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Between the Covers on 12/15/11

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Thu, 12/15/2011 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Interview with winners of the Sledgehammer Writing Contest

Host Suzanne LaGrande interviews the winners of this year's Sledgehammer Writing Contest, a competition that combines writing and scavanger hunting. For the contest writers converged at a central location in Portland and received their first writing prompt and scavenger hunt clues. From there they headed out to several locations around the city to gather all four writing prompts, and then had 36 hours to write the best fiction piece possible. Ali McCart of Indigo Editing & Publications is also a guest.

This year's winners are:

Between the Covers on 12/08/11

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Thu, 12/08/2011 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Barry Spector on his book, Madness at the Gates of the City: The Myth of American Innocence

Host Robyn Shanti speaks with writer Barry Spector about his book, Madness at the Gates of the City: The Myth of American Innocence The book is a rumination on our society, reaching back into Greek mythology to illuminate the world today. Spector blends literature, history and myth to critiques contemporary America.

Between the Covers on 12/01/11

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Thu, 12/01/2011 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Michael Stanley on the new mystery "Death of the Mantis"

Host Jay Thiemeyer interviews Michael Stanley, author of "Death of the Mantis: A Detective Kubu Mystery".

Between the Covers on 11/17/11

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Thu, 11/17/2011 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Spiritual teacher Gangaji on her new book "Hidden Treasure"

Host Jim Schumock speaks with spiritual teacher Gangaji about her new book "Hidden Treasure: Uncovering the Truth in Your Life Story."

Gangaji, who was born Antoinette (Toni) Roberson Varner, was given the name Gangaji by her teacher Sri H. W. L. Poonja in 1990. Before that meeting, she had pursued many paths to enlightenment. In her book she uses the telling of her own life story to guide readers in telling the truth about their own life stories.

Between the Covers on 11/10/11

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Thu, 11/10/2011 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Suzanne LaGrande interviews award-winning poet Jane Hirshfield about her new book, Come Thief

Host Suzanne LaGrande interviews award-winning poet and translator Jane Hirshfield. Ms.

Between the Covers on 11/03/11

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Thu, 11/03/2011 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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We The Animals by Justin Torres

Host David Naimon interviews debut novelist Justin Torres.  His book, We the Animals, has been heralded for its beautiful, concentrated prose. NPR likened it to a diamond, brilliant and brilliantly compressed.  Esquire magazine called it a "knock to the head that will leave your mouth agape." Justin Torres is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, with work in the New Yorker, Harper's, Granta, Tin House and Glimmer Train.  Currently he serves as the Wallace Stegner fellow at Stanford University.

Between the Covers on 10/27/11

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Thu, 10/27/2011 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Wordstock 2011: Some writers you should know

Wordstock 2011: Some Writers You Should Know

October in Portland is host to Wordstock, the Northwest's largest annual festival of books, writers and storytelling. Host Suzanne LaGrande interview some of the writers featured at this year's festival, including:

Ismet Prcic talking about his first novel Shards.

Children's book author and illustrator Carolyn Conahan on the importance of constructive criticism.

Novelist and short story writer Maile Meloy discussing The Apothecary, her first children's book.

Internationally best-selling Irish author Anne Enright on her new novel, The Forgotten Waltz, just published in the U.S.

Between the Covers on 10/20/11

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Thu, 10/20/2011 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Bill Adler discusses his book, "The Man Who Never Died: The Life, Times and Legacy of Joe Hill"

The guest is Bill Adler, author of "The Man Who Never Died: The Life, Times, and Legacy of Joe Hill, American Labor Icon."

In 1914, Joe Hill was convicted of murder in Utah and sentenced to death by firing squad, igniting international controversy. Many believed Hill was innocent, condemned for his association with the Industrial Workers of the World -- the radical Wobblies. Now, following four years of intensive investigation, William M. Adler gives us the first full-scale biography of Joe Hill, and presents never before published documentary evidence that comes as close as one can to definitively exonerating him.

Between the Covers on 10/06/11

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Thu, 10/06/2011 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Award-winning author Diana Abu-Jaber discusses her new novel "Birds of Paradise"

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with award-winning author Diana Abu-Jaber about her new book Birds of Paradise, a multilayered novel about a family that comes apart at the seams and finds its way together again. A family is haunted by the disappearance of a daughter who ran away when she was 13. As the daughter turns 18 she and the family she left behind must deal with the consequences of her actions. Themes of the book include real estate, gentrification, the politics of food and sugar, teen culture and marriage.

Between the Covers on 09/29/11

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Thu, 09/29/2011 - 11:50am - 12:00pm
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Poet, teacher and organizer David Abel talks about his work

Poet, editor and bookseller, David Abel works across disciplines in performance, film, theater, and intermedia projects. He was a founding member of the and Four Wall Cinema (the precursor to Cinema Project). Since moving to Portland in 1997, he has been active in organizing local poetry reading events, such as the Spare Room reading series (now in its tenth year) He is the coordinator of the literary arts program at the Multnomah Arts Center, where he also teaches poetry.

For more about David Abel go to: http://www.passagesbookshop.com/

For more about readings going on in and around Portland go to: www.Portlandindependentreadingseries.com

To listen to David Abel talk about his creative process and the craft of writing poetry go to: www.kboo.fm/writersoncraft

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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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