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

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Episode Archive

Parnaz Foroutan on her debut novel "The Girl from the Garden"

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Thu, 08/27/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Parnaz Foroutan on her debut novel "The Girl from the Garden"
Host Sarika Mehta speaks with Parnaz Foroutan, author of the debut novel THE GIRL FROM THE GARDEN, which was longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and named a 2015 selection for the prestigious Indies Introduce Debut Authors program,

Foroutan brings to life the tumult of early 20th century Iran and the complex, tragic history of a wealthy family of Persian Jews. This is an intimate view of a young woman bound by the confines of an oppressive male-dominated society, and of the crisis of inheritance that drives her to dark extremes to save herself and preserve her status within the family.

A Long High Whistle by David Biespiel

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Thu, 08/20/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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A Long High Whistle by David Biespiel

Over the course of ten years, poet and critic David Biespiel published an essay on poetry every month in the Oregonian in what became the longest-running newspaper column on poetry in the United States. Collected for the first time, these enormously popular essays, many of which have been revised and expanded, offer a fresh and refreshing approach to the reading and writing of poetry. With passion, wit, and common sense, they articulate a profound and entertaining statement about the mysteries of poetry and about poetry's essential role in our civic and cultural lives.

Portland Author Ellen Urbani launches Hurricane Katrina-inspired novel, Landfall.

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Thu, 08/13/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Ellen Urbani, author of Landfall

Between the Covers welcomes local author Ellen Urbani on the launch of her debut novel, Landfall, published by Portland-based national publisher Forest Avenue Press.

Music for Wartime by Rebecca Makkai

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Thu, 08/06/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Music for Wartime by Rebecca Makkai

The award-winning writer, Rebecca Makkai, whose stories have appeared in four consecutive editions of The Best American Short Stories, appears on Between The Covers to discuss her much-anticipated story collection bearing her signature mix of intelligence, wit, and heart. A reality show producer manipulates two contestants into falling in love, even as her own relationship falls apart. Just after the fall of the Berlin Wall, a young boy has a revelation about his father’s past when a renowned Romanian violinist plays a concert in their home. When the prized elephant of a traveling circus keels over dead, the small-town minister tasked with burying its remains comes to question his own faith.

The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

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Thu, 07/30/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

Maggie Nelson's The Argonauts is a genre-bending memoir offering fresh, fierce, and timely thinking about desire, identity, and the limitations and possibilities of love and language. At its center is a romance: the story of the author's relationship with the fluidly-gendered artist Harry Dodge, offering a firsthand account of the complexities and joys of (queer) family-making.

Jeff Koehler on his book, "Darjeeling," the Story of How Darjeeling Tea Began

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Thu, 07/23/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Jeff Koehler on his book, "Darjeeling," the Story of How Darjeeling Tea Began

The guest is Jeff Koehler, author of "Darjeeling," the story of how Darjeeling tea began, jump-started the largest tea industry on the globe under imperial British rule, and came to produce the highest-quality tea leaves anywhere in the world – beloved by millions. It is a story rich in people, history, intrigue, and terroir, all set amidst a backdrop of the looming Himalayas and drenching monsoons. But it is also the story of how the industry spiraled into decline by the end of the 20th century, and how this Edenic spot in the high Himalayas seethes with a violent independence struggle.

Jeff Koehler speaks Thursday the 23rd, at 7:30pm  /  Powell's City of Books .
 

The Small Backs of Children by Lidia Yuknavitch

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Thu, 07/16/2015 - 11:00am - 11:50am
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The Small Backs of Children by Lidia Yuknavitch

Walidah Imarisha, Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements

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Thu, 07/09/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Walidah Imarisha, Octavia's Brood: Sci-Fi Stories from Social Justice Movements

Between the Covers welcomes Walidah Imarisha, co-editor and contributing author of Octavia's Brood:  Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements.

Portland writer Justin Hocking on his Memoir, "The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld"

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Thu, 07/02/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Portland writer Justin Hocking on his Memoir, "The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld"

Host Jay Thiemeyer speaks with Portland writer Justin Hocking about his book, The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld, Winner of the 2015 Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction.

Polly Dugan on her new novel "The Sweetheart Deal"

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Thu, 06/25/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Polly Dugan on her new novel "The Sweetheart Deal"

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with Portland writer Polly Dugan about her new novel, The Sweetheart Deal,  It's the story of what happens when a woman who thinks she's lost everything has the chance to love again.  

