Between the Covers

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

Coming Soon

Kate Gray, Carry the Sky. Debut novel by Portland-based poet & community college instructor
Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
 

Episode Archive

Richard Flanagan on his latest novel "The Narrow Road to the Deep North"

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Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Richard Flanagan on his latest novel "The Narrow Road to the Deep North"
Tasmanian writer Richard Flanagan discusses his latest novel, "The Narrow Road to the Deep North," short listed for the Mann Booker Prize, as well as his career, with host Richard Wolinsky.
"The Narrow Road to the Deep North" is set in 1943 in the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma Death Railway, 

From the series "Bookwaves"

Sherwood Nation by Ben Parzybok

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Thu, 09/11/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Sherwood Nation by Ben Parzybok

In drought-stricken Portland, Oregon, a Robin Hood-esque water thief is caught on camera redistributing an illegal truckload of water to those in need. Nicknamed Maid Marian—real name: Renee, a twenty-something barista and eternal part-time college student—she is an instant folk hero. Renee rides her swelling popularity and the public's disgust at how the city has abandoned its people, raises an army . . . and secedes a quarter of the city.  Even as Maid Marian and her compatriots build their community one neighbor at a time, they are making powerful enemies amongst the city government and the National Guard.

Christina Nichol on her novel "Waiting for the Electricity"

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Thu, 09/04/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Christina Nichol on her novel "Waiting for the Electricity"
The guest is Christina Nichol, author of the new novel "Waiting for the Electricity," 
a unique comedic novel set in post-Soviet Georgia. 

Christina Nichol won the 2012 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award. Nichol grew up in the Bay Area and studied at the University of Oregon and received her MFA from the University of Florida. She has travelled widely, worked for nonprofit film companies, and taught English in India, South Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and, of course, Georgia.

California by Edan Lepucki

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Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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California by Edan Lepucki

Between the Covers welcomes Edan Lepucki, author of the debut novel, California. 

The novel became a publishing phenomenon after it was recommended by author Sherman Alexie on The Colbert Report on June 4, 2014.  In a conversation about the current Amazon vs. Hachette corporate publishing dispute, Steven Colbert encouraged readers to purchase the novel directly from Portland's local Powell's Books.  The plug caused a media sensation and the novel debuted at #3 on the New York Times bestseller list. (Colbert Show link below.)

Sleep Donation by Karen Russell

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Thu, 08/14/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Sleep Donation by Karen Russell

A crisis has swept America. Hundreds of thousands have lost the ability to sleep. Enter the Slumber Corps, an organization that urges healthy dreamers to donate sleep to an insomniac. Under the wealthy and enigmatic Storch brothers the Corps’ reach has grown, with outposts in every major US city. Trish Edgewater, whose sister Dori was one of the first victims of the lethal insomnia, has spent the past seven years recruiting for the Corps. But Trish’s faith in the organization and in her own motives begins to falter when she is confronted by “Baby A,” the first universal sleep donor, and the mysterious “Donor Y.”

Interview with William T. Vollmann

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Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Interview with William T. Vollmann
Host Ken Jones talks with William T. Vollmann. the author of nine novels, three collections of short fiction, a memoir, and six works of non-fiction, including the seven-volume treatise on violence, Rising Up and Rising Down. Vollmann won the 2005 National Book Award for Fiction for his novel Europe Central. His latest work is a collection of supernatural tales, Last Stories and Other Stories.

All Our Names by Dinaw Mengestu

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Thu, 07/31/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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All Our Names by Dinaw Mengestu

From acclaimed author Dinaw Mengestu, a recipient of the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 award, The New Yorker’s 20 Under 40 award, and a 2012 MacArthur Foundation genius grant, comes an unforgettable love story about a searing affair between an American woman and an African man in 1970s America and an unflinching novel about the fragmentation of lives that straddle countries and histories. 

Cliff Ashpaugh on his debut novel "Josh's Wall"

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Thu, 07/24/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Cliff Ashpaugh on his debut novel "Josh's Wall"

Cliff Ashpaugh talks about his debut novella, JOSH’S WALL (Spout Hill Press; July 2014). Set in the early 1960s in the wilds of San Gabriel Valley, it’s a coming-of-age story about a boy who wakes up to a world of bullies, liars, and strangers—including himself.

At age six, Joshua Crass is reborn—after nearly dying from an allergic reaction to penicillin. Struggling with lingering anemia and amnesia, he leaves the hospital with three people—Mom, Dad, and brother Sammy—who might as well be Martians. Apart from his beloved Nanny (the only family member he remembers), Josh feels like an orphan in his own home. 

