Between the Covers

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

Episode Archive

Parnaz Foroutan on her debut novel "The Girl from the Garden"

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Thu, 08/27/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Parnaz Foroutan on her debut novel "The Girl from the Garden"
Host Sarika Mehta speaks with Parnaz Foroutan, author of the debut novel THE GIRL FROM THE GARDEN, which was longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and named a 2015 selection for the prestigious Indies Introduce Debut Authors program,

Foroutan brings to life the tumult of early 20th century Iran and the complex, tragic history of a wealthy family of Persian Jews. This is an intimate view of a young woman bound by the confines of an oppressive male-dominated society, and of the crisis of inheritance that drives her to dark extremes to save herself and preserve her status within the family.

A Long High Whistle by David Biespiel

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Thu, 08/20/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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A Long High Whistle by David Biespiel

Over the course of ten years, poet and critic David Biespiel published an essay on poetry every month in the Oregonian in what became the longest-running newspaper column on poetry in the United States. Collected for the first time, these enormously popular essays, many of which have been revised and expanded, offer a fresh and refreshing approach to the reading and writing of poetry. With passion, wit, and common sense, they articulate a profound and entertaining statement about the mysteries of poetry and about poetry's essential role in our civic and cultural lives.

Portland Author Ellen Urbani launches Hurricane Katrina-inspired novel, Landfall.

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Thu, 08/13/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Ellen Urbani, author of Landfall

Between the Covers welcomes local author Ellen Urbani on the launch of her debut novel, Landfall, published by Portland-based national publisher Forest Avenue Press.

Music for Wartime by Rebecca Makkai

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Thu, 08/06/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Music for Wartime by Rebecca Makkai

The award-winning writer, Rebecca Makkai, whose stories have appeared in four consecutive editions of The Best American Short Stories, appears on Between The Covers to discuss her much-anticipated story collection bearing her signature mix of intelligence, wit, and heart. A reality show producer manipulates two contestants into falling in love, even as her own relationship falls apart. Just after the fall of the Berlin Wall, a young boy has a revelation about his father’s past when a renowned Romanian violinist plays a concert in their home. When the prized elephant of a traveling circus keels over dead, the small-town minister tasked with burying its remains comes to question his own faith.

The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

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Thu, 07/30/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

Maggie Nelson's The Argonauts is a genre-bending memoir offering fresh, fierce, and timely thinking about desire, identity, and the limitations and possibilities of love and language. At its center is a romance: the story of the author's relationship with the fluidly-gendered artist Harry Dodge, offering a firsthand account of the complexities and joys of (queer) family-making.

Jeff Koehler on his book, "Darjeeling," the Story of How Darjeeling Tea Began

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Thu, 07/23/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Jeff Koehler on his book, "Darjeeling," the Story of How Darjeeling Tea Began

The guest is Jeff Koehler, author of "Darjeeling," the story of how Darjeeling tea began, jump-started the largest tea industry on the globe under imperial British rule, and came to produce the highest-quality tea leaves anywhere in the world – beloved by millions. It is a story rich in people, history, intrigue, and terroir, all set amidst a backdrop of the looming Himalayas and drenching monsoons. But it is also the story of how the industry spiraled into decline by the end of the 20th century, and how this Edenic spot in the high Himalayas seethes with a violent independence struggle.

Jeff Koehler speaks Thursday the 23rd, at 7:30pm  /  Powell's City of Books .
 

The Small Backs of Children by Lidia Yuknavitch

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Thu, 07/16/2015 - 11:00am - 11:50am
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The Small Backs of Children by Lidia Yuknavitch

Walidah Imarisha, Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements

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Thu, 07/09/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Walidah Imarisha, Octavia's Brood: Sci-Fi Stories from Social Justice Movements

Between the Covers welcomes Walidah Imarisha, co-editor and contributing author of Octavia's Brood:  Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements.

Portland writer Justin Hocking on his Memoir, "The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld"

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Thu, 07/02/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Portland writer Justin Hocking on his Memoir, "The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld"

Host Jay Thiemeyer speaks with Portland writer Justin Hocking about his book, The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld, Winner of the 2015 Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction.

Polly Dugan on her new novel "The Sweetheart Deal"

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Thu, 06/25/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Polly Dugan on her new novel "The Sweetheart Deal"

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with Portland writer Polly Dugan about her new novel, The Sweetheart Deal,  It's the story of what happens when a woman who thinks she's lost everything has the chance to love again.  

Polly Dugan s a reader at Tin House magazine. A former employee of Powell's Books, she is an alumna of the Tin House Writer's Workshop. Dugan's first published story, "A Matter of Time," was Line Zero's Spring 2012 Literary Contest Winner, "Masquerades" (as "One At a Time"), was Narrative's Story of the Week (December 2012), and "Kitten Season" was an Honorable Mention Recipient in Glimmer Train's Short Story Award for New Writers (August 2009).

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Diane Wilson about her memoir "Holy Roller: Growing Up In the Church of Knock Down, Drag Out: or How I Quit Loving a Blue-Eyed

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Mon, 12/29/2008

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Code Pink activist Diane Wilson about her memoir Holy Roller: Growing Up In the Church of Knock Down, Drag Out: or How I Quit Loving a Blue-Eyed Jesus. For Diane Wilson, childhood was populated by devils and ghosts, holy and otherwise. Holy Roller: Growing Up in the Church of the Knock Down, Drag Out; Or, How I Quit Loving a Blue-Eyed Jesus describes Wilson’s Pentecostal upbringing in the tiny fishing town of Seadrift, Texas, where residents were ruled by poverty, labor, elaborate religious mores, and corrupt authorities. Despite that potentially oppressive litany, the book is a delight.

