Between the Covers

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

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Between the Covers on 03/01/12

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The Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus

What if the words your children spoke to you actually made you sick? Physically sick. And what if the children themselves relished in this newfound power over their parents? This is the setting of Ben Marcus’ new dystopian novel The Flame Alphabet. Ben Marcus is Chair of Creative Writing at Columbia University, and the author of three previous books of fiction.  David Naimon hosts.

Between the Covers on 02/23/12

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Writer Patrick deWitt on his new novel "The Sisters Brothers"

Host Dan Johnson interviews Oregon writer Patrick deWitt about his new novel The Sisters Brothers, in which he pays homage to the classic Western, transforming it into a comic tour de force. The cast of characters includes losers, cheaters, and ne'er-do-wells from all stripes of life. The story is told by a complex and compelling narrator in the underworld of the 1850s frontier.

Between the Covers on 02/09/12

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Jonathan Evison on his novel "West of Here"

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with Northwest writer Jonathan Evison, author of "West of Here," the award-winning novel that became an instant New York Times bestseller and the #1 Indie Next Pick in hardcover. West of Here is set in the fictional town of Port Bonita, on Washington State’s rugged Pacific coast, With one segment of the narrative focused on the town’s founders circa 1890, and another showing the lives of their descendants in 2006, the novel develops as a kind of conversation between two epochs, one rushing blindly toward the future and the other struggling to undo the damage of the past.

Between the Covers on 02/02/12

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Environmentalist and best-selling author Frances Moore Lappé on her book "Ecomind"

Environmentalist and best-selling author Frances Moore Lappé is interviewed by Michelle Schroeder Fletcher about her book Ecomind: Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want.

Between the Covers on 01/27/12

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Poet and dramatist Cindy Williams Gutiérrez and poet and teacher David Biespiel

On Between the Covers, host Suzanne LaGrande interviews poet and dramatist Cindy Williams Gutiérrez and poet, teacher and founder of the Attic Institute, David Biespiel.

Ms. Gutiérrez talks about the process of writing and the difficulty and necessity of the writer trusting her voice. For more about Cindy Williams Guiterrez's work go to: www.grito-poetry.com.

Between the Covers on 01/26/12

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Lev Grossman on his new book "THE MAGICIAN KING."

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with writer Lev Grossman about his new book "The Magician King."

Lev Grossman is the author of the bestselling novels "The Magicians" and "Codex: A Novel". A well-known cultural commentator, he is the book critic for TIME magazine and has written for numerous other publications, including the New York Times, The Believer, The Wall Street Journal, The Village Voice, Salon and Wired. He is a graduate of Harvard and Yale and lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two daughters.

Between the Covers on 01/19/12

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Carter Sickels about his novel The Evening Hour

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Carter Sickels about his novel The Evening Hour.

In the economically depressed, shifting landscape of Dove Creek, West Virginia, 27-year-old Cole Freeman works as an aide in a nursing home — but deals drugs on the side to make ends meet. Cole sells his clients a type of escape, but actually leaving seems impossible. When a disaster befalls these mountains, though, Cole is forced to confront his fears and, finally, take decisive action — if not to save his world, to at least save himself. Carter Sickel's The Evening Hour is the debut of a novelist depicting characters in an iconic American landscape in the throes of change.

Between the Covers on 01/12/12

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John Jeremiah Sullivan about his book of essays "Pulphead"

Host Robyn Shanti speaks with John Jeremiah Sullivan about his book of essays "Pulphead," A New York Times Notable Book for 2011. PULPHEAD presents Sullivan’s profiles of musicians (Axl Rose, Michael Jackson, Bunny Wailer and others) with his essays exploring American culture high and low—from a Christian rock festival to a tea party march, New Orleans after Katrina to his experience of living in a house used on One Tree Hill.

Between the Covers on 01/05/12

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Host Jim Schumock speaks with writer Sebastian Barry about his novel "On Canaan's Side

Host Jim Schumock speaks with writer Sebastian Barry about his novel "On Canaan's Side.

Told in the first person, as a narrative of Lilly Bere's life over seventeen days, "On Canaan's Side" opens as she mourns the loss of her grandson, Bill. Lilly revisits her past, going back to the moment she was forced to flee Ireland, at the end of the First World War, and continues her tale in America, a world filled with both hope and danger. At once epic and intimate,

Spanning nearly seven decades, from the Great Depression to World War II and the Vietnam War, "On Canaan's Side" is the heartbreaking story of a woman whose capability to love is enormous, and whose compassion, even for those who have wronged her, is astonishing.

Between the Covers on 12/29/11

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Award-winning writer Colson Whitehead on his post-apocalyptic novel "Zone One"

Host David Naimon speaks with award-winning writer Colson Whitehead about his new novel, "Zone One," which has been described as a "wry take on the post-apocalyptic horror novel." It is about a world that has been devastated by a plague. There are two types of survivors. the uninfected and the infected, the living and the living dead.

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PDX author Ann Littlewood on her 2nd 'zoo-dunnit:' "Did Not Survive"

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Thu, 08/05/2010

Host Ed Goldberg speaks with Portland author Ann Littlewood about her second "zoo-dunnit", "Did Not Survive," published by Poisoned Pen Press. The mystery continues where "Night Kill" left off. Now-pregnant zoo keeper Iris Oakley finds her boss gravely injured in an elephant stall. She suspects something more sinister than a rogue elephant. Animal rights activists are picketing the zoo, animals are disappearing, and staff are acting strangely. Then it gets worse.
The passionate issues around captive elephant management are woven throughout this traditional mystery set in fictional Finley Memorial Zoo in Vancouver, Washington. 

