Between the Covers

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

Episode Archive

Binary Star by Sarah Gerard

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Thu, 02/26/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Binary Star by Sarah Gerard
The language of the stars is the language of the body. Like a star, the anorexic burns fuel that isn't replenished; she is held together by her own gravity.  With luminous, lyrical prose, Binary Star is an account of a young woman struggling with anorexia and her long-distance, alcoholic boyfriend.

How Not to Avoid Jet Lag & other tales of travel madness

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Thu, 02/19/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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How Not to Avoid Jet Lag & other tales of travel madness
Host Ken Jones talks with travel writer Joshua Samuel Brown, author of the new book How Not to Avoid Jet Lag & other tales of travel madness. Joshua spent the better part of the first decade of the 21st century roaming around East Asia and writing for a variety of publications, before writing his first book of short stories Vignettes of Taiwan. This book helped land him steady work with Lonely Planet, on whose behalf he journeyed for several years through Asia and Central American before, according to Joshua, going slightly mad and deciding to settle down in Portland, Oregon. Joshua is a two-time recipient of the Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism fellowship at the University of Southern California.

Sarah Van Gelder on "Sustainable Happiness: Live Simply, Live Well, Make a Difference"

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Thu, 02/05/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Sarah Van Gelder on "Sustainable Happiness: Live Simply, Live Well, Make a Difference"

We speak with Sarah Sarah van Gelder, about "Sustainable Happiness: Live Simply, Live Well, Make a Difference," which she edited along with the staff or Yes! Magazine.

With contributions by writers like Annie Leonard, Matthieu Ricard, and Vandana Shiva, SUSTAINABLE HAPPINESS features some of the most insightful and eloquent thinkers we’ve worked with on the meaning, and pursuit, of happiness. What is true happiness if it doesn’t include the happiness of others and the health of a living planet?

The First Bad Man by Miranda July

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Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:00am - 11:45am
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The First Bad Man by Miranda July

“Miranda July's ability to pervert norms while embracing what makes us normal is astounding. Writing in the first person with the frank, odd lilt of an utterly truthful character, she will make you laugh, cringe and recognize yourself in a woman you never planned to be. By the time July tackles motherhood, the book has become a bible. Never has a novel spoken so deeply to my sexuality, my spirituality, my secret self. I know I am not alone.” (Lena Dunham, author of Not That Kind of Girl)

The Rev. Dr. Marilyn Sewell on her memoir, "Raw Faith: Following the Thread"

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Thu, 01/22/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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The Rev. Dr. Marilyn Sewell on her memoir, "Raw Faith: Following the Thread"

Today's guest is the Rev. Dr. Marilyn Sewell, an accomplished Unitarian Universalist minister, and a respected writer, leader, activist, and speaker. She'll discuss her new memoir, "Raw Faith: Following the Thread."

In "Raw Faith: Following the Thread" Marilyn writes about a universal longing — the longing for love and acceptance, the longing for home. 

Marilyn Sewell is also an Adjunct Fellow at the Attic Institute, a literary think tank and visual arts studio in Portland, Oregon that is a haven for writers and artists.  
She is the subject of the award-winning film Raw Faith and contributes regularly to The Huffington Post. She has authored and edited nine books and hosted an online radio show.

Azar Nafisi on "The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books"

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Thu, 01/15/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Azar Nafisi on "The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books"
Bookwaves host Richard Wolinsky speaks with Azar Nafisi, author of "Reading Lolita in Tehran" about her latest book, "The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books." Blending memoir and polemic with close readings of her favorite American novels—"The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn", "Babbitt", and "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter", among others—she invites us to join her as citizens of her “Republic of Imagination,” a country where the villains are conformity and orthodoxy and the only passport to entry is a free mind and a willingness to dream.

Steven Pinker on his latest book, "The Sense of Style"

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Thu, 01/08/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Steven Pinker on his latest book, "The Sense of Style"
Cognitive scientist Steven Pinker discusses his latest book, "The Sense of Style," a style manual for the 21st Century, along with his other books, including "The Better Angels of Our Nature." Hosted by Richard Wolinsky. 

From the series Bookwaves.
An extended 45-minute version of this interview can be found at www.bookwaves.com 

photo credit: Max Gerber

The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison

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Thu, 12/18/2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison
The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison

Nayomi Munaweera on her novel "Island of a THousand Mirrors"

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Thu, 12/11/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Nayomi Munaweera on her novel "Island of a THousand Mirrors"
Host Sarika Mehta speaks with Nayomi Munaweera about her novel Island of a Thousand Mirrors. Munaweera was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka. At the age of three she immigrated with her family to Nigeria. In 1984, a military coup necessitated a third migration and the family settled in Southern California. 

