Between the Covers

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

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Episode Archive

Megan Kruse: Call Me Home

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Thu, 03/12/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Megan Kruse: Call Me Home. Debut novel published by Portland-based Hawthorne Books

Between the Covers welcomes Pacific Northwest writer, Megan Kruse.  Her debut novel, Call Me Home, delineates what occurs within a nuclear family with an abusive father.  How domestic violence can draw a brother and sister closer than twins, compell a daughter to make a glass sandwich for her dad, cause a son to betray his mom for his father's approval, and a mother blame herself for it all.  The freedom and isolation of the American West is dangerous country for abused women, gay sons and emerging daughters.  Violence looms like clouds.  They keep their secrets and wait, for what feels like a lifetime, for their one chance to be free.
 

Get in Trouble with Kelly Link

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Thu, 03/05/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Get in Trouble with Kelly Link

She has been hailed by Michael Chabon as “the most darkly playful voice in American fiction” and by Neil Gaiman as “a national treasure.” Now Kelly Link’s eagerly awaited new collection—her first for adult readers in a decade—proves indelibly that this bewitchingly original writer is among the finest we have.  Hurricanes, astronauts, evil twins, bootleggers, Ouija boards, iguanas, The Wizard of Oz, superheroes, the Pyramids . . . These are just some of the talismans of an imagination as capacious and as full of wonder as that of any writer today.

Binary Star by Sarah Gerard

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Thu, 02/26/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Binary Star by Sarah Gerard
The language of the stars is the language of the body. Like a star, the anorexic burns fuel that isn't replenished; she is held together by her own gravity.  With luminous, lyrical prose, Binary Star is an account of a young woman struggling with anorexia and her long-distance, alcoholic boyfriend.

How Not to Avoid Jet Lag & other tales of travel madness

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Thu, 02/19/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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How Not to Avoid Jet Lag & other tales of travel madness
Host Ken Jones talks with travel writer Joshua Samuel Brown, author of the new book How Not to Avoid Jet Lag & other tales of travel madness. Joshua spent the better part of the first decade of the 21st century roaming around East Asia and writing for a variety of publications, before writing his first book of short stories Vignettes of Taiwan. This book helped land him steady work with Lonely Planet, on whose behalf he journeyed for several years through Asia and Central American before, according to Joshua, going slightly mad and deciding to settle down in Portland, Oregon. Joshua is a two-time recipient of the Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism fellowship at the University of Southern California.

Sarah Van Gelder on "Sustainable Happiness: Live Simply, Live Well, Make a Difference"

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Thu, 02/05/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Sarah Van Gelder on "Sustainable Happiness: Live Simply, Live Well, Make a Difference"

We speak with Sarah Sarah van Gelder, about "Sustainable Happiness: Live Simply, Live Well, Make a Difference," which she edited along with the staff or Yes! Magazine.

With contributions by writers like Annie Leonard, Matthieu Ricard, and Vandana Shiva, SUSTAINABLE HAPPINESS features some of the most insightful and eloquent thinkers we’ve worked with on the meaning, and pursuit, of happiness. What is true happiness if it doesn’t include the happiness of others and the health of a living planet?

The First Bad Man by Miranda July

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Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:00am - 11:45am
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The First Bad Man by Miranda July

“Miranda July's ability to pervert norms while embracing what makes us normal is astounding. Writing in the first person with the frank, odd lilt of an utterly truthful character, she will make you laugh, cringe and recognize yourself in a woman you never planned to be. By the time July tackles motherhood, the book has become a bible. Never has a novel spoken so deeply to my sexuality, my spirituality, my secret self. I know I am not alone.” (Lena Dunham, author of Not That Kind of Girl)

The Rev. Dr. Marilyn Sewell on her memoir, "Raw Faith: Following the Thread"

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Thu, 01/22/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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The Rev. Dr. Marilyn Sewell on her memoir, "Raw Faith: Following the Thread"

Today's guest is the Rev. Dr. Marilyn Sewell, an accomplished Unitarian Universalist minister, and a respected writer, leader, activist, and speaker. She'll discuss her new memoir, "Raw Faith: Following the Thread."

In "Raw Faith: Following the Thread" Marilyn writes about a universal longing — the longing for love and acceptance, the longing for home. 

Marilyn Sewell is also an Adjunct Fellow at the Attic Institute, a literary think tank and visual arts studio in Portland, Oregon that is a haven for writers and artists.  
She is the subject of the award-winning film Raw Faith and contributes regularly to The Huffington Post. She has authored and edited nine books and hosted an online radio show.

Azar Nafisi on "The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books"

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Thu, 01/15/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Azar Nafisi on "The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books"
Bookwaves host Richard Wolinsky speaks with Azar Nafisi, author of "Reading Lolita in Tehran" about her latest book, "The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books." Blending memoir and polemic with close readings of her favorite American novels—"The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn", "Babbitt", and "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter", among others—she invites us to join her as citizens of her “Republic of Imagination,” a country where the villains are conformity and orthodoxy and the only passport to entry is a free mind and a willingness to dream.

Steven Pinker on his latest book, "The Sense of Style"

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Thu, 01/08/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Steven Pinker on his latest book, "The Sense of Style"
Cognitive scientist Steven Pinker discusses his latest book, "The Sense of Style," a style manual for the 21st Century, along with his other books, including "The Better Angels of Our Nature." Hosted by Richard Wolinsky. 

