Between the Covers

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

Episode Archive

California by Edan Lepucki

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Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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California by Edan Lepucki

Between the Covers welcomes Edan Lepucki, author of the debut novel, California. 

The novel became a publishing phenomenon after it was recommended by author Sherman Alexie on The Colbert Report on June 4, 2014.  In a conversation about the current Amazon vs. Hachette corporate publishing dispute, Steven Colbert encouraged readers to purchase the novel directly from Portland's local Powell's Books.  The plug caused a media sensation and the novel debuted at #3 on the New York Times bestseller list. (Colbert Show link below.)

Sleep Donation by Karen Russell

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Thu, 08/14/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Sleep Donation by Karen Russell

A crisis has swept America. Hundreds of thousands have lost the ability to sleep. Enter the Slumber Corps, an organization that urges healthy dreamers to donate sleep to an insomniac. Under the wealthy and enigmatic Storch brothers the Corps’ reach has grown, with outposts in every major US city. Trish Edgewater, whose sister Dori was one of the first victims of the lethal insomnia, has spent the past seven years recruiting for the Corps. But Trish’s faith in the organization and in her own motives begins to falter when she is confronted by “Baby A,” the first universal sleep donor, and the mysterious “Donor Y.”

Interview with William T. Vollmann

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Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Interview with William T. Vollmann
Host Ken Jones talks with William T. Vollmann. the author of nine novels, three collections of short fiction, a memoir, and six works of non-fiction, including the seven-volume treatise on violence, Rising Up and Rising Down. Vollmann won the 2005 National Book Award for Fiction for his novel Europe Central. His latest work is a collection of supernatural tales, Last Stories and Other Stories.

All Our Names by Dinaw Mengestu

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Thu, 07/31/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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All Our Names by Dinaw Mengestu

From acclaimed author Dinaw Mengestu, a recipient of the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 award, The New Yorker’s 20 Under 40 award, and a 2012 MacArthur Foundation genius grant, comes an unforgettable love story about a searing affair between an American woman and an African man in 1970s America and an unflinching novel about the fragmentation of lives that straddle countries and histories. 

Cliff Ashpaugh on his debut novel "Josh's Wall"

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Thu, 07/24/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Cliff Ashpaugh on his debut novel "Josh's Wall"

Cliff Ashpaugh talks about his debut novella, JOSH’S WALL (Spout Hill Press; July 2014). Set in the early 1960s in the wilds of San Gabriel Valley, it’s a coming-of-age story about a boy who wakes up to a world of bullies, liars, and strangers—including himself.

At age six, Joshua Crass is reborn—after nearly dying from an allergic reaction to penicillin. Struggling with lingering anemia and amnesia, he leaves the hospital with three people—Mom, Dad, and brother Sammy—who might as well be Martians. Apart from his beloved Nanny (the only family member he remembers), Josh feels like an orphan in his own home. 

Smith Henderson on his novel "Fourth of July Creek"

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Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Smith Henderson on his novel "Fourth of July Creek"

Host Jay Thiemeyer speaks with Smith Henderson about his novel "Fourth of July Creek."  Henderson explores the complexities of freedom, community, grace, suspicion and anarchy, depicting our nation's disquieting and violent contradictions.

Smith Henderson is the recipient of the 2011 PEN Emerging Writers Award in fiction. He was a Philip Roth Resident in Creative Writing at Bucknell University, a Pushcart Prize winner, and a fellow at the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, Texas. Born and raised in Montana, he now lives in Portland, Oregon.

Local Author Polly Dugan: So Much a Part of You

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Thu, 07/10/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Local Author Polly Dugan: So Much a Part of You

Between the Covers welcomes local author, Polly Dugan, in conversation about her debut short story collection, So Much a Part of You.

Today the kitchen, tomorrow the world!

