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 06/13/13

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Thu, 06/13/2013 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Khaled Hosseini on his new novel "And the Mountains Echoed"

Host Sarika Mehta interviews Khaled Hosseini about his new book "And the Mountains Echoed," a multigenerational novel that follows its characters around the globe - from Kabul, to Paris, to San Francisco, to the Greek island of Tinos.

Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and moved to the United States with his family in 1980, where he trained as a doctor with a specialty in internal medicine. He is the author of "The Kite Runner" and "A THousand Splendid Suns." He is also a Goodwill Envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the Un Refugee Agency, and the founder of The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, which provides humanitartian assistance to the peopleof Afghanistan.

Between the Covers on 06/06/13

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Writer and professor Marivi Soliven on her novel "The Mango Bride"

Host Sarika Mehta interviews Marivi Soliven about her new novel "The Mango Bride." 

"The Mango Bride" is the story of two immigrant Filipinas in California. Banished by her wealthy Filipino family in Manila, Amparo Guerrero travels to Oakland, California, to forge a new life. Although her mother labels her life in exile a diminished one, Amparo believes her struggles are a small price to pay for freedom…

Like Amparo, Beverly Obejas – an impoverished Filipina waitress – forsakes Manila and comes to Oakland as a mail order bride in search of a better life. Yet even in the land of plenty, Beverly fails to find the happiness and prosperity she envisioned.

Between the Covers on 05/30/13

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Stupid Children with Lenore Zion

Jane lived happily with her father until his failed suicide attempt and relocation to a mental hospital forced her into the foster care system.  By chance, Jane is assigned to foster parents involved in the Second Day Believers—a cult focused on the “cleansing” of mental impurities in their children, and the sanctity of the internal organs of farm animals. Jane is quickly initiated into the cult but her father’s lingering voice prevents her from becoming entirely indoctrinated.  Despite Jane’s resistance, she is revered in the cult as the second coming of the late wife of the leader of the Second Day Believers.

Between the Covers on 05/23/13

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Thu, 05/23/2013 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Jean Kwok, author of "Girl in Translation"

Host Sarika Mehta interviews best-selling author Jean Kwok, who is best known for her novel Girl in Translation. Jean Kwok visited Portland in April as part of PCC Reads 2012-2013: Girl in Translation.

Jean Kwok immigrated from Hong Kong to Brooklyn when she was five and worked in a Chinatown clothing factory for much of her childhood. She won early admission to Harvard, where she worked as many as four jobs at a time, and graduated with honors in English and American literature, before going on to earn an MFA in fiction at Columbia.

Between the Covers on 05/16/13

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Red Moon by Benjamin Percy
 They live among us.
 They are your neighbor, your mother, your lover.
 They change. 
Every teenage girl thinks she’s different. When government agents kick down Claire Forrester’s front door and murder her parents, Claire realizes just how different she is. Patrick Gamble was nothing special until the day he got on a plane and hours later stepped off it, the only passenger left alive, a hero. President Chase Williams has sworn to protect the people of the United States from the menace in their midst, but is becoming the very thing he has promised to destroy. So far the threat has been controlled by laws and violence and drugs.

Between the Covers on 05/09/13

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Thu, 05/09/2013 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Ellen Sussman, author of The Paradise Guest House

Between the Covers welcomes Ellen Sussman, author of the new novel, The Paradise Guest House. 

It starts as a trip to paradise. Sent on assignment to Bali, Jamie, an American adventure guide, is caught in Bali’s infamous nightclub bombings.  One year later, haunted by memories, Jamie returns to Bali seeking a sense of closure. Most of all, she hopes to find Gabe, the man who helped save her. 

The novel explores "what happens when the troubles of the world descend on paradise" and how humans must make peace with the realization that, "There is no paradise.  There is no safety."   

Between the Covers on 05/02/13

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Thu, 05/02/2013 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Ali Liebgott on her novel "Cha-Ching!"

Host Jennifer Kemp interviews Ali Liebgott about her new novel, "Cha-Ching!" The story revolves around Theo, a scruffy, big-hearted and quick-witted heroine, who has been delivered luckless into a culture where the winners and losers have already been decided. Her adventures in getting over take her from SF to NYC, from dyke bars to telemarketing outfits, casinos to free clinics. Liebegott tells a story of what it means to be young and broke in America.

Between the Covers on 04/25/13

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Thu, 04/25/2013 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell

Karen Russell is one of today’s most celebrated and vital writers—honored in The New Yorker’s list of the twenty best writers under the age of forty, Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists, and the National Book Foundation’s five best writers under the age of thirty-five.  Last year, Karen Russell was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in fiction (alongwith David Foster Wallace and Denis Johnson) for her debut novel, Swamplandia!

Between the Covers on 04/18/13

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The Stud Book by Monica Drake

In the hip haven of Portland, Oregon, a pack of unsteady but loyal friends asks what it means to bring babies into an already crowded world. A smart, edgy and poignantly funny exploration of the complexities of what parenthood means today, Monica Drake's second novel, The Stud Book, demonstrates that when it comes to babies, we can learn a lot by considering our place in the animal kingdom. Cheryl Strayed calls The Stud Book a "take your breath away good, blow your mind wise, crack your heart open beauty of a novel. A smart sexy, comic compassionate, absorbing and necessary story of our times."

Between the Covers on 04/11/13

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Spend thirty minutes with Sister Paula

Join Dan Johnson on April 11 @ 11am on Between the Covers when we  meet Portland Icon, Paula Neilsen, aka Sister Paula.

Paula has a new book out titled "Trans Evangilist'... the story of her life.

Paula will talk about her early life while still known as Larry as well as her years in Los Angeles as well as the years she spent working at Darcelle's XV

 

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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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