Between the Covers

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

Episode Archive

Christina Nichol on her novel "Waiting for the Electricity"

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Thu, 09/04/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Christina Nichol on her novel "Waiting for the Electricity"
The guest is Christina Nichol, author of the new novel "Waiting for the Electricity," 
a unique comedic novel set in post-Soviet Georgia. 

Christina Nichol won the 2012 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award. Nichol grew up in the Bay Area and studied at the University of Oregon and received her MFA from the University of Florida. She has travelled widely, worked for nonprofit film companies, and taught English in India, South Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and, of course, Georgia.

California by Edan Lepucki

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Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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California by Edan Lepucki

Between the Covers welcomes Edan Lepucki, author of the debut novel, California. 

The novel became a publishing phenomenon after it was recommended by author Sherman Alexie on The Colbert Report on June 4, 2014.  In a conversation about the current Amazon vs. Hachette corporate publishing dispute, Steven Colbert encouraged readers to purchase the novel directly from Portland's local Powell's Books.  The plug caused a media sensation and the novel debuted at #3 on the New York Times bestseller list. (Colbert Show link below.)

Sleep Donation by Karen Russell

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Thu, 08/14/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Sleep Donation by Karen Russell

A crisis has swept America. Hundreds of thousands have lost the ability to sleep. Enter the Slumber Corps, an organization that urges healthy dreamers to donate sleep to an insomniac. Under the wealthy and enigmatic Storch brothers the Corps’ reach has grown, with outposts in every major US city. Trish Edgewater, whose sister Dori was one of the first victims of the lethal insomnia, has spent the past seven years recruiting for the Corps. But Trish’s faith in the organization and in her own motives begins to falter when she is confronted by “Baby A,” the first universal sleep donor, and the mysterious “Donor Y.”

Interview with William T. Vollmann

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Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Interview with William T. Vollmann
Host Ken Jones talks with William T. Vollmann. the author of nine novels, three collections of short fiction, a memoir, and six works of non-fiction, including the seven-volume treatise on violence, Rising Up and Rising Down. Vollmann won the 2005 National Book Award for Fiction for his novel Europe Central. His latest work is a collection of supernatural tales, Last Stories and Other Stories.

All Our Names by Dinaw Mengestu

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Thu, 07/31/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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All Our Names by Dinaw Mengestu

From acclaimed author Dinaw Mengestu, a recipient of the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 award, The New Yorker’s 20 Under 40 award, and a 2012 MacArthur Foundation genius grant, comes an unforgettable love story about a searing affair between an American woman and an African man in 1970s America and an unflinching novel about the fragmentation of lives that straddle countries and histories. 

Cliff Ashpaugh on his debut novel "Josh's Wall"

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Thu, 07/24/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Cliff Ashpaugh on his debut novel "Josh's Wall"

Cliff Ashpaugh talks about his debut novella, JOSH’S WALL (Spout Hill Press; July 2014). Set in the early 1960s in the wilds of San Gabriel Valley, it’s a coming-of-age story about a boy who wakes up to a world of bullies, liars, and strangers—including himself.

At age six, Joshua Crass is reborn—after nearly dying from an allergic reaction to penicillin. Struggling with lingering anemia and amnesia, he leaves the hospital with three people—Mom, Dad, and brother Sammy—who might as well be Martians. Apart from his beloved Nanny (the only family member he remembers), Josh feels like an orphan in his own home. 

Smith Henderson on his novel "Fourth of July Creek"

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Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Smith Henderson on his novel "Fourth of July Creek"

Host Jay Thiemeyer speaks with Smith Henderson about his novel "Fourth of July Creek."  Henderson explores the complexities of freedom, community, grace, suspicion and anarchy, depicting our nation's disquieting and violent contradictions.

Smith Henderson is the recipient of the 2011 PEN Emerging Writers Award in fiction. He was a Philip Roth Resident in Creative Writing at Bucknell University, a Pushcart Prize winner, and a fellow at the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, Texas. Born and raised in Montana, he now lives in Portland, Oregon.

