Between the Covers

A weekly show featuring interviews with locally and nationally known authors of both fiction and non-fiction.

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The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli

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Thu, 11/19/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli

Highway is a late-in-life world traveler, yarn spinner, collector, and legendary auctioneer. His most precious possessions are the teeth of the "notorious infamous" like Plato, Petrarch, and Virginia Woolf. Written in collaboration with the workers at a Jumex juice factory, Teeth is an elegant, witty, exhilarating romp through the industrial suburbs of Mexico City and Luiselli's own literary influences.  Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico City in 1983 and grew up in South Africa. Her work has been translated into many languages and has appeared in publications including the New York Times, Granta, and McSweeney's.

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.”

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Junot Diaz on his new collection "This Is How You Lose Her"

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Thu, 09/27/2012

 Host David Naimon speaks with Junot Diaz, a writer The New Yorker calls one of the top 20 writers for the 21st century. He’s the Pulitzer Prize winning author of the novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, a creative writing professor at MIT, the fiction editor at The Boston Review, and a founding member of Voices of Our Nations Arts Writing Workshop, which focuses on writers of color. In 2010 he was the first Latino to be appointed to the board of jurors for the Pulitzer Prize. Junot Diaz is here today to talk about his new short story collection This is How you Lose her, a much-anticipated work, sixteen years in the making.

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Sheila Heti on her book How Should A Person Be?

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Thu, 08/16/2012

 Is How Should a Person Be? a novel, a memoir, a self-help manual, or a book of philosophy? It is all of these things and more. Host David Naimon talks with Sheila Heti about her new book, "a raw, startling, genre-defying novel of friends, sex, and love in the new millennium--a compulsive read that's like 'spending a day with your new best friend.' (Bookforum).

Canadian writer, Sheila Heti is the author of five books, all very different in form and style. She has written a collection of modern fables entitled The Middle Stories, a historical novella calledTicknor and an illustrated book for children, We Need a Horse. Recently she ventured into nonfiction with her book of “conversational philosophy,” The Chairs Are Where the People Go, written with Misha Glouberman, which the New Yorker chose as one of the best books of 2011. Sheila Heti also works as Interviews Editor at The Believer magazine.

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Writer Benjamin Busch on his new memoir Dust to Dust

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Thu, 08/02/2012

Host Jim Schumock speaks with Bejamin Busch about his new memoir Dust to Dust, which is about ordinary things: life and death, peace and war, the adventures of childhood and the revelations of adulthood. Benjamin Busch—a decorated U.S. Marine Corps infantry officer who served two combat tours in Iraq, an actor on The Wire, and the son of celebrated novelist Frederick Busch.

Benjamin Busch was born in Manhattan in 1968 and grew up in rural New York State. He is an actor, a photographer, a film director, and a U.S. Marine Corps infantry officer who served two combat tours in Iraq. He played the role of Officer Anthony Colicchio on the HBO series The Wire and has appeared on Homicide, The West Wing, and Generation Kill. His writing has been featured in Harper's and has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

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Novelist Ron Rash on his new book "The Cove," story of a blazing but doomed love affair in WWI

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Thu, 07/26/2012

Host Jim Schumock speaks with writer Ron Rash about his new book The Cove, a tale of the beauty of nature and love—and the darkness of superstition and fear. With The Cove, Rash, the author of Serena, returns to the Appalachian milieu of his previous novels. This is a story of a love affair doomed in the rising turmoil of WWI. At the same time The Cove explores often dangerous notions of patriotism during wartime.

Ron Rash is the author of three prize-winning novels: One Foot in Eden, Saints at the River, and The World Made Straight; three collections of poems; and two collections of stories. A recipient of the O. Henry Prize, he holds the John Parris Chair in Appalachian Studies at Western Carolina University.

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Karen Thompson Walker discusses her novel The Age of Miracles

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Thu, 07/19/2012

On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life—the fissures in her parents’ marriage, the loss of old friends, the hopeful anguish of first love, the bizarre behavior of her grandfather who, convinced of a government conspiracy, spends his days obsessively cataloging his possessions. As Julia adjusts to the new normal, the slowing inexorably continues.

This is the world of The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker.  Host David Naimon talks with Karen about her debut novel which has taken the literary world by storm.

Zazen: An interview with Portland author Vanessa Veselka.

