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New book tells of Eden in the Adirondacks

New book tells of Eden in the Adirondacks

Former Gazette reporter James Schlett’s new book, “A Not Too Greatly Changed Eden: The Story of the Philosophers’ Camp in the Adirondacks,” tells how William James Stillman, an outdoorsman/artist/author/diplomat and a Schenectady native, brought some of the world’s brightest minds to Camp Maple on Follensby Pond just east of Tupper Lake during the summer of 1858.

Author will discuss small but vital battle of Revolutionary War

ALBANY

Author will discuss small but vital battle of Revolutionary War

As an administrator for 26 years in the Albany City School District, Bruce Ventner never did a whole lot of teaching. Since he retired nearly 10 years ago, all that has changed.

UAlbany prof says poetry can change the world

ALBANY

UAlbany prof says poetry can change the world

No one needs to tell Leonard Slade the power of words. Add a little rhythmic quality to them and, according to Slade, you can change the world.

'Centennial' chronicles 100 years of Saratoga Springs

SARATOGA SPRINGS

'Centennial' chronicles 100 years of Saratoga Springs

Historian and author Field Horne combined forces with more than 20 local contributors to produce “Saratoga Springs: A Centennial History.”

'American original' named U.S. poet laureate

Washington

'American original' named U.S. poet laureate

The Library of Congress announced the appointment of Juan Felipe Herrera, a son of migrant farm workers in California, as the next U.S. poet in chief.

Copy of upcoming 'Fifty Shades' novel stolen

Copy of upcoming 'Fifty Shades' novel stolen

Publisher Penguin Random House says a copy of the upcoming “Fifty Shades of Grey” sequel has been stolen, just over a week before publication day.

NY summer reading program says 'Every Hero Has A Story'

NY summer reading program says 'Every Hero Has A Story'

The New York State Library announced its summer reading program on Monday to motivate students to continue their education during the summer.

New 'Fifty Shades' book quickly tops best-seller lists

NEW YORK

New 'Fifty Shades' book quickly tops best-seller lists

A day after announcing that E L James had written a "Fifty Shades" novel from billionaire Christian Grey's point of view, "Grey" was No. 1 on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com as of midday Tuesday.

David McCullough calls writing his true calling

David McCullough calls writing his true calling

David McCullough, a best-selling historian and biographer and two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, has a new book on the Wright Brothers. He'll be at the Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs on Tuesday.

Author to discuss 6 Revolutionary War veterans' photographs

An author of several books on the Revolutionary War is giving a talk at an upstate New York battlefield about veterans of the American Revolution who lived long enough into the 19th century to have their photographs taken.

Biographer of '12 Years A Slave' author to give talk

Biographer of '12 Years A Slave' author to give talk

The co-author of a book on the man whose story was told in the Oscar-winning movie "12 Years A Slave" is giving a talk this weekend as part of a local group's history event.

Schenectady library book sale set for Saturday

SCHENECTADY

Schenectady library book sale set for Saturday

More than 40,000 books will be available for perusing Saturday at the Friends of the Schenectady County Public Library's annual Spring Used Book Sale.

Author Dearstyne tells tales of NY's rich history

Author Dearstyne tells tales of NY's rich history

New York state history is rich with wonderful tales of risk takers, innovators and people who understood that the common good was every bit as important as their personal circumstances. Bruce Dearstyne is trying to make sure people don’t forget that.

Reese Witherspoon to narrate audio of new Harper Lee book

NEW YORK

Reese Witherspoon to narrate audio of new Harper Lee book

Harper Lee's upcoming novel, the year's most talked about literary release, will have some added star power for the audio edition: Reese Witherspoon.

Doerr, Guirgis among Pulitzer winners in arts

NEW YORK

Doerr, Guirgis among Pulitzer winners in arts

Anthony Doerr's "All the Light We Cannot See," a World War II novel that has been one of the top-selling literary works of the past year, has won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

Women to share poems about family

Women to share poems about family

Niskayuna native Michele Battiste has had a passion for writing poetry since she was 10 but says she wasn’t always so good at it.

German Nobel laureate Guenter Grass dies at age 87

German Nobel laureate Guenter Grass dies at age 87

Guenter Grass, the Nobel-winning German writer who gave voice to the generation that came of age during the horrors of the Nazi era but later ran into controversy over his own World War II past and stance toward Israel, has died. He was 87.

Vonnegut’s work influenced by time in Capital Region

ROTTERDAM JUNCTION

Vonnegut’s work influenced by time in Capital Region

Kurt Vonnegut’s elevation of firefighters, a recurring theme in his work and speeches, comes from personal, and local, experience: Vonnegut volunteered with the Alplaus Fire Department when he lived across the street in an apartment above a grocery store and worked in public relations for General Electric in Schenectady.

Copy editor puts her work on words into words

It never occurred to Mary Norris that anyone would be interested in reading a book by a copy editor about commas.

Author to talk about book on less-known Revolutionary battle

Author to talk about book on less-known Revolutionary battle

For those with only a casual interest in the American Revolution, Brandywine may not pack the same historical punch as, say, Saratoga or Yorktown. Michael Harris says there’s a very good reason.

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