Between the Covers

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

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Christine Nichol on her novel "Waiting for the Electricity"
Sherwood Nation by Ben Parzybok
Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
 

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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.

Between the Covers on 10/03/13

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Thu, 10/03/2013 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Dissident Gardens by Jonathan Lethem

"While collective memory might offer some hazy grasp of McCarthyism and the Hollywood black-lists, all but forgotten is the real American Communist Party and its Depression-era heyday. In this epic and complex new novel, Lethem considers what happened to the ACP, as well as some other questions, about material isolation and filial resentment...The cast makes for a heady, swirly mix of fascinating, lonely people. Lethem's writing, as always, packs a witty punch. The epoch each character inhabits is artfully etched and the book is as illuminating of 20th-century American history as it is of the human burden of overcoming alienation."--Publishers Weekly.

Oregon author Katey Schultz talks about Flashes of War

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Thu, 09/26/2013 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Oregon author Katey Schultz talks about Flashes of War

Host Jim Schumock interviews Katey Schultz, about her new book Flashes of War. Characters include — a returning U.S. soldier and pragmatic jihadist, Afghan mother and listless American sister, courageous amputee and a ghost that cannot let go—appear in Flashes of War, which captures personal moments of fear, introspection, confusion, and valor in one collection spanning nations and perspectives. 

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Daniel Orozco

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Thu, 06/23/2011

Short story writer Daniel Orozco reads from his new collection "Orientation". He also talks about how he writes -- creating characters, wrting from one's own experience vs. from someone else's perspective, and other tricks of the trade. And he addresses the status of the short story in contemporary publishing, as well as his day job as a teacher of creative writing.

  • Length: 27:50 minutes (25.48 MB)
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Portland writer Trevor Richardson about his novel "American Bastards"

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Thu, 06/16/2011

In part two of today's Between the Covers host Ed Goldberg speaks with Portland writer Trevor Richardson about his debut novel "American Bastards," a surreal novel of self-discovery and hipster culture. In this novel a number of dead rock stars try to save the world, a hitchhiking Uncle Sam heads to Hollywood, New York City is invaded by the restless dead, and more. We are the bastard children of the American Dream.

http://www.seahorserodeofolkrevival.com/Trevor-Richardson.html

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Interview with Paul Collins author of Crime of the Century

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Thu, 06/16/2011

Dan Johnson interviews Portland writer and teacher Paul Collins about his most recent book "The Crime of The Century" A story literally ripped from the headlines about one of grizzliest murders in American history. In addition, we are introduced to Yellow Journalism from two of America's larger than life newspaper tycoons.

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Daniel Wilson talks about his novel "Robopocalypse"

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Thu, 06/09/2011

Host Marianne Barisonek interviews Portland writer, television host and robotics engineer Daniel Wilson, author of the technothriller "Robopocalypse," which explores the fate of the human race following a robot uprising.

Wilson has an M.S. and P.H.D. in Robotics, and an M.S. in Machine Learning. His other books include the 2005 book "How to Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion," "Where's My Jetpack?: A Guide to the Amazing Science Fiction Future That Never Arrived," "How To Build a Robot Army: Tips on Defending Planet Earth Against Aliens, Ninjas, and Zombies," and "The Mad Scientist Hall of Fame: Muwahahaha!"

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Between the Covers on 06/02/11, Steve Earle interviewed by Robyn Shanti

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Thu, 06/02/2011

Host Robyn Shanti interviews Steve Earle, musician, actor, and writer about his first novel, I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive, named after a Hank Williams song.. The novel is set in San Antonio in 1963, and tells the story of a defrocked doctor and morphine addict. The doctor makes a living by performing illegal abortions and is haunted by the ghost of Hank Williams, with whom he was traveling when Williams died of an overdose.

A Jane Austen Education, by Bill Deresiewicz

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Thu, 05/26/2011

The guest is Portland writer Bill Deresiewicz, author of A JANE AUSTEN EDUCATION: How Six Novels Taught Me about Love, Friendship, and the Things that Really Matter.

When Bill Deresiewicz was forced to read Jane Austen in graduate school, he discovered that Austen was perhaps the one writer who could teach him how to be a better person. We'll hear why.

William Deresiewicz was an associate professor of English at Yale University until 2008 and is a widely published literary critic who writes for a popular audience. His reviews and criticism regularly appear in The New Republic, The Nation, The American Scholar, the London Review of Books, and The New York Times. In 2008 he was nominated for a National Magazine Award for reviews and criticism.

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Geraldine Brooks talks about "Caleb's Crossing," her novel inspired by Harvard's first Native American graduate

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Thu, 05/19/2011

Host Marianne Barisonek interviews Geraldine Brooks, best-selling author and winner of the Pulitzer Prize (for March) about her new book, CALEB’S CROSSING, which was inspired by the life of Caleb Cheeshahteaumauk, the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College. Brooks first learned about him during her time as a Radcliffe fellow at Harvard in 2006. Caleb was from the Wampanoag tribe of Native Americans who lived on Martha’s Vineyard. There is little official information on Caleb’s life and Brooks’s novel is an informed imagining of what he might have gone through. 

Ann Crittenden on "The Price of Motherhood: Why the Most Important Job in the World Is Still the Least Valued"

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Thu, 05/05/2011

Ann Crittenden talks about the 10th anniversary of her bestselling book The Price of Motherhood: Why the Most Important Job in the World Is Still the Least Valued. Ann shows how mothers are systematically disadvantaged and made dependent by a society that exploits those who perform its most critical work. Although women have been liberated, mothers have not.

Ann's Portland Event: What is the Price of Motherhood?

A benefit for Family Forward Oregon
Thursday, May 5th, 7-8:30PM
First Unitarian Church, 1011 SW 12th Ave., Portland 

 

Wayne Pacelle on "The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend them"

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Thu, 04/28/2011

The guest is Wayne Pacelle, President of the Humane Society of the United States, and author of the new book, The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them. Pacelle will discuss the deep links of the human-animal bond as wll as the conflicting implulses that have led us to betray this bond through widespread and systemic cruelty to animals.

Wayne Pacelle has been with the Humane Society of the U.S. for seventeen years. He has taken a special interest in law reform and has been a leading strategist in getting animal protection laws enacted by the direct action of the electorate.

Between the Covers 04-21-11 Author/Publisher Tod Davies

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Thu, 04/21/2011

Host Lyn Moelich spoke with Tod Davies, author of Snotty Saves the Day:  The History of Arcadia. In this fantasy from Exterminating Angel Press, a manuscript, delivered by Owl, is left under an old fir tree in the snow, and another world's scientists have discovered that the laws of the universe are found in fairy tales.

Tod Davies will read from "Snotty Saves the Day" on Sunday May 1st, 4pm at Powell's Books on Hawthorne

Comments

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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