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
 

Episode Archive

California by Edan Lepucki

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Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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California by Edan Lepucki

Between the Covers welcomes Edan Lepucki, author of the debut novel, California. 

The novel became a publishing phenomenon after it was recommended by author Sherman Alexie on The Colbert Report on June 4, 2014.  In a conversation about the current Amazon vs. Hachette corporate publishing dispute, Steven Colbert encouraged readers to purchase the novel directly from Portland's local Powell's Books.  The plug caused a media sensation and the novel debuted at #3 on the New York Times bestseller list. (Colbert Show link below.)

Sleep Donation by Karen Russell

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Thu, 08/14/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Sleep Donation by Karen Russell

A crisis has swept America. Hundreds of thousands have lost the ability to sleep. Enter the Slumber Corps, an organization that urges healthy dreamers to donate sleep to an insomniac. Under the wealthy and enigmatic Storch brothers the Corps’ reach has grown, with outposts in every major US city. Trish Edgewater, whose sister Dori was one of the first victims of the lethal insomnia, has spent the past seven years recruiting for the Corps. But Trish’s faith in the organization and in her own motives begins to falter when she is confronted by “Baby A,” the first universal sleep donor, and the mysterious “Donor Y.”

Interview with William T. Vollmann

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Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Interview with William T. Vollmann
Host Ken Jones talks with William T. Vollmann. the author of nine novels, three collections of short fiction, a memoir, and six works of non-fiction, including the seven-volume treatise on violence, Rising Up and Rising Down. Vollmann won the 2005 National Book Award for Fiction for his novel Europe Central. His latest work is a collection of supernatural tales, Last Stories and Other Stories.

All Our Names by Dinaw Mengestu

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Thu, 07/31/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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All Our Names by Dinaw Mengestu

From acclaimed author Dinaw Mengestu, a recipient of the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 award, The New Yorker’s 20 Under 40 award, and a 2012 MacArthur Foundation genius grant, comes an unforgettable love story about a searing affair between an American woman and an African man in 1970s America and an unflinching novel about the fragmentation of lives that straddle countries and histories. 

Cliff Ashpaugh on his debut novel "Josh's Wall"

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Thu, 07/24/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Cliff Ashpaugh on his debut novel "Josh's Wall"

Cliff Ashpaugh talks about his debut novella, JOSH’S WALL (Spout Hill Press; July 2014). Set in the early 1960s in the wilds of San Gabriel Valley, it’s a coming-of-age story about a boy who wakes up to a world of bullies, liars, and strangers—including himself.

At age six, Joshua Crass is reborn—after nearly dying from an allergic reaction to penicillin. Struggling with lingering anemia and amnesia, he leaves the hospital with three people—Mom, Dad, and brother Sammy—who might as well be Martians. Apart from his beloved Nanny (the only family member he remembers), Josh feels like an orphan in his own home. 

Smith Henderson on his novel "Fourth of July Creek"

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Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Smith Henderson on his novel "Fourth of July Creek"

Host Jay Thiemeyer speaks with Smith Henderson about his novel "Fourth of July Creek."  Henderson explores the complexities of freedom, community, grace, suspicion and anarchy, depicting our nation's disquieting and violent contradictions.

Smith Henderson is the recipient of the 2011 PEN Emerging Writers Award in fiction. He was a Philip Roth Resident in Creative Writing at Bucknell University, a Pushcart Prize winner, and a fellow at the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, Texas. Born and raised in Montana, he now lives in Portland, Oregon.

Local Author Polly Dugan: So Much a Part of You

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Thu, 07/10/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Local Author Polly Dugan: So Much a Part of You

Between the Covers welcomes local author, Polly Dugan, in conversation about her debut short story collection, So Much a Part of You.

Today the kitchen, tomorrow the world!

