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 06/06/13

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Writer and professor Marivi Soliven on her novel "The Mango Bride"

Host Sarika Mehta interviews Marivi Soliven about her new novel "The Mango Bride." 

"The Mango Bride" is the story of two immigrant Filipinas in California. Banished by her wealthy Filipino family in Manila, Amparo Guerrero travels to Oakland, California, to forge a new life. Although her mother labels her life in exile a diminished one, Amparo believes her struggles are a small price to pay for freedom…

Like Amparo, Beverly Obejas – an impoverished Filipina waitress – forsakes Manila and comes to Oakland as a mail order bride in search of a better life. Yet even in the land of plenty, Beverly fails to find the happiness and prosperity she envisioned.

Between the Covers on 05/30/13

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Stupid Children with Lenore Zion

Jane lived happily with her father until his failed suicide attempt and relocation to a mental hospital forced her into the foster care system.  By chance, Jane is assigned to foster parents involved in the Second Day Believers—a cult focused on the “cleansing” of mental impurities in their children, and the sanctity of the internal organs of farm animals. Jane is quickly initiated into the cult but her father’s lingering voice prevents her from becoming entirely indoctrinated.  Despite Jane’s resistance, she is revered in the cult as the second coming of the late wife of the leader of the Second Day Believers.

Between the Covers on 05/23/13

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Jean Kwok, author of "Girl in Translation"

Host Sarika Mehta interviews best-selling author Jean Kwok, who is best known for her novel Girl in Translation. Jean Kwok visited Portland in April as part of PCC Reads 2012-2013: Girl in Translation.

Jean Kwok immigrated from Hong Kong to Brooklyn when she was five and worked in a Chinatown clothing factory for much of her childhood. She won early admission to Harvard, where she worked as many as four jobs at a time, and graduated with honors in English and American literature, before going on to earn an MFA in fiction at Columbia.

Between the Covers on 05/16/13

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Red Moon by Benjamin Percy
 They live among us.
 They are your neighbor, your mother, your lover.
 They change. 
Every teenage girl thinks she’s different. When government agents kick down Claire Forrester’s front door and murder her parents, Claire realizes just how different she is. Patrick Gamble was nothing special until the day he got on a plane and hours later stepped off it, the only passenger left alive, a hero. President Chase Williams has sworn to protect the people of the United States from the menace in their midst, but is becoming the very thing he has promised to destroy. So far the threat has been controlled by laws and violence and drugs.

Between the Covers on 05/09/13

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Ellen Sussman, author of The Paradise Guest House

Between the Covers welcomes Ellen Sussman, author of the new novel, The Paradise Guest House. 

It starts as a trip to paradise. Sent on assignment to Bali, Jamie, an American adventure guide, is caught in Bali’s infamous nightclub bombings.  One year later, haunted by memories, Jamie returns to Bali seeking a sense of closure. Most of all, she hopes to find Gabe, the man who helped save her. 

The novel explores "what happens when the troubles of the world descend on paradise" and how humans must make peace with the realization that, "There is no paradise.  There is no safety."   

Between the Covers on 05/02/13

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Ali Liebgott on her novel "Cha-Ching!"

Host Jennifer Kemp interviews Ali Liebgott about her new novel, "Cha-Ching!" The story revolves around Theo, a scruffy, big-hearted and quick-witted heroine, who has been delivered luckless into a culture where the winners and losers have already been decided. Her adventures in getting over take her from SF to NYC, from dyke bars to telemarketing outfits, casinos to free clinics. Liebegott tells a story of what it means to be young and broke in America.

Between the Covers on 04/25/13

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Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell

Karen Russell is one of today’s most celebrated and vital writers—honored in The New Yorker’s list of the twenty best writers under the age of forty, Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists, and the National Book Foundation’s five best writers under the age of thirty-five.  Last year, Karen Russell was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in fiction (alongwith David Foster Wallace and Denis Johnson) for her debut novel, Swamplandia!

Between the Covers on 04/18/13

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The Stud Book by Monica Drake

In the hip haven of Portland, Oregon, a pack of unsteady but loyal friends asks what it means to bring babies into an already crowded world. A smart, edgy and poignantly funny exploration of the complexities of what parenthood means today, Monica Drake's second novel, The Stud Book, demonstrates that when it comes to babies, we can learn a lot by considering our place in the animal kingdom. Cheryl Strayed calls The Stud Book a "take your breath away good, blow your mind wise, crack your heart open beauty of a novel. A smart sexy, comic compassionate, absorbing and necessary story of our times."

Between the Covers on 04/11/13

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Spend thirty minutes with Sister Paula

Join Dan Johnson on April 11 @ 11am on Between the Covers when we  meet Portland Icon, Paula Neilsen, aka Sister Paula.

Paula has a new book out titled "Trans Evangilist'... the story of her life.

Paula will talk about her early life while still known as Larry as well as her years in Los Angeles as well as the years she spent working at Darcelle's XV

 

Between the Covers on 04/04/13

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Peter Rock on his new novel "The Shelter Cycle"

Peter Rock, novelist and professor at Reed College, discusses his latest book, "The Shelter Cycle," which dramatizes the experience of a small group of children as they and their families prepare for the end of the world in Montana in 1990. It also focuses on the complicated and surprising interactions of these same individuals, twenty years later, as they try to integrate the lessons of their past with a much different world. This novel does not sensationalize or parody, but attempts to humanize and understand, to follow what seems an extreme collection of beliefs to where they make sense.

Peter Rock is also the author of My Abandonment (2009) The Unsettling (2006) The Bewildered (2005) The Ambidextrist (2002) Carnival Wolves (1998) and This Is the Place (1997).

 

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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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