Between the Covers

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

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This Is Between Us by Kevin Sampsell

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Thu, 11/21/2013 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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This Is Between Us by Kevin Sampsell
Host David Naimon speaks with an integral part of Portland's literary community--author Kevin Sampsell.   Kevin is not only the small press curator and events coordinator at Powell’s books, he's also the editor of the Portland Noir fiction anthology,  curated this year’s Wordstock literary festival,  was in charge of LitHopPDX, Portland’s inaugural literary bar crawl, and is the publisher of the micro-press Future Tense Books.   His own books include the collections Beautiful Blemish and Creamy Bullets, and his memoir A Common Pornography.  His work has appeared in Tin House, Salon, McSweeney’s,  Best Sex Writing 2012 and Best American Essays 2013, and he is here today on Between The Covers t

Local author Rayner Ward on his novel "Advent"

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Thu, 11/14/2013 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Local author Rayner Ward on his novel "Advent"

The guest is local author Rayner Ward, who discusses his new picaresque novel "Advent." "Advent" is a novel that is based on fact, spanning the decades from the 40's through the 60's in the life of Joe Kemp, an adventurous young Texan instrumental in creating and expanding the psychedelic drug revolution. Joe is an anti-hero, searcher and artist who explores a  variety of spiritual practices. While seeking enlightenment, Joe undergoes a process described in India as "the madness of God" and witnesses the dissolution of his own personality and the possibility of regeneration.

Portland writer Rob Yardumian discusses his debut novel, The Sound of Songs Across the Water

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Thu, 11/07/2013 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Portland writer, Rob Yardumian

Portland writer Rob Yardumian discusses his debut novel, The Sound of Songs Across the Water, and the accompanying music CD, Sing With Me, Brother, For We Have Sinned.

"It’s the summer of 1995, and in the hills above Los Angeles, Riley Oliver is ringing a doorbell and chasing a dream.  Fifteen years have passed since his band flamed out at CBGB, and Riley sees the life his former guitarist Will Taylor has built—successful producing career, the lovely Lena for a wife, a gated home—and he wants some of that luck for himself. Jumping the fence, Riley brings the shadows of the past back to Will, and long-buried conflicts darken the sunny Southern California scene. 

One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses by Lucy Corin

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Thu, 10/31/2013 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses by Lucy Corin
Lucy Corin’s dazzling new collection is powered by one hundred apocalypses: a series of short stories that illuminate moments of vexation and crisis, revelations and revolutions. An apocalypse might come in the form of the end of a relationship or the end of the world, but what it exposes is the tricky landscape of our longing for a clean slate. David Naimon hosts. "Unforgettable voices resist description. Lucy Corin sounds like no one; prickly, shrewd, faintly paranoid or furtive, witty and also savage, she has something of Paley's gift for soliloquy combined with Dickinson's passionate need to hold the world at bay, that sense of a voice emanating from a Skinner box.

Oregon author Steve McQuiddy on "Here on the Edge" - Pacifism in World War II

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Thu, 10/24/2013 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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A look at the role of pacifism in World War II and one Oregon conscientous objector camp
Steve McQuiddy talks about his new book, "Here on the Edge", published by Oregon State University. McQuiddy looks at a long-neglected element of World War II history: the role of pacifism in what is often called "The Good War." He shares the fascinating story of one conscientious objector camp located on the rain-soaked Oregon Coast, Civilian Public Service (CPS) Camp #56, providing the definitive history of the Fine Arts Group at Waldport. Steve McQuiddy writes and lectures on Pacific Northwest history and culture, particularly the eccentric quarter. His monograph, The Fantastic Tale of Opal Whiteley, has been widely cited and reprinted, with an expanded version published in 2012.

Men We Reaped

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Thu, 10/17/2013 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Writer Jesmyn Ward on her Memoir Men We Reaped
Between the Covers, Part 2 Host Lisa Loving interviews writer Jesmyn Ward, about her new memoir "Men We Reaped." Jesmyn Ward grew up in poverty with a family struggling to stay together and survive in the rural South. All around her were black men facing dangers and social ills that are usually only talked about in the context of inner cities. As the sole member of her family to leave home, Jesmyn Ward discusses the place she came from with objectivity, but also with the intimacy of familiarity. Jesmyn Ward received her M.F.A from the University of Michigan and has been a Stegner Fellow at Stanford and a Grisham Visiting Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi. She is currently an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of South Alabama.

Western mystery writer Craig Johnson on Spirit of Steamboat and more

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Thu, 10/17/2013 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Craig Johnson talks about his life, his work and his new novella Spirit of Steamboat
Host Gene Bradley interviews mystery writer Craig Johnson about his new Sheriff Longmire novella, SPIRIT OF STEAMBOAT. The action in Spirit of Steamboat begins when Sheriff Walt Longmire has an unexpected visitor on Christmas Eve. The visitor is the ghost of Christmas past: a young woman with a hairline scar across her forehead and more than a few questions about Walt’s predecessor, Lucian Connally. Craig Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Walt Longmire mystery series.

