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Portland Author Margaret Malone: People Like You

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Thu, 11/12/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Margaret Malone: People Like You

Between the Covers welcomes Portland author Margaret Malone to celebrate the launch of her debut short story collection, People Like You, published by local press Atelier26.

Colum McCann on "Thirteen Ways of Looking," his new short story collection

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Thu, 11/05/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Colum McCann on "Thirteen Ways of Looking," his new short story collection

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with Colum McCann about Thirteen Ways of Looking, a new short story collection – the first in 12 years –  from the National Book Award–winning author. In the title novella, a retired judge reflects on his life’s work, unaware as he goes about his daily routines that this particular morning will be his last.

Gutshot by Amelia Gray

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Thu, 10/29/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Gutshot by Amelia Gray

Right on time for Halloween, a conversation with Amelia Gray.  "Reading Gutshot is a little like being blindfolded and pelted from all sides with fire, Jell-O and the occasional live animal. You'll be messy at the end and slightly beaten up, but surprised and certainly entertained . . . She pushes against the outer limits of what humans can and will do. She seems to be testing her readers, too. Will you come with me here? How about if I take it a little further? Are you still game? (Ramona Ausubel The New York Times Book Review).  David Naimon hosts.

T. Geronimo Johnson on his novel, "Welcome to Braggsville"

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Thu, 10/22/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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T. Geronimo Johnson on his novel, "Welcome to Braggsville"

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with PEN/Faulkner finalist T. Geronimo Johnson about his novel Welcome to Braggsville, a dark and socially provocative Southern-fried comedy about four UC Berkeley students who stage a dramatic protest during a Civil War reenactment. A literary coming-of-age novel, Welcome to Braggsville, reminds us of the promise and perils of youthful exuberance, while painting an indelible portrait of contemporary America.

Lauren Groff on her new novel "Fates and Furies"

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Thu, 10/15/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Lauren Groff on her new novel "Fates and Furies"

Host Dave Mazza interviews Lauren Groff, award-winning author of The Monsters of Templeton and Arcadia, about her new book, Fates and Furies, an exhilarating novel about marriage, creativity, art, and perception. Fates and Furies is an examination of a marriage and a portrait of a creative partnership.

Lauren Groff is the author of the novel The Monsters of Templeton, shortlisted for the Orange Prize for New Writers, Delicate Edible Birds, a collection of stories, and Arcadia, a New York Times Notable Book, winner of the Medici Book Club Prize, and finalist for the L.A. Times Book Award.

Elizabeth Gilbert, BIG MAGIC: Creative Living Beyond Fear

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Thu, 10/08/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Elizabeth Gilbert, Author of BIG MAGIC

Between the Covers welcomes international bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert, to discuss her new book, BIG MAGIC:  Creative Living Beyond Fear.

Elizabeth Gilbert is a versatile and creatively boundless author of works of fiction, non-fiction, short stories, a cookbook, and memoirs, including the global phenomenon, EAT, PRAY, LOVE.

In her latest offering, BIG MAGIC: Creative Living Beyond Fear, it might appear that she has branched into self-help books as well, though in the view of the author it is more of an exploration of creativity, by someone who sincerely enjoys thinking and talking about the subject.

Steering the Craft: A Twenty-First-Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story by Ursula K. Le Guin

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Thu, 10/01/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Steering the Craft: A Twenty-First-Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story by Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin has published more than sixty books of fiction, fantasy, science fiction, children’s literature, poetry, drama, criticism, and translation. Among her honors are a National Book Award, a PEN/Malamud Award for short fiction, five Hugo and five Nebula Awards, twenty-one Locus Awards,and the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. She speaks with host David Naimon about her book Steering The Craft.  Completely revised and rewritten to address the challenges and opportunities of the modern era, this guide to the craft of writing lays out ten chapters that address the most fundamental components of narrative, from the sound of language to sentence construction to point of view.

Baby's On Fire by Liz Prato

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Thu, 09/24/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Baby's On Fire by Liz Prato

Host David Naimon talks with Portland writer, teacher and editor, Liz Prato, about her debut collection of stories Baby's On Fire.  Writer Steve Almond describes the collection well:  "Liz Prato's stories are filled with the lost, the lonely, and the damned, and she makes all of them sing with a haunting grandeur. Baby's on Fire is a lamentation brimming with wit, candor, and the eternal possibility of mercy."

