Between the Covers

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

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Christine Nichol on her novel "Waiting for the Electricity"
Sherwood Nation by Ben Parzybok
Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
 

Episode Archive

An Untamed State by Roxane Gay

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Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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An Untamed State by Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay is a powerful new literary voice whose short stories and essays have already earned her an enthusiastic audience. In An Untamed State, she delivers an assured debut about a woman kidnapped for ransom, her captivity as her father refuses to pay and her husband fights for her release over thirteen days, and her struggle to come to terms with the ordeal in its aftermath.  An Untamed State is a novel of privilege in the face of crushing poverty, and of the lawless anger that corrupt governments produce. It is the story of a willful woman attempting to find her way back to the person she once was, and of how redemption is found in the most unexpected of places.

Author Phil Klay on his novel "Redeployment" and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

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Thu, 06/05/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Author Phil Klay on his novel "Redeployment" and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

Host Jim Schumock speaks with Phil Klay about his novel "Redeployment," which takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned.  Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos.

A Wooden Leg: A Novel in 64 Cards by Leni Zumas and Luca DiPierro

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Thu, 05/29/2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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A Wooden Leg: A Novel in 64 Cards by Leni Zumas and Luca DiPierro

Leni Zumas and Luca DiPierro's A Wooden Leg is a novel in 64 cards, consisting of 64 drawings and corresponding captions which the reader is free to arrange into a variety of narrative and visual sequences.

The Other Side of Paradise: Life in the New Cuba, by Julia Cooke

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Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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The Other Side of Paradise: Life in the New Cuba, by Julia Cooke

Host Sarika Mehta speaks with Portland born-and-raised journalist Julia Cooke about her new book The Other Side of Paradise: Life in the New Cuba, which combines narrative with detailed reporting and shares the unique stories of those Cooke encountered during time spent in Havana.

Julia Cooke is a freelance journalist and teacher who has lived in and reported from Mexico City and Havana. Her essays about Cuba have been published in Conde Nast Traveller, the Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Best Women’s Travel Writing anthology, among numerous newspapers and magazines. Cooke grew up in Portland, Oregon, and now lives in New York City, where she writes and teaches at the New School. 
 

Annabelle Gurwitch, actress, activist and author of "I See You Made an Effort"

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Thu, 05/15/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Annabelle Gurwitch, actress, activist and author of "I See You Made an Effort"

Host Lisa Loving interviews Annabelle Gurwitch, actress, author, and activist. Annabelle Gurwitch is the author of three books. Publisher’s Weekly calls her forthcoming memoir, I SEE YOU MADE AN EFFORT: compliments, indignities and survival stories from the edge of 50, “a rollicking collection of essays with witty and heartfelt writing; the essays contain a devilish good dose of fun and more than a dash of agita.”

Writing the Body, Workshops and Readings at Mt. Hood Community College, May 8-10, 14

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Thu, 05/08/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Writing the Body, Workshops and Readings at Mt. Hood Community College, May 8-10, 14

Between the Covers welcomes MHCC English faculty members, Lidia Yuknavitch, Michelle Hampton, and Andy Gurevich to talk about Writing the Body, Workshops and Readings by Kimberly Dark and Christopher Ryan.
May 8-10, 14:  Mt. Hood Community College, Gresham.

The MHCC Interdisciplinary Reading Series is proud to bring you a weekend of writing and performance by internationally known writers Kimberly Dark and Christopher Ryan The speakers will each lead a workshop open to students, faculty, and the community on the theme of Writing The Body.

Michael M. Pacheco: Of Angels, Demons & Chopped Chorizo

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Thu, 05/01/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Of Angels, Demons & Chopped Chorizo

Award-winning author Michael M.

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.

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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

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.

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

 

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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