Between the Covers

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

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Cliff Ashpaugh on his debut novel "Josh's Wall"
All Our Names by Dinaw Mengestu
 

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Between the Covers on 04/21/11

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Tod Davies, author of Snotty Saves the Day

Host Lyn Moelich speaks with Tod Davies, author of Snotty Saves the Day. In this fantasy from Exterminating Angel Press, a manuscript, delivered by Owl, is left under an old fir tree in the snow, and another world's scientists have discovered that the laws of the universe are found in fairy tales.

Tod Davies will read from "Snotty Saves the Day" on Sunday May 1st, 4pm at Powell's on Hawthorne

tod@exterminatingangel.com

Between the Covers on 04/14/11

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Peter Mountford on his novel "A Young Man's Guide to Late Capitalism,"

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with fiction writer Peter Mountford about his new novel "A Young Man's Guide to Late Capitalism," which tells the story of Gabriel de Boya, a recent college graduate who works for an unscrupulous hedge fund while pretending to be a freelance journalist. Mountford drew on his own experience for the book. Just out of college, he was hired to write about the economy of Ecuador for a nonprofit think tank. He later discovered that the think tank was running a hedge fund out of its back office.

Jess Walters, author of "The Financial Lives of the Poets" describes "A Young Man's GUide to Late Capitalism" as a "parable of the voracious global economy."

Between the Covers on 04/07/11

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Lidia Yuknavitch on her memoir "The Chronology of Water

The guest is Portland writer Lidia Yuknavitch, author of the new memoir "The Chronology of Water." The themes in the memoir include womanhood, motherhood, stillbirth, women's reproductive rights, bisexuality, love and fatherhood, promiscuity and sexual violence, drug and alcohol abuse, sorrow and grief, hope, and survival. Lidia Yuknavitch teaches at Mt. Hood Community College and is the author of "Real to Reel," among other books.

Between the Covers on 03/31/11

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Mystery suspense author Lisa Gardner

Host Ed Goldberg interviews mystery suspense author Lisa Gardner about her new novel "Love You More." In "Love You More" the crime appears open-and-shut: Pushed to the brink by an abusive husband, state police trooper Tessa Leoni finally snapped and shot him in self-defense. But Tessa isn’t talking–not about her dead husband, her battered face, or her missing six-year old daughter. Now, Detective D.D. Warren will have to race against the clock to unearth family secrets, solve a murder and save a child.

Between the Covers on 03/24/11

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Mystery suspense author Lisa Gardner

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Portlander and former journalist Patty Somlo about her newest book, From Here to There And Other Stories. Patty Somlo is a short story writer who makes occasional forays into non-fiction. Her work has been published in numerous print and online publications, including the San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner, Baltimore Sun, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Oregonian, Santa Clara Review, Fringe Magazine, Guernica, Common Boundary: Stories of Immigration (Editions Bibliotekos), and the Los Angeles Review.

Between the Covers on 03/17/11

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Gemma Whelan on her novel "

Host Marianne Barisonek interviews author Gemma Whelan about her novel "Fiona: Stolen Child."

In the novel Fiona Clarke, an Irish writer living in New York, has been running away from her past since she left rural Cregora, Ireland, for boarding school. That past finds her, many years later, when her thinly veiled autobiographical novel is optioned for a movie. Working as the film’s consultant, Fiona unearths deep secrets, relives childhood trauma, and connects with an estranged family thrust back into her life. As her history opens upon her, Fiona must stop running and confront her secret shame: her long-held sense of responsibility over the death of her little sister.

Between the Covers on 03/10/11

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women who influenced the liberal culture of America, particularly here in Portland

Guest Cynthia Grant Tucker, author of "No Silent Witness: the Eliot Parsonage Women and their Unitarian World," will discuss the stories of the women who influenced the liberal culture of America, particularly here in Portland.

Between the Covers on 03/03/11

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Jennifer Lauck on her memoir "Found: A Memoir"

The guest is Portland journalist and author Jennifer Lauck. She is the author of the previous memoirs Blackbird and Still Waters. She worked for eight years in television news before becoming a memoir writer, speaker and teacher.

Between the Covers on 02/24/11

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Author, gay activist and urban farmer Martha Shelley

The interview with Martha Shelley originally scheduled for this time has been canceled because of the weather.

Instead Ed Goldberg interviews Tom Rachman, author of "The Imperfectionists," a novel about a newspaper in Rome and the characters that staff it.

Between the Covers on 02/17/11

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Dinaw Mengistu on "How to Read the Air"

Host Jim Schumock speaks with writer Dinaw Mengistu about his second novel, "How to Read the Air," in which Ethiopian parents, estranged from each other in a violent, loveless marriage, each strive more for America's security than for its dreams.

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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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