The Dying Grass by William T. Vollmann

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Thu, 09/17/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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The Dying Grass by William T. Vollmann
Host Ken Jones talks with William T. Vollmann, author of 10 novels, 4 collections of short fiction, a memoir, 6 works of non-fiction (including the 7-volume treatise on violence, Rising Up and Rising Down), and numerous articles. His latest work is The Dying Grass: A Novel of the Nez Perce War, which is Book 5 in his Seven Dreams series of historical fiction.
 
Jane Smiley wrote in her New York Times review of the book: “Vollmann is one of the most idiosyncratic and challenging novelists at work today. The Dying Grass, like his other works, daringly pushes at the edges of the novel as a form, while at the same time demanding that the reader sit up and pay attention.”

Patsy Kullberg on her Novel, "Girl in the River"

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Thu, 09/10/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Patsy Kullberg on her Novel, "Girl in the River"

We speak with local writer Patsy Kullberg about her new novel, Girl in the River, a portrait of the intimate lives of women during one of the most corrupt periods in Portland history. It’s the middle of the twentieth century and Portland has fallen into the hands of gangsters. Newly orphaned Mae Rose is on the lam from a knife wielding pimp, mustering her own worst impulses to survive, while Dr. Ruth Barnett, queen of Portland’s nightlife, runs a lucrative abortion service. After the war, both women are caught in the cross hairs of anti-vice crusader Dottie “Do-good” Lee. But Mayor Lee’s DA-in-pursuit has his own dirty little reasons to track Mae down.

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Oregon author Steve McQuiddy on "Here on the Edge" - Pacifism in World War II (Unedited version)

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Thu, 10/24/2013
Steve McQuiddy talks about his new book, "Here on the Edge", published by Oregon State University. McQuiddy looks at a long-neglected element of World War II history: the role of pacifism in what is often called "The Good War." He shares the fascinating story of one conscientious objector camp located on the rain-soaked Oregon Coast, Civilian Public Service (CPS) Camp #56, providing the definitive history of the Fine Arts Group at Waldport.

Steve McQuiddy writes and lectures on Pacific Northwest history and culture, particularly the eccentric quarter. His monograph, The Fantastic Tale of Opal Whiteley, has been widely cited and reprinted, with an expanded version published in 2012. He has written for Salon, Mother Jones, Seattle Times, and Best Essays Northwest, and has been awarded by the Society of Professional Journalists. He is an honorary director of the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission and currently teaches writing at Lane Community College in Eugene.
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Cacophony Zone Trips - The Inception

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Thu, 08/29/2013

Web extra: Carrie Galbraith (co-editor, along with John Law and Kevin Evans, of Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society) recounts the early days of the Cacophony Zone Trips, before the notorious Zone Trip Four inpired the founding of the Burning Man Arts Fesival.

Click here to listen to John and Carrie's interview on KBOO's Between the Covers.

John Law and Carrie Galbraith: Tales of the SF Cacophony Society

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Thu, 08/29/2013

Culture-jammers extraordinaire John Law and Carrie Galbraith join host S.W. Conser for a special hour-long edition of Between the Covers.

Some twenty-odd years ago, John and Carrie (inadvertently) helped found the Burning Man Arts Festival and the Billboard Liberation Front, and have now co-authored a new coffee-table history of Bay-area pranksterism, Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society, with the help of artist Kevin Evans.

In addition to our studio conversation, we'll be including audio from John and Carrie's recent standing-room-only appearance at Powell's Books.

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Plus - special web-only content:

Carrie recounts pre-Black Rock zone trips

John and Carrie at Powell's Books - part one

John and Carrie at Powell's Books - part two

John Law and Carrie Galbraith at Powell's Books - part one

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Thu, 08/29/2013

John Law and Carrie Galbraith are the co-editors (along with Kevin Evans) of Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society. On June 14, 2013, they appeared before a standing-room-only crowd at Powell's City of Books. KBOO's Between the Covers presents part one of the uncut audio of this appearance.

Click here to listen to part two of the Powell's appearance.

Click here to listen to John and Carrie's interview on KBOO's Between the Covers.

John Law and Carrie Galbraith at Powell's Books - part two

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Thu, 08/29/2013

John Law and Carrie Galbraith are the co-editors (along with Kevin Evans) of Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society.  On June 14, 2013, they appeared before a standing-room-only crowd at Powell's City of BooksKBOO's Between the Covers presents part two of the uncut audio of this appearance.

