Between the Covers

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

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Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
The Peripheral by William Gibson
 

Episode Archive

Between the Covers on 08/04/11

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Portland author Martha Shelley on her novel about Jezebel

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Portlander Martha Shelley, feminist, gay activist and author, about her The Throne in the Heart of the Sea and about her decades-long interest in Jezebel, a Phoenician princess who became the Queen of Israel.

Martha Shelley is a prolific writer on the intersection of women’s issues, politics and religion. She has spent the last few years researching the historical and religious role of women in the Bible to better understand today’s controversies created by the efforts for a more inclusive and powerful role for women in society and religious life.

Between the Covers on 07/28/11

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Laura Fraser on her travel memoir "All Over the Map"

Host Natalie Butto speaks with San Francisco-based journalist Laura Fraser, whose latest book is "All Over the Map," a travel memoir in which the author searches for answers on several different continents. The book is a follow-up to the bestselling "An Italian Affair."

Fraser's first book, "Losing It: America’s Obsession with Weight and the Industry that Feeds on It," was an award-winning exposé of the diet industry.

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Between the Covers on 07/21/11

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Science fiction and fantasy writer China Mieville

Science fiction and fantasy writer China Mieville has won nearly every award in the genre and has caught the attention of mainstream publications from the New York Times to the Guardian with the depth of his imagination and the height of his erudition. David Naimon interviews him about his new, much anticipated, book "Embassytown," a book Ursula Le Guin describes as follows: "Embassytown is a fully achieved work of art…Works on every level, providing compulsive narrative, splendid intellectual rigour and risk, moral sophistication, fine verbal fireworks and sideshows, and even the old-fashioned satisfaction of watching a protagonist become more of a person than she gave promise of being.”

Between the Covers on 07/14/11

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Thu, 07/14/2011 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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A woman spends years believing her world is safe and secure then...

Meet Celia, a wife, mother and book editor from Portland, Oregon that discovers quickly how a week's vacation in Mexico turns her life upside down.

Now meet Audrey Braun, author of "A Small Fortune" Audrey has created a thriller that includes all the fixings for a great summer read. It all starts with deception, then turns to kidnapping, follow that up with murder and finally a trip to Switzerland ... what more could you want?

Not only is this a book you will want to pick up, learn how Audrey was able to turn her first book into a three book deal with AmazonEncore.

Dan Johnson interviews Audrey Braun on Between the Covers, July 14th. 11am to 11:30am .

Between the Covers on 07/07/11

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Cara Black on "Murder in Passy"

Host Ed Goldberg speaks with Cara Black, author of "Murder in Passy," the latest in her popular series of detective novels set in Paris and featuring Aimee Leduc.

In her books Cara Black features a Paris little known outside the tourist track. In real life she lives in San Francisco where she is a San Francisco Library Laureate and a member of the Paris Societe Historique in the Marais. She is included in the "Great Women Mystery Writers," by Elizabeth Lindsay.

Between the Covers on 06/30/11

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Cary Groner on his novel "Exiles"

Former Portlander Cary Groner talks about his novel "Exiles," the story of an American volunteer doctor and his teenage daughter whose lives are irrevocably changed when they move to Kathmandu and find themselves in the midst of civil war.

Cary Groner studied Buddhist meditation and philosophy with the late Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, and continues to spend several weeks a year in meditation retreat when possible. In 2009, he received his MFA in fiction writing from the University of Arizona. His short stories have won numerous awards. His story “Elaborate Preparations for Departure” won the Glimmer Train fiction open and was published in the summer 2010 issue.

Cary Groner speaks on Thursday the 30th at 7:30pm at Powell's on Hawthorne

Between the Covers on 06/30/11

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Thu, 06/30/2011 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Portland writer Scott Sparling on his debut novel, Wire to Wire

Host David Naimon interviews Portland writer Scott Sparling about his debut novel, Wire to Wire, from Tin House Books.

Between the Covers on 06/23/11

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Thu, 06/23/2011 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Daniel Orozco, author of the story collection "Orientation"

Those who read a lot of short stories have probably read a few by Daniel Orozco. Yet he hasn't had a collection published until now. He has the ingredients of a fine writer -- a healthy imagination for characters, a skill at spinning a tale, and a command of the language that should make most people jealous. He'll talk with us about how he writes, the status of the short story today, whether it's possible to teach creative writing, and he'll read from two stories that are so different you won't believe they were written by the same man.