Local Author Polly Dugan: So Much a Part of You

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Thu, 07/10/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Local Author Polly Dugan: So Much a Part of You

Between the Covers welcomes local author, Polly Dugan, in conversation about her debut short story collection, So Much a Part of You.

Today the kitchen, tomorrow the world!

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Thu, 07/03/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Tod Davies talks with Lyn Moelich about her book Jam Today Too: the Revolution Will Not Be Catered

Author and Senior Editor at Exterminating Angel Press, Tod Davies talks with host Lyn Moelich about her latest book  in the Jam Today series Jam Today Too: the Revolution Will Not Be Catered. Like Kate Christensen and Jim Harrison, Davies is a novelist - and amateur cook ---who brings all of her literary talents to the Jam Today series. This book is a rich stew of stories and recipes which entice cooks of every level to tell their own storys through the food they cook. Think MFK Fisher as an anarchist and you've got Tod Davies. Tod Will be speaking at Powell's Books on Hawthorne on July 3rd at 7:30pm.

My Real Children by Jo Walton

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Thu, 06/26/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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My Real Children by Jo Walton

It’s 2015, and Patricia Cowan is very old. “Confused today,” read the notes clipped to the end of her bed. She forgets things she should know—what year it is, major events in the lives of her children. But she remembers things that don't seem possible. She remembers marrying Mark and having four children. And she remembers not marrying Mark and raising three children with Bee instead. She remembers the bomb that killed President Kennedy in 1963, and she remembers Kennedy in 1964, declining to run again after the nuclear exchange that took out Miami and Kiev.  Two lives, two worlds, two versions of modern history; each with their loves and losses, their sorrows and triumphs.

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Phillip Margolin, author of "Executive Privilege"

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Mon, 10/20/2008

Host Ed Goldberg interviews local author Phillip Margolin, author of Executive Privilege. Could the President of the U.S. be a serial killer? The novel is set in D.C. and Portland.

Garth Stein, author of "The Art of Racing in the Rain"

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Mon, 10/13/2008

Host Crystal Leighty speaks with Garth Stein, author of the novel, The Art of Racing in the Rain, which features a canine narrator called Enzo.

Australian writer Kate Vietch

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Mon, 09/01/2008

Host Crystal Leighty interviews Australian writer Kate Vietch about her first novel, Without a Backward Glance, a heartfelt portrait of a family.


Andrew Sean Greer, "The Story of a Marriage"

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Mon, 08/25/2008

Host Jim Schumock interviews Andrew Sean Greer about his latest book, The Story of a Marriage, which is set in the 1950s and molded by the social events of the times.

Scott Simon about his novel, "Windy City"

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Mon, 08/18/2008

Host Jim Schumock interviews radio-host and author Scott Simon about his book, Windy City: A Novel of Politics. The book provides an insider's view of Chicago's urban political fray.

Greg Mandel, author of "High Hat"

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Mon, 08/11/2008

Host Ed Goldberg interviews local author Greg Mandel, whose latest book is High Hat, a hard-boiled satire featuring the Pope as a private eye.

Pico Iyer about his book, The Open Road: The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

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Mon, 08/04/2008

Host Marianne Barisonek interviews essayist and novelist Pico Iyer about his latest book, The Open Road: The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama. Iyer has known the Dalai Lama for more than 30 years and brings a unique perspective to this biography.

Nam Le, author of "The Boat"

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Mon, 07/28/2008

Jim Schumock speaks with Nam Le about his highly praised collection of short stories, The Boat.  Le was born in Vietnam and raised in Australia.

Ursula K. LeGuin about her new novel "Lavinia"

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Mon, 07/21/2008

Host Jim Schumock interviews Portland writer Ursula K. LeGuin about her new novel "Lavinia", which is based on a character in Virgil's "Aeneid."

Lisa Lutz, author of "Curse of the Spellmans"

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Mon, 07/14/2008

Ed Goldberg speaks with Lisa Lutz, author of Curse of the Spellmans, a completely original and funny detective novel.

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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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