Between the Covers

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

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Portland writer Justin Hocking on his Memoir, "The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld"

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Thu, 07/02/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Portland writer Justin Hocking on his Memoir, "The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld"

Host Jay Thiemeyer speaks with Portland writer Justin Hocking about his book, The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld, Winner of the 2015 Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction.

Polly Dugan on her new novel "The Sweetheart Deal"

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Thu, 06/25/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Polly Dugan on her new novel "The Sweetheart Deal"

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with Portland writer Polly Dugan about her new novel, The Sweetheart Deal,  It's the story of what happens when a woman who thinks she's lost everything has the chance to love again.  

Polly Dugan s a reader at Tin House magazine. A former employee of Powell's Books, she is an alumna of the Tin House Writer's Workshop. Dugan's first published story, "A Matter of Time," was Line Zero's Spring 2012 Literary Contest Winner, "Masquerades" (as "One At a Time"), was Narrative's Story of the Week (December 2012), and "Kitten Season" was an Honorable Mention Recipient in Glimmer Train's Short Story Award for New Writers (August 2009).

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.

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The Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus

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Thu, 03/01/2012

 

What if the words your children spoke to you actually made you sick? Physically sick. And what if the children themselves relished in this newfound power over their parents? This is the setting of Ben Marcus’ new dystopian novel The Flame Alphabet. Ben Marcus is Chair of Creative Writing at Columbia University, and the author of three previous books of fiction.  David Naimon hosts.

“Echoes of Ballard’s insanely sane narrators, echoes of Kafka’s terrible gift for metaphor, echoes of David Lynch, William Burroughs, Robert Walser, Bruno Schulz and Mary Shelley: a world of echoes and re-echoes—I mean our world—out of which the sanely insane genius of Ben Marcus somehow manages to wrest something new and unheard of. And yet as I read The Flame Alphabet, late into the night, feverishly turning the pages, I felt myself, increasingly, in the presence of the classic.”

— Michael Chabon

More information about The Flame Alphabet is available in Books on KBOO.

Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Interview with Peggy Orenstein

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Thu, 02/16/2012

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with jounalist and author Peggy Orenstein about her book "Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Frontlines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture." In writing this book Orenstein set out to discover the origins and ramifications of the cultural shift to the “princess-mania” that has overtaken a new generation of little girls. Many parents, she discovered, shared her concerns about the significance of this seemingly-retro trend toward the ultra-feminine, and the role the ubiquitous marketing machine plays in packaging and promoting it.

Peggy Orenstein's previous books include The New York Times best-selling memoir, Waiting for Daisy; Flux: Women on Sex, Work, Kids, Love and Life in a Half-Changed World; and the best-selling SchoolGirls: Young Women, Self-Esteem and the Confidence Gap. A contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, Peggy has also written for such publications as The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Vogue, Elle, Discover, More, Mother Jones, Salon, O: The Oprah Magazine, and The New Yorker.

http://peggyorenstein.com/books/cinderella.html

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Jonathan Evison on his novel "West of Here"

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Thu, 02/09/2012
 Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with Northwest writer Jonathan Evison, author of "West of Here," the award-winning novel that became an instant New York Times bestseller and the #1 Indie Next Pick in hardcover. West of Here is set in the fictional town of Port Bonita, on Washington State’s rugged Pacific coast, With one segment of the narrative focused on the town’s founders circa 1890, and another showing the lives of their descendants in 2006, the novel develops as a kind of conversation between two epochs, one rushing blindly toward the future and the other struggling to undo the damage of the past.

An exposition on the effects of time, on how something said or done in one generation keeps echoing through all the years that follow, and how mistakes keep happening, and people keep on trying to be strong and brave and, most important, just and right.

More information on West of Here is available at Books on KBOO.

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Between the Covers: Poet Cindy Williams Gutiérrez and poet and founder of the Attic Institute, David Biespiel

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Fri, 01/27/2012

On Between the Covers, host Suzanne LaGrande interviews poet and dramatist Cindy Williams Gutiérrez and poet, teacher and founder of the Attic Institute, David Biespiel.

Ms. Gutiérrez talks about the process of writing and the difficulty and necessity of the writer trusting her voice. For more about Cindy Williams Guiterrez's work go to: www.grito-poetry.com.

In addition to founding the Attic Institute, a literary haven and think tank for writers, Mr. Biespiel recently published  Every Writer Has a Thousand Faces, a book about the creative process. In this interview, Mr. Biespiel discusses what attracted him to poetry, why writers need to be good readers and his insights about creativity and the writing process. For more about the Attic Institute and his work, visit: http://atticwritersworkshop.com/

More information about Every Writer has a Thousand Faces is available on Books on KBOO

Lev Grossman on his new book "THE MAGICIAN KING."

