Between the Covers

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

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Portland writer Justin Hocking on his Memoir, "The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld"
The Small Backs of Children by Lidia Yuknavitch
 

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Between the Covers on 09/20/12

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Thu, 09/20/2012 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Murder on the Oregon Coast...no...three murders!

 Here's a quck test; what does Charles Dickens, Dickens Junction, Oregon and murder have to do with each other. The simple answer is quite a bit, but wait, we need to add one more thing to the mix and that is Christopher Lord, the author of THE CHRISTMAS CAROL MURDERS.

Join Dan Johnson on Thursday, September 20th at 11am on Between the Covers as he welcomes Christopher Lord to help unravel this great little holiday mystery. 

Between the Covers on 09/13/12

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Josh Gross on "Secrets and Lies," a book of short fiction

Host Angelique O'Rourke speaks with writer, journalist, musician and stand-up comedian Josh Gross about his book of short fiction Secrets and Lies, his music, self-publishing and script-writing. Josh Gross is a founding member of the Southern Oregon punk rock band, The VAM Commanders,  He wrote the script for The Lost Van Gogh, which recently premiered at The White Sands International Film Festival and won the Audience Choice Award at the Tulsa International Film Festival. He is also a frequent contributor to the Boise State Public Radio live storytelling series, Story Story Night. He is a reporter for the Boise Weekly

Between the Covers on 09/06/12

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Portland writer Amanda Coplin on her novel "The Orchardist"

Host Jim Schumock speaks with Amanda Coplin, author of The Orchardist. Set at the turn of the twentieth century, in a rural stretch of the Pacific Northwest, The Orchardist tells the story of a reclusive orchardist, who tends to apples and apricots as if they were loved ones. When two teenage girls take up on the orchardist's land and indulge in his deep reservoir of compassion events, his life is changed forever.

Amanda Coplin was born in Wenatchee, Washington. She received her BA from the University of Oregon and MFA from the University of Minnesota. A recipient of residencies from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and the Omi International Arts Center at Ledig House in Ghent, New York, she lives in Portland, Oregon.

Between the Covers on 08/23/12

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Writer Julia Alvarez on her memoir A Wedding in Haiti

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with writer Julia Alvarez, author of numerous books including How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents.

Between the Covers on 08/16/12

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Sheila Heti on her novel/memoir/self-help book "How Should A Person Be?"

Is How Should a Person Be? a novel, a memoir, a self-help manual, or a book of philosophy? It is all of these things and more. Host David Naimon talks with Sheila Heti about her new book, "a raw, startling, genre-defying novel of friends, sex, and love in the new millennium--a compulsive read that's like 'spending a day with your new best friend.' (Bookforum).

Between the Covers on 08/09/12

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Oregon writer Anna Keesey on her new novel "Little Century"

Host Jennifer Kemp speaks with Anna Keesey about her new novel Little Century, which tells the story of  eighteen-year-old Esther Chambers, who, after the death of her mother, heads west in search of her only living relative. 

She settles in the lawless town of Century, Oregon and discovers that the town is in the midst of a range war. There’s plenty of land, but somehow it is not enough for the ranchers—it’s cattle against sheep, with water at a premium.  In this charged climate, small incidents of violence swiftly escalate, and the bloodshed gets noticed by the railroad planners.  Century will die without a railroad, a fate Pick and his men will go to any lengths to prevent. 

Between the Covers on 08/02/12

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Writer Benjamin Busch on his new memoir Dust to Dust

Host Jim Schumock speaks with Bejamin Busch about his new memoir Dust to Dust, which is about ordinary things: life and death, peace and war, the adventures of childhood and the revelations of adulthood. Benjamin Busch—a decorated U.S. Marine Corps infantry officer who served two combat tours in Iraq, an actor on The Wire, and the son of celebrated novelist Frederick Busch.

