Between the Covers

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

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Between the Covers on 11/10/11

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Thu, 11/10/2011 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Suzanne LaGrande interviews award-winning poet Jane Hirshfield about her new book, Come Thief

Host Suzanne LaGrande interviews award-winning poet and translator Jane Hirshfield. Ms.

Between the Covers on 11/03/11

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We The Animals by Justin Torres

Host David Naimon interviews debut novelist Justin Torres.  His book, We the Animals, has been heralded for its beautiful, concentrated prose. NPR likened it to a diamond, brilliant and brilliantly compressed.  Esquire magazine called it a "knock to the head that will leave your mouth agape." Justin Torres is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, with work in the New Yorker, Harper's, Granta, Tin House and Glimmer Train.  Currently he serves as the Wallace Stegner fellow at Stanford University.

Between the Covers on 10/27/11

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Thu, 10/27/2011 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Wordstock 2011: Some writers you should know

Wordstock 2011: Some Writers You Should Know

October in Portland is host to Wordstock, the Northwest's largest annual festival of books, writers and storytelling. Host Suzanne LaGrande interview some of the writers featured at this year's festival, including:

Ismet Prcic talking about his first novel Shards.

Children's book author and illustrator Carolyn Conahan on the importance of constructive criticism.

Novelist and short story writer Maile Meloy discussing The Apothecary, her first children's book.

Internationally best-selling Irish author Anne Enright on her new novel, The Forgotten Waltz, just published in the U.S.

Between the Covers on 10/20/11

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Thu, 10/20/2011 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Bill Adler discusses his book, "The Man Who Never Died: The Life, Times and Legacy of Joe Hill"

The guest is Bill Adler, author of "The Man Who Never Died: The Life, Times, and Legacy of Joe Hill, American Labor Icon."

In 1914, Joe Hill was convicted of murder in Utah and sentenced to death by firing squad, igniting international controversy. Many believed Hill was innocent, condemned for his association with the Industrial Workers of the World -- the radical Wobblies. Now, following four years of intensive investigation, William M. Adler gives us the first full-scale biography of Joe Hill, and presents never before published documentary evidence that comes as close as one can to definitively exonerating him.

Between the Covers on 10/06/11

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Award-winning author Diana Abu-Jaber discusses her new novel "Birds of Paradise"

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with award-winning author Diana Abu-Jaber about her new book Birds of Paradise, a multilayered novel about a family that comes apart at the seams and finds its way together again. A family is haunted by the disappearance of a daughter who ran away when she was 13. As the daughter turns 18 she and the family she left behind must deal with the consequences of her actions. Themes of the book include real estate, gentrification, the politics of food and sugar, teen culture and marriage.

Between the Covers on 09/29/11

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Thu, 09/29/2011 - 11:50am - 12:00pm
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Poet, teacher and organizer David Abel talks about his work

Poet, editor and bookseller, David Abel works across disciplines in performance, film, theater, and intermedia projects. He was a founding member of the and Four Wall Cinema (the precursor to Cinema Project). Since moving to Portland in 1997, he has been active in organizing local poetry reading events, such as the Spare Room reading series (now in its tenth year) He is the coordinator of the literary arts program at the Multnomah Arts Center, where he also teaches poetry.

For more about David Abel go to: http://www.passagesbookshop.com/

For more about readings going on in and around Portland go to: www.Portlandindependentreadingseries.com

To listen to David Abel talk about his creative process and the craft of writing poetry go to: www.kboo.fm/writersoncraft

Between the Covers on 09/29/11

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Thu, 09/29/2011 - 11:40am - 11:50am
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Poet Cindy Williams Gutiérrez talks about the influence of mesoamerican culture on her work

Poet-dramatist Cindy Williams Gutiérrez collaborates with artists in theatre, music, and visual art. Her CD, “Emerald Heart,” features her Aztec-inspired poetry accompanied by pre-Hispanic music. She also teaches creative writing to adults through the Attic, Annie Blooms Books, the Oregon Poetry Association, and the Stonecoast MFA Program, as well as to middle and high school students through Wordstock and Writers in the Schools. Her new collection of poetry, the small claim of bones, is forthcoming from Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe (Arizona State University).

This year she's be speaking at Wordstock, Portland's annual festival of books, writers, and storytelling on Saturday at 1 pm along with Catherine Evleshin, Alberto Moreno, and Ivonne Saed.

Between the Covers on 09/29/11

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Thu, 09/29/2011 - 11:30am - 11:40am
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Portland writer Floyd Skloot talks about his new collection of short stories, Cream of Kohlrabi

Host Suzanne LaGrande interviews local author Floyd Skloot about his first collection of short Cream of Kohlrabi. Gathering sixteen stories from among the forty he has published since 1988, Cream of Kohlrabi explores how people people face challenges, including the challenges which come with aging, and the ways in which families can be both a blessing and a curse.

Floyd Skloot is a creative nonfiction writer, poet, and fiction writer whose work has received three Pushcart Prizes, a Pen USA Literary Award, two Pacific NW Book Awards, an Independent Publishers Book Award, and two Oregon Book Awards.

Between the Covers on 09/29/11

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Thu, 09/29/2011 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Lyn Moelich interviews Karl Friedrich about his novel "Wings" a novel of WW2 Flygirls

"Wings: A Novel of World War II Flygirls" is based on the true story of the women, fresh from the 1930's depression era with an opportunity to be pilots, dealing with 1940 style "what, a women flying a plane? " attitude. The story of the WASPS.

Between the Covers on 09/22/11

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local author Jessica Maxwell about spiritual memoir, Roll Around Heaven

Host Suzanne LaGrande interviews local author Jessica Maxwell about spiritual memoir, Roll Around Heaven: An All-True Accidental Spiritual Adventure. A travel and nature magazine writer with an allergy to religion, Jessica meets a pig farmer who turns out to be a spiritual teacher and launches her on spiritual journey, in which she sees auras of major league baseball players, banishes evil spirits with Buddhist Lamas, shares Celtic Revelations on the isle of Iona, and learns an abiding respect for all paths to God.

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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.

www.indigoediting.com

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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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