Click here to listen to part one of the Powell's appearance.

Click here to listen to John and Carrie's interview on KBOO's Between the Covers.

Between the Covers interview with Temple Grove author Scott Elliot

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Wed, 06/19/2013

The Temple Grove means different things to differnet people. High up in the rain drenched Olympic Penninsula, it's a grove of trees as tall as skyscrapers and as old as nations. And until now it's been off limits to logging. To Paul Granger the Temple Grove is a sanctuary that he escapes to whenever he can, and a sanctuary he is duty bound to protect. To Trace, Paul's mother, the Temple Grove represents the unbroken lineage of her Makah Indian ancestry. To Bill Newton, the Temple Grove is the raw material for hardwood floors, boats, tables and toothpaste. It's also his livelihood. Jennifer Kemp of Between the Cover speaks with Scott Elliot, author of the novel Temple Grove.

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Chris Kraus on "Summer of Hate"

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Thu, 11/29/2012

Writer, filmmaker and art critic, Chris Kraus, talks with host David Naimon about her latest book, Summer of Hate. "Chris Kraus cuts a new and insatiably clever line in this explosive new work, breaking down big themes like art writing, romance, and capitalism, within a wildly expansive take on the thriller."--Janine Armin, Joyland.

Her other books include the novels I Love Dick, hailed by Rick Moody as one of the literary highpoints of the past two decades, Aliens & Anorexia, and Torpor.  She is also the author of the essay collections Video Green and Where Art Belongs, and is a frequent contributor toArtforum, Bookforum, and the Los Angeles Review of Books.  


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Alexis Smith on her novel "Glaciers"

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Thu, 11/15/2012

Portland author, Alexis Smith,  talks with host David Naimon about Glaciers, her debut novel from Tin House booksGlaciers follows Isabel through a day in her life in which work with damaged books in the basement of a library, unrequited love for the former soldier who fixes her computer, and dreams of the perfect vintage dress move over a backdrop of deteriorating urban architecture and the imminent loss of the glaciers she knew as a young girl in Alaska.  Glaciers was a Publishers Weekly pick of the week,  received its coveted starred review, and was selected by Indie Booksellers for the January 2012 Indie Next List.

“An Alaska childhood and dreams of faraway cities such as Amsterdam inform Alexis M. Smith’s Glaciers, a delicate debut novel set in Portland, Oregon—“a slick fog of a city…drenched in itself”—that reveals in short, memory-soaked postcards of prose a day in the life of twentysomething library worker Isabel.”—Lisa Shea, ELLE Magazine

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Terry Tempest Williams on her book "When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice"

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Wed, 11/07/2012

Unedited and uninterrupted version of host Kathleen Stephenson speaking with Terry Tempest Williams, naturalist, author and fierce advocate for freedom of speech. Terry Tempest Williams shows us how environmental issues are social issues that ultimately become matters of justice.

In this interview Willaims discusses her new book When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice, a lyrical and caring meditation on the mystery of her mother's journal and what it means to have a voice.

Jess Walter on his new novel, "Beautiful Ruins"

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Thu, 10/25/2012

 Host David Naimon talks with Jess Walter about his sixth novel, Beautiful Ruins, a deeply human, roller coaster of a novel, spanning fifty years and nearly as many lives.  

"...a blockbuster, with romance, majesty, comedy, smarts, and a cast of thousands. There’s lights, there’s camera, there’s action. If you want anything more from a novel than Jess Walter gives you in Beautiful Ruins, you’re getting thrown out of the theater.” (Daniel Handler, author of Why We Broke Up and creator of Lemony Snicket )

“A novel with pathos, piercing wit and, most important, the generous soul of a literary classic. . . . Walter has planted himself firmly in the first rank of American authors.” (Boston Globe )

Walter is also the author of the national bestseller The Financial Lives of the Poets, the National Book Award finalist The Zero, the Edgar Award-winning Citizen VinceLand of the Blind, and the New York Times Notable Book Over Tumbled Graves. He lives in Spokane, Washington, with his family. 

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Timber Beasts

I've read the book twice and rather hoped to hear the program that the author spoke on the book. But that page was not available on your site. Anyway, I loved the book. I thought it was an exciting dose of history. Stoner brought the Portland of  1900 to life. There was intrigue that kept my interest throughout the book.

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I was washing eggs at the farm when this came on. I loved it and looked for it to share with my peeps!

 

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