Between the Covers

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

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Episode Archive

Midnight in Broad Daylight: A Japanese American Family Caught Between Two Worlds

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Thu, 02/11/2016 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Midnight in Broad Daylight: A Japanese American Family Caught Between Two Worlds

From the series Bookwaves, we hear...

Pamela Rotner Sakamoto, author of "Midnight in Broad Daylight: A Japanese American Family Caught Between Two Worlds" discusses her true story of the Fukuhara family, split between the U.S. and Japan before, during and shortly after World War II. Hosted by Richard Wolinsky 

Alafair Burke on her suspense novel, "The Ex"

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Thu, 02/04/2016 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Alafair Burke on her suspense novel, "The Ex"

Host Lisa Loving speaks with writer Alafair Burke about her new suspense novel, "The Ex," in which a  woman agrees to help an old boyfriend who has been framed for murder but begins to suspect that she is the one being manipulated. 
Twenty years ago she ruined his life. Now she has the chance to save it.

Jane Smiley on her trilogy of "Some Luck," "Early Warning" and "Golden Age"

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Thu, 01/28/2016 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Jane Smiley on her trilogy of "Some Luck," "Early Warning" and "Golden Age"

Jane Smiley, Pulitzer Prize winning author of "A Thousand Acres" discusses her latest work, a trilogy of novels which take an Iowan farming family over the course of a hundred years: "Some Luck," "Early Warning" and "Golden Age," the most recent. She is interviewed by Richard Wolinsky. 

From the series Bookwaves www.bookwaves.com http://www.bookwaves.com

Travelers Rest by Keith Lee Morris

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Thu, 01/21/2016 - 11:00am - 11:40am
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Travelers Rest by Keith Lee Morris

"It won't take long-a page, maybe two-before you feel wondrously disquieted by Keith Lee Morris's Travelers Rest. The novel traps its characters in the town of Good Night, Idaho, and the reader in its shaken snow globe of a world. The language dazzles and the circumstances chill and put this story in the good company of Stephen King's The Shining, Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House, and David Lynch's Twin Peaks. This is a breakout book that will earn Morris the wide readership he richly deserves."―Benjamin Percy, author of The Dead Lands and Red Moon

Paul Theroux on his latest book, "Deep South"

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Thu, 01/07/2016 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Paul Theroux on his latest book, "Deep South"

Paul Theroux discusses his latest travel book, "Deep South," about his road trip through the backwoods of the Southern United States. Hosted by Richard Wolinsky. 

From the series Bookwaves http://bookwaves.homestead.com/

Amber J. Keyser on her novel "The Way Back from Broken"

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Thu, 12/24/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Amber J. Keyser on her novel "The Way Back from Broken"

Host Kathleen Stephenson interviews Oregon writer Amber J. Keyser about her new novel "The Way Back from Broken," which tells the story of two young people thrown together by shared tragedy who find healing in the Canadian wilderness. It draws on Amber Keyser's own deeply personal loss and her lifetime of wilderness canoeing. 

James Grissom on his book "Follies of God"

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Thu, 12/17/2015 - 11:45am - 12:00pm
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James Grissom on his book "Follies of God"

We hear an excerpt from an interview with James Grissom, author of "Follies of God: Tennessee Williams and the Women of the Fog," a book based on interviews with the actors and directors who worked with the late playwright. Hosted by Richard Wolinsky.

An extended 50-minute version of this interview can be found at www.bookwaves.com

The Mare by Mary Gaitskill

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Thu, 12/17/2015 - 11:00am - 11:45am
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The Mare by Mary Gaitskill

From the author of the National Book Award–nominated Veronica: Mary Gaitskill’s most poignant and powerful work yet—the story of a Dominican girl, the white woman who introduces her to riding, and the horse who changes everything for her  "Gaitskill takes a premise that could have been preachy, sentimental, or simplistic—juxtaposing urban and rural, rich and poor, young and old, brown and white—and makes it candid and emotionally complex, spare, real, and deeply affecting. Gaitskill explores the complexities of love (mares, meres…) to bring us a novel that gallops along like a bracing bareback ride on a powerful thoroughbred."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

The Lizard Princess: symbol plus energy equals reality

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Thu, 12/10/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Lyn Moelich speaks with author Tod Davies about her latest book the Lizard Princess
In this third book in the Arcadia Wonder Tale Series, Tod Davies takes us through the bittersweet, lush and very human journey of Sophia, The Lizard Princess as she crosses mountains ,oceans  and deserts and the Moon Itself to meet her fate and the fate of her beloved Arcadia on the Road of the of the Dead. Her reward is the key that opens the door of the Domain of Life where wisdom trumps knowledge. There is a lot to talk about with this book and it's going to take two women to do it, so listen in, it's going to be deep and fun.

