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ITHACA, NY -- Celia Clement doesn’t consider herself a writer, but you couldn’t tell if you picked up a copy of her book “Three Sisters: A True Holocaust Story of Love, Luck, and Survival.” The book combines the memoirs of Clement’s mother, Alexandra, and her aunts Eva and Judith as they wen…

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ITHACA, NY -- In 1971, Gov. Nelson Rockefeller created the Adirondack Park Agency, a governmental agency that performs long-range planning for the future of the Adirondack Park. Uniquely, it oversees development plans for private landowners, as well as activities within the Adirondack Forest…

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The 84-year-old author was an elegant man, possessed of extraordinary energy.? Nonetheless, after nearly two hours of speaking and replying to questions, Jorge Luis Borges was growing weary. Even he was subject to the laws of physical reality. I'd been alerted by Anna Geske, the Director of …

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ITHACA, NY -- A Chinese laundry boy in 1920s Vancouver, his heart set on playing hockey, disguises himself in order to join a women’s team. That’s the intriguing premise of the “The Valkyries,” which opens Jack Wang’s debut book, “We Two Alone.”

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ITHACA, NY -- Just a block down from the Ithaca Commons sits the community staple Littlestone Upholstery Designs, where Anne Steinle creates “expressive furniture for exceptional people.” For the past 25 years, Steinle has expressed herself through fabric as a residential upholsterer, but th…

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ITHACA, NY -- The joys of the summer seem to begin with the Friends of the Library Sale (FOL) on May 1.? It has felt like a tradition in Ithaca because the Friends of the Tompkins County Public Library was first formed in 1946. According to FOL, the Book Sale idea came from a volunteer who w…

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As a teenager, Sharon Rudahl grew more aware of the social injustices around her and felt compelled to join in a number of civil rights marches, which included marching with Martin Luther King Jr. Rudahl began her writing and illustrations career with a number of anti-Vietnam War underground…

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ITHACA, NY -- Homer’s Odyssey recounts the adventures of Odysseus, king of Ithaca, as he seeks to return home after the Trojan War. In four monthly readings beginning on February 23, pairs of Ithaca-based writers will provide their own takes on the theme of odysseys, from the physical to the…

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ITHACA, NY -- Roald Hoffmann is a Nobel Prize winning chemist, a Frank H. T. Rhodes Professor, Emeritus at Cornell University, and a Holocaust survivor. Renowned for his knowledge in the chemistry field, his writing talents sometimes take a back seat. However, a few local writers came togeth…

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Local science writer, Sue Heavenrich, has done it again. Her second children’s book “13 Ways to Eat a Fly,” a picture book illustrated by David Clark, is sure to be another hit. And so, the countdown begins?—?due out mid-February.?

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ITHACA, NY -- When the COVID-19 pandemic hit New York in March of this year, the librarians within the Tompkins County Public Library (TCPL) strived to provide access to the entire community in a safe way for all concerned. Plans were developed, new computer programs were learned and a way w…

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ITHACA, NY -- In the mid-’90s, a young girl named Maria lost her tooth while eating a pear around Christmas Eve. Her mother, Lynn, always the story-teller, was inspired by a single question that would surround a project of hers until its final form years later: What if the Tooth Fairy arrive…

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Children’s Reading Connection, Visions Federal Credit Union and a wide range of community collaborators are launching a community-wide, community literacy campaign.?READ. SING. LOVE. BOOKS!?kicks off Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 11:30 a.m. - noon, outdoors at 410 Elmira Rd. in Ithaca.?

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ITHACA, NY -- Much has been written on modernist writer Virginia Woolf, and professor Mary Jean Corbett, who specializes in 19th-century British literature at Miami University, has researched more about this iconic writer in her recent book “Behind the Times.” In this interview, Corbett disc…

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ITHACA, NY -- For more than 30 years, the novelist Jon Frankel has been writing the kind of expansive, high-concept, transgressive work which has only recently come to dominate contemporary American Literature. His fiction is so meticulously written—the rhythm of each sentence is its own del…

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Laurin Ramsey is slowing down. With a daughter on the way and a global pandemic to navigate, Ramsey’s work at Liontail Press has shifted to a less pressing part of her mind.

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Soon the Friends of the Library in Ithaca will open their doors at the Regina Lennox Building on 509 Esty St. and hold their annual October sale. The Friends said that there are 12,810 shelfs and 2.43 miles of books. This library sale will offer more than 250,000 items such as books, records…