Between the Covers

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

Coming Soon

Kate Gray, Carry the Sky. Debut novel by Portland-based poet & community college instructor
Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
 

Episode Archive

Bark by Lorrie Moore

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Thu, 04/24/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Bark by Lorrie Moore

Harper’s Magazine may have said it best when describing today’s guest, Lorrie Moore:  “Fifty years from now, it may well turn out that the work of very few American writers has as much to say about what it means to be alive in our time as that of Lorrie Moore.”  Over the course of the past thirty years Lorrie Moore, has earned a place among the best and most beloved of American writers.

Tom Spanbauer, critically acclaimed author and founder of Dangerous Writing.

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Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Tom Spanbauer, critically acclaimed author and founder of Dangerous Writing.

Between the Covers welcomes local author and writing teacher Tom Spanbauer to discuss his new novel, I Loved You More. 

Praying Drunk by Kyle Minor

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Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Praying Drunk by Kyle Minor

The characters in Praying Drunk speak in tongues, torture their classmates, fall in love, hunt for immortality, abandon their children, keep machetes beneath passenger seats, and collect porcelain figurines. From Kentucky to Florida to Haiti, these seemingly disparate lives are woven together within a series of nested repetitions, enacting the struggle to remain physically and spiritually alive throughout the untamable turbulence of their worlds. In a masterful blend of fiction, autobiography, and surrealism, Kyle Minor shows us that the space between fearlessness and terror is often very small. Long before Praying Drunk reaches its plaintive, pitch-perfect end, Minor establishes himself again and again as one of the most talented younger writers in America.

Portland author Nicole Mones on her novel NIGHT IN SHANGHAI

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Thu, 04/03/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Portland author Nicole Mones on her novel NIGHT IN SHANGHAI

Host Lisa Loving speaks with Portland author Nicole Mones about her latest novel, NIGHT IN SHANGHAI, which illuminates the pivotal role of African-American musicians in the Chinese jazz age.  Recruited from the depths of the Depression, whisked to the epicenter of Asia’s hottest nightlife, these jazz players found wealth, freedom, and fame beyond their dreams, only to be caught up in the outbreak of World War II. The novel’s Thomas Greene , a classically trained Baltimore piano player, is tapped to lead a Shanghai swing orchestra. Soon success is his, prestige, illicit love with the brilliant and unavailable Song Yuhua… it’s paradise, and he never wants to leave. But war and revolution pull his w

Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

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Thu, 03/27/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

Willy Vlautin talks about his new novel, "The Free".

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Thu, 03/20/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Willy Vlautin talks about his new novel, "The Free".

Host Jay Thiemeyer interviews local author Willy Vlautin about his new novel, The Free.

The book follows the story of Leroy Kervin who has lived in a group home for eight years after being severely injured in the Iraq War. Frustrated by the simplest daily routines, he finds his existence has become unbearable. An act of desperation helps him disappear deep into his mind, into a world of romance and science fiction, danger and adventure where he is whole once again.

Willy Vlautin is the author of three other novels: The Motel Life, Northline, and Lean on Pete, which won two Oregon Book Awards. He is the singer and songwriter of the band Richmond Fontaine and lives in Scappoose, Oregon.

A Life In Men by Gina Frangello

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Thu, 03/13/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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A Life In Men by Gina Frangello

The friendship between Mary and Nix has endured since childhood, a seemingly unbreakable bond, until the mid-1980s, when the two young women reunite for a summer vacation in Greece. It's a trip instigated by Nix, who has just learned that Mary has been diagnosed with a disease that will inevitably cut her life short. Nix, a free spirit by nature, is determined that Mary have the vacation of a lifetime, but by the time their visit to Greece is over, the ties between them have unraveled, and when they said goodbye, it's for the last time.  “Ambitious in breadth and scope, this work will appeal to fans of Barbara Kingsolver and those who like being immersed in foreign settings.” —Library Journal

The Fisherpoets Anthology: Anchored in Deep Water

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Thu, 03/06/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Chelsea Stephen and Patrick Dixon discuss The Fisherpoets Anthology: Anchored in Deep Water

Illustrator Chelsea Stephen and photographer and writer Patrick Dixon talk about the Fisherpoets Anthology.

Chelsea Stephen is a freelance illustrator living in Portland.

