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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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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