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Thu, 07/12/2012

A war has either started or is about to. Bombs are going off in the city. But people seem strangely disengaged. Della's activist friends seem more concerned about the next sex party or the finer points of vegan ideology, and customers at the vegan café where she works, talk of leaving the country for a life of escape and eco-tourism. But Della feels compelled to stay as the bombs inch closer. Even though she isn’t quite sure how to engage, and what exactly to fight for. This is the world of Zazen.

Today’s guest is Portland writer and debut novelist Vanessa Veselka. Vanessa’s work has appeared in Tin House, The Atlantic, BUST, Bitch Magazine, and Maximum Rock 'n' Roll, among others. She’s also a musician and a writing instructor at The Attic. She talks today with host David Naimon about her first book, Zazen, a finalist for the Oregon Book Awards, published by Red Lemonade Press.

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Interview with Mark Baumgarten, author of Love Rock Revolution: K Records and the Rise of Independent Music

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Mon, 07/09/2012

Erin Yanke interviews Mark Baumgarten, author of the book Love Rock Revolution: K Records and the Rise of Independent Music. Mark will be reading in Portland July 12th, 7:30pm, at Powells Books on Burnside. The reading and book signing will be followed by a K Records tribute concert at Valentine's (9pm, $3, 21+) with Clea Partridge, Grey Anne, and others.

http://loverockrev.com/

Anne Mendel on her debut novel "Etiquette for an Apocalypse"

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Thu, 07/05/2012

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with Portland author Anne Mendel, who discusses her debut novel, Etiquette for an Apocalypse.

It’s the 2020 Apocalypse and Sophie Cohen, former social worker turned neighborly drug dealer, must keep her family alive amid those pesky end of the world issues: starvation, earthquakes, plagues, gang violence and alas more starvation.She investigates a serial killing and takes down the sinister emerging power structure while learning to use a pizza box solar oven, bond with her chickens and blast tin cans from the perimeter fence with a Ruger 9MM.

In order to accomplish all this she must find a way to love her mother, accept her daughter’s adulthood and reignite her moribund marriage.

Anne Mendel grew up in Arkansas and actually attended Miss Ashleigh’s Charm school. She learned nothing about dealing with disasters, (unless breaking a high heel is a disaster).

Before she began writing full time she was a community organizing advocate for women and girls.

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Writer BK Loren on her novel "Theft"

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Thu, 06/28/2012

Host Jay Thiemeyer speaks with writer BK Loren about her new novel "Theft," whose main character Willa Robbins is a master tracker working to reintroduce the Mexican wolf, North America’s most endangered mammal, to the American Southwest. But when Colorado police recruit her to find her own brother, Zeb, a confessed murderer, she knows skill alone will not sustain her. Willa is thrown back into the past, surfacing memories of a childhood full of intense love, desperate mistakes, and gentle remorse. "Theft" is a story about family, about loss, and about a search for answers.

BK LOREN has worked as a naturalist, large predator monitor for CO State Parks, professional brainstormer, assistant chef, ranch hand, furniture maker, UPS driver, and college professor. She currently teaches writing at Chatham University’s low residency program, the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, and many other venues throughout the United States and Canada.

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Writer Bonnie Jo Campbell on her new novel ONCE UPON A RIVER

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Thu, 06/21/2012

Bonnie Jo Campbell talks about her new book Once Upon a River, an odyssey of a novel about a girl's search for love and identity.

(Photo © Bradley S. Pines)

Bonnie Jo Campbell grew up on a small Michigan farm with her mother and four siblings in a house her grandfather Herlihy built in the shape of an H. She learned to castrate small pigs, milk Jersey cows, and, when she was snowed in with chocolate, butter, and vanilla, to make remarkable chocolate candy. When she left home for the University of Chicago to study philosophy, her mother rented out her room. She has since hitchhiked across the U.S. and Canada, scaled the Swiss alps on her bicycle, and traveled with the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus selling snow cones. As president of Goulash Tours Inc., she has organized and led adventure tours in Russia and the Baltics, and all the way south to Romania and Bulgaria.

Her collection details the lives of extraordinary females in rural and small town Michigan, and it won the AWP prize for short fiction; her story "The Smallest Man in the World" has been awarded a Pushcart Prize. Her novel Q Road investigates the lives of a rural community where development pressures are bringing unwelcome change in the character of the land. Her critically-acclaimed short fiction collection American Salvage, which consists of fourteen lush and rowdy stories of folks who are struggling to make sense of the twenty-first century, was a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award in Fiction.

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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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