Host Ed Goldberg interviews David Shields, author of The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead, a meditation on life, living and contemplating death. David Shields is the author of eight books, including Black Planet: Facing Race During an NBA Season, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Remote: Reflections on Life in the Shadow of Celebrity, winner of the PEN/Revson Award; and Dead Languages: A Novel, winner of the Governor's Writers Award.
Host Ed Goldberg speaks with Russell Shorto, author of Descartes' Bones. a true story of how the philosopher's remains became a political relic. Russell Shorto is the author of a book on the Dutch origins of New York City: The Island at the Center of the World. He often writes for The New York Times Magazine and GQ.
Host Ed Goldberg interviews local author Jill Kelly, whose memoir of alcoholism and recovery is called Sober Truths: the Making of an Honest Woman. Kelly's demons did not go quietly when she put the bottle down. Loneliness, anxiety, distrust of others-they were all still there. This memoir tells how she has learned to be with those demons and not drink, to let go of the jealous dramas of the past and embrace a new life of peace. Along the way, Kelly reinvents herself, becoming a visual artist, starting a successful business, and developing deep friendships and a satisfying spiritual life.
Host Ed Goldberg interviews Kat Richardson, author of Underground, a detective horror hybrid set in Seattle. Kat Richardson is a cross-genre writer, creating a combination of Science Fiction/Fantasy and Mystery/Crime no matter how hard she tries to write something else--although she has tried her hand at a bit of almost everything else.
Ed Goldberg interviews Alrick Brown, producer of the film "Death of Two Sons," which shows on February 12th as part of the 19th Cascade Festival of African Films. This documentary examines the death of Amadou Diallo, the 22-year old Guinean immigrant who was senselessly shot to death by 41 bullets fired by New York City policemen, and the death of Jesse Thyne, an American Peace COrps volunteer who lived and worked with Diallo's family in Guinea.
Host Ed Goldberg speaks with Lisa Gardner, author of "Say Goodbye," a thriller about abduction and abuse, with an Oregon connection.Lisa Gardner started her first novel, a romance, when she was 18. She sold it to Silhouette Intimate Moments just three years later, during her junior year of college. It was released as "Walking After Midnight" under her pseudonym Alicia Scott. In 1993 Gardner graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in International Relations. She got a job working as a management consultant, but she kept up her writing.
Host Ed Goldberg speaks with Yiyun Li, author of "A Thousand Years of Good Prayers" and "The Vagrants," her debut novel, which is set in China in the late 1970s. It deals with human frailty and courage.
Host Ed Goldberg interviews Jayne Anne Phillips, author of Lark and Termite, a novel of a sad death and a magical child in a West Virginia family. Jayne Anne Phillips was born and raised in West Virginia. Her first book of stories, Black Tickets, published in 1979 when she was 26, won the prestigious Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction. Jayne Anne Phillips' works have been translated and published in twelve foreign languages.
Host Ed Goldberg interviews Geraldine Brooks about her latest novel, People of the Book, an imagined history of an ancient Hebrew prayer book. Geraldine Brooks is author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning and internationally bestselling novel March, a retelling of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved classic Little Women from the point of view of Mr. March, the absent father who goes off to war. Her first novel, Year of Wonders, published in 2001, is also an international bestseller.
Host Ed Goldberg speaks with Portland author Peter Rock about his novel, "My Abandonment," which is based on the true story of a father and daughter living in Forest Park. Peter Rock is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Reed College in Portland. He has been with Reed College since 2001. He is the author of the novels The Unsettling, The Bewildered, The Ambidextrist, This is the Place, and Carnival Wolves. Rock attended Deep Springs College, received a BA in English from Yale University, and held a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University.
Host Ed Goldberg speaks with Chris Cleave, author of “Little Bee,” the story of an African girl fleeing the horrors of Nigeria and her relationship with an English family. Chris Cleave is 35. He is a novelist and a columnist for The Guardian newspaper in London.
Ed Goldberg interviews Heather Sharfeddin, author of Windless Summer, a novel of a small town in the Columbia Gorge with a motel that might be a karma center. Publisher's Weekly: "Tom Jemmet is the widower owner of the rundown Jemmet Motel, and his relationship with his autistic 12-year-old daughter, Sienna, takes center stage in a plot packed with secrets." The back drop to the story is that the town is dying, businesses are closing and the people are moving away.
Host Ed Goldberg interviews Selden Edwards, author of The Little Book, a time-travel fantasy set in Vienna, 1897. Edwards began writing The Little Book as a young English teacher in 1974, and continued to layer and refine the manuscript until its completion in 2007. It is his first novel, and it's become a best seller.