Membership Drive Special! Sandra Cisneros, A House of My Own: Stories from My Life

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Thu, 12/03/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Sandra Cisneros: A House of My Own: Stories from My Life
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Between the Covers shares an interview with author Sandra Cisneros, recorded at KBOO during her recent visit to Portland. We'll offer copies of her new memoir, A House of My Own: Stories from My Life (including one signed copy!), to those who contribute to KBOO during the hour.

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Hot Pink: An Interview With Author Adam Levin

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Thu, 06/14/2012

Adam Levin’s debut novel, The Instructions, published by McSweeney’s in 2010, arrived with a lot of buzz. An inventive, experimental book of over one thousand pages, its protagonist was Gurion ben-Judah Maccabee, a 10 year old genius from Chicago, who may or may not be the Jewish Messiah. Levin’s short stories have appeared in Tin House, McSweeney’s and Esquire. He was the winner of the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award and the 2004 Joyce Carol Oates Fiction Prize among others. He lives in Chicago where he teaches Creative Writing at the School of the Art Institute and talks today, with host David Naimon, about his much anticipated follow-up to The Instructions, his short story collection, Hot Pink.

"From walls that ooze unnameable, unidentifiable gel, through makers of children's dolls designed to mimic the stages of digestive health, to old widowers in retirement looking back over their marriages, Levin manages to find the pathos and humor in living an 'ordinary' existence. Enter his world if you dare!"
The Jewish Times

"Levin has a gift for voice, for creating enticing narrators. Whether it's the elderly, dirty-minded Jewish men of 'The Extra Mile' or the adolescent Italian-American toughs of 'Finch' and the white working-class boys of 'Hot Pink,' these are stories that grab the ear first.”
The LA Times

Rain Dragon by Jon Raymond

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Thu, 05/24/2012

 

Host David Naimon talks with Portland author, Jon Raymond, about his new novel Rain Dragon.

Raymond is the author of the novel Half-life, and the short story collection, Livability, which won the Oregon Book Award and contained two stories that became the critically acclaimed movies Old Joy andWendy & Lucy. Jon Raymond was also the screenwriter for the film Meek's Cutoff, and for the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce starring Kate Winslet.

Rain Dragon follows a couple who leave the rat race in L.A. to work on an organic farm in Oregon. "Raymond expertly captures the emotions of personal growth and inner turmoil while bringing the Oregon setting to life with descriptive language reminiscent of that in his first novel, The Half Life (2004). Deep characters offset by a light tone make this work about dreams and realities an enjoyable read.”—Booklist

 

Portland author Ruth Tenzer Feldman on her novel "Blue Thread"

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Thu, 05/24/2012

Host Jennifer Kemp speaks with local author Ruth Tenzer Feldman about her book "Blue Thread." It's 1912. Sixteen-year-old Miriam Josefsohn is groomed for the life of a socialite, but dreams of working in the family print shop. When her father refuses to train her as his replacement, Miriam decides to take control of her life and devotes herself to women's suffrage at the height of the Oregon campaign. In the process, she meets the mysterious Serakh, who inquires about a special shawl with a single blue thread. Miriam discovers that this family heirloom, her great-grandmother's prayer shawl, is capable of transporting her thousands of years into the past, where she is introduced to the daughters of Zelophehad and their ancient struggle for women's rights. With Serakh as her guide, Miriam embarks on a journey to alter the past, but will she have the courage to fight for her own future?

