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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Thu, 02/02/2012 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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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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Portland novelist Bill Cameron on "Chasing Smoke"

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Thu, 02/04/2010

 Host Ed Goldberg speaks with Portland writer Bill Cameron, author of Chasing Smoke, a police procedural set in Portland. A cancer-stricken homicide detective, Skin Kadash, looks into the apparent suicides of several people who were patients of the same doctor, who happens to have been Skin’s doctor, too. Cameron tells two stories, the investigation itself and Skin’s coming-to-terms with his possible death.

Interview with Memoirist Mary Karr on Lit

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Thu, 01/28/2010

Host Laura McCandlish interviews acclaimed memoirist and poet Mary Karr, author of the bestselling The Liar's Club about her hardscrabble East Texas childhood and Cherry, her drug-laced, angst-filled coming of age story. With her characteristic dry wit, Karr now returns with Lit. In the searing yet hilarious memoir, Karr descends into alcoholism and madness as a young mother and struggling poet, only to be saved by an unlikely faith. In December, Lit made The New York Times' "The 10 Best Books of 2009" list.

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John Irving on his latest novel: "Last Night in Twisted River"

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Thu, 01/14/2010

Host Jim Schumock speaks with John Irving, noted author of such novels as The World According to GarpCider-House Rules, and The Hotel New Hampshire. His latest novel, Last Night in Twisted River, is the story of a father and son on the run after a tragic accident. The novel has many autobiographical elements. 

Novelist Piers Paul Read: "The Death of a Pope"

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Thu, 01/07/2010

Host Ed Goldberg interviews British writer Piers Paul Read, author of The Death of a Pope, a thriller involving the politics of The Vatican and liberation theology. 

Stuart Archer Cohen, author of "The Army of the Republic"

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Thu, 12/10/2009

Host Ed Goldberg speaks with Stuart Archer Cohen, author of The Army of the Republic, a novel of resistance to a repressive government in near-future America. Stuart Archer Cohen lives in Juneau, Alaska, where he owns Invisible World, an international company dealing in wool, silk, alpaca and cashmere in Asia and South America.  His previous two novels, Invisible World and 17 Stone Angels, have been translated into 10 languages.

 

Selden Edwards: "The Little Book"

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Thu, 11/12/2009

Host Ed Goldberg interviews Selden Edwards, author of The Little Book, a time-travel fantasy set in Vienna, 1897.  Edwards began writing The Little Book  as a young English teacher in 1974, and continued to layer and refine the manuscript until its completion in 2007. It is his first novel, and it's become a best seller.

Thomas H Greco, Jr.: "The End of Money and the Future of Civilization"

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Thu, 10/29/2009

Stephanie Potter interviews community economist Thomas H. Greco, Jr. about his most recent book The End of Money and the Future of Civilization.  Greco will also speak in Portland, Monday, Nov 2 at 7 pm at the First Unitarian Church, 1011 SW 12th. (Co-Sponsored by the Community Exchange Network of Portland and Bright Neighbor.)   Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy:   “Maybe you've noticed a slight bit of turmoil in our national and global financial system? This book cuts to the very core of the trouble--and points toward several pathways toward that might allow us to slowly climb out of the pit into which we've stumbled.”  An authority on the subject of monetary systems, Greco is one of the world’s leading experts in describing alternative or complementary currencies, self-regulating systems  that facilitate “reciprocal exchange” without the use of government legal tender.  His website is http://www.reinventingmoney.com/  

Melissa Hart: "Gringa: A Contradictory Girlhood"

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Thu, 10/22/2009

Host Crystal Leighty speaks with author Melissa Hart about her new memoir, Gringa: A Contradictory Girlhood.  “You can’t grow up parented by two women. It’s unnatural.”  This is the rationale that allows Melissa Hart’s father to take custody of his three young children. Hart tells the story of enforced separation from her mother and the comfort she takes in Latino culture as she attempts to establish her identity in two increasingly divergent worlds."Gringa is a tender and smart memoir that brings vivid context to the coming-of-age journey after a parent comes out of the closet."--Abigail Garner, author of Families Like Mine: Children of Gay Parents Tell It Like It Is

Lyn Moelich interviews Tod Davies

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Thu, 09/10/2009

      Lyn Moelich interviews screenwriter, producer, teacher and obcessive cook Tod Davies about her new book Jam Today (a dairy of cooking with what you've got).

Heather Sharfeddin, Author of Windless Summer, a novel of a small town in the Columbia Gorge

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Thu, 09/03/2009

 Ed Goldberg interviews Heather Sharfeddin, author of Windless Summer, a novel of a small town in the Columbia Gorge with a motel that might be a karma center.  Publisher's Weekly:  "Tom Jemmet is the widower owner of the rundown Jemmet Motel, and his relationship with his autistic 12-year-old daughter, Sienna, takes center stage in a plot packed with secrets."  The back drop to the story is that the town is dying, businesses are closing and the people are moving away.

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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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