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 12/15/11

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Thu, 12/15/2011 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Interview with winners of the Sledgehammer Writing Contest

Host Suzanne LaGrande interviews the winners of this year's Sledgehammer Writing Contest, a competition that combines writing and scavanger hunting. For the contest writers converged at a central location in Portland and received their first writing prompt and scavenger hunt clues. From there they headed out to several locations around the city to gather all four writing prompts, and then had 36 hours to write the best fiction piece possible. Ali McCart of Indigo Editing & Publications is also a guest.

This year's winners are:

Between the Covers on 12/08/11

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Thu, 12/08/2011 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Barry Spector on his book, Madness at the Gates of the City: The Myth of American Innocence

Host Robyn Shanti speaks with writer Barry Spector about his book, Madness at the Gates of the City: The Myth of American Innocence The book is a rumination on our society, reaching back into Greek mythology to illuminate the world today. Spector blends literature, history and myth to critiques contemporary America.

Between the Covers on 12/01/11

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Thu, 12/01/2011 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Michael Stanley on the new mystery "Death of the Mantis"

Host Jay Thiemeyer interviews Michael Stanley, author of "Death of the Mantis: A Detective Kubu Mystery".

Between the Covers on 11/17/11

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Thu, 11/17/2011 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Spiritual teacher Gangaji on her new book "Hidden Treasure"

Host Jim Schumock speaks with spiritual teacher Gangaji about her new book "Hidden Treasure: Uncovering the Truth in Your Life Story."

Gangaji, who was born Antoinette (Toni) Roberson Varner, was given the name Gangaji by her teacher Sri H. W. L. Poonja in 1990. Before that meeting, she had pursued many paths to enlightenment. In her book she uses the telling of her own life story to guide readers in telling the truth about their own life stories.

Between the Covers on 11/10/11

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Thu, 11/10/2011 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Suzanne LaGrande interviews award-winning poet Jane Hirshfield about her new book, Come Thief

Host Suzanne LaGrande interviews award-winning poet and translator Jane Hirshfield. Ms.

Between the Covers on 11/03/11

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Thu, 11/03/2011 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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We The Animals by Justin Torres

Host David Naimon interviews debut novelist Justin Torres.  His book, We the Animals, has been heralded for its beautiful, concentrated prose. NPR likened it to a diamond, brilliant and brilliantly compressed.  Esquire magazine called it a "knock to the head that will leave your mouth agape." Justin Torres is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, with work in the New Yorker, Harper's, Granta, Tin House and Glimmer Train.  Currently he serves as the Wallace Stegner fellow at Stanford University.

Between the Covers on 10/27/11

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Thu, 10/27/2011 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Wordstock 2011: Some writers you should know

Wordstock 2011: Some Writers You Should Know

October in Portland is host to Wordstock, the Northwest's largest annual festival of books, writers and storytelling. Host Suzanne LaGrande interview some of the writers featured at this year's festival, including:

Ismet Prcic talking about his first novel Shards.

Children's book author and illustrator Carolyn Conahan on the importance of constructive criticism.

Novelist and short story writer Maile Meloy discussing The Apothecary, her first children's book.

Internationally best-selling Irish author Anne Enright on her new novel, The Forgotten Waltz, just published in the U.S.

Between the Covers on 10/20/11

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Thu, 10/20/2011 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Bill Adler discusses his book, "The Man Who Never Died: The Life, Times and Legacy of Joe Hill"

The guest is Bill Adler, author of "The Man Who Never Died: The Life, Times, and Legacy of Joe Hill, American Labor Icon."

In 1914, Joe Hill was convicted of murder in Utah and sentenced to death by firing squad, igniting international controversy. Many believed Hill was innocent, condemned for his association with the Industrial Workers of the World -- the radical Wobblies. Now, following four years of intensive investigation, William M. Adler gives us the first full-scale biography of Joe Hill, and presents never before published documentary evidence that comes as close as one can to definitively exonerating him.

Between the Covers on 10/06/11

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Thu, 10/06/2011 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Award-winning author Diana Abu-Jaber discusses her new novel "Birds of Paradise"

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with award-winning author Diana Abu-Jaber about her new book Birds of Paradise, a multilayered novel about a family that comes apart at the seams and finds its way together again. A family is haunted by the disappearance of a daughter who ran away when she was 13. As the daughter turns 18 she and the family she left behind must deal with the consequences of her actions. Themes of the book include real estate, gentrification, the politics of food and sugar, teen culture and marriage.

Between the Covers on 09/29/11

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Thu, 09/29/2011 - 11:50am - 12:00pm
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Poet, teacher and organizer David Abel talks about his work

Poet, editor and bookseller, David Abel works across disciplines in performance, film, theater, and intermedia projects. He was a founding member of the and Four Wall Cinema (the precursor to Cinema Project). Since moving to Portland in 1997, he has been active in organizing local poetry reading events, such as the Spare Room reading series (now in its tenth year) He is the coordinator of the literary arts program at the Multnomah Arts Center, where he also teaches poetry.

For more about David Abel go to: http://www.passagesbookshop.com/

For more about readings going on in and around Portland go to: www.Portlandindependentreadingseries.com

To listen to David Abel talk about his creative process and the craft of writing poetry go to: www.kboo.fm/writersoncraft

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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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