Between the Covers

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

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The Peripheral by William Gibson
Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison
 

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Between the Covers on 06/20/13

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Colum McCann on his new novel "Transatlantic"

Host ren green speaks with Colum McCann, winner of the National Book Award and the bestselling author of "Let the Great World Spin," about his new novel "Transatlantic," which connects a series of narratives spanning 150 years and two continents moving from 1845 to Frederick Douglass to George Mitchell to Obama.          

Beginning in the year of the Irish famine and ending in 2011 when President Obama lands on Irish shores, truth meets the imagination, and fact meets fiction, "Transatlantic" is a meditation on identity and history. 

Between the Covers on 06/13/13

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Khaled Hosseini on his new novel "And the Mountains Echoed"

Host Sarika Mehta interviews Khaled Hosseini about his new book "And the Mountains Echoed," a multigenerational novel that follows its characters around the globe - from Kabul, to Paris, to San Francisco, to the Greek island of Tinos.

Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and moved to the United States with his family in 1980, where he trained as a doctor with a specialty in internal medicine. He is the author of "The Kite Runner" and "A THousand Splendid Suns." He is also a Goodwill Envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the Un Refugee Agency, and the founder of The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, which provides humanitartian assistance to the peopleof Afghanistan.

Between the Covers on 06/06/13

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Writer and professor Marivi Soliven on her novel "The Mango Bride"

Host Sarika Mehta interviews Marivi Soliven about her new novel "The Mango Bride." 

"The Mango Bride" is the story of two immigrant Filipinas in California. Banished by her wealthy Filipino family in Manila, Amparo Guerrero travels to Oakland, California, to forge a new life. Although her mother labels her life in exile a diminished one, Amparo believes her struggles are a small price to pay for freedom…

Like Amparo, Beverly Obejas – an impoverished Filipina waitress – forsakes Manila and comes to Oakland as a mail order bride in search of a better life. Yet even in the land of plenty, Beverly fails to find the happiness and prosperity she envisioned.

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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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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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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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."

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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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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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I was washing eggs at the farm when this came on. I loved it and looked for it to share with my peeps!

 

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