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A collection of newspaper columns written by William C. “Wild Bill” Frenette is available in a new anthology.

Named after the late Mr. Frenette’s column in the Tupper Lake Free Press, the anthology, “Transitions: Notes on a Proud Past with Attention to Future Annals” includes all of his columns as they were originally published.

Some offer insights into forgotten Adirondack history, while others focus on issues that remain relevant today.

Mr. Frenette died in 2007 at the age of 80.

The book is self-published and edited by Pamela Frenette, a daughter of Mr. Frenette.

The book, which sells for $24.95, is available in Tupper Lake at The Wild Center and The Goff–Nelson Memorial Library, as well as Amazon.com.

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Paul Castellani, Delmar, Albany County, has self-published the novel “Sputnik Summer,” which is set in 1958 in the Adirondacks.

“Sputnik Summer” is a story of what happens when simmering tensions between tourists and the people who rent to and wait on them each summer boil over. Events force characters to question whether they can trust their friends.

Mr. Castellani is a native of Syracuse, and from the ages of 9 to 21 he spent every summer living and working in an Adirondack resort town not unlike the setting of “Sputnik Summer.”

The novel sells for $19.95 and is available online or through North Country Books, Utica, 800-342-7409.

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A former dancer and choreographer who splits her time between the north country and Doylestown, Pa., has written a novel that explores the intense pressures of the dance world and the relentless pursuit of perfection.

“The Art of Falling,” the debut novel ofKathryn Craft, is published by Sourcebooks Landmark.

The story concerns a promising dancer, Penelope Sparrow, who wakes up in a Philadelphia hospital, unable to move after a 14-story fall. With a second chance at life and through an extraordinary friendship, she begins a journey toward self-acceptance while piecing together the dark mystery of what happened on that ledge.

Ms. Craft is a former dance teacher and choreographer who wrote dance criticism for 19 years for The Morning Call daily newspaper in the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania. She holds a master’s degree in health and physical education with a dance concentration from Miami University in Ohio.

The book helped Ms. Craft to deal with a tragedy. In 1997, after 15 years of marriage, her husband committed suicide in a police standoff in Pennsylvania. The book publisher says the character Penelope Sparrow was born from Ms. Craft’s need to make sense of what her husband had done and to find the forgiveness that lies in empathy.

Ms. Craft is a longtime summer resident of Trout Lake near Edwards.

“The Art of Falling” sells for $14.99 and is available at online bookstores.

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Richard Spaulding, Watertown, has self-published through Dorrance Publishing Co., “The Eternal Way of God.”

After his intense studies of different religions, Mr. Spaulding attempts to infuse “the New Age philosophy” of reincarnation to explain the symbolic prophecies of the Book of Revelation.

“The Eternal Way of God” is a follow-up to Mr. Spaulding’s “The Awakening.”

“The Eternal Way of God” sells for $8 and is available at www.dorrancebooks.com

Compiled by Times staff writer Chris Brock


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