Living with wild animals in the urban setting

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Thu, 10/10/2013 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Naturalist Lyanda Lynn Haupt on her book "The Urban Bestiary"
Seattle author and naturalist Lyanda Lynn Haupt talks about her latest book "THE URBAN BESTIARY: Encountering the Everyday Wild." In this book Haupt journeys into the heart of the everyday wild, where coyotes, raccoons, chickens, hawks, and humans live in closer proximity than ever before. Haupt's observations bring compelling new questions to light: Whose "home" is this? Where does the wild end and the city begin? And what difference does it make to us as humans living our everyday lives? Haupt draws us into the secret world of the wild creatures that dwell among us in our urban neighborhoods, whether we are aware of them or not.

Between the Covers on 10/03/13

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Thu, 10/03/2013 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Dissident Gardens by Jonathan Lethem

"While collective memory might offer some hazy grasp of McCarthyism and the Hollywood black-lists, all but forgotten is the real American Communist Party and its Depression-era heyday. In this epic and complex new novel, Lethem considers what happened to the ACP, as well as some other questions, about material isolation and filial resentment...The cast makes for a heady, swirly mix of fascinating, lonely people. Lethem's writing, as always, packs a witty punch. The epoch each character inhabits is artfully etched and the book is as illuminating of 20th-century American history as it is of the human burden of overcoming alienation."--Publishers Weekly.

Oregon author Katey Schultz talks about Flashes of War

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Thu, 09/26/2013 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Oregon author Katey Schultz talks about Flashes of War

Host Jim Schumock interviews Katey Schultz, about her new book Flashes of War. Characters include — a returning U.S. soldier and pragmatic jihadist, Afghan mother and listless American sister, courageous amputee and a ghost that cannot let go—appear in Flashes of War, which captures personal moments of fear, introspection, confusion, and valor in one collection spanning nations and perspectives. 

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Novelist Yiyun Li -- Frailty & Courage in Modern China

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Wed, 03/25/2009


Host Ed Goldberg speaks with Yiyun Li, author of "A Thousand Years of Good Prayers" and "The Vagrants," her debut novel, which is set in China in the late 1970s. It deals with human frailty and courage.

 

 

Local Producers Discuss Literary Journal: "Ink-Filled Page"

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Wed, 03/18/2009

Host Marianne Barisonek interviews local producers Ali McCart, Kristin Thiel, Joseph Riippi, and Scott Parker, of "Ink-Filled Page," a quarterly journal of fiction, nonfiction and artwork from Indigo Editing & Publications. 

Annie Leibovitz Talks about Her Work

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Wed, 03/11/2009

Host Jim Schumock interviews Annie Leibovitz about her book "Annie Leibovitz at Work." Leibovitz talks about her work, which spans a period beginning with Richard Nixon's resignation and ends with Barack Obama's Presidential campaign. She talks to Jim about the Rolling Stones Tour, John Lennon and Yoko Ono and others she has photographed.

Author Lisa Gardner on her Thriller "Say Goodbye"--An Oregon Connection

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Wed, 03/04/2009

Host Ed Goldberg speaks with Lisa Gardner, author of "Say Goodbye," a thriller about abduction and abuse, with an Oregon connection.Lisa Gardner started her first novel, a romance, when she was 18. She sold it to Silhouette Intimate Moments just three years later, during her junior year of college. It was released as "Walking After Midnight" under her pseudonym Alicia Scott. In 1993 Gardner graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in International Relations. She got a job working as a management consultant, but she kept up her writing. Her mystery novels include: Alone (2005), I'd Kill for That (2004), The Killing Hour (2003), The Survivors Club (2002), The Next Accident (2001), The Third Victim (2001), The Other Daughter (1999) and The Perfect Husband (1998.

 

M. Thomas Cooper author of "42"

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Mon, 02/23/2009

Host Ed Goldberg interviews M. Thomas Cooper, author of "42," a novel set in Portland about a man's missing family and his slow descent into madness.

Laura Lippman author of "Another Thing to Fall"

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Mon, 02/09/2009

Host Ed Goldberg interviews Laura Lippman, author of "Another Thing to Fall," a novel of murder on a TV shoot in Baltimore.

Kat Richardson author of "Underground"

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Mon, 02/02/2009

Host Ed Goldberg interviews Kat Richardson, author of Underground, a detective horror hybrid set in Seattle. Kat imageRichardson is a cross-genre writer, creating a combination of Science Fiction/Fantasy and Mystery/Crime no matter how hard she tries to write something else--although she has tried her hand at a bit of almost everything else. She dabbles in other text forms and media including: RPGs (Moon Elves); Film (The Glove); Computer Games (T2X); and Comics (Dangerous Days); as well as creating and maintaining her website; and taking a few abortive runs at Flash (The Pigeon of Death) and Photo Manipulation (Kat Nap). She currently lives on a sailboat in Seattle with her husband, two ferrets, and a very crotchety old cat.

Really Good Non-Fiction Books

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Mon, 01/26/2009

Michelle and Kathleen host a quick look at recent really good non-fiction books, many political. The show includes short samples of interviews with authors on a variety of topics including the redistribution of wealth, voluntary simplicity, surviving a right-wing fundamentalist reform school and facts and fictions of the human species.

Antony Lowenstein, "The Blogging Revolution"

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Mon, 01/12/2009

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Australian based journalist, author and blogger Antony Lowenstein about his book, "The Blogging Revolution."

Art Spiegelman

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Mon, 01/05/2009

Host Ed Goldberg interviews Art Spiegelman, artist and author of "Breakdowns" and "Maus."

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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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