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 02/23/12

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Thu, 02/23/2012 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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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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Thu, 02/09/2012 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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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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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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Fri, 01/27/2012 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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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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Thu, 01/12/2012 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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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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Thu, 12/29/2011 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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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.

Between the Covers on 12/22/11

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Thu, 12/22/2011 - 11:00am - 11:35am
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Olivia Olivia, author of "Charlie Without Violins."

Host Jennifer Kemp interviews young Portland writer Olivia Olivia, who reads from her short story "Charlie Without Violins."

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Susan Wingate

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Wed, 05/20/2009
 
 

Host Ed Goldberg interviews Northwest writer Susan Wingate, author of “Bobby’s Diner”, a story of women against crime and corruption in a tiny town.

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  • Length: 26:24 minutes (24.17 MB)
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Daniel Wolff: "How Lincoln Learned to Read"

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Wed, 05/06/2009

Host Crystal Leighty interviews Daniel Wolff, author of "How Lincoln Learned to Read," which takes a look at twelve Americans -- from Ben Franklin through Elvis Presley -- and the educations that made them. How do we learn what we need to know? What does the education of a Paiute woman in western Nevada have to do with Rachel Carson's childhood? What do we mean by a "good education" and who gets one? In a starred review, Kirkus called it: "A riveting, original examination of education inside and outside the classroom."

 

Peter Rock on his Novel "My Abandonment," Based on True Story of Father & Daughter Living in Forest Park

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Wed, 05/06/2009

Host Ed Goldberg speaks with Portland author Peter Rock about his novel, "My Abandonment," which is based on the true story of a father and daughter living in Forest Park. Peter Rock is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Reed College in Portland. He has been with Reed College since 2001. He is the author of the novels The Unsettling, The Bewildered, The Ambidextrist, This is the Place, and Carnival Wolves. Rock attended Deep Springs College, received a BA in English from Yale University, and held a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University. He has taught fiction at the University of Pennsylvania, Yale, Deep Springs College, and in the MFA program at San Francisco State University. His stories and freelance writing have both appeared widely. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.

Sarah Waters

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Sun, 05/03/2009

Sarah Waters talks about her new book, the Little Stranger. 

This interview will broadcast in June 2009. Synopsis: In a dusty post-war summer in rural Warwickshire, a doctor is called to a patient at lonely Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for over two centuries, the Georgian house, once grand and handsome, is now in decline, its masonry crumbling, its gardens choked with weeds, the clock in its stable yard permanently fixed at twenty to nine. Its owners – mother, son and daughter – are struggling to keep pace with a changing society, as well as with conflicts of their own. But are the Ayreses haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of life? Little does Dr Faraday know how closely, and how terrifyingly, their story is about to become entwined with his.

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Author T.C. Boyle: "The Women" -- Frank Lloyd Wright's Wives & Lovers

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Wed, 04/29/2009

Host Jim Schumock speaks with T.C. Boyle, author of 20 books of fiction. His latest is The Women, a novel about the wives and lovers of Frank Lloyd Wright. Boyle is the author of twenty books of fiction, including, most recently, After the Plague (2001), Drop City (2003), The Inner Circle (2004), Tooth and Claw (2005), The Human Fly (2005), Talk Talk (2006), and The Women (2009).

 

Author Geraldine Brooks: "People of the Book," Imagined History of Ancient Hebrew Prayer Book

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Wed, 04/22/2009

Host Ed Goldberg interviews Geraldine Brooks about her latest novel, People of the Book, an imagined history of an ancient Hebrew prayer book. Geraldine Brooks is author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning and internationally bestselling novel March, a retelling of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved classic Little Women from the point of view of Mr. March, the absent father who goes off to war. Her first novel, Year of Wonders, published in 2001, is also an international bestseller.

Meg Wollitzer on her novel: "The Ten Year Nap" and Mothers who Opt Out of the Professional World

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Wed, 04/15/2009

Host Kathleen Stephenson interviews best-selling author Meg Wollitzer about her recent novel, The Ten Year Nap.  It's about the lives of women who opt out of the professional world to have kids and never go back. Meg Wollitzer's novels include:  Sleepwalking; This Is Your Life; Surrender, Dorothy; and The Wife. She lives in New York City.

 

 

Days I Moved Through Ordinary Sounds: The Teachers of WritersCorps in Poetry and Prose

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Wed, 04/15/2009

Janet Heller and JoNelle Toriseva talk with host Marianne Barisonek about the WriterCorps  a program, with branches in San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and New York that hires accomplished writers to teach creative writing to youth in juvenile detention facilities, homeless shelters, public schools and centers for newly arrived immigrants. City Lights has just published an anthology of work by the teachers of WritersCorps:  Days I Moved Through Ordinary Sounds.

Author Jayne Anne Phillips on "Lark and Termite," a novel of death and magic in West Virginia

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Wed, 04/08/2009

Host Ed Goldberg interviews Jayne Anne Phillips, author of Lark and Termite, a novel of a sad death and a magical child in a West Virginia family. Jayne Anne Phillips was born and raised in West Virginia. Her first book of stories, Black Tickets, published in 1979 when she was 26, won the prestigious Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction. Jayne Anne Phillips' works have been translated and published in twelve foreign languages. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, and a Bunting Fellowship from the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College. Her work has appeared most recently in Harper's, Granta, Doubletake, and the Norton Anthology of Contemporary Fiction. She has taught at Harvard University, Williams College, and Boston University, and is currently Professor of English and Director of a new MFA Program at Rutgers-Newark, the State University of New Jersey.

Author Debra Gwartney: "Live Through This: A Mother's Memoir of Runaway Daughters & Reclaimed Love"

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Thu, 04/02/2009

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Oregon author Debra Gwartney about her book, Live Through This: A Mother's Memoir of Runaway Daughters and Reclaimed Love. The book is related to the story of her relationship with her daughters featured on This American Life  in 2002.

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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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