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 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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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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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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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."

Between the Covers on 04/11/13

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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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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).

 

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Lisa Loving interviews R.V. Branham on obscenities around the world

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Sun, 03/30/2008

Lisa Loving and RV Branham of the Gobshite Quarterly talk about his new book, How to Curse and Berate in 69 + Languages, a dictionary of insults, curses and obscenities from around the world.

Best Books Special: Spring 2008

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Mon, 03/24/2008

Jim Schumock hosts a look at the best books of the past year with local booksellers Nina Rodda of St Johns Booksellers, Karen Ana of Looking Glass Books, Sally McPherson of Broadway Books and Michael Keefe of Annie Bloom’s Books. Special Membership offers and great literary reviews.

  1. Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories, by Tobias Wolf (Jim’s favorite book of the year)
  2. The Raw Shark Texts, by Steven Hall (A first novel)
  3. The Age of Shiva, by Manil Suri
  4. The American Idea: The Best of the Atlantic Monthly, by Robert Vare
  5. The Animal Dialogues: Uncommon Encounters in the Wild, by Craig Childs
  6. As the World Burns: 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Stay in Denial, by Derrick Jensen and Stephanie McMillan (Graphic novel)
  7. Bearing the Body: A Novel, by Ehud Havazelet
  8. Super Crunchers: Why Thinking by Numbers Is the New Way to Be Smart, by Ian Ayers
  9. The Principles of Uncertainty, by Maira Kalman (A visual memoir)
  10. Down the Nile: Alone in a Fisherman’s Skiff, by Rosemary Mahoney
  11. Dreamers of the Day: A Novel, by Mary Doria Russell
  12. KNOCKEMSTIFF, by Donald Ray Pollock (A short story collection)
  13. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie (Young adult memoir)
  14. The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein
  15. World Changing: A Users Guide for the 21st Century, by Alex Steffen, Al Gore, and Stefan Sagmeister  
  16. A Mirror of the Arab World: Lebanon in Conflict, by Sandra Mackey
  17. Let Me Stand Alone, by Rachel Corrie (A collection of journal entries)
  18. Living Like Ed: A Guide to Eco-friendly Life, by Ed Begley Jr.
  19. The Encyclopedia of Northwest Native Plants for Gardens and Landscapes, by Kathleen Robson, Alice Richter, and Marianne Filbert
  20. The Father of All Things: A Marine, His Son and the Legacy of Vietnam, by Tom Bissell
  21. Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces the Shape Our Decisions, by Dan Ariely
  22. The Diary of a Bad Year: A Novel, by J.M. Coetzee
  23. Beyond Bullets: The Suppression of Dissent in the United States, by Jules Boykoff
  24. Rock On: An Office Power Ballad, by Dan Kennedy (memoir)
  25. Gods Behaving Badly: A Novel, by Marie Phillips
  26. Windy City, by Scott Simon
  27. The Painter of Battles: A Novel, by Arturo Perez-Reverte and Margaret Sayers Peden
  28. Mafeking Road, by Herman Charles Bosman
  29. The Waitress Was New, by Dominique Fabre
  30. The World Without Us, by Alan Weisman
  31. The Tattoo Artist: A Novel, by Jill Ciment
  32. Beautiful Children: A Novel, by Charles Bock
  33. The Boat, by Nam Le (short stories)
  34. The Hearts of Horses, by Molly Gloss
  35. Kockroach; A Novel, by Tyler Knox
  36. Gardens of Water: A Novel, by Alan Drew
  37. The Bastard of Istanbul, by Elif Shafak
  38. Blubberland: The Dangers of Happiness, by Elizabeth Farrelly
  39. Oil on the Brain: Adventures from the Pump to the Pipeline, by Lisa Margonelli

 

G.M. Ford, author of "Nameless Night"

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Mon, 03/17/2008

Host Ed Goldberg speaks with G.M. Ford, author of "Nameless Night," a story of a search for a man's identity in the face of government repression.

Lisa Loving with John Gorenfeld on his political expose of the Rev. Moon and the Radical Right

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Tue, 03/11/2008

Lisa Loving interviews investigative reporter John Gorenstein, author of Bad Moon Rising: How Rev. Moon Created the Washington Times, Seduced the Religious Right, and Built an American Kingdom.

 

Kate Maloy, Oregon writer

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Mon, 03/10/2008

Host Kathleen Stephenson interviews writer Kate Maloy about her new novel, Every Last Cuckoo. Set in rural Vermont, this is the story of seventy-five-year-old Sarah Lucas and her discovery of unguessed dimensions in her own character. It explores her life after a great loss and shows that genuine love is unquenchable.

Ed Goldberg interviews the authors of "Sandworms"

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Mon, 02/04/2008

Ed Goldberg interviews Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, the authors of "Sandworms of Dune", the last in the saga of Frank Herbert's "Dune"

Stephen Pinker about "The Stuff of Thought"

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Mon, 01/28/2008

Host Kathleen Stephenson interviews Harvard psychology professor Stephen Pinker about his book, "The Stuff of Thought."  Pinker analyzes how our words relate to thoughts and to the world around us and reveals what this tells us about ourselves.

Lesley Hazleton, author of Jezebel, the Untold Story of the Bible's Harlot Queen

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Mon, 01/21/2008

Host Marianne Barisonek interviews Lesley Hazleton, author of Jezebel, the Untold Story of the Bible's Harlot Queen. He argues that Jezebel may have been gravely mischaracterized throughout history.

Cathy Wilkerson, Flying Close to the Sun: My Life and Times as a Weatherman

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Mon, 01/14/2008

Host Lisa Loving interviews Cathy Wilkerson, former member of the Weather Underground about her memoir, Flying Close to the Sun: My Life and Times as a Weatherman. She blew up and escaped from a Greenwich Village townhouse in 1970.

Carolyn Jessop about Escape

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Mon, 01/07/2008

Host Lisa Loving interviews Carolyn Jessop about Escape, her first-person account of life inside an ultra-fundamentalist American Religious sect and her flight to freedom with her eight children.

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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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