Jill Kelly, author of "Sober Truths"

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Mon, 12/22/2008

Host Ed Goldberg interviews local author Jill Kelly, whose memoir of alcoholism and recovery is called Sober Truths: the Making of an Honest Woman. Kelly's demons did not go quietly when she put the bottle down. Loneliness, anxiety, distrust of others-they were all still there. This memoir tells how she has learned to be with those demons and not drink, to let go of the jealous dramas of the past and embrace a new life of peace. Along the way, Kelly reinvents herself, becoming a visual artist, starting a successful business, and developing deep friendships and a satisfying spiritual life.

Kim Barnes, author of "A Country Called Home"

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Mon, 12/15/2008

Host Marianne Barisonek interviews Idaho writer Kim Barnes about A Country Called Home, which tells the story of the fallout that occurs when one man checks out of his life and another checks in. Barnes is the author of the acclaimed memoir In the Wilderness set in the great forests of Idaho, where geography and isolation shape love and family. In this novel, she returns to this territory, with a tale of hope and idealism, faith and madness.
The novel is set in 1960, when the main characters abandon a guaranteed future in upper-crust Connecticut and take off for a utopian adventure in the Idaho wilderness. The sudden, frightening birth of a daughter changes something deep inside their marriage. In the aftermath of a tragic accident suspicion, anger, and regret come to haunt this shattered family.
 

Kathleen Norrisauthor of the memoir "Acedia and Me: A Marriage, Monks and a Writer's Life"

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Mon, 12/08/2008

Kathleen Stephenson interviews Kathleen Norris, author of the memoir Acedia and Me: A Marriage, Monks and a Writer's Life.  Acedia is an ancient term meaning soul weariness. Kathleen Norris is an award-winning poet, writer, and author of the New York Times bestsellers The Cloister Walk and AmazingGrace: A Vocablualry of Faith. Norris has been in residence twice at the Collegeville Institute at St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota, and is an oblate of Assumption Abbey in North Dakota.

Russell Shorto, author of "Descartes' Bones"

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Mon, 12/01/2008

Host Ed Goldberg speaks with Russell Shorto, author of Descartes' Bones. a true story of how the philosopher's remains became a political relic. Russell Shorto is the author of a book on the Dutch origins of New York City: The Island at the Center of the World. He often writes for The New York Times Magazine and GQ.

David Shields on "The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead"

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Mon, 11/24/2008

Host Ed Goldberg interviews David Shields, author of The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead, a meditation on life, living and contemplating death. David Shields is the author of eight books, including Black Planet: Facing Race During an NBA Season, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Remote: Reflections on Life in the Shadow of Celebrity, winner of the PEN/Revson Award; and Dead Languages: A Novel, winner of the Governor's Writers Award. His essays and stories have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Harper's, Yale Review, Village Voice, Salon, Slate, McSweeney's, and Utne Reader; he's written reviews for the New York Times Book Review, Los Angeles Times Book Review, Boston Globe, and Philadelphia Inquirer.

Salman Rushdie, award winning author

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Mon, 11/17/2008

Host Jim Schumock presents a special extended interview with Booker Prize winner Salman Rushdie, whose latest book is The Enchantress of Florence: A Novel.  In the book, a tall, yellow-haired, young European traveler calling himself “Mogor dell’Amore,” the Mughal of Love, arrives at the court of the Emperor Akbar, lord of the great Mughal empire, with a tale to tell that begins to obsess the imperial capital, a tale about a mysterious woman, a great beauty believed to possess powers of enchantment and sorcery, and her impossible journey to the far-off city of Florence.

The Enchantress of Florence
is the story of a woman attempting to command her own destiny in a man’s world. It is the story of two cities, unknown to each other, at the height of their powers–the hedonistic Mughal capital, in which the brilliant Akbar the Great wrestles daily with questions of belief, desire, and the treachery of his sons, and the equally sensual city of Florence during the High Renaissance, where Niccolò Machiavelli takes a starring role as he learns, the hard way, about the true brutality of power.

About the Author
Salman Rushdie is the author of nine previous novels: Grimus; Midnight’s Children (which was awarded the Booker Prize in 1981 and, in 1993, was judged to be the “Booker of Bookers,” the best novel to have won that prize in its first twenty-five years); Shame (winner of the French Prix de Meilleur Livre Etranger); The Satanic Verses (winner of the Whitbread Prize for Best Novel); Haroun and the Sea of Stories (winner of the Writers Guild Award); The Moor’s Last Sigh (winner of the Whitbread Prize for Best Novel); The Ground Beneath Her Feet (winner of the Eurasian section of the Commonwealth Prize); Fury (a New York Times Notable Book); and Shalimar the Clown (a Time Book of the Year). He is also the author of a book of stories, East, West, and three works of nonfiction– Imaginary Homelands, The Jaguar Smile, and The Wizard of Oz. He is co-editor of Mirrorwork, an anthology of contemporary Indian writing.

Jennie Shortridge, author of "Love and Biology at the Center of the Universe"

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Mon, 11/10/2008

Ed Goldberg hosts.  His guest is Jennie Shortridge, local author of Love and Biology at the Center of the Universe a novel about a woman's midlife crisis.

Richelle Mead author of "Succubus Dreams"

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Mon, 11/03/2008

Host Ed Goldberg interviews Richelle Mead, author of Succubus Dreams, an urban fantasy of supernatural beings in modern Seattle. Also this AM an Election Day report from Free Speech Radio News.

Joseph O'Neill, author of "Netherland"

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Mon, 10/27/2008

Host Jim Schumock interviews Joseph O'Neill, author of "Netherland," a wonderful book about nothing.

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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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