Island of A Thousand Mirrors was initially published in South Asia in 2012. It went on to be nominated for many of the sub-continent’s major literary prizes and won the Commonwealth Regional Prize for Asia. The novel was released in America by St. Martin’s Press in 2014.

Molly Gloss on her new book Falling from Horses

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Thu, 12/04/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Molly Gloss on her new book Falling from Horses

Host Lisa Loving speaks with beloved Portland author Molly Gloss about her new book FALLING FROM HORSES.

Molly Gloss is the New York Times bestselling author of The Hearts of Horses and The Jump-Off Creek. In FALLING FROM HORSES, Molly introduces the best male narrator since Holden Caufield, Bud Frazer. He’s a young ranch hand who escapes a family tragedy and travels to Hollywood to become a stunt rider. Ursula K. Le Guin calls it  “a beautiful, moving novel, cut from the American heartwood."

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Junot Diaz on his new collection "This Is How You Lose Her"

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Thu, 09/27/2012

 Host David Naimon speaks with Junot Diaz, a writer The New Yorker calls one of the top 20 writers for the 21st century. He’s the Pulitzer Prize winning author of the novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, a creative writing professor at MIT, the fiction editor at The Boston Review, and a founding member of Voices of Our Nations Arts Writing Workshop, which focuses on writers of color. In 2010 he was the first Latino to be appointed to the board of jurors for the Pulitzer Prize. Junot Diaz is here today to talk about his new short story collection This is How you Lose her, a much-anticipated work, sixteen years in the making.

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Sheila Heti on her book How Should A Person Be?

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Thu, 08/16/2012

 Is How Should a Person Be? a novel, a memoir, a self-help manual, or a book of philosophy? It is all of these things and more. Host David Naimon talks with Sheila Heti about her new book, "a raw, startling, genre-defying novel of friends, sex, and love in the new millennium--a compulsive read that's like 'spending a day with your new best friend.' (Bookforum).

Canadian writer, Sheila Heti is the author of five books, all very different in form and style. She has written a collection of modern fables entitled The Middle Stories, a historical novella calledTicknor and an illustrated book for children, We Need a Horse. Recently she ventured into nonfiction with her book of “conversational philosophy,” The Chairs Are Where the People Go, written with Misha Glouberman, which the New Yorker chose as one of the best books of 2011. Sheila Heti also works as Interviews Editor at The Believer magazine.

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Writer Benjamin Busch on his new memoir Dust to Dust

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Thu, 08/02/2012

Host Jim Schumock speaks with Bejamin Busch about his new memoir Dust to Dust, which is about ordinary things: life and death, peace and war, the adventures of childhood and the revelations of adulthood. Benjamin Busch—a decorated U.S. Marine Corps infantry officer who served two combat tours in Iraq, an actor on The Wire, and the son of celebrated novelist Frederick Busch.

Benjamin Busch was born in Manhattan in 1968 and grew up in rural New York State. He is an actor, a photographer, a film director, and a U.S. Marine Corps infantry officer who served two combat tours in Iraq. He played the role of Officer Anthony Colicchio on the HBO series The Wire and has appeared on Homicide, The West Wing, and Generation Kill. His writing has been featured in Harper's and has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

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Novelist Ron Rash on his new book "The Cove," story of a blazing but doomed love affair in WWI

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Thu, 07/26/2012

Host Jim Schumock speaks with writer Ron Rash about his new book The Cove, a tale of the beauty of nature and love—and the darkness of superstition and fear. With The Cove, Rash, the author of Serena, returns to the Appalachian milieu of his previous novels. This is a story of a love affair doomed in the rising turmoil of WWI. At the same time The Cove explores often dangerous notions of patriotism during wartime.

Ron Rash is the author of three prize-winning novels: One Foot in Eden, Saints at the River, and The World Made Straight; three collections of poems; and two collections of stories. A recipient of the O. Henry Prize, he holds the John Parris Chair in Appalachian Studies at Western Carolina University.

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Karen Thompson Walker discusses her novel The Age of Miracles

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Thu, 07/19/2012

On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life—the fissures in her parents’ marriage, the loss of old friends, the hopeful anguish of first love, the bizarre behavior of her grandfather who, convinced of a government conspiracy, spends his days obsessively cataloging his possessions. As Julia adjusts to the new normal, the slowing inexorably continues.

This is the world of The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker.  Host David Naimon talks with Karen about her debut novel which has taken the literary world by storm.

