Between the Covers

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

Episode Archive

Writer David Treuer on his life, work and new novel, "Prudence"

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Thu, 03/19/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Writer David Treuer on his life, work and new novel, "Prudence"

Host Gene Bradley speaks with David Treuer about his life, work and his new novel, "Prudence," a story of love, loss, identity, and desire in World War II-era America. 

David Treuer is the son of an Ojibwe Indian mother and an Austrian Jewish father who fled the Holocaust.  He grew up straddling wildly different cultures, an experience that has deeply shaped his work. Treuer left the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota where he grew up to attend Princeton, earned a Ph.D. in anthropology, and embarked on a career as a writer, publishing three critically acclaimed novels and a nonfiction portrait of contemporary life “on the rez.” 


http://www.davidtreuer.com/

Megan Kruse: Call Me Home

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Thu, 03/12/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Megan Kruse: Call Me Home. Debut novel published by Portland-based Hawthorne Books

Between the Covers welcomes Pacific Northwest writer, Megan Kruse.  Her debut novel, Call Me Home, delineates what occurs within a nuclear family with an abusive father.  How domestic violence can draw a brother and sister closer than twins, compell a daughter to make a glass sandwich for her dad, cause a son to betray his mom for his father's approval, and a mother blame herself for it all.  The freedom and isolation of the American West is dangerous country for abused women, gay sons and emerging daughters.  Violence looms like clouds.  They keep their secrets and wait, for what feels like a lifetime, for their one chance to be free.
 

Get in Trouble with Kelly Link

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Thu, 03/05/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Get in Trouble with Kelly Link

She has been hailed by Michael Chabon as “the most darkly playful voice in American fiction” and by Neil Gaiman as “a national treasure.” Now Kelly Link’s eagerly awaited new collection—her first for adult readers in a decade—proves indelibly that this bewitchingly original writer is among the finest we have.  Hurricanes, astronauts, evil twins, bootleggers, Ouija boards, iguanas, The Wizard of Oz, superheroes, the Pyramids . . . These are just some of the talismans of an imagination as capacious and as full of wonder as that of any writer today.

Binary Star by Sarah Gerard

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Thu, 02/26/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Binary Star by Sarah Gerard
The language of the stars is the language of the body. Like a star, the anorexic burns fuel that isn't replenished; she is held together by her own gravity.  With luminous, lyrical prose, Binary Star is an account of a young woman struggling with anorexia and her long-distance, alcoholic boyfriend.

How Not to Avoid Jet Lag & other tales of travel madness

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Thu, 02/19/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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How Not to Avoid Jet Lag & other tales of travel madness
Host Ken Jones talks with travel writer Joshua Samuel Brown, author of the new book How Not to Avoid Jet Lag & other tales of travel madness. Joshua spent the better part of the first decade of the 21st century roaming around East Asia and writing for a variety of publications, before writing his first book of short stories Vignettes of Taiwan. This book helped land him steady work with Lonely Planet, on whose behalf he journeyed for several years through Asia and Central American before, according to Joshua, going slightly mad and deciding to settle down in Portland, Oregon. Joshua is a two-time recipient of the Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism fellowship at the University of Southern California.

Sarah Van Gelder on "Sustainable Happiness: Live Simply, Live Well, Make a Difference"

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Thu, 02/05/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Sarah Van Gelder on "Sustainable Happiness: Live Simply, Live Well, Make a Difference"

We speak with Sarah Sarah van Gelder, about "Sustainable Happiness: Live Simply, Live Well, Make a Difference," which she edited along with the staff or Yes! Magazine.

With contributions by writers like Annie Leonard, Matthieu Ricard, and Vandana Shiva, SUSTAINABLE HAPPINESS features some of the most insightful and eloquent thinkers we’ve worked with on the meaning, and pursuit, of happiness. What is true happiness if it doesn’t include the happiness of others and the health of a living planet?

The First Bad Man by Miranda July

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Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:00am - 11:45am
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The First Bad Man by Miranda July

“Miranda July's ability to pervert norms while embracing what makes us normal is astounding. Writing in the first person with the frank, odd lilt of an utterly truthful character, she will make you laugh, cringe and recognize yourself in a woman you never planned to be. By the time July tackles motherhood, the book has become a bible. Never has a novel spoken so deeply to my sexuality, my spirituality, my secret self. I know I am not alone.” (Lena Dunham, author of Not That Kind of Girl)

The Rev. Dr. Marilyn Sewell on her memoir, "Raw Faith: Following the Thread"

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Thu, 01/22/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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The Rev. Dr. Marilyn Sewell on her memoir, "Raw Faith: Following the Thread"

Today's guest is the Rev. Dr. Marilyn Sewell, an accomplished Unitarian Universalist minister, and a respected writer, leader, activist, and speaker. She'll discuss her new memoir, "Raw Faith: Following the Thread."

In "Raw Faith: Following the Thread" Marilyn writes about a universal longing — the longing for love and acceptance, the longing for home. 

Marilyn Sewell is also an Adjunct Fellow at the Attic Institute, a literary think tank and visual arts studio in Portland, Oregon that is a haven for writers and artists.  
She is the subject of the award-winning film Raw Faith and contributes regularly to The Huffington Post. She has authored and edited nine books and hosted an online radio show.

Azar Nafisi on "The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books"

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Thu, 01/15/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Azar Nafisi on "The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books"
Bookwaves host Richard Wolinsky speaks with Azar Nafisi, author of "Reading Lolita in Tehran" about her latest book, "The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books." Blending memoir and polemic with close readings of her favorite American novels—"The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn", "Babbitt", and "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter", among others—she invites us to join her as citizens of her “Republic of Imagination,” a country where the villains are conformity and orthodoxy and the only passport to entry is a free mind and a willingness to dream.

Steven Pinker on his latest book, "The Sense of Style"

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Thu, 01/08/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Steven Pinker on his latest book, "The Sense of Style"
Cognitive scientist Steven Pinker discusses his latest book, "The Sense of Style," a style manual for the 21st Century, along with his other books, including "The Better Angels of Our Nature." Hosted by Richard Wolinsky. 

From the series Bookwaves.
An extended 45-minute version of this interview can be found at www.bookwaves.com 

photo credit: Max Gerber

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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

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

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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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

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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