Smith Henderson on his novel "Fourth of July Creek"

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Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Smith Henderson on his novel "Fourth of July Creek"

Host Jay Thiemeyer speaks with Smith Henderson about his novel "Fourth of July Creek."  Henderson explores the complexities of freedom, community, grace, suspicion and anarchy, depicting our nation's disquieting and violent contradictions.

Smith Henderson is the recipient of the 2011 PEN Emerging Writers Award in fiction. He was a Philip Roth Resident in Creative Writing at Bucknell University, a Pushcart Prize winner, and a fellow at the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, Texas. Born and raised in Montana, he now lives in Portland, Oregon.

Local Author Polly Dugan: So Much a Part of You

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Thu, 07/10/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Local Author Polly Dugan: So Much a Part of You

Between the Covers welcomes local author, Polly Dugan, in conversation about her debut short story collection, So Much a Part of You.

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Portland novelist Bill Cameron on "Chasing Smoke"

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Thu, 02/04/2010

 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.

Interview with Memoirist Mary Karr on Lit

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Thu, 01/28/2010

Host Laura McCandlish interviews acclaimed memoirist and poet Mary Karr, author of the bestselling The Liar's Club about her hardscrabble East Texas childhood and Cherry, her drug-laced, angst-filled coming of age story. With her characteristic dry wit, Karr now returns with Lit. In the searing yet hilarious memoir, Karr descends into alcoholism and madness as a young mother and struggling poet, only to be saved by an unlikely faith. In December, Lit made The New York Times' "The 10 Best Books of 2009" list.

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John Irving on his latest novel: "Last Night in Twisted River"

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Thu, 01/14/2010

Host Jim Schumock speaks with John Irving, noted author of such novels as The World According to GarpCider-House Rules, and The Hotel New Hampshire. His latest novel, Last Night in Twisted River, is the story of a father and son on the run after a tragic accident. The novel has many autobiographical elements. 

Novelist Piers Paul Read: "The Death of a Pope"

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Thu, 01/07/2010

Host Ed Goldberg interviews British writer Piers Paul Read, author of The Death of a Pope, a thriller involving the politics of The Vatican and liberation theology. 

Stuart Archer Cohen, author of "The Army of the Republic"

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Thu, 12/10/2009

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.

 

Selden Edwards: "The Little Book"

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Thu, 11/12/2009

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.

Thomas H Greco, Jr.: "The End of Money and the Future of Civilization"

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Thu, 10/29/2009

Stephanie Potter interviews community economist Thomas H. Greco, Jr. about his most recent book The End of Money and the Future of Civilization.  Greco will also speak in Portland, Monday, Nov 2 at 7 pm at the First Unitarian Church, 1011 SW 12th. (Co-Sponsored by the Community Exchange Network of Portland and Bright Neighbor.)   Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy:   “Maybe you've noticed a slight bit of turmoil in our national and global financial system? This book cuts to the very core of the trouble--and points toward several pathways toward that might allow us to slowly climb out of the pit into which we've stumbled.”  An authority on the subject of monetary systems, Greco is one of the world’s leading experts in describing alternative or complementary currencies, self-regulating systems  that facilitate “reciprocal exchange” without the use of government legal tender.  His website is http://www.reinventingmoney.com/  

Melissa Hart: "Gringa: A Contradictory Girlhood"

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Thu, 10/22/2009

Host Crystal Leighty speaks with author Melissa Hart about her new memoir, Gringa: A Contradictory Girlhood.  “You can’t grow up parented by two women. It’s unnatural.”  This is the rationale that allows Melissa Hart’s father to take custody of his three young children. Hart tells the story of enforced separation from her mother and the comfort she takes in Latino culture as she attempts to establish her identity in two increasingly divergent worlds."Gringa is a tender and smart memoir that brings vivid context to the coming-of-age journey after a parent comes out of the closet."--Abigail Garner, author of Families Like Mine: Children of Gay Parents Tell It Like It Is

Lyn Moelich interviews Tod Davies

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Thu, 09/10/2009

      Lyn Moelich interviews screenwriter, producer, teacher and obcessive cook Tod Davies about her new book Jam Today (a dairy of cooking with what you've got).

Heather Sharfeddin, Author of Windless Summer, a novel of a small town in the Columbia Gorge

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Thu, 09/03/2009

 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.

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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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