Between the Covers

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

Episode Archive

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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Lisa Loving interviews R.V. Branham on obscenities around the world

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Sun, 03/30/2008

Lisa Loving and RV Branham of the Gobshite Quarterly talk about his new book, How to Curse and Berate in 69 + Languages, a dictionary of insults, curses and obscenities from around the world.

Best Books Special: Spring 2008

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Mon, 03/24/2008

Jim Schumock hosts a look at the best books of the past year with local booksellers Nina Rodda of St Johns Booksellers, Karen Ana of Looking Glass Books, Sally McPherson of Broadway Books and Michael Keefe of Annie Bloom’s Books. Special Membership offers and great literary reviews.

  1. Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories, by Tobias Wolf (Jim’s favorite book of the year)
  2. The Raw Shark Texts, by Steven Hall (A first novel)
  3. The Age of Shiva, by Manil Suri
  4. The American Idea: The Best of the Atlantic Monthly, by Robert Vare
  5. The Animal Dialogues: Uncommon Encounters in the Wild, by Craig Childs
  6. As the World Burns: 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Stay in Denial, by Derrick Jensen and Stephanie McMillan (Graphic novel)
  7. Bearing the Body: A Novel, by Ehud Havazelet
  8. Super Crunchers: Why Thinking by Numbers Is the New Way to Be Smart, by Ian Ayers
  9. The Principles of Uncertainty, by Maira Kalman (A visual memoir)
  10. Down the Nile: Alone in a Fisherman’s Skiff, by Rosemary Mahoney
  11. Dreamers of the Day: A Novel, by Mary Doria Russell
  12. KNOCKEMSTIFF, by Donald Ray Pollock (A short story collection)
  13. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie (Young adult memoir)
  14. The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein
  15. World Changing: A Users Guide for the 21st Century, by Alex Steffen, Al Gore, and Stefan Sagmeister  
  16. A Mirror of the Arab World: Lebanon in Conflict, by Sandra Mackey
  17. Let Me Stand Alone, by Rachel Corrie (A collection of journal entries)
  18. Living Like Ed: A Guide to Eco-friendly Life, by Ed Begley Jr.
  19. The Encyclopedia of Northwest Native Plants for Gardens and Landscapes, by Kathleen Robson, Alice Richter, and Marianne Filbert
  20. The Father of All Things: A Marine, His Son and the Legacy of Vietnam, by Tom Bissell
  21. Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces the Shape Our Decisions, by Dan Ariely
  22. The Diary of a Bad Year: A Novel, by J.M. Coetzee
  23. Beyond Bullets: The Suppression of Dissent in the United States, by Jules Boykoff
  24. Rock On: An Office Power Ballad, by Dan Kennedy (memoir)
  25. Gods Behaving Badly: A Novel, by Marie Phillips
  26. Windy City, by Scott Simon
  27. The Painter of Battles: A Novel, by Arturo Perez-Reverte and Margaret Sayers Peden
  28. Mafeking Road, by Herman Charles Bosman
  29. The Waitress Was New, by Dominique Fabre
  30. The World Without Us, by Alan Weisman
  31. The Tattoo Artist: A Novel, by Jill Ciment
  32. Beautiful Children: A Novel, by Charles Bock
  33. The Boat, by Nam Le (short stories)
  34. The Hearts of Horses, by Molly Gloss
  35. Kockroach; A Novel, by Tyler Knox
  36. Gardens of Water: A Novel, by Alan Drew
  37. The Bastard of Istanbul, by Elif Shafak
  38. Blubberland: The Dangers of Happiness, by Elizabeth Farrelly
  39. Oil on the Brain: Adventures from the Pump to the Pipeline, by Lisa Margonelli

 

G.M. Ford, author of "Nameless Night"

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Mon, 03/17/2008

Host Ed Goldberg speaks with G.M. Ford, author of "Nameless Night," a story of a search for a man's identity in the face of government repression.

Lisa Loving with John Gorenfeld on his political expose of the Rev. Moon and the Radical Right

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Tue, 03/11/2008

Lisa Loving interviews investigative reporter John Gorenstein, author of Bad Moon Rising: How Rev. Moon Created the Washington Times, Seduced the Religious Right, and Built an American Kingdom.

 

Kate Maloy, Oregon writer

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Mon, 03/10/2008

Host Kathleen Stephenson interviews writer Kate Maloy about her new novel, Every Last Cuckoo. Set in rural Vermont, this is the story of seventy-five-year-old Sarah Lucas and her discovery of unguessed dimensions in her own character. It explores her life after a great loss and shows that genuine love is unquenchable.

Ed Goldberg interviews the authors of "Sandworms"

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Mon, 02/04/2008

Ed Goldberg interviews Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, the authors of "Sandworms of Dune", the last in the saga of Frank Herbert's "Dune"

Stephen Pinker about "The Stuff of Thought"

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Mon, 01/28/2008

Host Kathleen Stephenson interviews Harvard psychology professor Stephen Pinker about his book, "The Stuff of Thought."  Pinker analyzes how our words relate to thoughts and to the world around us and reveals what this tells us about ourselves.

Lesley Hazleton, author of Jezebel, the Untold Story of the Bible's Harlot Queen

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Mon, 01/21/2008

Host Marianne Barisonek interviews Lesley Hazleton, author of Jezebel, the Untold Story of the Bible's Harlot Queen. He argues that Jezebel may have been gravely mischaracterized throughout history.

Cathy Wilkerson, Flying Close to the Sun: My Life and Times as a Weatherman

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Mon, 01/14/2008

Host Lisa Loving interviews Cathy Wilkerson, former member of the Weather Underground about her memoir, Flying Close to the Sun: My Life and Times as a Weatherman. She blew up and escaped from a Greenwich Village townhouse in 1970.

Carolyn Jessop about Escape

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Mon, 01/07/2008

Host Lisa Loving interviews Carolyn Jessop about Escape, her first-person account of life inside an ultra-fundamentalist American Religious sect and her flight to freedom with her eight children.

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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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