Between the Covers

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

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Kate Gray, Carry the Sky. Debut novel by Portland-based poet & community college instructor
Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
 

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Between the Covers on 03/14/13

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The Fun Parts by Sam Lipsyte

A hilarious collection of stories from the writer The New York Times called “the novelist of his generation”   Returning to the form in which he began, Sam Lipsyte, author of the New York Times bestseller The Ask, offers up The Fun Parts, a book of bold, hilarious, and deeply felt fiction. Combining both the tragicomic dazzle of his beloved novels and the compressed vitality of his classic debut collection, The Fun Parts is Lipsyte at his best—an exploration of new voices and vistas from a writer Time magazine has said “everyone should read.”

Between the Covers on 03/07/13

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Oregon writer Barbara Corrado Pope on "The Missing Italian Girl"

Barbara Corrado Pope, author of the Bernard Martin Mystery Series, talks about her new novel, "The Missing Italian Girl: A Mystery in Paris," which explores the struggles of working class girls to overcome poverty and the danger of sexual abuse in turn-of the centruy France. 

Between the Covers on 02/28/13

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Ayana Mathis on "The Twelve Tribes of Hattie"

Ayana Mathis, author of the best-selling novel "The Twelve Tribes of Hattie" about an African-American family in Philadelphia, talks about her work and career with host Richard Wolinsky. Ayana Mathis is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is a recipient of the Michener-Copernicus Fellowship. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie is her first novel. From the series Bookwaves

Between the Covers on 02/21/13

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Writer Erica Bauermeister on her novel "The Lost Art of Mixing"

Host Dan Johnson speaks with Erica Bauermeister about her new book "The Lost Art of Mixing," a sequel to "The School of Essential Ingredients." In the novel Lillian and her restaurant draw people together. Characters include Al, the accountant who finds meaning in numbers and ritual; Chloe, a budding chef who hasn't learned to trust after heartbreak; Finnegan, quiet and steady as a tree, who can disappear into the background despite his massive height; Louise, Al's wife, whose anger simmers just below the boiling point; and Isabelle, whose memories are slowly slipping from her grasp. And there's Lillian herself, whose life has taken a turn she didn't expect. Erica Bauermeister is also the author of the novel "Joy For Beginners."

Between the Covers on 02/14/13

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Tenth of December by George Saunders

"George Saunders Has Written the Best Book You'll Read All Year," declared the cover of the New York Times Magazine several weeks ago. Since then the world has rushed to agree that Saunders' new story collection, Tenth of December, is a remarkable literary achievement. George Saunders joins host David Naimon to discuss his work.

Between the Covers on 02/07/13

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Local author Caroline Miller on her new novel "Trompe l’Oeil"

Host Don Merrill interviews local author Caroline Miller about her new novel "Trompe l’Oeil," which asks readers, “Is this real…or some trick of the eye?" All is well until a series of disturbing dreams, deathly premonitions and sinister characters start to invade the pastoral scene. Suspense builds as the reader tries to decipher what is real and what is illusion.

Between the Covers on 01/24/13

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Luis Alberto Urrea on his novel about the life of his great aunt, Teresa Urrea

Luis Alberto Urrea, author of "The Hummingbird's Daughter" and "Queen of America" (just out in trade paper) discusses this two-volume novel about the life of his great aunt, Teresa Urrea, known as the Joan of Arc of Mexico. He is interviewed by Richard Wolinsky.

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Between the Covers on 01/17/13

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Fiction writer Terry Bisson talks about his new novel "Any Day Now," his life and his work.

Terry Bisson, author of the novel "Any Day Now" and other novels and short stories talks about his long career as a writer with host Richard Wolinsky. (From the series Bookwaves)

Bisson says "My new novel Any Day Now is not exactly science fiction; and not exactly not. It's an alternate history of 1968 that begins in the 1950s and about which John Crowley was kind enough to say, "If you were there then, this is where you were." 

http://www.terrybisson.com/

 

Between the Covers on 01/10/13

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Writer Emma Donoghue on her life and work

Today we present a program from the series Bookwaves. Emma Donoghue, author of the acclaimed novel "Room" and the new collection of short stories, "Astray" discusses her life and work with host Richard Wolinsky.

Between the Covers on 01/03/13

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Junot Diaz on his life and work

 Host Sarika Mehta interviews acclaimed author Junot Diaz about his background including his views of the dictatorship in the Dominican Republic and his family relationships. 

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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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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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