Between the Covers on 07/26/12

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Novelist Ron Rash on his new book "The Cove," story of a blazing but doomed love affair in WWI

Host Jim Schumock speaks with writer Ron Rash about his new book The Cove, a tale of the beauty of nature and love—and the darkness of superstition and fear. With The Cove, Rash, the author of Serena, returns to the Appalachian milieu of his previous novels. This is a story of a love affair doomed in the rising turmoil of WWI. At the same time The Cove explores often dangerous notions of patriotism during wartime.

Between the Covers on 07/19/12

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Karen Thompson Walker discusses her novel The Age of Miracles

On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life—the fissures in her parents’ marriage, the loss of old friends, the hopeful anguish of first love, the bizarre behavior of her grandfather who, convinced of a government conspiracy, spends his days obsessively cataloging his possessions. As Julia adjusts to the new normal, the slowing inexorably continues.

Between the Covers on 07/12/12

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Zazen: An interview with author Vanessa Veselka

A war has either started or is about to. Bombs are going off in the city. But people seem strangely disengaged. Della's activist friends seem more concerned about the next sex party or the finer points of vegan ideology, and customers at the vegan café where she works, talk of leaving the country for a life of escape and eco-tourism. But Della feels compelled to stay as the bombs inch closer. Even though she isn’t quite sure how to engage, and what exactly to fight for. This is the world of Zazen.

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Diane Wilson about her memoir "Holy Roller: Growing Up In the Church of Knock Down, Drag Out: or How I Quit Loving a Blue-Eyed

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Mon, 12/29/2008

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Code Pink activist Diane Wilson about her memoir Holy Roller: Growing Up In the Church of Knock Down, Drag Out: or How I Quit Loving a Blue-Eyed Jesus. For Diane Wilson, childhood was populated by devils and ghosts, holy and otherwise. Holy Roller: Growing Up in the Church of the Knock Down, Drag Out; Or, How I Quit Loving a Blue-Eyed Jesus describes Wilson’s Pentecostal upbringing in the tiny fishing town of Seadrift, Texas, where residents were ruled by poverty, labor, elaborate religious mores, and corrupt authorities. Despite that potentially oppressive litany, the book is a delight.

Jill Kelly, author of "Sober Truths"

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Mon, 12/22/2008

Host Ed Goldberg interviews local author Jill Kelly, whose memoir of alcoholism and recovery is called Sober Truths: the Making of an Honest Woman. Kelly's demons did not go quietly when she put the bottle down. Loneliness, anxiety, distrust of others-they were all still there. This memoir tells how she has learned to be with those demons and not drink, to let go of the jealous dramas of the past and embrace a new life of peace. Along the way, Kelly reinvents herself, becoming a visual artist, starting a successful business, and developing deep friendships and a satisfying spiritual life.

Kim Barnes, author of "A Country Called Home"

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Mon, 12/15/2008

Host Marianne Barisonek interviews Idaho writer Kim Barnes about A Country Called Home, which tells the story of the fallout that occurs when one man checks out of his life and another checks in. Barnes is the author of the acclaimed memoir In the Wilderness set in the great forests of Idaho, where geography and isolation shape love and family. In this novel, she returns to this territory, with a tale of hope and idealism, faith and madness.
The novel is set in 1960, when the main characters abandon a guaranteed future in upper-crust Connecticut and take off for a utopian adventure in the Idaho wilderness. The sudden, frightening birth of a daughter changes something deep inside their marriage. In the aftermath of a tragic accident suspicion, anger, and regret come to haunt this shattered family.
 

Kathleen Norrisauthor of the memoir "Acedia and Me: A Marriage, Monks and a Writer's Life"

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Mon, 12/08/2008

Kathleen Stephenson interviews Kathleen Norris, author of the memoir Acedia and Me: A Marriage, Monks and a Writer's Life.  Acedia is an ancient term meaning soul weariness. Kathleen Norris is an award-winning poet, writer, and author of the New York Times bestsellers The Cloister Walk and AmazingGrace: A Vocablualry of Faith. Norris has been in residence twice at the Collegeville Institute at St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota, and is an oblate of Assumption Abbey in North Dakota.