Between the Covers on 06/16/11

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Portland writer Trevor Richardson about his novel "American Bastards"

In part two of today's Between the Covers host Ed Goldberg speaks with Portland writer Trevor Richardson about his debut novel "American Bastards," a surreal novel of self-discovery and hipster culture. In this novel a number of dead rock stars try to save the world, a hitchhiking Uncle Sam heads to Hollywood, New York City is invaded by the restless dead, and more. We are the bastard children of the American Dream.

http://www.seahorserodeofolkrevival.com/Trevor-Richardson.html

Between the Covers on 06/16/11

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A horrible murder in 1897 sets the stage for an all out media war

What do  you have when there is a dead body floating near a pier, open warfare between Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst and a cast of characters that add to the mystery of "The Murder of the Century"?

Dan Johnson interviews Portland writer, Paul Collins, about his latest thriller, a small book that packs a big punch. 

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Hot Pink: An Interview With Author Adam Levin

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Thu, 06/14/2012

Adam Levin’s debut novel, The Instructions, published by McSweeney’s in 2010, arrived with a lot of buzz. An inventive, experimental book of over one thousand pages, its protagonist was Gurion ben-Judah Maccabee, a 10 year old genius from Chicago, who may or may not be the Jewish Messiah. Levin’s short stories have appeared in Tin House, McSweeney’s and Esquire. He was the winner of the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award and the 2004 Joyce Carol Oates Fiction Prize among others. He lives in Chicago where he teaches Creative Writing at the School of the Art Institute and talks today, with host David Naimon, about his much anticipated follow-up to The Instructions, his short story collection, Hot Pink.

"From walls that ooze unnameable, unidentifiable gel, through makers of children's dolls designed to mimic the stages of digestive health, to old widowers in retirement looking back over their marriages, Levin manages to find the pathos and humor in living an 'ordinary' existence. Enter his world if you dare!"
The Jewish Times

"Levin has a gift for voice, for creating enticing narrators. Whether it's the elderly, dirty-minded Jewish men of 'The Extra Mile' or the adolescent Italian-American toughs of 'Finch' and the white working-class boys of 'Hot Pink,' these are stories that grab the ear first.”
The LA Times

Rain Dragon by Jon Raymond

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Thu, 05/24/2012

 

Host David Naimon talks with Portland author, Jon Raymond, about his new novel Rain Dragon.

Raymond is the author of the novel Half-life, and the short story collection, Livability, which won the Oregon Book Award and contained two stories that became the critically acclaimed movies Old Joy andWendy & Lucy. Jon Raymond was also the screenwriter for the film Meek's Cutoff, and for the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce starring Kate Winslet.

Rain Dragon follows a couple who leave the rat race in L.A. to work on an organic farm in Oregon. "Raymond expertly captures the emotions of personal growth and inner turmoil while bringing the Oregon setting to life with descriptive language reminiscent of that in his first novel, The Half Life (2004). Deep characters offset by a light tone make this work about dreams and realities an enjoyable read.”—Booklist

 

Portland author Ruth Tenzer Feldman on her novel "Blue Thread"

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Thu, 05/24/2012

Host Jennifer Kemp speaks with local author Ruth Tenzer Feldman about her book "Blue Thread." It's 1912. Sixteen-year-old Miriam Josefsohn is groomed for the life of a socialite, but dreams of working in the family print shop. When her father refuses to train her as his replacement, Miriam decides to take control of her life and devotes herself to women's suffrage at the height of the Oregon campaign. In the process, she meets the mysterious Serakh, who inquires about a special shawl with a single blue thread. Miriam discovers that this family heirloom, her great-grandmother's prayer shawl, is capable of transporting her thousands of years into the past, where she is introduced to the daughters of Zelophehad and their ancient struggle for women's rights. With Serakh as her guide, Miriam embarks on a journey to alter the past, but will she have the courage to fight for her own future?

