Between the Covers

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

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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.

Today the kitchen, tomorrow the world!

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Thu, 07/03/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Tod Davies talks with Lyn Moelich about her book Jam Today Too: the Revolution Will Not Be Catered

Author and Senior Editor at Exterminating Angel Press, Tod Davies talks with host Lyn Moelich about her latest book  in the Jam Today series Jam Today Too: the Revolution Will Not Be Catered. Like Kate Christensen and Jim Harrison, Davies is a novelist - and amateur cook ---who brings all of her literary talents to the Jam Today series. This book is a rich stew of stories and recipes which entice cooks of every level to tell their own storys through the food they cook. Think MFK Fisher as an anarchist and you've got Tod Davies. Tod Will be speaking at Powell's Books on Hawthorne on July 3rd at 7:30pm.

My Real Children by Jo Walton

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Thu, 06/26/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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My Real Children by Jo Walton

It’s 2015, and Patricia Cowan is very old. “Confused today,” read the notes clipped to the end of her bed. She forgets things she should know—what year it is, major events in the lives of her children. But she remembers things that don't seem possible. She remembers marrying Mark and having four children. And she remembers not marrying Mark and raising three children with Bee instead. She remembers the bomb that killed President Kennedy in 1963, and she remembers Kennedy in 1964, declining to run again after the nuclear exchange that took out Miami and Kiev.  Two lives, two worlds, two versions of modern history; each with their loves and losses, their sorrows and triumphs.

Portland-based author Jason Beem on his first novel "Southbound"

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Thu, 06/19/2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Portland-based author Jason Beem on his first novel "Southbound"

Host Ken Jones talks with Portland-based author Jason Beem about his first novel Southbound. The book follows a recovering gambling addict who, in the wake of losing his job for the summer, and his girlfriend, makes a gambling pilgrimage to the big three Southern California horse racing tracks in search of one last big score. Jason himself is a track announcer at Portland Meadows and a recovering gambling addict, which makes for an interesting combination. He’s also working towards a Masters degree in addiction counseling at Lewis & Clark College.
 

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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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