Portland writer Ruth Tenzer Feldman is an award-winning author of books and articles, mainly for children and young adults. She has been an attorney, editor, research analyst, ticket seller, and keypunch operator. Her 10 nonfiction books focus on history and biography, while her articles range from leeches to Einstein’s refrigerator.

A Celebration of the Best Books of the Last Year

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Thu, 05/03/2012

Jim Schumock hosts a "Best Books Special," featuring reviews of some of the best fiction and nonfiction books of the last year with guests Will Peters of Anni Bloom's Books and Sally McPherson of Broadway Books. There will be many literary thank you gifts for listeners who become KBOO members during the show, including a signed first edition of "Fight Club," by Chuck Palahniuk.

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Thu, 04/19/2012

Dan Johnson interview Chana Wilson, author of "Riding Fury Home" a memoir about Chana's early life in dealing with a mother who attempts suicide and an absent father. Now a psychotherapist living in Berkley, California, Chana, pronounced Hanna is able to open herself up to tell this gripping story.

This interview includes clips of conversations between Chana and her mother in 1974, when both mother and daughter come out as lesbians.

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank by Nathan Englander

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Thu, 03/29/2012

Host David Naimon talks with writer,  Nathan Englander,  about his new short story collection What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank.  

Englander burst on the literary scene in 1999 with For The Relief of Unbearable Urges, a story collection that earned him the PEN/Faulkner Malamud Award and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Sue Kauffman Prize.   His first novel, The Ministry of Special Cases, set during Argentina’s Dirty War, came out in 2007.  And this year finds Englander particularly busy, with a play,  The Twenty-Seventh Man, premiering at The Public Theater in New York, the release of his original translation of the Haggadah, the prayerbook used during the Passover seder, edited by Jonathan Safran Foer,  and his much anticipated story collection that we will talk about today, What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank.

“It takes an exceptional combination of moral humility and moral assurance to integrate fine-grained comedy and large-scale tragedy as daringly as Nathan Englander does.”
—Jonathan Franzen


"What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank vividly displays the humor, complexity, and edge that we've come to expect from Nathan Englander's fiction--always animated by a deep, vibrant core of historical resonance."
—Jennifer Egan

 

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Author Cheryl Strayed on her memoir "Wild"

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Thu, 03/22/2012

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Oregon writer Cheryl Strayed about her new memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. Her other books are Torch, a novel and Tiny Beautiful Things, a selection of her "Dear Sugar" columns from TheRumpus.net (forthcoming from Vintage, July 2012). Strayed has written the "Dear Sugar" column on TheRumpus.net since March 2010. She's a founding member of VIDA: Women In Literary Arts, and serves on their board of directors.

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Rodney Crowell Discusses "Chinaberry Sidewalks" and Introduces "Kin"

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Thu, 03/15/2012

The memoir "Chinaberry Sidewalks" debuted in early 2011. It was the first venture into the world of prose for "Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame" member and performing artist Rodney Crowell. Crowell also provided the reading for the audio book of his memoir. He won an award for his efforts. "Chinaberry Sidewalks" is now due to come out in paperback on March 13.

Wayne and Kathy, from the "Swing & Country" DJ collective conduct this interview with Rodney Crowell. Crowell reads and comments on chosen passages and answers questions by the two hosts.

Ted Katz, author of The Studio Within

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Tue, 03/13/2012

On Between the Covers, Suzanne LaGrande interviews painter, arts educator and author, Ted Katz about The Studio Within, a series of short vignettes that together make up his artist's journey.   Mr. Katz  studied at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts and at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts. The paintings of Ted Katz have been shown across the country, from New York City to Portland. 

In this interview, Mr. Katz talks about  the importance of getting lost in order to make new creative discoveries and the choices that led him to be a painter, teacher and writer.

Between the Covers:Author Maxine Hong Kingston

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Tue, 03/13/2012

 Host Suzanne LaGrande interviews author Maxine Hong Kingston about her latest book, I Love A Broad Margin to My Life, a free-verse memoir.  Ms. Kingston discusses the influence of Thoreau, her own peace activism and and writing as a act of healing.  Ms. Kingston is also the author of The Woman Warrior, China Men, Tripmaster Monkey,  To Be The Poet, and  The Fifth Book of Peace,

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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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