Between the Covers

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

Episode Archive

Christopher Lord on The Edwin Drood Murders

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Thu, 12/05/2013 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Christopher Lord on The Edwin Drood Murders

Host Dan Johnson interviews Christopher Lord about his book, The Edwin Drood Murders, the second volume in the Dickens Junction mystery series that began with The Christmas Carol Murders, a book bestselling thriller writer Chelsea Cain called “a love letter to both Dickens and to the small town amateur detectives who’ve kept the peace in hamlets from River Heights to Cabot Cove.”

Christoper Lord was born in Astoria, Oregon. He now lives in Portland with his partner of twenty years and their Devon Rex, Miss Corey, the inspiration for Simon’s Miss Tox. He is hard at work on future books in the Dickens Junction mystery series.

Margaret Atwood on her latest novel Maddaddam

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Thu, 11/28/2013 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Margaret Atwood on her latest novel Maddaddam

Margaret Atwood discusses her latest novel, "Maddaddam," third in her speculative fiction trilogy that began with "Oryx and Crake," as well as the social and political ramifications of her work, with host Richard Wolinsky from the Series BookWaves.

This Is Between Us by Kevin Sampsell

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Thu, 11/21/2013 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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This Is Between Us by Kevin Sampsell
Host David Naimon speaks with an integral part of Portland's literary community--author Kevin Sampsell.   Kevin is not only the small press curator and events coordinator at Powell’s books, he's also the editor of the Portland Noir fiction anthology,  curated this year’s Wordstock literary festival,  was in charge of LitHopPDX, Portland’s inaugural literary bar crawl, and is the publisher of the micro-press Future Tense Books.   His own books include the collections Beautiful Blemish and Creamy Bullets, and his memoir A Common Pornography.  His work has appeared in Tin House, Salon, McSweeney’s,  Best Sex Writing 2012 and Best American Essays 2013, and he is here today on Between The Covers t

Local author Rayner Ward on his novel "Advent"

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Thu, 11/14/2013 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Local author Rayner Ward on his novel "Advent"

The guest is local author Rayner Ward, who discusses his new picaresque novel "Advent." "Advent" is a novel that is based on fact, spanning the decades from the 40's through the 60's in the life of Joe Kemp, an adventurous young Texan instrumental in creating and expanding the psychedelic drug revolution. Joe is an anti-hero, searcher and artist who explores a  variety of spiritual practices. While seeking enlightenment, Joe undergoes a process described in India as "the madness of God" and witnesses the dissolution of his own personality and the possibility of regeneration.

Portland writer Rob Yardumian discusses his debut novel, The Sound of Songs Across the Water

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Thu, 11/07/2013 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Portland writer, Rob Yardumian

Portland writer Rob Yardumian discusses his debut novel, The Sound of Songs Across the Water, and the accompanying music CD, Sing With Me, Brother, For We Have Sinned.

"It’s the summer of 1995, and in the hills above Los Angeles, Riley Oliver is ringing a doorbell and chasing a dream.  Fifteen years have passed since his band flamed out at CBGB, and Riley sees the life his former guitarist Will Taylor has built—successful producing career, the lovely Lena for a wife, a gated home—and he wants some of that luck for himself. Jumping the fence, Riley brings the shadows of the past back to Will, and long-buried conflicts darken the sunny Southern California scene. 

One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses by Lucy Corin

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Thu, 10/31/2013 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses by Lucy Corin
Lucy Corin’s dazzling new collection is powered by one hundred apocalypses: a series of short stories that illuminate moments of vexation and crisis, revelations and revolutions. An apocalypse might come in the form of the end of a relationship or the end of the world, but what it exposes is the tricky landscape of our longing for a clean slate. David Naimon hosts. "Unforgettable voices resist description. Lucy Corin sounds like no one; prickly, shrewd, faintly paranoid or furtive, witty and also savage, she has something of Paley's gift for soliloquy combined with Dickinson's passionate need to hold the world at bay, that sense of a voice emanating from a Skinner box.

Oregon author Steve McQuiddy on "Here on the Edge" - Pacifism in World War II

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Thu, 10/24/2013 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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A look at the role of pacifism in World War II and one Oregon conscientous objector camp
Steve McQuiddy talks about his new book, "Here on the Edge", published by Oregon State University. McQuiddy looks at a long-neglected element of World War II history: the role of pacifism in what is often called "The Good War." He shares the fascinating story of one conscientious objector camp located on the rain-soaked Oregon Coast, Civilian Public Service (CPS) Camp #56, providing the definitive history of the Fine Arts Group at Waldport. Steve McQuiddy writes and lectures on Pacific Northwest history and culture, particularly the eccentric quarter. His monograph, The Fantastic Tale of Opal Whiteley, has been widely cited and reprinted, with an expanded version published in 2012.

Men We Reaped

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Thu, 10/17/2013 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Writer Jesmyn Ward on her Memoir Men We Reaped
Between the Covers, Part 2 Host Lisa Loving interviews writer Jesmyn Ward, about her new memoir "Men We Reaped." Jesmyn Ward grew up in poverty with a family struggling to stay together and survive in the rural South. All around her were black men facing dangers and social ills that are usually only talked about in the context of inner cities. As the sole member of her family to leave home, Jesmyn Ward discusses the place she came from with objectivity, but also with the intimacy of familiarity. Jesmyn Ward received her M.F.A from the University of Michigan and has been a Stegner Fellow at Stanford and a Grisham Visiting Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi. She is currently an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of South Alabama.

Western mystery writer Craig Johnson on Spirit of Steamboat and more

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Thu, 10/17/2013 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Craig Johnson talks about his life, his work and his new novella Spirit of Steamboat
Host Gene Bradley interviews mystery writer Craig Johnson about his new Sheriff Longmire novella, SPIRIT OF STEAMBOAT. The action in Spirit of Steamboat begins when Sheriff Walt Longmire has an unexpected visitor on Christmas Eve. The visitor is the ghost of Christmas past: a young woman with a hairline scar across her forehead and more than a few questions about Walt’s predecessor, Lucian Connally. Craig Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Walt Longmire mystery series.

Living with wild animals in the urban setting

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Thu, 10/10/2013 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Naturalist Lyanda Lynn Haupt on her book "The Urban Bestiary"
Seattle author and naturalist Lyanda Lynn Haupt talks about her latest book "THE URBAN BESTIARY: Encountering the Everyday Wild." In this book Haupt journeys into the heart of the everyday wild, where coyotes, raccoons, chickens, hawks, and humans live in closer proximity than ever before. Haupt's observations bring compelling new questions to light: Whose "home" is this? Where does the wild end and the city begin? And what difference does it make to us as humans living our everyday lives? Haupt draws us into the secret world of the wild creatures that dwell among us in our urban neighborhoods, whether we are aware of them or not.

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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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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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