Host Ed Goldberg interviews local writer Matthew Flaming, author of The Kingdom of Ohio, a speculative about science in 1900. "The Kingdom of Ohio" is a love story set against New York City at the dawn of the mechanical age, featuring Nikola Tesla, Thomas Edison, and J. P. Morgan." After discovering an old photograph, an elderly antiques dealer living in present-day Los Angeles is forced to revisit the history he has struggled to deny. The photograph depicts a man and a woman. The man is Peter Force, a young frontier adventurer who comes to New York City in 1901 and quickly lands a job digging the first subway tunnels beneath the metropolis.
Host Ed Goldberg interviews Audrey Niffenegger, author of Her Fearful Symmetry, a ghost story involving two sets of twins.
Audrey Niffenegger is a visual artist and a guide at Highgate Cemetery. In addition to her bestselling debut novel, The Time Traveler’s Wife, she is the author of two illustrated novels. She lives in Chicago.
Host Ed Goldberg speaks with Annie Barrows, co-author of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society, a novel of love and intrigue on an island in the English Channel in 1946.
Mary Ann Shaffer became interested in Guernsey while visiting London in 1976. On a whim, she decided to fly to Guernsey but became stranded there when a thick fog descended and all boats and planes were forbidden to leave the island. As she waited for the fog to lift, warming herself by the heat of the hand-dryer in the men's restroom, she read all the books in the Guernsey airport bookstore, including Jersey under the Jack-Boot. Thus began her fascination with the German Occupation of the Channel Islands.
Host Ed Goldberg speaks with Stuart Archer Cohen, author of The Army of the Republic, a novel of resistance to a repressive government in near-future America. Stuart Archer Cohen lives in Juneau, Alaska, where he owns Invisible World, an international company dealing in wool, silk, alpaca and cashmere in Asia and South America. His previous two novels, Invisible World and 17 Stone Angels, have been translated into 10 languages.
Host Ed Goldberg speaks with Dana Stabenow, author of A Night Too Dark, a mystery set in the Bush Country of Alaska. Stabenow has produced works in the science fiction, mystery, and suspense/thriller genres. Many of her books are set in her home state of Alaska, where she was raised by her single mother who lived and worked on a fish tender in the Gulf of Alaska.
Host Ed Goldberg speaks with Portland writer Bill Cameron, author of Chasing Smoke, a police procedural set in Portland. A cancer-stricken homicide detective, Skin Kadash, looks into the apparent suicides of several people who were patients of the same doctor, who happens to have been Skin’s doctor, too. Cameron tells two stories, the investigation itself and Skin’s coming-to-terms with his possible death.
On Between the Covers which aired July 2, 2009, Host Ed Goldberg interviewed Hallie Ephron, author of Never Tell a Lie, a novel about a suburban woman who is accused of murdering a high school acquaintance.
Sarah Dunant is the author of the international bestseller The Birth of Venus, which has received major worldwide acclaim and In the Company of the Courtesan. With the publication of Sacred Hearts, she rounds out a Renaissance trilogy bringing voice to the lives of three different women in three different historical contexts. Sarah Dunant’s research has resulted in vivid reconstructions of womens’secret histories in the characters of a Florentine Noblewoman, a Venetian Courtesan and with Sacred Hearts the lives of the Sisters of Santa Caterina.
Host Ed Goldberg speaks with writer Alistair Burke about her third white-knuckle thriller "212." NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher and her partner, J.J. Rogan are investigating the murder of NYU student Megan Gunther, who's the target of threatening posts on a college gossip Web site. The death of bodyguard Robert Robo Mancini, whose bullet-ridden corpse turns up in a swanky new building, the 212, built by Sam Sparks, the high-powered Manhattan real-estate developer Robo worked for, ups the ante. When Sam makes it clear that the police won't have access to any company records, Ellie's interest is piqued. As she and J.J.
Host Ed Goldberg interviews Glen David Gold, author of Sunnyside, a historical novel set during World War I. It features Charlie Chaplin and Rin Tin Tin. Glen David Gold is the author of the best seller Carter Beats the Devil.
Host Ed Goldberg speaks with Jimmy McDonough, author of Tammy Wynette: Tragic Country Queen, a biography of the country music diva.
Jimmy McDonough’s biography of Neil Young, Shakey, was a critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller. He has also written biographies of Russ Meyer and Andy Milligan, and has written for publications including The Village Voice and Variety. He lives in Portland.
Host Ed Goldberg interviews Pacific Northwest writer Diane Hammond, author of Going to Bend, Homesick Creek, and Hannah's Dream. She talks about her latest book Seeing Stars, a novel about child actors in Hollywood with talent managers, agents, coaches, directors and teachers who nurture—and feed on—their ambitions.
