Between the Covers

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

Episode Archive

The Never-Open Desert Diner by James Anderson

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Thu, 06/18/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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The Never-Open Desert Diner by James Anderson
Host Ken Jones talks with author James Anderson, a native of the Pacific Northwest, born in Seattle, raised in Portland, and a graduate of Reed College. He founded Breitenbush Books, a small publishing company based in Portland, and ran it from 1976 to 1991. In addition to writing and publishing, James has worked as a logger, commercial fisherman, car salesman, and truck driver. He’s in the studio today to talk about his debut novel The Never-Open Desert Diner, which the New York Times called “a wondrously strange first novel.”

Stacy Wakefield on her novel "The Sunshine Crust Baking Factory"

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Thu, 06/11/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Stacy Wakefield on her novel "The Sunshine Crust Baking Factory"

Host Lisa Loving speaks with Stacy Wakefield about her novel, "The Sunshine Crust Baking Factory."

Sid arrives in New York City in 1995 eager to join the anarchist squatting scene. She's got a tattoo, she listens to the right bands . . . so why would she get a job and rent some tiny shoe-box apartment when she could take over a whole building with a gang of wild young pirates? But the Lower East Side is changing; there are no more empty buildings, the squats are cliquey and full.

Mary Ruefle

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Thu, 06/04/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Mary Ruefle

When Portland State University and Tin House brought Mary Ruefle to Portland for a reading and lecture, David Naimon sat down with the beloved and criticallly-acclaimed poet and essayist to talk about her approach to art, the questions she comes back to, and the artists that influence her.  Ruefle is the author of 14 books, including 12 volumes of poetry, a book of prose, and a collection of lectures, Madness, Rack, and Honey, which was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. She has won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Guggenheim Foundation, and a Whiting Writer’s Award, among other honors.

Cole Cohen on her Memoir, "Head Case: My Brain and Other Wonders"

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Thu, 05/28/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Cole Cohen on her Memoir, "Head Case: My Brain and Other Wonders"
Host Lisa Loving speaks with Cole Cohen about her new book, "Head Case: My Brain and Other Wonders", a memoir about her struggle to make her way and set up a life after doctors discovered a hole in her brain the size of a lemon.

For as long as she can remember, Cole Cohen struggled with a series of learning disabilities that make it nearly impossible to judge time and space.
At twenty-six-years-old she submits herself to a battery of tests in an attempt to finally get to the bottom of her struggles. Doctors find a hole they cannot explain. She discovers firsthand how best to navigate the peculiar, remarkable world that she lives in. 

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

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Thu, 05/21/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Anathem, Reamde, and Cryptonomicon comes an exciting and thought-provoking science fiction epic—a grand story of annihilation and survival spanning five thousand years. A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space.

Between the Covers on 05/14/15

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Between the Covers
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Thu, 05/14/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Features interviews with locally and nationally known authors of both fiction and non-fiction.

Sharon Wood Wortman on "The Big & Awesome Bridges of Portland & Vancouver"

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Thu, 05/07/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Sharon Wood Wortman on "The Big & Awesome Bridges of Portland & Vancouver"

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with the founder of the Between the Covers program, Sharon Wood Wortman, about The Big & Awesome Bridges of Portland & Vancouver—A Book for Young Readers and Their Teachers.

Sharon is a poet-performer, playwright, and author of three editions of The Portland Bridge Book, the last two editions with Ed Wortman.  In 1991 she originated bridge walks for Portland Parks & Outdoor Recreation.  Later she performed BridgeStories—A Storytelling Slide Show across Oregon.

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

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Thu, 04/30/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

A gripping spy novel, an astute exploration of extreme politics, and a moving love story, The Sympathizer explores a life between two worlds and examines the legacy of the Vietnam War in literature, film, and the wars we fight today. It is April 1975, and Saigon is in chaos. At his villa, a general of the South Vietnamese army is drinking whiskey and, with the help of his trusted captain, drawing up a list of those who will be given passage aboard the last flights out of the country. The general and his compatriots start a new life in Los Angeles, unaware that one among their number, the captain, is secretly observing and reporting on the group to a higher-up in the Viet Cong.

