Between the Covers

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

Coming Soon

Kate Gray, Carry the Sky. Debut novel by Portland-based poet & community college instructor
Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
 

Episode Archive

Bark by Lorrie Moore

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Thu, 04/24/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Bark by Lorrie Moore

Harper’s Magazine may have said it best when describing today’s guest, Lorrie Moore:  “Fifty years from now, it may well turn out that the work of very few American writers has as much to say about what it means to be alive in our time as that of Lorrie Moore.”  Over the course of the past thirty years Lorrie Moore, has earned a place among the best and most beloved of American writers.

Tom Spanbauer, critically acclaimed author and founder of Dangerous Writing.

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Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Tom Spanbauer, critically acclaimed author and founder of Dangerous Writing.

Between the Covers welcomes local author and writing teacher Tom Spanbauer to discuss his new novel, I Loved You More. 

Praying Drunk by Kyle Minor

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Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Praying Drunk by Kyle Minor

The characters in Praying Drunk speak in tongues, torture their classmates, fall in love, hunt for immortality, abandon their children, keep machetes beneath passenger seats, and collect porcelain figurines. From Kentucky to Florida to Haiti, these seemingly disparate lives are woven together within a series of nested repetitions, enacting the struggle to remain physically and spiritually alive throughout the untamable turbulence of their worlds. In a masterful blend of fiction, autobiography, and surrealism, Kyle Minor shows us that the space between fearlessness and terror is often very small. Long before Praying Drunk reaches its plaintive, pitch-perfect end, Minor establishes himself again and again as one of the most talented younger writers in America.

Portland author Nicole Mones on her novel NIGHT IN SHANGHAI

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Thu, 04/03/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Portland author Nicole Mones on her novel NIGHT IN SHANGHAI

Host Lisa Loving speaks with Portland author Nicole Mones about her latest novel, NIGHT IN SHANGHAI, which illuminates the pivotal role of African-American musicians in the Chinese jazz age.  Recruited from the depths of the Depression, whisked to the epicenter of Asia’s hottest nightlife, these jazz players found wealth, freedom, and fame beyond their dreams, only to be caught up in the outbreak of World War II. The novel’s Thomas Greene , a classically trained Baltimore piano player, is tapped to lead a Shanghai swing orchestra. Soon success is his, prestige, illicit love with the brilliant and unavailable Song Yuhua… it’s paradise, and he never wants to leave. But war and revolution pull his w

Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

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Thu, 03/27/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

Willy Vlautin talks about his new novel, "The Free".

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Thu, 03/20/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Willy Vlautin talks about his new novel, "The Free".

Host Jay Thiemeyer interviews local author Willy Vlautin about his new novel, The Free.

The book follows the story of Leroy Kervin who has lived in a group home for eight years after being severely injured in the Iraq War. Frustrated by the simplest daily routines, he finds his existence has become unbearable. An act of desperation helps him disappear deep into his mind, into a world of romance and science fiction, danger and adventure where he is whole once again.

Willy Vlautin is the author of three other novels: The Motel Life, Northline, and Lean on Pete, which won two Oregon Book Awards. He is the singer and songwriter of the band Richmond Fontaine and lives in Scappoose, Oregon.

A Life In Men by Gina Frangello

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Thu, 03/13/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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A Life In Men by Gina Frangello

The friendship between Mary and Nix has endured since childhood, a seemingly unbreakable bond, until the mid-1980s, when the two young women reunite for a summer vacation in Greece. It's a trip instigated by Nix, who has just learned that Mary has been diagnosed with a disease that will inevitably cut her life short. Nix, a free spirit by nature, is determined that Mary have the vacation of a lifetime, but by the time their visit to Greece is over, the ties between them have unraveled, and when they said goodbye, it's for the last time.  “Ambitious in breadth and scope, this work will appeal to fans of Barbara Kingsolver and those who like being immersed in foreign settings.” —Library Journal

The Fisherpoets Anthology: Anchored in Deep Water

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Thu, 03/06/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Chelsea Stephen and Patrick Dixon discuss The Fisherpoets Anthology: Anchored in Deep Water

Illustrator Chelsea Stephen and photographer and writer Patrick Dixon talk about the Fisherpoets Anthology.

Chelsea Stephen is a freelance illustrator living in Portland.

Patrick Dixon is the curator and web designer of IntheTote. He is a member of the organizing committee for the Fisherpoets Gathering. A retired educator, he works as a freelance photographer and writer based in Olympia, Washington

The Fisherpoets Anthology: Anchored in Deep Water, is a seven-book set that is nearing completion. Over 35 poets from the USA, Canada and Japan are represented, with seven interviews of the fishermen and women engaged in commercial fishing along the coasts of the North American continent. 

The Gods of Second Chances, debut novel by local author Dan Berne

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Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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The Gods of Second Chances, local author Dan Berne

Between the Covers welcomes local author, Dan Berne.  His debut novel, The Gods of Second Chances, is the first novel release from local publisher, Forest Avenue Press.