Polly Dugan s a reader at Tin House magazine. A former employee of Powell's Books, she is an alumna of the Tin House Writer's Workshop. Dugan's first published story, "A Matter of Time," was Line Zero's Spring 2012 Literary Contest Winner, "Masquerades" (as "One At a Time"), was Narrative's Story of the Week (December 2012), and "Kitten Season" was an Honorable Mention Recipient in Glimmer Train's Short Story Award for New Writers (August 2009).

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Alafair Burke on her latest mystery, "212"

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Thu, 05/06/2010

Host Ed Goldberg speaks with writer Alistair Burke about her third white-knuckle thriller "212." NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher and her partner, J.J. Rogan are investigating the murder of NYU student Megan Gunther, who's the target of threatening posts on a college gossip Web site. The death of bodyguard Robert Robo Mancini, whose bullet-ridden corpse turns up in a swanky new building, the 212, built by Sam Sparks, the high-powered Manhattan real-estate developer Robo worked for, ups the ante. When Sam makes it clear that the police won't have access to any company records, Ellie's interest is piqued. As she and J.J. try to piece together Megan's life, they discover a link between the student and a recently murdered real estate agent. With her usual tenacity, Ellie pursues leads that put both her career and her life at risk. Burke expertly weaves real-life headlines into her plot—particularly the Craig's List Killer and the slew of recent political scandals—without ever sacrificing originality.

Sarah Dunant on "Sacred Hearts," a novel of intrigue in a 16th century Italian convent

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Thu, 04/29/2010

Sarah Dunant is the author of the international bestseller The Birth of Venus, which has received major worldwide acclaim and In the Company of the Courtesan. With the publication of Sacred Hearts, she rounds out a Renaissance trilogy bringing voice to the lives of three different women in three different historical contexts. Sarah Dunant’s research has resulted in vivid reconstructions of womens’secret histories in the characters of a Florentine Noblewoman, a Venetian Courtesan and with Sacred Hearts the lives of the Sisters of Santa Caterina.

Author Susan Douglas discusses "Enlightened Sexism: The Seductive Message that Feminism's Work Is Done"

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Thu, 04/29/2010
Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with Susan Douglas about her new book, Enlightened Sexism: The Seductive Message that Feminism's Work Is Done. Douglas exposes popular images of women in the media as mere fantasies of female power, assuring women and girls that the battle for equality has been won, so there’s nothing wrong with resurrecting sexist stereotypes—all in good fun, of course. She shows that these portrayals not only distract us from the real-world challenges facing women today but also drive a wedge between baby-boom women and their “millennial” daughters.

Susan J. Douglas is the author of Where the Girls Are, The Mommy Myth, and other works of cultural history and criticism. She is the Catherine Neafie Kellogg Professor of Communication Studies and chair of the department at the University of Michigan, where she has taught since 1996. Her work has appeared in The Nation, The Progressive, Ms., The Village Voice, and In These Times. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Novelist Susan Stoner discusses her PDX historical mystery: "Timber Beasts"

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Fri, 04/09/2010
Host Marianne Barisonek interviews Susan Stoner, author of Timber BeastsStoner , general counsel at Portland-headquartered Amalgamated Transit Union Local 757 — worked in her free time to develop a series of historical mysteries set in the Portland of 1902. Now the first published installment is in print, and is garnering favorable reactions from local historians and labor history buffs. Jim Strassmeier, longtime oral historian for the Oregon Historical Society, called it a “unique, genre-crossing novel” that “combines rousing adventure with accurate back-to-the-past details.”

Mystery writer Dana Stabenow: "A Night Too Dark"

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Thu, 04/01/2010

Host Ed Goldberg speaks with Dana Stabenow, author of A Night Too Dark, a mystery set in the Bush Country of Alaska.  Stabenow has produced works in the science fiction, mystery, and suspense/thriller genres. Many of her books are set in her home state of Alaska, where she was raised by her single mother who lived and worked on a fish tender in the Gulf of Alaska. 

Chris Bohjalian on his novel: "Secrets of Eden"

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Thu, 03/25/2010

On the March 25, 2010, airing of Between the Covers, host Crystal Leighty interviews Chris Bohjalian, the author of thirteen books, including the new novel, Secrets of Eden, a story of shattered faith, intimate secrets and the delicate exploration of the nature of sacrifice.

Author Audrey Niffenegger on "Her Fearful Symmetry"

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Thu, 03/18/2010

Host Ed Goldberg interviews Audrey Niffenegger, author of Her Fearful Symmetry, a ghost story involving two sets of twins.