From the series Bookwaves.
An extended 45-minute version of this interview can be found at www.bookwaves.com 

photo credit: Max Gerber

The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison

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Thu, 12/18/2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison
The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison

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Alafair Burke on her latest mystery, "212"

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Thu, 05/06/2010

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. try to piece together Megan's life, they discover a link between the student and a recently murdered real estate agent. With her usual tenacity, Ellie pursues leads that put both her career and her life at risk. Burke expertly weaves real-life headlines into her plot—particularly the Craig's List Killer and the slew of recent political scandals—without ever sacrificing originality.

Sarah Dunant on "Sacred Hearts," a novel of intrigue in a 16th century Italian convent

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Thu, 04/29/2010

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.

Author Susan Douglas discusses "Enlightened Sexism: The Seductive Message that Feminism's Work Is Done"

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Thu, 04/29/2010
Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with Susan Douglas about her new book, Enlightened Sexism: The Seductive Message that Feminism's Work Is Done. Douglas exposes popular images of women in the media as mere fantasies of female power, assuring women and girls that the battle for equality has been won, so there’s nothing wrong with resurrecting sexist stereotypes—all in good fun, of course. She shows that these portrayals not only distract us from the real-world challenges facing women today but also drive a wedge between baby-boom women and their “millennial” daughters.

Susan J. Douglas is the author of Where the Girls Are, The Mommy Myth, and other works of cultural history and criticism. She is the Catherine Neafie Kellogg Professor of Communication Studies and chair of the department at the University of Michigan, where she has taught since 1996. Her work has appeared in The Nation, The Progressive, Ms., The Village Voice, and In These Times. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Novelist Susan Stoner discusses her PDX historical mystery: "Timber Beasts"

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Fri, 04/09/2010
Host Marianne Barisonek interviews Susan Stoner, author of Timber BeastsStoner , general counsel at Portland-headquartered Amalgamated Transit Union Local 757 — worked in her free time to develop a series of historical mysteries set in the Portland of 1902. Now the first published installment is in print, and is garnering favorable reactions from local historians and labor history buffs. Jim Strassmeier, longtime oral historian for the Oregon Historical Society, called it a “unique, genre-crossing novel” that “combines rousing adventure with accurate back-to-the-past details.”

Mystery writer Dana Stabenow: "A Night Too Dark"

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Thu, 04/01/2010

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. 

Chris Bohjalian on his novel: "Secrets of Eden"

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Thu, 03/25/2010

On the March 25, 2010, airing of Between the Covers, host Crystal Leighty interviews Chris Bohjalian, the author of thirteen books, including the new novel, Secrets of Eden, a story of shattered faith, intimate secrets and the delicate exploration of the nature of sacrifice.

Author Audrey Niffenegger on "Her Fearful Symmetry"

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Thu, 03/18/2010

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.

Annie Barrows, co-author of "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society"

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Thu, 03/11/2010

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.

Many years later, when goaded by her book club to write a novel, Mary Ann naturally thought of Guernsey. She chose to write in the epistolary form because, "for some bizarre reason, I thought it would be easier." Several years of work yielded The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which was greeted with avid enthusiasm, first by her family, then by her writing group, and finally by publishers around the world. Sadly, Mary Ann's health began to decline shortly thereafter, and she asked her niece, Annie Barrows, to help her finish the book.

Mary Ann Shaffer was born in Martinsburg, West Virginia, in 1934. Her career included libraries, bookstores, and publishing, but her life-long dream was to "write a book that someone would like enough to publish." Though she did not live to see it, this dream has been realized in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

Annie Barrows, whose career also included libraries, bookstores, and publishing, is the author of the

Ivy and Bean

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The Magic Half

Mentors, Muses and Monsters: Thirty Writers on the People Who Changed Their Lives

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Thu, 03/04/2010

Writer and teacher Elizabeth Benedict talks about "Mentors, Muses and Monsters: Thirty Writers on the People Who Changed Their Lives." She edited the book, which features essays by Elizabeth Benedict * Robert Boyers * Jay Cantor * John Casey * Maud Casey * Christopher Castellani * Alexander Chee * Michael Cunningham * Jonathan Safran Foer * Julia Glass * Mary Gordon * Neil Gordon * Arnon Grunberg * Samantha Hunt * Denis Johnson * Margot Livesey * Dinaw Mengestu * Sigrid Nunez * Joyce Carol Oates * ZZ Packer * Caryl Phillips * Carolyn See * Jim Shepard * Anita Shreve * Jane Smiley * Martha Southgate * Cheryl Strayed * Evelyn Toynton * Lily Tuck * Edmund White

Elizabeth Benedict is the author of five novels, including the bestseller Almost and the National Book Award-shortlisted Slow Dancing, and The Joy of Writing Sex: A Guide for Fiction Writers. She has been a frequent guest on such national programs as NPR’s Fresh Air and All Things Considered, and her work has appeared in outlets including The New York Times, Boston Globe, AARP, Huffington Post, Allure, Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar, Tin House, and Salmagundi. Benedict is currently on the faculty of the Columbia University MFA program and has taught writing at Princeton, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and Swarthmore College. She lives in New York City and Boston.

Kathleen Stephenson hosts.
 

Author Matthew Flaming on "The Kingdom of Ohio," a speculative of science in 1900

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Thu, 02/25/2010

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. The woman is Cheri- Anne Toledo, a beautiful mathematical prodigy whose memories appear to come from another world. They meet seemingly by chance, and initially Peter dismisses her as crazy. But as they are drawn into a tangle of overlapping intrigues, Peter must reexamine Cheri-Anne’s fantastic story. Could it be that she is telling the truth and that she has stumbled onto the most dangerous secret imaginable: the key to traveling through time?  Set against the mazelike streets of New York at the dawn of the mechanical age, Peter and Cheri-Anne find themselves wrestling with the nature of history, technology, and the unfolding of time itself.

Comments

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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