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 06/09/11

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Thu, 06/09/2011 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Daniel Wilson talks about his novel "Robopocalypse"

Host Marianne Barisonek interviews Portland writer, television host and robotics engineer Daniel Wilson, author of the technothriller "Robopocalypse," which explores the fate of the human race following a robot uprising.

Wilson has an M.S. and P.H.D. in Robotics, and an M.S. in Machine Learning. His other books include the 2005 book "How to Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion," "Where's My Jetpack?: A Guide to the Amazing Science Fiction Future That Never Arrived," "How To Build a Robot Army: Tips on Defending Planet Earth Against Aliens, Ninjas, and Zombies," and "The Mad Scientist Hall of Fame: Muwahahaha!" 

Between the Covers on 06/02/11

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Thu, 06/02/2011 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Steve Earle on his novel, "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive"

Host Robyn Shanti interviews Steve Earle, musician, actor, and writer about his first novel, I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive, named after a Hank Williams song.. The novel is set in San Antonio in 1963, and tells the story of a defrocked doctor and morphine addict. The doctor makes a living by performing illegal abortions and is haunted by the ghost of Hank Williams, with whom he was traveling when Williams died of an overdose.

Between the Covers on 05/26/11

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A JANE AUSTEN EDUCATION

The guest is Portland writer Bill Deresiewicz, author of A JANE AUSTEN EDUCATION: How Six Novels Taught Me about Love, Friendship, and the Things that Really Matter.

When Bill Deresiewicz was forced to read Jane Austen in graduate school, he discovered that Austen was perhaps the one writer who could teach him how to be a better person. We'll hear why.

William Deresiewicz was an associate professor of English at Yale University until 2008 and is a widely published literary critic who writes for a popular audience. His reviews and criticism regularly appear in The New Republic, The Nation, The American Scholar, the London Review of Books, and The New York Times. In 2008 he was nominated for a National Magazine Award for reviews and criticism.

Between the Covers on 05/19/11

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Thu, 05/19/2011 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Geraldine Brooks on her new novel "Caleb's Crossing"

Host Marianne Barisonek interviews Geraldine Brooks, best-selling author and winner of the Pulitzer Prize (for March) about her new book, CALEB’S CROSSING, which was inspired by the life of Caleb Cheeshahteaumauk, the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College. Brooks first learned about him during her time as a Radcliffe fellow at Harvard in 2006. Caleb was from the Wampanoag tribe of Native Americans who lived on Martha’s Vineyard. There is little official information on Caleb’s life and Brooks’s novel is an informed imagining of what he might have gone through.

Between the Covers on 05/12/11

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Local writer Heather Sheffendin

Host Ed Goldberg speaks with local writer Heather Sharfeddin about her new book "Damaged Goods," a novel of redemption and second chances set in the Willamette Valley.

Heather Sharfeddin's other books are "Sweetwater Burning" and "Windless Summer."

http://sharfeddin.com/

 

Between the Covers on 05/05/11

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Thu, 05/05/2011 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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What is the Price of Motherhood?

Ann Crittenden talks about the 10th anniversary of her bestselling book "The Price of Motherhood: Why the Most Important Job in the World Is Still the Least Valued." Ann shows how mothers are systematically disadvantaged and made dependent by a society that exploits those who perform its most critical work. Although women have been liberated, mothers have not.

Between the Covers on 04/28/11

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Thu, 04/28/2011 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them

The guest is Wayne Pacelle, President of the Humane Society of the United States, and author of the new book, "The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them." Pacelle will discuss the deep links of the human-animal bond as wll as the conflicting implulses that have led us to betray this bond through widespread and systemic cruelty to animals.

Wayne Pacelle has been with the Humane Society of the U.S. for seventeen years. He has taken a special interest in law reform and has been a leading strategist in getting animal protection laws enacted by the direct action of the electorate.

Between the Covers on 04/21/11

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Thu, 04/21/2011 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Tod Davies, author of Snotty Saves the Day

Host Lyn Moelich speaks with Tod Davies, author of Snotty Saves the Day. In this fantasy from Exterminating Angel Press, a manuscript, delivered by Owl, is left under an old fir tree in the snow, and another world's scientists have discovered that the laws of the universe are found in fairy tales.

Tod Davies will read from "Snotty Saves the Day" on Sunday May 1st, 4pm at Powell's on Hawthorne

tod@exterminatingangel.com

Between the Covers on 04/14/11

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Thu, 04/14/2011 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Peter Mountford on his novel "A Young Man's Guide to Late Capitalism,"

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with fiction writer Peter Mountford about his new novel "A Young Man's Guide to Late Capitalism," which tells the story of Gabriel de Boya, a recent college graduate who works for an unscrupulous hedge fund while pretending to be a freelance journalist. Mountford drew on his own experience for the book. Just out of college, he was hired to write about the economy of Ecuador for a nonprofit think tank. He later discovered that the think tank was running a hedge fund out of its back office.

Jess Walters, author of "The Financial Lives of the Poets" describes "A Young Man's GUide to Late Capitalism" as a "parable of the voracious global economy."

Between the Covers on 04/07/11

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Lidia Yuknavitch on her memoir "The Chronology of Water

The guest is Portland writer Lidia Yuknavitch, author of the new memoir "The Chronology of Water." The themes in the memoir include womanhood, motherhood, stillbirth, women's reproductive rights, bisexuality, love and fatherhood, promiscuity and sexual violence, drug and alcohol abuse, sorrow and grief, hope, and survival. Lidia Yuknavitch teaches at Mt. Hood Community College and is the author of "Real to Reel," among other books.

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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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