Host Ed Goldberg speaks with Portland author Ann Littlewood about her second "zoo-dunnit", "Did Not Survive," published by Poisoned Pen Press. The mystery continues where "Night Kill" left off. Now-pregnant zoo keeper Iris Oakley finds her boss gravely injured in an elephant stall. She suspects something more sinister than a rogue elephant. Animal rights activists are picketing the zoo, animals are disappearing, and staff are acting strangely. Then it gets worse.
The passionate issues around captive elephant management are woven throughout this traditional mystery set in fictional Finley Memorial Zoo in Vancouver, Washington.
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Host Ed Goldberg interviews Portland mystery author Phillip Margolin about his latest book, Supreme Justice, a novel of murder and conspiracy at the surpeme court.
Phillip Margolin grew up in New York City and Levittown, New York. He has been a Peace Corps volunteer in Liberia, West Africa, a junior high school teacher in the South Bronx, a law clerk for Herbert M. Schwab, the Chief Judge of the Oregon Court of Appeals and a Portland lawyer specializing in criminal defense at the trial and appellate levels.
Host Ed Goldberg speaks with Richard Wirick, author of Kicking In, a collection of short storeis with a dark feeling. Narcotic euphoria meets the demands of everyday life in Richard Wirick’s brilliant new collection of interlocking stories. Whether his tales are depicting a Valium-fogged lawyer representing a car painter who cooked a client in his kiln or revealing a Gulf War orderly’s drift in and out of morphine dreams during an aerial Medevac surgery, Wirick’s stories are rich with the social contexts in which sedation’s acolytes emerge, come forward to flourish, and then often violently explode or fade away.
Host Ed Goldberg interviews bestselling Seattle writer Robert Dugoni, author of "Bodily Harm," a thriller about those who profit from selling dangerous toys. When parents lose their six-year-old son to an esteemed pediatrician s seeming negligence, they turn to attorney David Sloane for justice.
In his return as "the lawyer who does not lose," Sloane is on the verge of another victory, but something about the malpractice case has bothered him from the start. And his uneasiness grows when toy designer Kyle Horgan confronts him on the way to the verdict to claim responsibility not only for the child s death but also for the fate of a second little boy in central Washington.
Ed Goldberg interviews national bestselling author Carol Casella about her recent novel, Healer, the story of one doctor’s struggle to hold her family together through a storm of broken trust and questioned ethics. Healer exposes the vulnerabilities of the American family, provoking questions of choice versus fate, desire versus need, and the duplicitous power of money. Casella's previous novel is Oxygen.
Host Ed Goldberg interviews Sara Gruen, author of Ape House, a satire on science, media, protest, and the relationship with our closest non-human cousins. The novel was inspired by the bonobos and scientific research at Great Ape Trust in Des Moines.
Sara Gruen lives with her husband and three children in an environmentalist community outside of Chicago. An award-winning technical writer, she made her fiction debut in 2004 with RIDING LESSONS, followed by FLYING CHANGES. WATER FOR ELEPHANTS is her third novel.
Ed Goldberg interviews Skip Horack on his recent novel, The Eden Hunter. "In 1816, five years after being captured and sold into slavery, Kau, a pygmy tribesman, flees south into the Spanish Florida wilderness, determined to find a place where he can once again live in harmony with nature. Both haunted and driven by his memories of Africa, he embarks on an epic quest through the treacherous pinewoods, swamps, and river bottoms of the Southern frontier. . . .
Host Ed Goldberg interviews mystery suspense author Lisa Gardner about her new novel Love You More. In Love You More the crime appears open-and-shut: Pushed to the brink by an abusive husband, state police trooper Tessa Leoni finally snapped and shot him in self-defense. But Tessa isn’t talking–not about her dead husband, her battered face, or her missing six-year old daughter. Now, Detective D.D. Warren will have to race against the clock to unearth family secrets, solve a murder and save a child.
Ed Goldberg interviews Rhys Bowen author of Royal Flush, a mystery set in a Scottish castle with Lady Georgiana Rannoch in her third madcap adventure. Humor and history combine in this novel that also includes a group of demanding Americans, ghosts, haggis, a monster in the Loch, and a sinister someone with a gun.
Host Ed Goldberg speaks with Cara Black, author of "Murder in Passy," the latest in her popular series of detective novels set in Paris and featuring Aimee Leduc.
In her books Cara Black features a Paris little known outside the tourist track. In real life she lives in San Francisco where she is a San Francisco Library Laureate and a member of the Paris Societe Historique in the Marais. She is included in the "Great Women Mystery Writers," by Elizabeth Lindsay.