Ann Littlewood readings:
August 6 Friday 5-9 PM and August 7 Saturday 10 AM to 2 PM Art in the Heart, Vancouver, WA.
August 21 Saturday Northwest Author Fair, Lincoln City, OR, noon to 3 PM.

Caroline Miller on "Heart Land" and Gothic Spring"

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Thu, 07/29/2010

Host Ed Goldberg speaks with Portland writer Caroline Miller, author of "Heart Land," stories of Depression-Era Ohio and "Gothic Spring," a novel of passion and bad behavior in rural 19th Century England.

Caroline Miller has published numerous short stories in publications as diverse as Children’s Digest, Grit and Tales of the Talisman. Her short story, “Under the Bridge and Beneath the Moon,’ was dramatized for radio in Oregon and Washington. Her novel, Heart Land was published in 2009 by Schiel & Denver, and Gothic Spring was also published in 2009 by Asylett press.

Caroline is also a silk painter whose pieces have been sold in local galleries in the Portland area. Her art work has also been included in a number of juried exhibits. She taught English at both the high school and university levels, headed a Labor union for five years and successfully ran for public office three times. She holds a B.A. and M.A.T. degree from Reed College and an M.A. in Literature from Northern Arizona University where she graduated with honors. Ms. Miller lived for two years in England and two years in what is now called Zimbabwe.

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Thomas Chatterton Williams on "LOSING MY COOL: How a Father's Love and 15,000 Books Beat Hip-Hop Culture "

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Thu, 07/15/2010
Host Cecil Prescod speaks with Thomas Chatterton Williams about his memoir, LOSING MY COOL: How a Father's Love and 15,000 Books Beat Hip-Hop Culture. In the book Williams describes how he managed to juggle two disparate lifestyles--"keeping it real" in his friends' eyes and studying for the SATs under his father's strict tutelage. Pappy grew up in the segregated South and hid in closets so he could read Aesop and Plato. He envisioned for his son a lot in life greater than his own, and encouraged Williams to read and educate himself, and to embrace the opportunities that had not been available to Pappy's generation. As college approached and the stakes of the thug lifestyle escalated, the disparity between Williams' street life and home life threatened to undo him. Ultimately, Williams would have to decide between hip-hop and his future.
Thomas Chatterton Williams holds a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Georgetown University and a Master’s degree from the Cultural Reporting and Criticism program at New York University. In 2007, he wrote an op-ed piece entitled “Yes, Blame Hip-Hop” for the Washington Post which generated a record-breaking number of comments. He writes for the literary magazine n+1 and currently lives in Brooklyn.
 

Novelist Lauie Notaro on her "Spooky Little Girl"

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Thu, 07/08/2010

 

Host Ed Goldberg interviews Lauie Notaro, author of Spooky Little Girl, a funny novel about a woman whose life changes after she is killed by a bus.

Laurie Notaro was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She packed her bags for Eugene, Oregon, once she realized that since she was past thirty, her mother could no longer report her as a teenage runaway. She is the author of The Idiot Girls’ Action-Adventure Club, Autobiography of a Fat Bride, I Love Everybody, We Thought You’d Be Prettier, and An Idiot Girl’s Christmas.

Diane Hammond on "Seeing Stars," her novel on child actors in Hollywood

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Thu, 07/01/2010

 Host Ed Goldberg interviews Pacific Northwest writer Diane Hammond, author of Going to Bend, Homesick Creek, and Hannah's Dream. She talks about her latest book Seeing Stars, a novel about child actors in Hollywood with talent managers, agents, coaches, directors and teachers who nurture—and feed on—their ambitions.    

http://www.dianehammond.com/stars_chapter1.html 

The Battle for Gotham: New York in the Shadow of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs

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Thu, 06/24/2010

Host Bruce Silverman speaks with Roberta Gratz, author of "The Battle for Gotham: New York in the Shadow of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs." Urban critic and journalist Roberta Brandes Gratz argues that New York City regenerated itself because of the waning power of Robert Moses. His decline in the late 1960s and the drying up of big government funding for urban renewal projects allowed New York to organically regenerate according to the precepts defined by Jane Jacobs in her classic, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, and in contradiction to Moses's urban philosophy.

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Biographer Jimmy McDonough on "Tammy Wynette: Tragic Country Queen"

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Thu, 06/17/2010

  Host Ed Goldberg speaks with Jimmy McDonough, author of Tammy Wynette: Tragic Country Queen, a biography of the country music diva.

Jimmy McDonough’s biography of Neil Young, Shakey, was a critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller. He has also written biographies of Russ Meyer and Andy Milligan, and has written for publications including The Village Voice and Variety. He lives in Portland.

 

 Glen David Gold on his new novel "Sunnyside"

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Thu, 05/27/2010
Host Ed Goldberg interviews Glen David Gold, author of Sunnyside, a historical novel set during World War I. It features Charlie Chaplin and Rin Tin Tin.   Glen David Gold is the author of the best seller Carter Beats the Devil

Novelist Katie Arnoldi on "Point Dume," a tale of pot farms, surf culture and risk

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Thu, 05/20/2010
Katie Arnoldi, bestselling author of Chemical Pink and The Wentworths, talks about her latest novel, POINT DUME, a timely tale of pot farms, surf culture and risk.  Hosted by Lisa Loving.

Author Bill Morgan on "The Typewriter is Holy: The Complete Uncensored History of the Beat Generation"

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Thu, 05/13/2010

Kathleen Stephenson speaks with guest Bill Morgan, author of The Typewriter is Holy: The Complete Uncensored History of the Beat Generation, which explores the enduring revolutionary appeal of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and WilliamS. Burroughs and brings to light lesser known Beat artists like Alan Ansen and Joanne Kyger. Morgan is the author and editor of more than a dozen books about the Beat writers. 

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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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