Between the Covers

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

Episode Archive

Praying Drunk by Kyle Minor

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Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Praying Drunk by Kyle Minor

The characters in Praying Drunk speak in tongues, torture their classmates, fall in love, hunt for immortality, abandon their children, keep machetes beneath passenger seats, and collect porcelain figurines. From Kentucky to Florida to Haiti, these seemingly disparate lives are woven together within a series of nested repetitions, enacting the struggle to remain physically and spiritually alive throughout the untamable turbulence of their worlds. In a masterful blend of fiction, autobiography, and surrealism, Kyle Minor shows us that the space between fearlessness and terror is often very small. Long before Praying Drunk reaches its plaintive, pitch-perfect end, Minor establishes himself again and again as one of the most talented younger writers in America.

Portland author Nicole Mones on her novel NIGHT IN SHANGHAI

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Thu, 04/03/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Portland author Nicole Mones on her novel NIGHT IN SHANGHAI

Host Lisa Loving speaks with Portland author Nicole Mones about her latest novel, NIGHT IN SHANGHAI, which illuminates the pivotal role of African-American musicians in the Chinese jazz age.  Recruited from the depths of the Depression, whisked to the epicenter of Asia’s hottest nightlife, these jazz players found wealth, freedom, and fame beyond their dreams, only to be caught up in the outbreak of World War II. The novel’s Thomas Greene , a classically trained Baltimore piano player, is tapped to lead a Shanghai swing orchestra. Soon success is his, prestige, illicit love with the brilliant and unavailable Song Yuhua… it’s paradise, and he never wants to leave. But war and revolution pull his w

Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

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Thu, 03/27/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

Willy Vlautin talks about his new novel, "The Free".

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Thu, 03/20/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Willy Vlautin talks about his new novel, "The Free".

Host Jay Thiemeyer interviews local author Willy Vlautin about his new novel, The Free.

The book follows the story of Leroy Kervin who has lived in a group home for eight years after being severely injured in the Iraq War. Frustrated by the simplest daily routines, he finds his existence has become unbearable. An act of desperation helps him disappear deep into his mind, into a world of romance and science fiction, danger and adventure where he is whole once again.

Willy Vlautin is the author of three other novels: The Motel Life, Northline, and Lean on Pete, which won two Oregon Book Awards. He is the singer and songwriter of the band Richmond Fontaine and lives in Scappoose, Oregon.

A Life In Men by Gina Frangello

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Thu, 03/13/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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A Life In Men by Gina Frangello

The friendship between Mary and Nix has endured since childhood, a seemingly unbreakable bond, until the mid-1980s, when the two young women reunite for a summer vacation in Greece. It's a trip instigated by Nix, who has just learned that Mary has been diagnosed with a disease that will inevitably cut her life short. Nix, a free spirit by nature, is determined that Mary have the vacation of a lifetime, but by the time their visit to Greece is over, the ties between them have unraveled, and when they said goodbye, it's for the last time.  “Ambitious in breadth and scope, this work will appeal to fans of Barbara Kingsolver and those who like being immersed in foreign settings.” —Library Journal

The Fisherpoets Anthology: Anchored in Deep Water

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Thu, 03/06/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Chelsea Stephen and Patrick Dixon discuss The Fisherpoets Anthology: Anchored in Deep Water

Illustrator Chelsea Stephen and photographer and writer Patrick Dixon talk about the Fisherpoets Anthology.

Chelsea Stephen is a freelance illustrator living in Portland.

Patrick Dixon is the curator and web designer of IntheTote. He is a member of the organizing committee for the Fisherpoets Gathering. A retired educator, he works as a freelance photographer and writer based in Olympia, Washington

The Fisherpoets Anthology: Anchored in Deep Water, is a seven-book set that is nearing completion. Over 35 poets from the USA, Canada and Japan are represented, with seven interviews of the fishermen and women engaged in commercial fishing along the coasts of the North American continent. 

The Gods of Second Chances, debut novel by local author Dan Berne

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Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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The Gods of Second Chances, local author Dan Berne

Between the Covers welcomes local author, Dan Berne.  His debut novel, The Gods of Second Chances, is the first novel release from local publisher, Forest Avenue Press.

The Gods of Second Chances is the story of a man overwhelmed by things beyond his control--a granddaughter on the verge of adolescence, a daughter returning from prison rehab, a frivolous lawsuit, and falling for the one woman he can't have--all the while trying to fish his living out of a fickle ocean in the mercurial weather of Southeast Alaska.  It's no wonder one god isn't enough for him--Leigh Anne Kranz 
 

On Such A Full Sea by Chang-rae Lee

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Thu, 02/20/2014 - 11:00am - 11:40am
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On Such A Full Sea by Chang-rae Lee
 
"The most striking dystopian novels sound an alarm, focus our attention and even change the language. The Handmaid’s Tale crystallized our fears about reproductive control; Fahrenheit 451 still flames discussions of censorship; and 1984 is the lens through which we watch the Obama administration watching us. Chang-rae Lee’s unsettling new novel, On Such a Full Sea, arrives from that same frightening realm of total oversight and pinched individuality. . . . A brilliant, deeply unnerving portrait."—The Washington Post 

Harriet Scott Chessman on The Beauty of Ordinary Things

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Thu, 02/13/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Harriet Scott Chessman talks about her new novel The Beauty of Ordinary Things

The guest is Harriet Scott Chessman, whose new novel is The Beauty of Ordinary Thingsreleased this winter by Atelier26.