Patrick Dixon is the curator and web designer of IntheTote. He is a member of the organizing committee for the Fisherpoets Gathering. A retired educator, he works as a freelance photographer and writer based in Olympia, Washington

The Fisherpoets Anthology: Anchored in Deep Water, is a seven-book set that is nearing completion. Over 35 poets from the USA, Canada and Japan are represented, with seven interviews of the fishermen and women engaged in commercial fishing along the coasts of the North American continent. 

The Gods of Second Chances, debut novel by local author Dan Berne

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Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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The Gods of Second Chances, local author Dan Berne

Between the Covers welcomes local author, Dan Berne.  His debut novel, The Gods of Second Chances, is the first novel release from local publisher, Forest Avenue Press.

The Gods of Second Chances is the story of a man overwhelmed by things beyond his control--a granddaughter on the verge of adolescence, a daughter returning from prison rehab, a frivolous lawsuit, and falling for the one woman he can't have--all the while trying to fish his living out of a fickle ocean in the mercurial weather of Southeast Alaska.  It's no wonder one god isn't enough for him--Leigh Anne Kranz 
 

On Such A Full Sea by Chang-rae Lee

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Thu, 02/20/2014 - 11:00am - 11:40am
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On Such A Full Sea by Chang-rae Lee
 
"The most striking dystopian novels sound an alarm, focus our attention and even change the language. The Handmaid’s Tale crystallized our fears about reproductive control; Fahrenheit 451 still flames discussions of censorship; and 1984 is the lens through which we watch the Obama administration watching us. Chang-rae Lee’s unsettling new novel, On Such a Full Sea, arrives from that same frightening realm of total oversight and pinched individuality. . . . A brilliant, deeply unnerving portrait."—The Washington Post 

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Alexandra Fuller about “The Legend of Colton H. Bryant"

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Mon, 07/07/2008

 

Lisa Loving speaks with Alexandra Fuller about “The
Legend of Colton H. Bryant," which tells the story of the tragically short.

Patricia Santana, author of "Ghosts of El Grullo"

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Mon, 07/07/2008

Crystal Leighty interviews Patricia Santana, author of Ghosts of El Grullo, in which ayoung woman
struggles to find an identity of her own within her Mexican-American community
while uncovering the secrets left behind by her recently deceased mother.

 

Zoe Ferraris, author of the novel, "Finding Nouf"

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Mon, 06/30/2008

Marianne Barisonek interviews Zoe Ferraris, author of the
novel, Finding Nouf, a literary mystery set in Saudi Arabia, dealing
with young men and women trying to balance tradition and exposure to Western
culture

 

ELIZABETH STROUT, AUTHOR OF “OLIVE KITTERIDGE”

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Mon, 06/23/2008

Host Ed Goldberg interviewsElizabeth Strout,
author of Olive Kitteridge,” a novel told in connected stories
of small-town life in Maine. 

Tobias Wolff

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Mon, 06/16/2008

Host Jim Schumock presents an extended interview with Tobias Wolff. His latest book is Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories, which
contains 10 new stories collected with 21 stories from Wolf's previous
collections. Wolff is also the author of two widely praised memoirs, This Boy's Life and In Pharoah's Army.

Wolff is Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences at
Stanford University, where he has taught classes in English and
creative writing since 1997. 

 

Lisa Loving interviews David Sirota on his book, The Uprising: An Unauthorized Tour of the Populist Revolt

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Thu, 06/12/2008

Lisa Loving interviews David Sirota on his newest book, The Uprising: An Unauthorized Tour of the Populist Revolt Scaring Wall Street and Washington.

Author, Mary Doria Russell

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Mon, 06/09/2008

Host Ed Goldberg interviews writer Mary Doria Russell, author of Dreamers of the Day, a historical novel of a midwestern woman present at the birth of the modern Middle East. 

 

Novelist Jane Smiley

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Mon, 06/02/2008

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist Jane Smiley. Her best seller A Thousand Acres was made into a movie by the same name. In her latest novel, Ten Days in the Hills,
a group of family, friends, lovers, former lovers and future lovers
gathers in the Pacific Palisades just as the 2003 invasion of Iraq
begins.  

 

Novelist Manil Suri

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Mon, 05/26/2008

Jim Schumock interviews Manil Suri about his second novel The Age of Shiva.

Elisa Albert, about her debut novel, THE BOOK OF DAHLIA

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Mon, 05/19/2008

 

Crystal Leighty speaks with Elisa Albert, about her debut novel, THE BOOK OF DAHLIA, which features a 29 year old anti-heroine.

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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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