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New Book Celebrates the Literary Legacy of William Kennedy


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bootlegger of the soulUntil now, Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Kennedy’s literary legacy has never been celebrated in one book. From novels such as Ironweed, Legs, and Billy Phelan’s Greatest Game (the Albany Cycle) to Bootlegger of the Soul screenplays like The Cotton Club, as well as his many years of investigative journalistic work, Suzanne Lance and Paul Grondahl, have compiled reviews, essays, and interviews about Kennedy’s contributions to the literary landscape in the new book from SUNY Press, Bootlegger of the Soul. Also included is original writing by the author himself – a play and a short story. Continue reading

History Authors at Albany Book Festival Sept 28-29


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albany book festivalThe University of Albany has announced an Albany Book Festival has been set for Friday, September 28th, which will kick off with an installation ceremony for new State Author Colson Whitehead and new State Poet Alicia Ostriker at 7:30 pm. The daylong Book Festival program includes events with featured writers Doris Kearns Goodwin, Gregory Maguire, Walter Mosley, and Jonathan Santlofer.

Noted writers of history include Pulitzer Prize-winners Gilbert King, Annette Gordon-Reed, and William Kennedy, along with Mark Kurlansky (Milk! And Salt) and Michael W. Twitty (The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South). Continue reading

Adrift: An 1856 Tragedy on the Atlantic


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adriftBrian Murphy’s new book Adrift: A True Story of Tragedy on the Icy Atlantic and the One Who Lived to Tell about It , with contributions from Toula Vlahou (Da Capo Press, 2018), tells the story of thirteen victims and a tragedy on the Atlantic Ocean.

The small ship making the Liverpool-to-New York trip in the early months of 1856 carried mail, crates of dry goods, and more than one hundred passengers, mostly Irish emigrants. Suddenly an iceberg tore the ship asunder and five lifeboats were lowered. As four lifeboats drifted into the fog and icy water, the last boat wrenched away from the sinking ship with a few blankets, some water and biscuits, and thirteen passengers. Only one would survive. This is his story. Continue reading

Local Writers: Latest E-book and Print Trends


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As an author of many books and publisher (with my partner) of many others, it behooves me to keep up on the latest trends in the world of books.

This includes the ongoing question considered by many of my Adirondack friends and acquaintances who are authors: should I sell printed copies, or is it better to go digital with e-books? Or maybe a combination of the two? It’s an issue I’ve addressed here in years past, particularly in 2013 and 2014 when the e-book explosion rocked the industry, leading many experts and non-experts alike to conclude that the end for printed books was clearly in sight. Continue reading

Manhattan Skyline History Now In Paperback


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building the skylineJason M. Barr’s book Building the Skyline: The Birth and Growth of Manhattan’s Skylines (Oxford University Press, 2016) is now available in paperback.

The Manhattan skyline is one of the great wonders of the modern world. In Building the Skyline, Jason Barr chronicles the history of the Manhattan skyscrapers and provides insights into the economic forces that have created its distinctive and iconic panorama. Continue reading

Freemen Awake! Anti-Rent Movement Songs and Poems


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Freemen Awake Rally Songs Poems from NY Anti-Rent MovementSUNY Oneonta English Professor Roger W. Hecht’s new book, Freemen Awake! Rally Songs & Poems from New Yorks’s Anti-Rent Movement (Delaware Co. Hist. Assoc., 2018) is an edited collection of nearly three dozen songs and poems written by anti-renters and their supporters.

The Anti-Rent War (1839 to 1852) was a movement of tenants against the state’s most powerful landholding families, including the Van Rennselaers, to end the lease-holding system. Continue reading

Realm between Empires: The Second Dutch Atlantic


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realm between empiresA new book by Wim Klooster and Gert Oostindie, Realm between Empires: The Second Dutch Atlantic, 1680-1815 (Cornell University Press, 2018) presents a fresh look at the Dutch Atlantic after New Netherland.

This epoch (1680–1815), the authors argue, marked a distinct and significant era in which Dutch military power declined and Dutch colonies began to chart a more autonomous path. Continue reading

An Anthropologist On Oneida Community Utopia


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oneida utopiaAuthor and anthropologist Anthony Wonderley is set to give a talk on his book Oneida Utopia: A Community Searching for Human Happiness & Prosperity on Thursday, June 21 at 7 pm at the Oneida Community Mansion House.

Anthony Wonderley, Ph.D., offers a fresh and holistic look at the origins and legacy of the Oneida Community. In his new book Oneida Utopia, Wonderley argues that the commune and company together comprise a century-long narrative of economic success, innovative thinking, and abiding concern for the welfare of others. Continue reading

Saranac Lake Memoir: A Small Corner of the ADKs


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finding true northFran Yardley’s new book Finding True North: A History of One Small Corner of The Adirondacks (SUNY Press, 2018) traces the challenges and transformations of Saranac Lake.

In 1968 Fran and Jay Yardley, a young couple with pioneering spirit, moved to a remote corner of the Adirondacks to revive the long-abandoned but historic Bartlett Carry Club, with its one thousand acres and thirty-seven buildings. Continue reading