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 12/20/12

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Thu, 12/20/2012 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Sandra Cisneros on her new novel "Have You Seen Marie?"

Host Sarika Mehta speaks with novelist, short story writer and poet Sandra Cisneros, who is most well-known for her award-winning collection of vignettes, The House on Mango Street. She recently published another short novel, Have You Seen Marie?, which explores coping with the death of a loved one, real-life characters from her community in San Antonio and how we manage grief. She stopped by KBOO back in October and spoke with Sarika Mehta about her latest book, moving from San Antonio and her experiences of being a pioneer Latina writer.

Between the Covers on 12/13/12

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Thu, 12/13/2012 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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The book is titled "The Collection" and the writer's are all Trans Men and Women

Dan Johnson invites you to join him on Between the Covers, December 13 at 11am as he introduces you to Tom Leger, Co-Founder of Topside Press. Tom, a Transgendered man, will talk about the first book that Topside launched in October of this year.

The title of the book is The Collection an asseblage of short stories written by a cast of  over 20 Transgendered writers and two of those writers are from the Pacific Northwest.

You will meet Carter Sickles, a returning guest to Between the Covers and Casey Plett from Eugene. 

Please join us on Thursday, December 13 at 11am on Between the Covers.

Between the Covers on 12/06/12

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Thu, 12/06/2012 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Meet a few friends from Write Around Portland and marvel at the great things they do in Portland

Come join me on Between the Covers, Thursday, December 6th at 11am when I introduce you to my friends from Write Around Portland, a non-profit organization serving the underserved in the Portland area for a long time. Write Around Portland takes on the task of going into the youth authority, healthcare facilities, shelters, prisons, low income housing and many other places to facilitate sessions where these once quiet voices get to write, and write and write.

Between the Covers on 11/29/12

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Thu, 11/29/2012 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Chris Kraus on her new novel "Summer of Hate"

 Writer, filmmaker and art critic, Chris Kraus, talks with host David Naimon about her latest book, Summer of Hate.   "Chris Kraus cuts a new and insatiably clever line in this explosive new work, breaking down big themes like art writing, romance, and capitalism, within a wildly expansive take on the thriller."--Janine Armin, Joyland.

Between the Covers on 11/15/12

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Thu, 11/15/2012 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Alexis Smith on her novel "Glaciers"

 Portland author, Alexis Smith,  talks with host David Naimon about Glaciers, her debut novel from Tin House booksGlaciers follows Isabel through a day in her life in which work with damaged books in the basement of a library, unrequited love for the former soldier who fixes her computer, and dreams of the perfect vintage dress move over a backdrop of deteriorating urban architecture and the imminent loss of the glaciers she knew as a young girl in Alaska.  Glaciers was a Publishers Weekly pick of the week,  received its coveted starred review, and was selected by Indie Booksellers for the January 2012 Indie Next List.

Between the Covers on 11/08/12

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Thu, 11/08/2012 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Michelle Tea and Nicole J. Georges on Sister Spit

Host Lisa Loving interviews Michelle Tea, editor of Sister Spit: Writing, Rants and Reminiscence from the Road.

Between the Covers on 11/01/12

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Thu, 11/01/2012 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Portland writer Kevin Desinger on "The Descent of Man"

Host Jennifer Kemp interviews Portland writer Kevin Desinger about his first novel The Descent of Man.

The main character of Kevin Desinger's novel is an average guy who experiences a sequence of events that lead to a firestorm consuming his house and family. Readers of this book are prompted to ponder the question of how they would respond were their own normal lives to take such unexpected turns.

Kevin Desinger graduated from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop before moving to Portland where he wrote for the Willamette Week, the Oregonian and a number of regional publications. An earlier short story appeared in The Missouri Review.

Between the Covers on 10/25/12

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Thu, 10/25/2012 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Jess Walter on his new novel, "Beautiful Ruins"

 Host David Naimon talks with Jess Walter about his sixth novel, Beautiful Ruins, a deeply human, roller coaster of a novel, spanning fifty years and nearly as many lives.  

"...a blockbuster, with romance, majesty, comedy, smarts, and a cast of thousands. There’s lights, there’s camera, there’s action. If you want anything more from a novel than Jess Walter gives you in Beautiful Ruins, you’re getting thrown out of the theater.” (Daniel Handler, author of Why We Broke Up and creator of Lemony Snicket )

“A novel with pathos, piercing wit and, most important, the generous soul of a literary classic. . . . Walter has planted himself firmly in the first rank of American authors.” (Boston Globe )

Between the Covers on 10/18/12

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Thu, 10/18/2012 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Tim Egan on The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis

Host Gene Bradley speaks with Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author (and Pacific Northwest resident) Tim Egan. His new book SHORT NIGHTS OF THE SHADOW CATCHER: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis was selected as one of Publishers Weekly’s “Top 10 History Titles” for the fall.

Between the Covers on 10/11/12

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Thu, 10/11/2012 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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author and publisher Tod Davies talks about her new book "Lily the Silent"

Live in studio, author, publisher, (Exterminating Angel Press) and creative activist Tod Davies chats with Lyn Moleich about her new book Lily the Silent, the second installment in the trilogy of The History of Arcadia. This series that began with the fun and unique tale of Snotty Saves the Day and continues with Lily the Silent, telling the story of a world that was literally formed by a story, by one person discovering and claiming who she really is ...

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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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