Induced Coma by Harold Jaffe

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Thu, 04/23/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Induced Coma by Harold Jaffe
Host Ken Jones talks with Harold Jaffe, author of 22 volumes of fiction, novels, docu-fiction, and essays, most recently Induced Coma: 50 & 100 Word Stories and Anti-Twitter: 150 50-Word Stories. His books have been translated into 15 languages, including German, Japanese, Spanish, Italian, French, Turkish, Dutch, Czech, and Serbo-Croatian. Jaffe is also editor-in-chief of the literary journal Fiction International, and a Professor of Creative Writing and Literature at San Diego State University.

Marian Palaia on Her Novel, "The Given World"

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Thu, 04/16/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Marian Palaia on her Novel, "The Given World"
Writer Marian Palaia talks about her new novel THE GIVEN WORLD, which has received rave reviews from the likes of Lorrie Moore, Karen Joy Fowler, Robert Olen Butler.
Spanning twenty-five years, THE GIVEN WORLD moves from Montana to Saigon as it tells the story of a young woman whose life is haunted by her brother's disappearance in Vietnam. Palaia, a first time author at sixty, begins the break in our society created by the Vietnam War and works her way deep into the aftermath -- its impact on one person, on one family, on one country. 

Marian Palaia reads from THE GIVEN WORLD Thursday, April 16th, at Powell's on Hawthorne. 

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Patricia Santana, author of "Ghosts of El Grullo"

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Mon, 07/07/2008

Crystal Leighty interviews Patricia Santana, author of Ghosts of El Grullo, in which ayoung woman
struggles to find an identity of her own within her Mexican-American community
while uncovering the secrets left behind by her recently deceased mother.

 

Alexandra Fuller about “The Legend of Colton H. Bryant"

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Mon, 07/07/2008

 

Lisa Loving speaks with Alexandra Fuller about “The
Legend of Colton H. Bryant," which tells the story of the tragically short.

Zoe Ferraris, author of the novel, "Finding Nouf"

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Mon, 06/30/2008

Marianne Barisonek interviews Zoe Ferraris, author of the
novel, Finding Nouf, a literary mystery set in Saudi Arabia, dealing
with young men and women trying to balance tradition and exposure to Western
culture

 

ELIZABETH STROUT, AUTHOR OF “OLIVE KITTERIDGE”

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Mon, 06/23/2008

Host Ed Goldberg interviewsElizabeth Strout,
author of Olive Kitteridge,” a novel told in connected stories
of small-town life in Maine. 

Tobias Wolff

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Mon, 06/16/2008

Host Jim Schumock presents an extended interview with Tobias Wolff. His latest book is Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories, which
contains 10 new stories collected with 21 stories from Wolf's previous
collections. Wolff is also the author of two widely praised memoirs, This Boy's Life and In Pharoah's Army.

Wolff is Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences at
Stanford University, where he has taught classes in English and
creative writing since 1997. 

 

Lisa Loving interviews David Sirota on his book, The Uprising: An Unauthorized Tour of the Populist Revolt

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Thu, 06/12/2008

Lisa Loving interviews David Sirota on his newest book, The Uprising: An Unauthorized Tour of the Populist Revolt Scaring Wall Street and Washington.

Author, Mary Doria Russell

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Mon, 06/09/2008

Host Ed Goldberg interviews writer Mary Doria Russell, author of Dreamers of the Day, a historical novel of a midwestern woman present at the birth of the modern Middle East. 

 

Novelist Jane Smiley

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Mon, 06/02/2008

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist Jane Smiley. Her best seller A Thousand Acres was made into a movie by the same name. In her latest novel, Ten Days in the Hills,
a group of family, friends, lovers, former lovers and future lovers
gathers in the Pacific Palisades just as the 2003 invasion of Iraq
begins.  

 

Novelist Manil Suri

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Mon, 05/26/2008

Jim Schumock interviews Manil Suri about his second novel The Age of Shiva.

Elisa Albert, about her debut novel, THE BOOK OF DAHLIA

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Mon, 05/19/2008

 

Crystal Leighty speaks with Elisa Albert, about her debut novel, THE BOOK OF DAHLIA, which features a 29 year old anti-heroine.

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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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