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

Harriet Scott Chessman on The Beauty of Ordinary Things

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Thu, 02/13/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Harriet Scott Chessman talks about her new novel The Beauty of Ordinary Things

The guest is Harriet Scott Chessman, whose new novel is The Beauty of Ordinary Thingsreleased this winter by Atelier26.

Chessman is the author of Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper and Someone Not Really Her Mother.

The Beauty of Ordinary Things, set in the early 1970s, concerns the unlikely love and friendship between a young Vietnam veteran and a Benedictine nun. The renowned Ron Hansen calls The Beauty of Ordinary Things “a soulful, tender, affecting novel, with complex, searching, sympathetic characters whose situations and plights one deeply cares about."

Rabih Alameddine on his new novel "An Unnecessary Woman"

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Thu, 02/06/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Rabih Alameddine on his new novel "An Unnecessary Woman"

Host Kathleen Stephenson interviews Rabih Alameddine, one of the Middle East's most celebrated voices, about his new novel  "An Unnecessary Woman."

Rabih Alameddine follows his bestseller, The Hakawati, with "An Unnecessary Woman," a novel that explores the singular life of an obsessive introvert, revealing Beirut’s beauties and horrors along the way.

Doug Erickson, Lewis and Clark College Archivist, on the William Stafford Centennial

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Thu, 01/30/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Doug Erickson, Lewis and Clark College Archivist, on the William Stafford Centennial

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with Doug Erickson, Lewis & Clark College Head of Special Collections and College Archivist and Director of Oregon Poetic Voices, about the life and work of the late Oregon poet William Stafford. 2014 is the Centennial of Stafford's birth, and there are events in Oregon and around the world to mark the Centennial.

http://williamstaffordarchives.org/

I Am Not a Poet, a new book of poetry published by Street Roots

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Thu, 01/23/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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I Am Not a Poet, a new book of poetry published by Street Roots

In this Part 2 of Between the Covers we interview a group of people involved in "I Am Not a Poet," a new book of poetry being published by Street Roots, Portland's flagship publication addressing homelessness and poverty since 1998. The guests are Cole Merkel, SR Vendor Coordinator and leadier of the weekly Street Roots creative writing workshop; Vinnie Kinsella who is currently a volunteer copywriter for Street Roots; and contributing poet and homeless advocate Leo Rhodes.

Little Failure: A Memoir by Gary Shteyngart

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Thu, 01/23/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Little Failure: A Memoir by Gary Shteyngart


“A memoir for the ages . . . I spat laughter on the first page and closed the last with wet eyes. Unputdownable in the day and a half I spent reading it, Little Failure is a window into immigrant agony and ambition, Jewish angst, and anybody’s desperate need for a tribe.”—Mary Karr, bestselling author of Lit and The Liars’ Club

Mitchell S. Jackson on his Autobiographical Novel "The Residue Years"

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Thu, 01/16/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Mitchell S. Jackson speaks with host Jennifer Kemp about his novel "The Residue Years"

Host Jennifer Kemp speaks with Mitchell S. Jackson about his novel The Residue Years.  In this autobiographical novel, Mitchell writes what it was to come of age in Portland in the ’90s under the shadow of crack cocaine and its familiar mayhem.

Interview with Mona Golabek, author of "The Children of Willesden Lane"

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Thu, 01/09/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Interview with Mona Golabek, author of "The Children of Willesden Lane"

Mona Golabek, author of "The Children of Willesden Lane," an account of her mother's ordeal during World War II, is also a concert pianist and performer. She discusses her book, and the play created from her book, "The Pianist of Willesden Lane" with host Richard Wolinsky. 

From the series Bookwaves. An extended version can be found at www.bookwaves.com 

Dan Johnson on his book "The Air In Me," a collection of prose and poetry

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Thu, 01/02/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Dan Johnson talks about his life and reads from his book, The Air In Me

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with Dan Johnson, writer and KBOO volunteer, about his new book, The Air In Me, a collection of prose and poetry reflecting on Dan's life as an aging gay man.

Edwidge Danticat on her new novel "Claire of the Sea Light

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Thu, 12/26/2013 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Edwidge Danticat on her new novel "Claire of the Sea Light

From the series Bookwaves Haitian-American author Edwidge Danticat discusses her new novel, "Claire of the Sea Light," and her career with host Richard Wolinsky. 

Edwidge Danticat was born in Haiti in 1969 and came to the United States when she was twelve years old. She graduated from Barnard College and received an M.F.A. from Brown University. She made an auspicious debut with her first novel, Breath, Eyes, Memory, and followed it with the story collection Krik? Krak!, whose National Book Award nomination made Danticat the youngest nominee ever. She lives in New York.

Image: Photo by David Shankbone.

The Sad Passions by Veronica Gonzalez Peña

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Thu, 12/19/2013 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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The Sad Passions by Veronica Gonzalez Peña


Told by six women in one family, Veronica Gonzalez Peña’s The Sad Passions captures the alertness, beauty, and terror of childhood lived in proximity to madness. Set against the backdrop of a colonial past, spanning three generations, and shuttling from Mexico City to Oaxaca to the North Fork of Long Island to Veracruz, The Sad Passions is the lyrical story of a middle-class Mexican family torn apart by the undiagnosed mental illness of Claudia, a lost child of the 1960s and the mother of four little girls.

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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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