Russell Shorto, author of "Descartes' Bones"

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Mon, 12/01/2008

Host Ed Goldberg speaks with Russell Shorto, author of Descartes' Bones. a true story of how the philosopher's remains became a political relic. Russell Shorto is the author of a book on the Dutch origins of New York City: The Island at the Center of the World. He often writes for The New York Times Magazine and GQ.

David Shields on "The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead"

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Mon, 11/24/2008

Host Ed Goldberg interviews David Shields, author of The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead, a meditation on life, living and contemplating death. David Shields is the author of eight books, including Black Planet: Facing Race During an NBA Season, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Remote: Reflections on Life in the Shadow of Celebrity, winner of the PEN/Revson Award; and Dead Languages: A Novel, winner of the Governor's Writers Award. His essays and stories have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Harper's, Yale Review, Village Voice, Salon, Slate, McSweeney's, and Utne Reader; he's written reviews for the New York Times Book Review, Los Angeles Times Book Review, Boston Globe, and Philadelphia Inquirer.

Salman Rushdie, award winning author

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Mon, 11/17/2008

Host Jim Schumock presents a special extended interview with Booker Prize winner Salman Rushdie, whose latest book is The Enchantress of Florence: A Novel.  In the book, a tall, yellow-haired, young European traveler calling himself “Mogor dell’Amore,” the Mughal of Love, arrives at the court of the Emperor Akbar, lord of the great Mughal empire, with a tale to tell that begins to obsess the imperial capital, a tale about a mysterious woman, a great beauty believed to possess powers of enchantment and sorcery, and her impossible journey to the far-off city of Florence.

The Enchantress of Florence
is the story of a woman attempting to command her own destiny in a man’s world. It is the story of two cities, unknown to each other, at the height of their powers–the hedonistic Mughal capital, in which the brilliant Akbar the Great wrestles daily with questions of belief, desire, and the treachery of his sons, and the equally sensual city of Florence during the High Renaissance, where Niccolò Machiavelli takes a starring role as he learns, the hard way, about the true brutality of power.

About the Author
Salman Rushdie is the author of nine previous novels: Grimus; Midnight’s Children (which was awarded the Booker Prize in 1981 and, in 1993, was judged to be the “Booker of Bookers,” the best novel to have won that prize in its first twenty-five years); Shame (winner of the French Prix de Meilleur Livre Etranger); The Satanic Verses (winner of the Whitbread Prize for Best Novel); Haroun and the Sea of Stories (winner of the Writers Guild Award); The Moor’s Last Sigh (winner of the Whitbread Prize for Best Novel); The Ground Beneath Her Feet (winner of the Eurasian section of the Commonwealth Prize); Fury (a New York Times Notable Book); and Shalimar the Clown (a Time Book of the Year). He is also the author of a book of stories, East, West, and three works of nonfiction– Imaginary Homelands, The Jaguar Smile, and The Wizard of Oz. He is co-editor of Mirrorwork, an anthology of contemporary Indian writing.

Jennie Shortridge, author of "Love and Biology at the Center of the Universe"

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Mon, 11/10/2008

Ed Goldberg hosts.  His guest is Jennie Shortridge, local author of Love and Biology at the Center of the Universe a novel about a woman's midlife crisis.

Richelle Mead author of "Succubus Dreams"

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Mon, 11/03/2008

Host Ed Goldberg interviews Richelle Mead, author of Succubus Dreams, an urban fantasy of supernatural beings in modern Seattle. Also this AM an Election Day report from Free Speech Radio News.

Joseph O'Neill, author of "Netherland"

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Mon, 10/27/2008

Host Jim Schumock interviews Joseph O'Neill, author of "Netherland," a wonderful book about nothing.

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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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