The Gods of Second Chances is the story of a man overwhelmed by things beyond his control--a granddaughter on the verge of adolescence, a daughter returning from prison rehab, a frivolous lawsuit, and falling for the one woman he can't have--all the while trying to fish his living out of a fickle ocean in the mercurial weather of Southeast Alaska.  It's no wonder one god isn't enough for him--Leigh Anne Kranz 
 

On Such A Full Sea by Chang-rae Lee

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Thu, 02/20/2014 - 11:00am - 11:40am
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On Such A Full Sea by Chang-rae Lee
 
"The most striking dystopian novels sound an alarm, focus our attention and even change the language. The Handmaid’s Tale crystallized our fears about reproductive control; Fahrenheit 451 still flames discussions of censorship; and 1984 is the lens through which we watch the Obama administration watching us. Chang-rae Lee’s unsettling new novel, On Such a Full Sea, arrives from that same frightening realm of total oversight and pinched individuality. . . . A brilliant, deeply unnerving portrait."—The Washington Post 

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Robert Olmstead on His Life as a Writer

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Thu, 08/27/2009

 Jim Schumach talks with Robert Olmstead about his life and writing, including Stay Here with Me, a Memoir.  Olmstead's most recent book is Far Bright Star, and is the author of six previous books. Coal Black Horse was the winner of the Heartland Prize for Fiction and the Ohioana Award, was a #1 Book Sense Pick, and was a Borders Original Voices pick. Olmstead is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship and an NEA grant, and he is a professor at Ohio Wesleyan University.   Kirkus Reviews on Far Bright Star:  "Another meditative, beautifully written novel from Olmstead . . . Olmstead is wondrously attuned to the natural world and the realities of war; he uses sand, heat and distant mountains as a stage set, and his narrative unfolds with all the formal rigor of a Greek tragedy . . . Brutal, tender and magnificent.”

David Mas Masumoto: "Wisdom of the Last Farmer, Harvesting Legacies from the Land"

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Wed, 08/19/2009

 Crystal Leighty talks with David Mas Masumoto author of Wisdom of the Last Farmer, Harvesting Legacies from the Land.   Publisher notes: "Hailed by The New York Times as “A poet of farming” and the Los Angeles Times as the “Rockstar Farmer” who “uses his farm as Thoreau did his Walden Pond,” David Mas Masumoto weaves together stories of family and farming, life and death to reveal age-old wisdom that is fast disappearing—and urgently needed."

Jerome Gold

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Wed, 08/05/2009

Jennifer Kemp interviews Jerome Gold, author of "Paranoia and Heartbreak, Fifteen Years in a Juvenile Facility".

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Novelist Hallie Ephron discusses her book: "Never Tell a Lie"

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Thu, 07/02/2009

On Between the Covers which aired July 2, 2009, Host Ed Goldberg interviewed Hallie Ephron, author of Never Tell a Lie, a novel about a suburban woman who is accused of murdering a high school acquaintance.

Reif Larsen

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Wed, 07/01/2009

Host Kathleen Stephenson interviews novelist Reif Larsen, author of The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet, the illustrated story of a 12 year old boy whose devotion to the art of making maps is a way of communicating with the complex and often frightening world around him.

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"The Little Stranger"

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Wed, 06/24/2009

Eva Lake interviews Sara Waters, the author of "The Little Stranger".

Editor Ariel Gore Discusses New Anthology: "Portland Queer: Tales of the Rose City"

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Wed, 06/17/2009
Portland Queer: Tales of the Rose City

Host Crystal Leighty speaks with Ariel Gore, editor of "Portland Queer: Tales of the Rose City," a new anthology featuring local writers: Dexter Flowers, sts, Kathleen Bryson, Colleen Siviter, David Ciminello, Tony Longshanks LeTigre, Michael Sage Ricci, Annie Murphy, Sarah Gottesdiener, Jacob Anderson-Minshall, Gabrielle Rivera, David Oates, Donal Mosher, J.T. Neel, Marc Acito, Christa Orth, Sarah Dougher, Nicole Vaicunas, Jacqueline Raphael, Lois Leveen, Megan Kruse, Stevie Anntonym, Wayne Gregory, and Tom Spanbauer. Two of the contributors will also be guests on the show.

Eugene Author Miriam Gershow on her Novel: "The Local News"

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Wed, 06/10/2009

Host Ed Goldberg interviews Eugene writer Miriam Gershow, author of The Local News, a novel about a missing boy and how his disappearance affects his sister, family and friends.

Kevin Sampsell, editor of literary anthology "Portland Noir"

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Wed, 06/03/2009

Host Jay Thiemeyer speaks with Kevin Sampsell, editor of Portland Noir, a literary anthology featuring stories set in such noirish locations as the Shanghai Tunnels, dog parks, dive bars, sex shops, Powell's Books, Voodoo Doughnuts and many others. Also on hand are three authors with stories in Portland Noir; Monica Drake, Kimberly Warner-Cohen and Bill Cameron.

Author Chris Cleave on "Little Bee"

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Wed, 05/27/2009

Host Ed Goldberg speaks with Chris Cleave, author of “Little Bee,” the story of an African girl fleeing the horrors of Nigeria and her relationship with an English family. Chris Cleave is 35. He is a novelist and a columnist for The Guardian newspaper in London.

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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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