Between the Covers

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

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Alafair Burke on her suspense novel, "The Ex"

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Thu, 02/04/2016 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Alafair Burke on her suspense novel, "The Ex"

Host Lisa Loving speaks with writer Alafair Burke about her new suspense novel, "The Ex," in which a  woman agrees to help an old boyfriend who has been framed for murder but begins to suspect that she is the one being manipulated. 
Twenty years ago she ruined his life. Now she has the chance to save it.

Jane Smiley on her trilogy of "Some Luck," "Early Warning" and "Golden Age"

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Thu, 01/28/2016 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Jane Smiley on her trilogy of "Some Luck," "Early Warning" and "Golden Age"

Jane Smiley, Pulitzer Prize winning author of "A Thousand Acres" discusses her latest work, a trilogy of novels which take an Iowan farming family over the course of a hundred years: "Some Luck," "Early Warning" and "Golden Age," the most recent. She is interviewed by Richard Wolinsky. 

From the series Bookwaves www.bookwaves.com http://www.bookwaves.com

Travelers Rest by Keith Lee Morris

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Thu, 01/21/2016 - 11:00am - 11:40am
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Travelers Rest by Keith Lee Morris

"It won't take long-a page, maybe two-before you feel wondrously disquieted by Keith Lee Morris's Travelers Rest. The novel traps its characters in the town of Good Night, Idaho, and the reader in its shaken snow globe of a world. The language dazzles and the circumstances chill and put this story in the good company of Stephen King's The Shining, Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House, and David Lynch's Twin Peaks. This is a breakout book that will earn Morris the wide readership he richly deserves."―Benjamin Percy, author of The Dead Lands and Red Moon

Paul Theroux on his latest book, "Deep South"

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Thu, 01/07/2016 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Paul Theroux on his latest book, "Deep South"

Paul Theroux discusses his latest travel book, "Deep South," about his road trip through the backwoods of the Southern United States. Hosted by Richard Wolinsky. 

From the series Bookwaves http://bookwaves.homestead.com/

Amber J. Keyser on her novel "The Way Back from Broken"

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Thu, 12/24/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Amber J. Keyser on her novel "The Way Back from Broken"

Host Kathleen Stephenson interviews Oregon writer Amber J. Keyser about her new novel "The Way Back from Broken," which tells the story of two young people thrown together by shared tragedy who find healing in the Canadian wilderness. It draws on Amber Keyser's own deeply personal loss and her lifetime of wilderness canoeing. 

James Grissom on his book "Follies of God"

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Thu, 12/17/2015 - 11:45am - 12:00pm
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James Grissom on his book "Follies of God"

We hear an excerpt from an interview with James Grissom, author of "Follies of God: Tennessee Williams and the Women of the Fog," a book based on interviews with the actors and directors who worked with the late playwright. Hosted by Richard Wolinsky.

An extended 50-minute version of this interview can be found at www.bookwaves.com

The Mare by Mary Gaitskill

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Thu, 12/17/2015 - 11:00am - 11:45am
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The Mare by Mary Gaitskill

From the author of the National Book Award–nominated Veronica: Mary Gaitskill’s most poignant and powerful work yet—the story of a Dominican girl, the white woman who introduces her to riding, and the horse who changes everything for her  "Gaitskill takes a premise that could have been preachy, sentimental, or simplistic—juxtaposing urban and rural, rich and poor, young and old, brown and white—and makes it candid and emotionally complex, spare, real, and deeply affecting. Gaitskill explores the complexities of love (mares, meres…) to bring us a novel that gallops along like a bracing bareback ride on a powerful thoroughbred."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

The Lizard Princess: symbol plus energy equals reality

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Thu, 12/10/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Lyn Moelich speaks with author Tod Davies about her latest book the Lizard Princess
In this third book in the Arcadia Wonder Tale Series, Tod Davies takes us through the bittersweet, lush and very human journey of Sophia, The Lizard Princess as she crosses mountains ,oceans  and deserts and the Moon Itself to meet her fate and the fate of her beloved Arcadia on the Road of the of the Dead. Her reward is the key that opens the door of the Domain of Life where wisdom trumps knowledge. There is a lot to talk about with this book and it's going to take two women to do it, so listen in, it's going to be deep and fun.

Membership Drive Special! Sandra Cisneros, A House of My Own: Stories from My Life

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Thu, 12/03/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Sandra Cisneros: A House of My Own: Stories from My Life
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Between the Covers shares an interview with author Sandra Cisneros, recorded at KBOO during her recent visit to Portland. We'll offer copies of her new memoir, A House of My Own: Stories from My Life (including one signed copy!), to those who contribute to KBOO during the hour.

The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli

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Thu, 11/19/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli

Highway is a late-in-life world traveler, yarn spinner, collector, and legendary auctioneer. His most precious possessions are the teeth of the "notorious infamous" like Plato, Petrarch, and Virginia Woolf. Written in collaboration with the workers at a Jumex juice factory, Teeth is an elegant, witty, exhilarating romp through the industrial suburbs of Mexico City and Luiselli's own literary influences.  Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico City in 1983 and grew up in South Africa. Her work has been translated into many languages and has appeared in publications including the New York Times, Granta, and McSweeney's.

