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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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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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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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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