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Fake News Is Not A New Phenomenon

Books: ‘Fantasyland’

These days it seems as though a frightening number of Americans are absolutely convinced of the reality of one or more things that other Americans realize are patently untrue. From anti-vaxxers to anti-GMOers, from JFK’s assassination to Hillary’s child pornography ring, we no longer live in the same country, or even the same world, as our friends and neighbors.

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Eisenhower’s Secret Campaign To Defeat Red-Baiter McCarthy

Book: ‘Ike and McCarthy’

With demagoguery running rampant throughout the country, in large part because of a president indifferent to the truth and the dignity of his office, David A. Nichols’ “Ike and McCarthy” is a fascinating voyage to a similarly threatening time that at least had a happy ending.

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NYCC Has More Than Comics — There Are Books, Too

Books: New York Comic Con

I’ve been going to New York Comic Con for a number of years. At the 2017 edition this past weekend, I was once again struck by how much of the show is geared toward readers of books rather than of comic books.
Mainstream publishers HarperCollins, Macmillan, Hachette, Simon & Schuster and Penguin Random House all had booths on the Javits Center convention floor. And given the fact that Penguin Random House also owns Crown, Knopf, Doubleday and Del Rey, that adds up to a lot of books — not to mention a lot of author appearances and book signings.

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Dicamillo is coming to pine plains on oct. 13

Oblong Books & Music will host two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo for an interactive family event at Stissing Mountain High School in Pine Plains on Friday, Oct. 13, at 6 p.m. 
This event is one of only six national stops for the author on this tour, and it is suitable for families and children of all ages. The event will feature a performance by Catskill Mountain Music Together, followed by a presentation and book signing by DiCamillo.

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Poetry Book Published As Tribute To Late Writer

Book: ‘Close But Not Touching’

For Jack Sheedy, the publication of his late wife Jean Sands’ poetry book, “Close But Not Touching,” is a celebration of her life.
Sands, who was a Harwinton resident, died in October 2016.

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Cookbook Benefits Library, Community

Books: ‘Sharon Cooks’

‘Sharon Cooks” — the community cookbook put together by friends of the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon to raise money for materials, programs and services — starts with appetizers and beverages. 

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Combining Jane Austen And Time Travel

Go back in time, step on a butterfly, and when you return to the present day there’s a different president — your tiny act reverberates through time and changes history. That’s part of the fun of time travel stories — imagining what would happen to your life in the present day if you killed Hitler or a dinosaur. Or met your idol from 200 years ago.

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Canine Quotes For All Topics

Books: ‘Speaking of Dogs’

Every childless couple I know has a dog. Exception: my son Jeremy, who lived with his wife and a ferret (a domesticated —sort of— weasel). The creature used to hide in the house and had to be extracted once by a blow to the plaster walls in the living room.
 In the main, however, dogs seem to be favored as pets, wondrous creatures that they are. I had a greyhound once who would come tell me when my other greyhound was eating soap. And another who chose her own burial site. 

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True Crime Tales From The Hudson Valley

Books: ‘Hudson Valley Murder & Mayhem’

In November 1930, the entire Germond family was murdered on their family farm in Stanfordville. 
The details of that night and the subsequent investigation are outlined in “Hudson Valley Murder & Mayhem,” a new book by Andrew K. Amelinckx that features 11 true crime stories that span 300 years in 11 Hudson Valley counties — including the Stanfordville tale in Dutchess County and an outline of the Austerlitz Cannibal in Columbia County.
 Amelinckx, who lives in Catskill, N.Y., moved to the area with his wife in 2006.

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Learn The Jargon, Then Meet The Author At Sharon Signing

Books: ‘How To Speak Soccer’

Sally Cook likens writing a book to marriage. “You have to have a passion for it,” she tells me. “And you have to be persistent.” 

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