Zazen: An interview with Portland author Vanessa Veselka.

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Thu, 07/12/2012

A war has either started or is about to. Bombs are going off in the city. But people seem strangely disengaged. Della's activist friends seem more concerned about the next sex party or the finer points of vegan ideology, and customers at the vegan café where she works, talk of leaving the country for a life of escape and eco-tourism. But Della feels compelled to stay as the bombs inch closer. Even though she isn’t quite sure how to engage, and what exactly to fight for. This is the world of Zazen.

Today’s guest is Portland writer and debut novelist Vanessa Veselka. Vanessa’s work has appeared in Tin House, The Atlantic, BUST, Bitch Magazine, and Maximum Rock 'n' Roll, among others. She’s also a musician and a writing instructor at The Attic. She talks today with host David Naimon about her first book, Zazen, a finalist for the Oregon Book Awards, published by Red Lemonade Press.

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Interview with Mark Baumgarten, author of Love Rock Revolution: K Records and the Rise of Independent Music

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Mon, 07/09/2012

Erin Yanke interviews Mark Baumgarten, author of the book Love Rock Revolution: K Records and the Rise of Independent Music. Mark will be reading in Portland July 12th, 7:30pm, at Powells Books on Burnside. The reading and book signing will be followed by a K Records tribute concert at Valentine's (9pm, $3, 21+) with Clea Partridge, Grey Anne, and others.

http://loverockrev.com/

Anne Mendel on her debut novel "Etiquette for an Apocalypse"

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Thu, 07/05/2012

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with Portland author Anne Mendel, who discusses her debut novel, Etiquette for an Apocalypse.

It’s the 2020 Apocalypse and Sophie Cohen, former social worker turned neighborly drug dealer, must keep her family alive amid those pesky end of the world issues: starvation, earthquakes, plagues, gang violence and alas more starvation.She investigates a serial killing and takes down the sinister emerging power structure while learning to use a pizza box solar oven, bond with her chickens and blast tin cans from the perimeter fence with a Ruger 9MM.

In order to accomplish all this she must find a way to love her mother, accept her daughter’s adulthood and reignite her moribund marriage.

Anne Mendel grew up in Arkansas and actually attended Miss Ashleigh’s Charm school. She learned nothing about dealing with disasters, (unless breaking a high heel is a disaster).

Before she began writing full time she was a community organizing advocate for women and girls.

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Writer BK Loren on her novel "Theft"

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Thu, 06/28/2012

Host Jay Thiemeyer speaks with writer BK Loren about her new novel "Theft," whose main character Willa Robbins is a master tracker working to reintroduce the Mexican wolf, North America’s most endangered mammal, to the American Southwest. But when Colorado police recruit her to find her own brother, Zeb, a confessed murderer, she knows skill alone will not sustain her. Willa is thrown back into the past, surfacing memories of a childhood full of intense love, desperate mistakes, and gentle remorse. "Theft" is a story about family, about loss, and about a search for answers.

BK LOREN has worked as a naturalist, large predator monitor for CO State Parks, professional brainstormer, assistant chef, ranch hand, furniture maker, UPS driver, and college professor. She currently teaches writing at Chatham University’s low residency program, the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, and many other venues throughout the United States and Canada.

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Writer Bonnie Jo Campbell on her new novel ONCE UPON A RIVER

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Thu, 06/21/2012

Bonnie Jo Campbell talks about her new book Once Upon a River, an odyssey of a novel about a girl's search for love and identity.

(Photo © Bradley S. Pines)

Bonnie Jo Campbell grew up on a small Michigan farm with her mother and four siblings in a house her grandfather Herlihy built in the shape of an H. She learned to castrate small pigs, milk Jersey cows, and, when she was snowed in with chocolate, butter, and vanilla, to make remarkable chocolate candy. When she left home for the University of Chicago to study philosophy, her mother rented out her room. She has since hitchhiked across the U.S. and Canada, scaled the Swiss alps on her bicycle, and traveled with the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus selling snow cones. As president of Goulash Tours Inc., she has organized and led adventure tours in Russia and the Baltics, and all the way south to Romania and Bulgaria.

Her collection details the lives of extraordinary females in rural and small town Michigan, and it won the AWP prize for short fiction; her story "The Smallest Man in the World" has been awarded a Pushcart Prize. Her novel Q Road investigates the lives of a rural community where development pressures are bringing unwelcome change in the character of the land. Her critically-acclaimed short fiction collection American Salvage, which consists of fourteen lush and rowdy stories of folks who are struggling to make sense of the twenty-first century, was a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award in Fiction.

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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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