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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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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Oregon author Steve McQuiddy on "Here on the Edge" - Pacifism in World War II (Unedited version)

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Thu, 10/24/2013
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. He has written for Salon, Mother Jones, Seattle Times, and Best Essays Northwest, and has been awarded by the Society of Professional Journalists. He is an honorary director of the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission and currently teaches writing at Lane Community College in Eugene.
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John Law and Carrie Galbraith: Tales of the SF Cacophony Society

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Thu, 08/29/2013

Culture-jammers extraordinaire John Law and Carrie Galbraith join host S.W. Conser for a special hour-long edition of Between the Covers.

Some twenty-odd years ago, John and Carrie (inadvertently) helped found the Burning Man Arts Festival and the Billboard Liberation Front, and have now co-authored a new coffee-table history of Bay-area pranksterism, Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society, with the help of artist Kevin Evans.

In addition to our studio conversation, we'll be including audio from John and Carrie's recent standing-room-only appearance at Powell's Books.

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Plus - special web-only content:

Carrie recounts pre-Black Rock zone trips

John and Carrie at Powell's Books - part one

John and Carrie at Powell's Books - part two

John Law and Carrie Galbraith at Powell's Books - part one

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Thu, 08/29/2013

John Law and Carrie Galbraith are the co-editors (along with Kevin Evans) of Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society. On June 14, 2013, they appeared before a standing-room-only crowd at Powell's City of Books. KBOO's Between the Covers presents part one of the uncut audio of this appearance.

Click here to listen to part two of the Powell's appearance.

Click here to listen to John and Carrie's interview on KBOO's Between the Covers.

John Law and Carrie Galbraith at Powell's Books - part two

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Thu, 08/29/2013

John Law and Carrie Galbraith are the co-editors (along with Kevin Evans) of Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society.  On June 14, 2013, they appeared before a standing-room-only crowd at Powell's City of BooksKBOO's Between the Covers presents part two of the uncut audio of this appearance.

Click here to listen to part one of the Powell's appearance.

Click here to listen to John and Carrie's interview on KBOO's Between the Covers.

Cacophony Zone Trips - The Inception

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Thu, 08/29/2013

Web extra: Carrie Galbraith (co-editor, along with John Law and Kevin Evans, of Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society) recounts the early days of the Cacophony Zone Trips, before the notorious Zone Trip Four inpired the founding of the Burning Man Arts Fesival.

Click here to listen to John and Carrie's interview on KBOO's Between the Covers.

Between the Covers interview with Temple Grove author Scott Elliot

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Wed, 06/19/2013

The Temple Grove means different things to differnet people. High up in the rain drenched Olympic Penninsula, it's a grove of trees as tall as skyscrapers and as old as nations. And until now it's been off limits to logging. To Paul Granger the Temple Grove is a sanctuary that he escapes to whenever he can, and a sanctuary he is duty bound to protect. To Trace, Paul's mother, the Temple Grove represents the unbroken lineage of her Makah Indian ancestry. To Bill Newton, the Temple Grove is the raw material for hardwood floors, boats, tables and toothpaste. It's also his livelihood. Jennifer Kemp of Between the Cover speaks with Scott Elliot, author of the novel Temple Grove.

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Chris Kraus on "Summer of Hate"

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Thu, 11/29/2012

Writer, filmmaker and art critic, Chris Kraus, talks with host David Naimon about her latest book, Summer of Hate. "Chris Kraus cuts a new and insatiably clever line in this explosive new work, breaking down big themes like art writing, romance, and capitalism, within a wildly expansive take on the thriller."--Janine Armin, Joyland.

Her other books include the novels I Love Dick, hailed by Rick Moody as one of the literary highpoints of the past two decades, Aliens & Anorexia, and Torpor.  She is also the author of the essay collections Video Green and Where Art Belongs, and is a frequent contributor toArtforum, Bookforum, and the Los Angeles Review of Books.  


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Alexis Smith on her novel "Glaciers"

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Thu, 11/15/2012

Portland author, Alexis Smith,  talks with host David Naimon about Glaciers, her debut novel from Tin House booksGlaciers follows Isabel through a day in her life in which work with damaged books in the basement of a library, unrequited love for the former soldier who fixes her computer, and dreams of the perfect vintage dress move over a backdrop of deteriorating urban architecture and the imminent loss of the glaciers she knew as a young girl in Alaska.  Glaciers was a Publishers Weekly pick of the week,  received its coveted starred review, and was selected by Indie Booksellers for the January 2012 Indie Next List.

“An Alaska childhood and dreams of faraway cities such as Amsterdam inform Alexis M. Smith’s Glaciers, a delicate debut novel set in Portland, Oregon—“a slick fog of a city…drenched in itself”—that reveals in short, memory-soaked postcards of prose a day in the life of twentysomething library worker Isabel.”—Lisa Shea, ELLE Magazine

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Terry Tempest Williams on her book "When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice"

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Wed, 11/07/2012

Unedited and uninterrupted version of host Kathleen Stephenson speaking with Terry Tempest Williams, naturalist, author and fierce advocate for freedom of speech. Terry Tempest Williams shows us how environmental issues are social issues that ultimately become matters of justice.

In this interview Willaims discusses her new book When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice, a lyrical and caring meditation on the mystery of her mother's journal and what it means to have a voice.

Jess Walter on his new novel, "Beautiful Ruins"

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Thu, 10/25/2012

 Host David Naimon talks with Jess Walter about his sixth novel, Beautiful Ruins, a deeply human, roller coaster of a novel, spanning fifty years and nearly as many lives.  

"...a blockbuster, with romance, majesty, comedy, smarts, and a cast of thousands. There’s lights, there’s camera, there’s action. If you want anything more from a novel than Jess Walter gives you in Beautiful Ruins, you’re getting thrown out of the theater.” (Daniel Handler, author of Why We Broke Up and creator of Lemony Snicket )

“A novel with pathos, piercing wit and, most important, the generous soul of a literary classic. . . . Walter has planted himself firmly in the first rank of American authors.” (Boston Globe )

Walter is also the author of the national bestseller The Financial Lives of the Poets, the National Book Award finalist The Zero, the Edgar Award-winning Citizen VinceLand of the Blind, and the New York Times Notable Book Over Tumbled Graves. He lives in Spokane, Washington, with his family. 

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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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