Portland writer Ruth Tenzer Feldman is an award-winning author of books and articles, mainly for children and young adults. She has been an attorney, editor, research analyst, ticket seller, and keypunch operator. Her 10 nonfiction books focus on history and biography, while her articles range from leeches to Einstein’s refrigerator.

A Celebration of the Best Books of the Last Year

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Thu, 05/03/2012

Jim Schumock hosts a "Best Books Special," featuring reviews of some of the best fiction and nonfiction books of the last year with guests Will Peters of Anni Bloom's Books and Sally McPherson of Broadway Books. There will be many literary thank you gifts for listeners who become KBOO members during the show, including a signed first edition of "Fight Club," by Chuck Palahniuk.

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Thu, 04/19/2012

Dan Johnson interview Chana Wilson, author of "Riding Fury Home" a memoir about Chana's early life in dealing with a mother who attempts suicide and an absent father. Now a psychotherapist living in Berkley, California, Chana, pronounced Hanna is able to open herself up to tell this gripping story.

This interview includes clips of conversations between Chana and her mother in 1974, when both mother and daughter come out as lesbians.

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank by Nathan Englander

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Thu, 03/29/2012

Host David Naimon talks with writer,  Nathan Englander,  about his new short story collection What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank.  

Englander burst on the literary scene in 1999 with For The Relief of Unbearable Urges, a story collection that earned him the PEN/Faulkner Malamud Award and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Sue Kauffman Prize.   His first novel, The Ministry of Special Cases, set during Argentina’s Dirty War, came out in 2007.  And this year finds Englander particularly busy, with a play,  The Twenty-Seventh Man, premiering at The Public Theater in New York, the release of his original translation of the Haggadah, the prayerbook used during the Passover seder, edited by Jonathan Safran Foer,  and his much anticipated story collection that we will talk about today, What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank.

“It takes an exceptional combination of moral humility and moral assurance to integrate fine-grained comedy and large-scale tragedy as daringly as Nathan Englander does.”
—Jonathan Franzen


"What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank vividly displays the humor, complexity, and edge that we've come to expect from Nathan Englander's fiction--always animated by a deep, vibrant core of historical resonance."
—Jennifer Egan

 

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Author Cheryl Strayed on her memoir "Wild"

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Thu, 03/22/2012

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Oregon writer Cheryl Strayed about her new memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. Her other books are Torch, a novel and Tiny Beautiful Things, a selection of her "Dear Sugar" columns from TheRumpus.net (forthcoming from Vintage, July 2012). Strayed has written the "Dear Sugar" column on TheRumpus.net since March 2010. She's a founding member of VIDA: Women In Literary Arts, and serves on their board of directors.

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Rodney Crowell Discusses "Chinaberry Sidewalks" and Introduces "Kin"

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Thu, 03/15/2012

The memoir "Chinaberry Sidewalks" debuted in early 2011. It was the first venture into the world of prose for "Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame" member and performing artist Rodney Crowell. Crowell also provided the reading for the audio book of his memoir. He won an award for his efforts. "Chinaberry Sidewalks" is now due to come out in paperback on March 13.

Wayne and Kathy, from the "Swing & Country" DJ collective conduct this interview with Rodney Crowell. Crowell reads and comments on chosen passages and answers questions by the two hosts.

Ted Katz, author of The Studio Within

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Tue, 03/13/2012

On Between the Covers, Suzanne LaGrande interviews painter, arts educator and author, Ted Katz about The Studio Within, a series of short vignettes that together make up his artist's journey.   Mr. Katz  studied at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts and at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts. The paintings of Ted Katz have been shown across the country, from New York City to Portland. 

In this interview, Mr. Katz talks about  the importance of getting lost in order to make new creative discoveries and the choices that led him to be a painter, teacher and writer.

Between the Covers:Author Maxine Hong Kingston

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Tue, 03/13/2012

 Host Suzanne LaGrande interviews author Maxine Hong Kingston about her latest book, I Love A Broad Margin to My Life, a free-verse memoir.  Ms. Kingston discusses the influence of Thoreau, her own peace activism and and writing as a act of healing.  Ms. Kingston is also the author of The Woman Warrior, China Men, Tripmaster Monkey,  To Be The Poet, and  The Fifth Book of Peace,

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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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