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Habitat? or animal rights? T.C. Boyle on his latest novel: "When the Killing's Done"

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Thu, 09/01/2011

Host Jim Schumock speaks with T.C. Boyle about his thirteenth novel, When the Killing's Done, which takes up some of the environmental themes of earlier novels such as A Friend of the Earth and The Tortilla Curtain, and stories like “Carnal Knowledge,” “Top of the Food Chain,” “Tooth and Claw.” It is set in the past decade on the California Channel Islands, where a rather testy turf war was fought between animal rights activists and the biologists of the National Park Service and the Nature Conservancy over the elimination of non-native species of plants and animals, and this provided the inspiration for the book. Boyle says that the novel "is a series of dramatic confrontations between those who say nay and those who say yea, but, as readers will I hope discover, such distinctions become increasingly more complex and ethically challenging. Just how precious is any given life — and who gets to decide?" 

Dark Rose: Organized Crime and Corruption in Portland

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Thu, 08/25/2011

Host Dave Mazza speaks with Robert C. Donnelly, assistant professor of history at Gonzaga University, and author of "Dark Rose: Organized Crime and Corruption in Portland."

In April 1956, Portland Oregonian investigative reporters Wallace Turner and William Lambert exposed organized crime rackets and rampant corruption within the city's law enforcement institutions. The biggest scandal involved Teamsters officials and the city's lucrative prostitution, gambling, and bootlegging operations. Turner and Lambert blew the cover on the Teamsters scheme to take over alcohol sales and distribution and profit from these fringe enterprises. The Rose City was seething with vice and intrigue.

The exposé and other reports of racketeering from around the country incited a national investigation into crime networks and union officials headed by the McClellan Committee, or officially, the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Improper Activities in the Labor or Management Field. The Commission discovered evidence in Portland that helped prove Teamsters President Dave Beck's embezzlement of union funds and union Vice President Jimmy Hoffa's connection to the mob.

Dark Rose reveals the sordid details of an important period in the history of Portland.

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Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at the World's Richest Museum

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Thu, 08/18/2011

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with Jason Felch, co-author with Ralph Frammolino, of "Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at the World's Richest Museum." Felch talks about the illegal trade of looted antiquities and how some at the Getty Museum worked with networks of criminals to obtain illicit treasures.

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Portland author Martha Shelley discusses "The Throne in the Heart of the Sea"

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Thu, 08/04/2011

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Portlander Martha Shelley, feminist, gay activist and author, about her The Throne in the Heart of the Sea and about her decades-long interest in Jezebel, a Phoenician princess who became the Queen of Israel.

Martha Shelley is a prolific writer on the intersection of women’s issues, politics and religion. She has spent the last few years researching the historical and religious role of women in the Bible to better understand today’s controversies created by the efforts for a more inclusive and powerful role for women in society and religious life.

Science fiction and fantasy writer China Mieville

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Thu, 07/21/2011

Science fiction and fantasy writer China Mieville has won nearly every award in the genre and has caught the attention of mainstream publications from the New York Times to the Guardian with the depth of his imagination and the height of his erudition. David Naimon interviews him about his new, much anticipated, book "Embassytown," a book Ursula Le Guin describes as follows: "Embassytown is a fully achieved work of art…Works on every level, providing compulsive narrative, splendid intellectual rigour and risk, moral sophistication, fine verbal fireworks and sideshows, and even the old-fashioned satisfaction of watching a protagonist become more of a person than she gave promise of being.”

Interview With Audrey Braun Author of A Small Fortune

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Thu, 07/14/2011

Audrey Braun discusses her first novel, in addition we learn how this great little suspense nover turned into a three book deal with AmazonEncore.

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Interview With Audrey Braun Author of A Small Fortune

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Thu, 07/14/2011

Audrey Braun discusses her new summer suspense novel dealing with deception, kidnapping and murder all leading up to A Small Fortune.

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Mystery writer Cara Black discusses "Murder in Passy"

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Thu, 07/07/2011

  Host Ed Goldberg speaks with Cara Black, author of "Murder in Passy," the latest in her popular series of detective novels set in Paris and featuring Aimee Leduc.

In her books Cara Black features a Paris little known outside the tourist track. In real life she lives in San Francisco where she is a San Francisco Library Laureate and a member of the Paris Societe Historique in the Marais. She is included in the "Great Women Mystery Writers," by Elizabeth Lindsay.

 

Scott Sparling's debut novel "Wire to Wire"-- memorable characters and a relentless pace

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Thu, 06/30/2011

Host David Naimon interviews Portland writer Scott Sparling about his debut novel, Wire to Wire, from Tin House Books.

A pick of the week by Publisher's Weekly, they call Wire to Wire "well crafted and thrilling, tying together an obvious love for both Michigan and railroads with an expert sense of timing and plot. The world he has created is both overwhelming and exhilarating, thanks in no small part to a large ensemble of memorable characters and a relentless pace. Indeed, hardly a page goes by without some sort of fantastic calamity throwing Slater and company into further turmoil—when the most peaceful passages of the story are speed-addled, that's saying something—but it's done so well that hopping off this runaway train would never cross a reader's mind.” 

http://scottsparling.net/

 

Cary Groner on "Exiles," his novel set in Kathmandu

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Thu, 06/30/2011

Former Portlander Cary Groner talks about his novel Exiles, the story of an American volunteer doctor and his teenage daughter whose lives are irrevocably changed when they move to Kathmandu and find themselves in the midst of civil war.

Cary Groner studied Buddhist meditation and philosophy with the late Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, and continues to spend several weeks a year in meditation retreat when possible. In 2009, he received his MFA in fiction writing from the University of Arizona. His short stories have won numerous awards. His story “Elaborate Preparations for Departure” won the Glimmer Train fiction open and was published in the summer 2010 issue.  Hosted by Ren Green.

http://www.carygroner.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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