Chessman is the author of Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper and Someone Not Really Her Mother.

The Beauty of Ordinary Things, set in the early 1970s, concerns the unlikely love and friendship between a young Vietnam veteran and a Benedictine nun. The renowned Ron Hansen calls The Beauty of Ordinary Things “a soulful, tender, affecting novel, with complex, searching, sympathetic characters whose situations and plights one deeply cares about."

Rabih Alameddine on his new novel "An Unnecessary Woman"

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Thu, 02/06/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Rabih Alameddine on his new novel "An Unnecessary Woman"

Host Kathleen Stephenson interviews Rabih Alameddine, one of the Middle East's most celebrated voices, about his new novel  "An Unnecessary Woman."

Rabih Alameddine follows his bestseller, The Hakawati, with "An Unnecessary Woman," a novel that explores the singular life of an obsessive introvert, revealing Beirut’s beauties and horrors along the way.

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Between the Covers for 11/17/2011

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Thu, 11/17/2011

Host Jim Schumock speaks with spiritual teacher Gangaji about her new book "Hidden Treasure: Uncovering the Truth in Your Life Story."

Gangaji, who was born Antoinette (Toni) Roberson Varner, was given the name Gangaji by her teacher Sri H. W. L. Poonja in 1990. Before that meeting, she had pursued many paths to enlightenment. In her book she uses the telling of her own life story to guide readers in telling the truth about their own life stories.

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Between the Covers: Poet Jane Hirshfield

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Thu, 11/10/2011

A podcast of Between the Covers with host Suzanne LaGrande, broadcast on November 10, 201. Suzanne LaGrande interviews award-winning poet and translator Jane Hirshfield.  Ms. Hirshfield is the author of seven collections of poetry, including After (HarperCollins, 2006); Given Sugar, Given Salt (2001), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, The Lives of the Heart (1997), The October Palace (1994), Of Gravity & Angels (1988), and Alaya (1982). In 2004, Hirshfield was awarded the 70th Academy Fellowship for distinguished poetic achievement by The Academy of American Poets.

 In this interview, Ms. Hirshfield about her most recent collection of poetry entitled, Come, Thief (Alfred A. Knopf, 2011). 

Novelist Justin Torres discusses We The Animals

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Thu, 11/03/2011

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.

Wordstock 2011: Some Writers You Should Know

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Thu, 10/27/2011

 

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.

Octaviano Merecias Cuevas, a trilingual mixtec poet, language activist and educator on language activism.

Jennifer Egan discussing her novel, A Visit From the Good Squad which won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction.

Charles Yu on his novel, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe.

Novelist, short story writer, essayist and editor Elissa Schapell discussing her new novel, Blueprints for Building Better Girls.

John Freeman, editor of Granta Magazine on what makes good writing.

For extended interviews with these writers and a discussion of their creative process, go to kboo.fm/writersoncraft

Between the Covers on 09-29-11 Author Karl Friedrich

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Fri, 09/30/2011

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.

OREGON APPEARANCES:

Cascade Park Library October 26, 2011  7:00 - 8:00 pm
Gresham  Library November 13, 2011 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Floyd Skloot talks about his new collection of short stories, Cream of Kohlrabi

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Thu, 09/29/2011

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.

 

He has three upcoming readings in Portland in the month of October:

 

Sunday, October 16, 2011  7:30pm  at Powell's Books

http://www.powells.com

 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011  7:00pm at  Broadway Books

http://www.broadwaybooks.net


 

Thursday, November 3, 2011  7:00pm at Annie Bloom's Books

http://www.annieblooms.com


 

For more Floyd Skloot's work go to http://www.floydskloot.com/

 

To listen to Floyd Skloot talk about his creative process and  writing craft go to:

 

www.kboo.fm/writersoncraft

Poet, teacher, bookseller David Abel

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Thu, 09/29/2011

 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

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Poet-dramatist Cindy Williams Gutiérrez

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Thu, 09/29/2011

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 a 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 1pm along with Catherine Evleshin, Alberto Moreno, and Ivonne Saed

For more information: http://www.wordstockfestival.com

For more information about Cindy Williams Gutiérrez work: www.grito-poetry.com

To listen to Cindy Williams Gutiérrez talk about her creative process and the writing craft go to: www.kboo.fm/writersoncraft

Between the Covers: Jessica Maxwell

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Fri, 09/23/2011

Host Suzanne LaGrande interviews local author Jessica Maxwell about her spiritual memoir, Roll Around Heaven. 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 which includes seeing auras, banishing evil spirits with Buddhist Lamas, sharing Celtic Revelations on the isle of Iona, and learning an abiding respect for all paths to God.

For more information about Jessica Maxwell's book Roll Around Heaven, visit her website: http://rollaroundheaven.com

 

 

 

Deborah Reed on Between the Covers

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Thu, 09/15/2011

 Dan Johnson interviews Deborah Reed, author of Carry Yourself Back to Me, a story of love, sex, rock n roll and murder.

Deborah talks about the craft of writing this book with the emphasis of giving her characters the voices needed to make this a fun book to read.

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Timber Beasts

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