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Thu, 07/03/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Tod Davies talks with Lyn Moelich about her book Jam Today Too: the Revolution Will Not Be Catered

Author and Senior Editor at Exterminating Angel Press, Tod Davies talks with host Lyn Moelich about her latest book  in the Jam Today series Jam Today Too: the Revolution Will Not Be Catered. Like Kate Christensen and Jim Harrison, Davies is a novelist - and amateur cook ---who brings all of her literary talents to the Jam Today series. This book is a rich stew of stories and recipes which entice cooks of every level to tell their own storys through the food they cook. Think MFK Fisher as an anarchist and you've got Tod Davies. Tod Will be speaking at Powell's Books on Hawthorne on July 3rd at 7:30pm.

My Real Children by Jo Walton

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Thu, 06/26/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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My Real Children by Jo Walton

It’s 2015, and Patricia Cowan is very old. “Confused today,” read the notes clipped to the end of her bed. She forgets things she should know—what year it is, major events in the lives of her children. But she remembers things that don't seem possible. She remembers marrying Mark and having four children. And she remembers not marrying Mark and raising three children with Bee instead. She remembers the bomb that killed President Kennedy in 1963, and she remembers Kennedy in 1964, declining to run again after the nuclear exchange that took out Miami and Kiev.  Two lives, two worlds, two versions of modern history; each with their loves and losses, their sorrows and triumphs.

Portland-based author Jason Beem on his first novel "Southbound"

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Thu, 06/19/2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Portland-based author Jason Beem on his first novel "Southbound"

Host Ken Jones talks with Portland-based author Jason Beem about his first novel Southbound. The book follows a recovering gambling addict who, in the wake of losing his job for the summer, and his girlfriend, makes a gambling pilgrimage to the big three Southern California horse racing tracks in search of one last big score. Jason himself is a track announcer at Portland Meadows and a recovering gambling addict, which makes for an interesting combination. He’s also working towards a Masters degree in addiction counseling at Lewis & Clark College.
 

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Novelist Sara Gruen discusses "Ape House"

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Thu, 11/11/2010

  Host Ed Goldberg interviews Sara Gruen, author of Ape House, a satire on science, media, protest, and the relationship with our closest non-human cousins. The novel was inspired by the bonobos and scientific research at Great Ape Trust in Des Moines.

Sara Gruen lives with her husband and three children in an environmentalist community outside of Chicago. An award-winning technical writer, she made her fiction debut in 2004 with RIDING LESSONS, followed by FLYING CHANGES. WATER FOR ELEPHANTS is her third novel.

Novelist Carol Casella discusses "Healer"

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Thu, 11/04/2010

Ed Goldberg interviews national bestselling author Carol Casella about her recent novel, Healer, the story of one doctor’s struggle to hold her family together through a storm of broken trust and questioned ethics. Healer exposes the vulnerabilities of the American family, provoking questions of choice versus fate, desire versus need, and the duplicitous power of money.  Casella's previous novel is Oxygen.

 

Between the Covers on 10/28/10

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Thu, 10/28/2010

The guest is award winning writer and activist Rebecca Solnit, the author of numerous books. Her most recent book is "A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster." She has made ten trips to New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina.

Rebecca Solnit will deliver the first Sewell Lecture on Thursday, October 28th at 7pm at the First Unitarian Church Sanctuary at 1211 SW Main Street in Portland. The topic is "Altruism in the Face of Disaster."

Tickets are $10, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

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Author Allison Hoover Bartlett discusses "The Man Who Loved Books Too Much"

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Thu, 10/21/2010

Host Ed Goldberg interviews Allison Hoover Bartlett, author of The Man Who Loved Books Too Much,  the true story of a clever and obsessed book thief.

