Between the Covers

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

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Cliff Ashpaugh on his debut novel "Josh's Wall"
All Our Names by Dinaw Mengestu
 

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Between the Covers on 03/28/13

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Fast Times in Palestine-with author Pamela Olson
Pamela Olson who served as foreign press coordinator for Palestinian presidential hopeful Dr Bargouthi in 2004-5, talks about her new book "Fast Times in Palestine-A Love Affair with a Homeless Homeland" with local BDS activist and KBOO Programmer Sarah Farahat on a special Membership Drive edition of Between the Covers.  Pamela heads to the Hawthorne Powell's Thursday night at 7:30pm to read from her recently published political travelogue.  

Between the Covers on 03/21/13

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Calvin Trillin on his book "Dogfight: The 2012 Presidential Campaign in Verse"

Host Justin Miller interviews Calvin Trillin, The Nation's "deadline poet." He has been acclaimed in fields of writing that are remarkably diverse. As someone who has published solidly reported pieces in The New Yorker for forty years, he has been called "perhaps the finest reporter in America." His wry commentary on the American scene and his books chronicling his adventures as a "happy eater" have earned him renown as "a classic American humorist."

Between the Covers on 03/14/13

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The Fun Parts by Sam Lipsyte

A hilarious collection of stories from the writer The New York Times called “the novelist of his generation”   Returning to the form in which he began, Sam Lipsyte, author of the New York Times bestseller The Ask, offers up The Fun Parts, a book of bold, hilarious, and deeply felt fiction. Combining both the tragicomic dazzle of his beloved novels and the compressed vitality of his classic debut collection, The Fun Parts is Lipsyte at his best—an exploration of new voices and vistas from a writer Time magazine has said “everyone should read.”

Between the Covers on 03/07/13

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Oregon writer Barbara Corrado Pope on "The Missing Italian Girl"

Barbara Corrado Pope, author of the Bernard Martin Mystery Series, talks about her new novel, "The Missing Italian Girl: A Mystery in Paris," which explores the struggles of working class girls to overcome poverty and the danger of sexual abuse in turn-of the centruy France. 

Between the Covers on 02/28/13

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Ayana Mathis on "The Twelve Tribes of Hattie"

Ayana Mathis, author of the best-selling novel "The Twelve Tribes of Hattie" about an African-American family in Philadelphia, talks about her work and career with host Richard Wolinsky. Ayana Mathis is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is a recipient of the Michener-Copernicus Fellowship. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie is her first novel. From the series Bookwaves

Between the Covers on 02/21/13

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Writer Erica Bauermeister on her novel "The Lost Art of Mixing"

Host Dan Johnson speaks with Erica Bauermeister about her new book "The Lost Art of Mixing," a sequel to "The School of Essential Ingredients." In the novel Lillian and her restaurant draw people together. Characters include Al, the accountant who finds meaning in numbers and ritual; Chloe, a budding chef who hasn't learned to trust after heartbreak; Finnegan, quiet and steady as a tree, who can disappear into the background despite his massive height; Louise, Al's wife, whose anger simmers just below the boiling point; and Isabelle, whose memories are slowly slipping from her grasp. And there's Lillian herself, whose life has taken a turn she didn't expect. Erica Bauermeister is also the author of the novel "Joy For Beginners."

Between the Covers on 02/14/13

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Tenth of December by George Saunders

"George Saunders Has Written the Best Book You'll Read All Year," declared the cover of the New York Times Magazine several weeks ago. Since then the world has rushed to agree that Saunders' new story collection, Tenth of December, is a remarkable literary achievement. George Saunders joins host David Naimon to discuss his work.

Between the Covers on 02/07/13

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Local author Caroline Miller on her new novel "Trompe l’Oeil"

Host Don Merrill interviews local author Caroline Miller about her new novel "Trompe l’Oeil," which asks readers, “Is this real…or some trick of the eye?" All is well until a series of disturbing dreams, deathly premonitions and sinister characters start to invade the pastoral scene. Suspense builds as the reader tries to decipher what is real and what is illusion.

Between the Covers on 01/24/13

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Luis Alberto Urrea on his novel about the life of his great aunt, Teresa Urrea

Luis Alberto Urrea, author of "The Hummingbird's Daughter" and "Queen of America" (just out in trade paper) discusses this two-volume novel about the life of his great aunt, Teresa Urrea, known as the Joan of Arc of Mexico. He is interviewed by Richard Wolinsky.

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Between the Covers on 01/17/13

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Fiction writer Terry Bisson talks about his new novel "Any Day Now," his life and his work.

Terry Bisson, author of the novel "Any Day Now" and other novels and short stories talks about his long career as a writer with host Richard Wolinsky. (From the series Bookwaves)

Bisson says "My new novel Any Day Now is not exactly science fiction; and not exactly not. It's an alternate history of 1968 that begins in the 1950s and about which John Crowley was kind enough to say, "If you were there then, this is where you were." 

http://www.terrybisson.com/

 

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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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