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 05/30/13

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Stupid Children with Lenore Zion

Jane lived happily with her father until his failed suicide attempt and relocation to a mental hospital forced her into the foster care system.  By chance, Jane is assigned to foster parents involved in the Second Day Believers—a cult focused on the “cleansing” of mental impurities in their children, and the sanctity of the internal organs of farm animals. Jane is quickly initiated into the cult but her father’s lingering voice prevents her from becoming entirely indoctrinated.  Despite Jane’s resistance, she is revered in the cult as the second coming of the late wife of the leader of the Second Day Believers.

Between the Covers on 05/23/13

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Thu, 05/23/2013 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Jean Kwok, author of "Girl in Translation"

Host Sarika Mehta interviews best-selling author Jean Kwok, who is best known for her novel Girl in Translation. Jean Kwok visited Portland in April as part of PCC Reads 2012-2013: Girl in Translation.

Jean Kwok immigrated from Hong Kong to Brooklyn when she was five and worked in a Chinatown clothing factory for much of her childhood. She won early admission to Harvard, where she worked as many as four jobs at a time, and graduated with honors in English and American literature, before going on to earn an MFA in fiction at Columbia.

Between the Covers on 05/16/13

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Thu, 05/16/2013 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Red Moon by Benjamin Percy
 They live among us.
 They are your neighbor, your mother, your lover.
 They change. 
Every teenage girl thinks she’s different. When government agents kick down Claire Forrester’s front door and murder her parents, Claire realizes just how different she is. Patrick Gamble was nothing special until the day he got on a plane and hours later stepped off it, the only passenger left alive, a hero. President Chase Williams has sworn to protect the people of the United States from the menace in their midst, but is becoming the very thing he has promised to destroy. So far the threat has been controlled by laws and violence and drugs.

Between the Covers on 05/09/13

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Thu, 05/09/2013 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Ellen Sussman, author of The Paradise Guest House

Between the Covers welcomes Ellen Sussman, author of the new novel, The Paradise Guest House. 

It starts as a trip to paradise. Sent on assignment to Bali, Jamie, an American adventure guide, is caught in Bali’s infamous nightclub bombings.  One year later, haunted by memories, Jamie returns to Bali seeking a sense of closure. Most of all, she hopes to find Gabe, the man who helped save her. 

The novel explores "what happens when the troubles of the world descend on paradise" and how humans must make peace with the realization that, "There is no paradise.  There is no safety."   

Between the Covers on 05/02/13

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Thu, 05/02/2013 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Ali Liebgott on her novel "Cha-Ching!"

Host Jennifer Kemp interviews Ali Liebgott about her new novel, "Cha-Ching!" The story revolves around Theo, a scruffy, big-hearted and quick-witted heroine, who has been delivered luckless into a culture where the winners and losers have already been decided. Her adventures in getting over take her from SF to NYC, from dyke bars to telemarketing outfits, casinos to free clinics. Liebegott tells a story of what it means to be young and broke in America.

Between the Covers on 04/25/13

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Thu, 04/25/2013 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell

Karen Russell is one of today’s most celebrated and vital writers—honored in The New Yorker’s list of the twenty best writers under the age of forty, Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists, and the National Book Foundation’s five best writers under the age of thirty-five.  Last year, Karen Russell was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in fiction (alongwith David Foster Wallace and Denis Johnson) for her debut novel, Swamplandia!

Between the Covers on 04/18/13

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Thu, 04/18/2013 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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The Stud Book by Monica Drake

In the hip haven of Portland, Oregon, a pack of unsteady but loyal friends asks what it means to bring babies into an already crowded world. A smart, edgy and poignantly funny exploration of the complexities of what parenthood means today, Monica Drake's second novel, The Stud Book, demonstrates that when it comes to babies, we can learn a lot by considering our place in the animal kingdom. Cheryl Strayed calls The Stud Book a "take your breath away good, blow your mind wise, crack your heart open beauty of a novel. A smart sexy, comic compassionate, absorbing and necessary story of our times."

Between the Covers on 04/11/13

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Thu, 04/11/2013 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Spend thirty minutes with Sister Paula

Join Dan Johnson on April 11 @ 11am on Between the Covers when we  meet Portland Icon, Paula Neilsen, aka Sister Paula.

Paula has a new book out titled "Trans Evangilist'... the story of her life.

Paula will talk about her early life while still known as Larry as well as her years in Los Angeles as well as the years she spent working at Darcelle's XV

 

Between the Covers on 04/04/13

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Thu, 04/04/2013 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Peter Rock on his new novel "The Shelter Cycle"

Peter Rock, novelist and professor at Reed College, discusses his latest book, "The Shelter Cycle," which dramatizes the experience of a small group of children as they and their families prepare for the end of the world in Montana in 1990. It also focuses on the complicated and surprising interactions of these same individuals, twenty years later, as they try to integrate the lessons of their past with a much different world. This novel does not sensationalize or parody, but attempts to humanize and understand, to follow what seems an extreme collection of beliefs to where they make sense.

Peter Rock is also the author of My Abandonment (2009) The Unsettling (2006) The Bewildered (2005) The Ambidextrist (2002) Carnival Wolves (1998) and This Is the Place (1997).

 

Between the Covers on 03/28/13

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Thu, 03/28/2013 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Fast Times in Palestine-with author Pamela Olson
Pamela Olson who served as foreign press coordinator for Palestinian presidential hopeful Dr Bargouthi in 2004-5, talks about her new book "Fast Times in Palestine-A Love Affair with a Homeless Homeland" with local BDS activist and KBOO Programmer Sarah Farahat on a special Membership Drive edition of Between the Covers.  Pamela heads to the Hawthorne Powell's Thursday night at 7:30pm to read from her recently published political travelogue.  

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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.

 

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.

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
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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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