Between the Covers

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

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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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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni about her new novel, The Palace of Illusions

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Mon, 05/19/2008

 Marianne Barisonek speaks with Chitra Banerjee
Divakaruni about her new novel, The Palace of Illusions, which recasts the
Indian epic Mahabharata from the perspective of Princess Panchaali and offers a
vivid and inventive companion to the renowned poem.

Alexandra Fuller, author of "The Legend of Colton H. Bryant"

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Mon, 05/12/2008

KBOO producer Lisa Loving speaks with author and essayist Alexandra Fuller about oil drilling in the Wyoming wilderness, and the war-like impact the Haliburton Corporation's drilling rigs have on local communities. Fuller's newest work of nonfiction is "The Legend of Colton H. Bryant."

Ursula K. Le Guin

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Mon, 05/05/2008

A special featuring a recent reading by noted Portland author Ursula K. La Guin.  She reads from her new novel, Lavinia, which is based on a secondary character mentioned briefly in Virgil's masterpiece, The Aeneid.  La Guin says she thought it was time that Lavinia got to tell her view of things.

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Samantha Hunt discusses "The Invention of Everything Else"

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Mon, 04/28/2008

Host Kathleen Stephenson interviews Samantha Hunt author of "The Invention of Everything Else" a novel about Nikola Tesla, the ecentric Serbian inventor known for his revolutionary work with electricity and radio.

Marc Acito talks about his newest novel, Attack of the Theater People

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Tue, 04/22/2008

Producer Lisa Loving interviews award-winning novelist and political commentator Marc Acito about his newest comic novel, Attack of the Theater People.

 

Blake Nelson's novel, "Girl"

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Mon, 04/21/2008

Host Ed Goldberg interviews Blake Nelson, author of Girl, a novel of a teenage girl and the agony of high school.

Malcolm Boyd

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Mon, 04/14/2008

Cecil Prescod hosts a special extended interview with gay pioneer Malcolm Boyd, who rips into American culture in his new book, Samuel Joseph for President: Media Politics , Religion, and Race. Boyd is a gay elder, freedom rider, civil rights and anti-war activist. He is also the first openly gay Episcopal priest. His life partner, Mark Thompson, a writer, photographer and former Advocate editor, is also featured in the interview.

Maude Barlow

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Mon, 04/14/2008

Jay Thiemeyer interviews Maude Barlow author of Blue Covenant: the Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water.

Political Books Special

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Mon, 04/07/2008

A Membership Special on Important Thinkers on Cutting Edge Issues. We speak with authors of recent outstanding political books. Guests include Loretta Napoleoni, author of Rogue Economics; Chris Hedges, author of War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning and I Don't Believe in Athiests; Jacob Heilbrun, author of They Knew They Were Right: The Rise of the Neocons; Ibrahim Warde, author of The Price of Fear: The Truth Behind the Financial War on Terror; Maude Barlow on Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water; Kevin Phillips, author of Bad Money: Reckless Finance, Failed Politics, and the Global Crisis of American Capitalism; Hugh Wilford, author of The Mighty Wurlitzer: How the CIA Played America and more.

Gobshite Quarterly Special Unedited

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Mon, 03/31/2008

Host Lisa Loving speaks with RV Brannam, Moira McAuliffe and Channing Dodson, who talk about their newly published compendium of obscenities and insults. It's called How to Curse and Berate in 69+ Languages. Warning: This unedited version of the program contains language we can't use on the radio because of FCC regulations.

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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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