Audrey Niffenegger is a visual artist and a guide at Highgate Cemetery. In addition to her bestselling debut novel, The Time Traveler’s Wife, she is the author of two illustrated novels. She lives in Chicago.

Annie Barrows, co-author of "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society"

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Thu, 03/11/2010

Host Ed Goldberg speaks with Annie Barrows, co-author of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society, a novel of love and intrigue on an island in the English Channel in 1946.

Mary Ann Shaffer became interested in Guernsey while visiting London in 1976. On a whim, she decided to fly to Guernsey but became stranded there when a thick fog descended and all boats and planes were forbidden to leave the island. As she waited for the fog to lift, warming herself by the heat of the hand-dryer in the men's restroom, she read all the books in the Guernsey airport bookstore, including Jersey under the Jack-Boot. Thus began her fascination with the German Occupation of the Channel Islands.

Many years later, when goaded by her book club to write a novel, Mary Ann naturally thought of Guernsey. She chose to write in the epistolary form because, "for some bizarre reason, I thought it would be easier." Several years of work yielded The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which was greeted with avid enthusiasm, first by her family, then by her writing group, and finally by publishers around the world. Sadly, Mary Ann's health began to decline shortly thereafter, and she asked her niece, Annie Barrows, to help her finish the book.

Mary Ann Shaffer was born in Martinsburg, West Virginia, in 1934. Her career included libraries, bookstores, and publishing, but her life-long dream was to "write a book that someone would like enough to publish." Though she did not live to see it, this dream has been realized in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

Annie Barrows, whose career also included libraries, bookstores, and publishing, is the author of the

Ivy and Bean

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The Magic Half

Mentors, Muses and Monsters: Thirty Writers on the People Who Changed Their Lives

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Thu, 03/04/2010

Writer and teacher Elizabeth Benedict talks about "Mentors, Muses and Monsters: Thirty Writers on the People Who Changed Their Lives." She edited the book, which features essays by Elizabeth Benedict * Robert Boyers * Jay Cantor * John Casey * Maud Casey * Christopher Castellani * Alexander Chee * Michael Cunningham * Jonathan Safran Foer * Julia Glass * Mary Gordon * Neil Gordon * Arnon Grunberg * Samantha Hunt * Denis Johnson * Margot Livesey * Dinaw Mengestu * Sigrid Nunez * Joyce Carol Oates * ZZ Packer * Caryl Phillips * Carolyn See * Jim Shepard * Anita Shreve * Jane Smiley * Martha Southgate * Cheryl Strayed * Evelyn Toynton * Lily Tuck * Edmund White

Elizabeth Benedict is the author of five novels, including the bestseller Almost and the National Book Award-shortlisted Slow Dancing, and The Joy of Writing Sex: A Guide for Fiction Writers. She has been a frequent guest on such national programs as NPR’s Fresh Air and All Things Considered, and her work has appeared in outlets including The New York Times, Boston Globe, AARP, Huffington Post, Allure, Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar, Tin House, and Salmagundi. Benedict is currently on the faculty of the Columbia University MFA program and has taught writing at Princeton, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and Swarthmore College. She lives in New York City and Boston.

Kathleen Stephenson hosts.
 

Author Matthew Flaming on "The Kingdom of Ohio," a speculative of science in 1900

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Thu, 02/25/2010

Host Ed Goldberg interviews local writer Matthew Flaming, author of  The Kingdom of Ohio, a speculative about science in 1900.   "The Kingdom of Ohio" is a love story set against New York City at the dawn of the mechanical age, featuring Nikola Tesla, Thomas Edison, and J. P. Morgan."  After discovering an old photograph, an elderly antiques dealer living in present-day Los Angeles is forced to revisit the history he has struggled to deny. The photograph depicts a man and a woman. The man is Peter Force, a young frontier adventurer who comes to New York City in 1901 and quickly lands a job digging the first subway tunnels beneath the metropolis. The woman is Cheri- Anne Toledo, a beautiful mathematical prodigy whose memories appear to come from another world. They meet seemingly by chance, and initially Peter dismisses her as crazy. But as they are drawn into a tangle of overlapping intrigues, Peter must reexamine Cheri-Anne’s fantastic story. Could it be that she is telling the truth and that she has stumbled onto the most dangerous secret imaginable: the key to traveling through time?  Set against the mazelike streets of New York at the dawn of the mechanical age, Peter and Cheri-Anne find themselves wrestling with the nature of history, technology, and the unfolding of time itself.

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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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