The Pearl of Kuwait is especially relevant. It's a surreal, comic look at star-crossed lovers...  Go to full article

Readers & Writers on the Air: Alan Cheuse

In this edition of our call-in on contemporary literature, the guest is Alan Cheuse. In addition to being NPR's book reviewer, heard regularly on All Things...  Go to full article

Vermont Bookseller Nervous About Threat of 'Patriot Act' Searches

Afraid of 'Patriot Act' searches, a Vermont bookseller is deleting the names of books on its reader's club list.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers on the Air Call-in on Contemporary Literature: Ihsan Abdul-Rahiim

Hosts Chris Robinson, Margaret Bass and listeners talk with Ihsan Abdul-Rahiim, a poet, fiction writer and playwright. He is the author of ibo landing, an offering of...  Go to full article

Book review: "Women On High"

A new book brings new attention to pioneering women mountaineers, who faced more than the usual obstacles as they explored the world's high peaks. Betsy Kepes has our review.  Go to full article

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