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Roth receives Yaddo's Artist Medal

Roth receives Yaddo's Artist Medal

Monday, May 19, 2014
In what may be his last remarks at a public gathering, Philip Roth accepted Yaddo's first ever Artist Medal and spoke gratefully of his time at the venerable retreat in the summer of 1964.

 

Rushdie, Pussy Riot featured at literary gala

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
On a night championing free expression and featuring speeches by Salman Rushdie, Toni Morrison and two members of the Russian protest group Pussy Riot, no one moved the audience more than the daughter of an imprisoned Chinese dissident.

 
Anne Frank inspired author to write mystery
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Anne Frank inspired author to write mystery

Monday, May 5, 2014
When she was 12 years old, Anne Blankman fell in love with Anne Frank.
 
Fiske looks at how family lived while Northup a slave

Fiske looks at how family lived while Northup a slave

Sunday, May 4, 2014
With the success of Steve McQueen’s film “12 Years a Slave,” almost everyone is familiar with the tragic tale of Solomon Northup, a free black man living in Saratoga Springs who was sold into slavery. But the movie, Ballston Spa’s David Fiske will remind you, didn’t tell the whole story.
 

Adirondack summer turns tragic for teenager

Sunday, April 27, 2014
The first novel by Paul Castellani, a Capital Region resident who spent childhood summers in the Adirondacks, reminds its readers that being a teenager and being the parents of a teenager is a complicated business.
 
Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at 87

Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at 87

Thursday, April 17, 2014
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel laureate whose novels and short stories exposed tens of millions of readers to Latin America's passion, superstition, violence and inequality, died at home in Mexico City. He was 87.
 
Donna Tartt wins fiction Pulitzer
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Donna Tartt wins fiction Pulitzer

Monday, April 14, 2014
Donna Tartt's "The Goldfinch" has won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
 
Writer-environmentalist Peter Matthiessen dies

Writer-environmentalist Peter Matthiessen dies

Sunday, April 6, 2014
Peter Matthiessen, a rich man's son who spurned a life of leisure and embarked on extraordinary physical and spiritual quests while producing such acclaimed books as "The Snow Leopard" and "At Play in the Fields of the Lord," died Saturday. He was 86.

 
Professor: Region an ideal place to interest young people in history

Professor: Region an ideal place to interest young people in history

Saturday, April 5, 2014
Trying to spark a young person’s interest in history is a noble endeavor, according to Thomas Chambers, and in upstate New York it shouldn’t be much of a challenge.
 
Beah goes on writing -- now fiction

Beah goes on writing -- now fiction

Sunday, March 23, 2014
As a 13-year-old boy caught up in the Sierra Leone Civil War, Ishmael Beah lost his village and his family. For a time, he also lost his humanity.
 

Author Kirn to discuss 'interesting character' who had a dark secret

Sunday, March 23, 2014
For author Walter Kirn, it started out as an adventure: a 1998 car trip from Montana to New York City to bring a crippled dog to a rich young man named Clark Rockefeller, a distant relative of the famous Rockefeller family.
 

Local author Shartle’s main character finds solace in Adirondacks

Saturday, March 15, 2014
Getting a book published is a lot like trout fishing, according to Mary Sanders Shartle. You keep moving until you get a few nibbles.
 

Author provides fresh look at Vietnam experience

Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014
If James D. Redwood had not gotten such a high draft number in 1970, his view of the Vietnamese people would most likely be very different today, and his award-winning short story collection “Love Beneath the Napalm” (University of Notre Dame Press, $24, 183 pages) might have never been written.
 
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DiCamillo wins Newbery Medal for "Flora & Ulysses"

Monday, Jan. 27, 2014
Kate DiCamillo’s “Flora & Ulysses” has won the John Newbery Medal for the year’s best work of children’s literature.
 
Editor writes memoir of fleeing Nazis, managing star reporters

Editor writes memoir of fleeing Nazis, managing star reporters

Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014
Some people live lives that seem to have been written by a Hollywood screenwriter. Harry Rosenfeld, the editor-at-large of the Times Union, is one of them.
 
 

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