Richard Wirick on "Kicking In," short stories where narcotic euphoria meets everyday life

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Thu, 10/14/2010

Host Ed Goldberg speaks with Richard Wirick, author of Kicking In, a collection of short storeis with a dark feeling. Narcotic euphoria meets the demands of everyday life in Richard Wirick’s brilliant new collection of interlocking stories. Whether his tales are depicting a Valium-fogged lawyer representing a car painter who cooked a client in his kiln or revealing a Gulf War orderly’s drift in and out of morphine dreams during an aerial Medevac surgery, Wirick’s stories are rich with the social contexts in which sedation’s acolytes emerge, come forward to flourish, and then often violently explode or fade away. 

Seattle author Robert Dugoni on his thriller: "Bodily Harm"

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Thu, 10/14/2010

Host Ed Goldberg interviews bestselling Seattle writer Robert Dugoni, author of "Bodily Harm," a thriller about those who profit from selling dangerous toys. When parents lose their six-year-old son to an esteemed pediatrician s seeming negligence, they turn to attorney David Sloane for justice.

In his return as "the lawyer who does not lose," Sloane is on the verge of another victory, but something about the malpractice case has bothered him from the start. And his uneasiness grows when toy designer Kyle Horgan confronts him on the way to the verdict to claim responsibility not only for the child s death but also for the fate of a second little boy in central Washington.

When the toy designer vanishes, leaving behind only a ransacked apartment, Sloane teams up with his longtime investigative partner (and former CIA operative) Charles Jenkins to reexamine the deaths and dig deeper into Horgan s claims. They are forced to enter the cutthroat world of toy manufacturing where hundreds of millions of dollars are staked on finding the next "It" product. Sloane must dodge a vicious and calculating killer, exonerate the doctor, and overcome a devastating personal loss that nearly destroys him all while keeping in check his overwhelming desire for revenge. 

Between the Covers on 09/30/10

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Thu, 09/30/2010
Host Ed Goldberg interviews Seattle writer Kat Richardson, author of "Labyrinth," a mystery novel set in a paranormal parallel world.
Kat Richardson is the national bestselling author of the Greywalker paranormal detective novels. Prior to success in the fiction world, Kat worked as a writer and editor in the computer industry and as a course writer for the Gemological Institute of America.

Kat is a California native with a degree in Magazine Journalism from California State University, Long Beach. She currently lives on a sailboat in Seattle.

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Jo Nesbo, Norwegian crime writer

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Thu, 09/09/2010

Host Ed Goldberg speaks with Jo Nesbo, author of "The Devil's Star," a crime novel set in Oslo, Norway.

A musician, songwriter, and economist, Jo Nesbo is also one of Europe's most acclaimed crime writers. Nesbo is the winner of the Glass Key Award, northern Europe's most prestigious crime-fiction prize, for his first novel featuring Police Detective Harry Hole. The author of The Redbreast and Nemesis , he lives in Oslo.

http://www.jonesbo.com/

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Lili Ristagno on "Short Fuse," her graphic non-fiction book about two teen-age killers

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Thu, 08/26/2010

Host Ed Goldberg talks with artist Lili Ristagno, about Short Fuse: a True Story Told in Pictures, a graphic non-fiction book about the teen-age spree killers Charlie Starkweather and Caril Fugate. 

PDX novelist Phillip Margolin on his latest mystery: "Supreme Justice"

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Thu, 08/19/2010
Host Ed Goldberg interviews Portland mystery author Phillip Margolin about his latest book, Supreme Justice, a novel of murder and conspiracy at the surpeme court.
Phillip Margolin grew up in New York City and Levittown, New York. He has been a Peace Corps volunteer in Liberia, West Africa, a junior high school teacher in the South Bronx, a law clerk for Herbert M. Schwab, the Chief Judge of the Oregon Court of Appeals and a Portland lawyer specializing in criminal defense at the trial and appellate levels. He has been writing full time since 1996.
In addition to novels, Margolin has published short stories and non-fiction articles in magazines and law journals.

Since 1996, he has been the President and Chairman of the Board of Chess for Success, a non-profit charity that uses chess to teach study skills to elementary and middle school children in Title I schools. 

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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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