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Thu, 01/26/2012

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with writer Lev Grossman about his new book "The Magician King."

Lev Grossman is the author of the bestselling novels "The Magicians" and "Codex: A Novel". A well-known cultural commentator, he is the book critic for TIME magazine and has written for numerous other publications, including the New York Times, The Believer, The Wall Street Journal, The Village Voice, Salon and Wired. He is a graduate of Harvard and Yale and lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two daughters.

THE MAGICIAN KING is a grand voyage into the dark, glittering heart of magic, filled with high-level spell casting, soothsaying dragons, and interdimensional portals. But at heart, THE MAGICIAN KING is a reimagining of the heroic quest for the 21st century and a reckoning of two young people who set out in search of glory only to find they must make sacrifices they never bargained on and claim a prize very different from the one they set out in search of.

More information on The Magician King is available on Books on KBOO.

Carter Sickels about his novel The Evening Hour

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Thu, 01/19/2012

Carter Sickels about his novel The Evening Hour

More information about The Evening Houris available at Books on KBOO.

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Between the Covers on 01/05/12

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Tue, 01/17/2012

Told in the first person, as a narrative of Lilly Bere's life over seventeen days, "On Canaan's Side" opens as she mourns the loss of her grandson, Bill. Lilly revisits her past, going back to the moment she was forced to flee Ireland, at the end of the First World War, and continues her tale in America, a world filled with both hope and danger. At once epic and intimate,

Spanning nearly seven decades, from the Great Depression to World War II and the Vietnam War, "On Canaan's Side" is the heartbreaking story of a woman whose capability to love is enormous, and whose compassion, even for those who have wronged her, is astonishing.

Sebastian Barry was born in Dublin in 1955. His plays include Boss Grady's Boys (1988), The Steward of Christendom (1995), Our Lady of Sligo (1998), The Pride of Parnell Street (2007), and Dallas Sweetman (2008). Among his novels are The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty (1998), Annie Dunne (2002) and A Long Long Way (2005), the latter shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. His poetry includes The Water-Colourist (1982), Fanny Hawke Goes to the Mainland Forever (1989) and The Pinkening Boy (2005). His awards include the Irish-America Fund Literary Award, The Christopher Ewart-Biggs Prize, the London Critics Circle Award, The Kerry Group Irish Fiction Prize, and Costa Awards for Best Novel and Book of the Year

More information about On Canaan's Side is available on Books on KBOO

Colson Whitehead on his post-apocalyptic novel "Zone One"

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Thu, 12/29/2011
 

Host David Naimon speaks with award-winning writer Colson Whitehead about his new novel, "Zone One," which has been described as a "wry take on the post-apocalyptic horror novel." It is about a world that has been devastated by a plague. There are two types of survivors. the uninfected and the infected, the living and the living dead.

Colson Whitehead is the author of the novels The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurt, and Sag Harbor. He has also written a book of about his hometown, a collection of essays called The Colossus of New York. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Granta, Harper’s, and the New Yorker. A recipient of a Whiting Writers Award, a MacArthur grant, and a fellowship at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, he lives in New York City.

More information about Zone One is available at Books on KBOO

Between the Covers on 12/22/11

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Host Jennifer Kemp interviews young Portland writer Olivia Olivia, who reads from her short story "Charlie Without Violins."

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Sledgehammer 2011 Between the Covers on 12/15/11

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Thu, 12/15/2011
Host Suzanne LaGrande interviews the winners of this year's Sledgehammer Writing Contest, a competition that combines writing and scavanger hunting. For the contest writers converged at a central location in Portland and received their first writing prompt and scavenger hunt clues. From there they headed out to several locations around the city to gather all four writing prompts, and then had 36 hours to write the best fiction piece possible. Ali McCart of Indigo Editing & Publications is also a guest.

This year's winners are:

"No Apocalypse in the Rose City" by Leanne & Andy Baldwin
Team Baldwin crafted an exciting story that weaves ancient gods into modern times as Thor prepares to battle Loki in Ragnarok.

"Butterflies and Thunder" by Dora Raymaker
A marginalized man with limited communication discovers how humanity will end--and how to change that outcome.

"Exalted and Extinguished" by Lisa Galloway
This funny story takes us into the lives of drag queens who all have something at stake and are willing to do just about anything to get what they want.

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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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