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Thu, 07/03/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Tod Davies talks with Lyn Moelich about her book Jam Today Too: the Revolution Will Not Be Catered

Author and Senior Editor at Exterminating Angel Press, Tod Davies talks with host Lyn Moelich about her latest book  in the Jam Today series Jam Today Too: the Revolution Will Not Be Catered. Like Kate Christensen and Jim Harrison, Davies is a novelist - and amateur cook ---who brings all of her literary talents to the Jam Today series. This book is a rich stew of stories and recipes which entice cooks of every level to tell their own storys through the food they cook. Think MFK Fisher as an anarchist and you've got Tod Davies. Tod Will be speaking at Powell's Books on Hawthorne on July 3rd at 7:30pm.

My Real Children by Jo Walton

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Thu, 06/26/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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My Real Children by Jo Walton

It’s 2015, and Patricia Cowan is very old. “Confused today,” read the notes clipped to the end of her bed. She forgets things she should know—what year it is, major events in the lives of her children. But she remembers things that don't seem possible. She remembers marrying Mark and having four children. And she remembers not marrying Mark and raising three children with Bee instead. She remembers the bomb that killed President Kennedy in 1963, and she remembers Kennedy in 1964, declining to run again after the nuclear exchange that took out Miami and Kiev.  Two lives, two worlds, two versions of modern history; each with their loves and losses, their sorrows and triumphs.

Portland-based author Jason Beem on his first novel "Southbound"

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Thu, 06/19/2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Portland-based author Jason Beem on his first novel "Southbound"

Host Ken Jones talks with Portland-based author Jason Beem about his first novel Southbound. The book follows a recovering gambling addict who, in the wake of losing his job for the summer, and his girlfriend, makes a gambling pilgrimage to the big three Southern California horse racing tracks in search of one last big score. Jason himself is a track announcer at Portland Meadows and a recovering gambling addict, which makes for an interesting combination. He’s also working towards a Masters degree in addiction counseling at Lewis & Clark College.
 

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Author ANDREW VACHSS

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Mon, 12/31/2007

Host Ed Goldberg interviews local author Andrew Vachss, author of Terminal, a novel of double-crossing and revenge.

Author Daniel Pinchbeck

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Mon, 12/31/2007

Marianne Barisonek interviews Daniel Pinchbeck, author and advocate of the use of psychedelic substances such as LSD, Psilocybin mushrooms and peyote for enriching people's intellectual, psychological and spiritual beliefs through the psychedelic experience. He speaks about his life, his philosophy and his latest book, 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl.

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman

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Mon, 12/17/2007

Economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman discusses his newest book, The Conscience of a Liberal, with KBOO's Justin Miller.

Chelsea Cain talks with Ed Goldberg

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Mon, 12/17/2007

Ed Goldberg interviews local author and Oregonian Columnist Chelsea Cain about her new book, Heart Sick, a thriller set in Portland.

Lisa Loving interviews Cathy Wilkerson about her memoir of life with the Weather Underground

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Wed, 12/12/2007

Lisa Loving and Cathy Wilkerson discuss her book, Flying Close to the Sun: My Life and Times as a Weatherman.

Lisa Loving interviews Suzanne Braun Levine on the life of Bella Abzug

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Wed, 12/12/2007

Lisa Loving and Ms. Magazine founding editor Suzanne Levine discuss her new book, Bella Abzug: How One Tough Broad from the Bronx Fought Jim Crow and Joe McCarthy, Pissed off Jimmy Carter, Battled for the Rights of Women and Workers, Rallied Against War and for the Planet, and Shook up Politics Along the Way (co-edited by Mary Thom)

 

Carol Russell, Storyteller

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Mon, 12/10/2007

Host Jade Pekkala interviews Afro-Brit storyteller Carol Russell.

Deer Drink the Moon

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Mon, 12/10/2007

Jay Thiemeyer interviews Liz Nakazawa, editor of the poetry collection, Deer Drink the Moon: Poems of Oregon. Nakazawa brings together thirty-three poets to create a masterpiece of poetry about the state of Oregon, published by Ooligan Press, a student-run press at Portland State University.

Junot Diaz, author of "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao"

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Mon, 12/10/2007

Producer Lisa Loving speaks with award-winning writer Junot Diaz on his novel, which tells the story of a young  immigrant who dreams of being "the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien." Junot has been named one of the top writers of the 21st Century by the New Yorker magazine.

Grace Paley Tribute

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Mon, 12/03/2007

Local poet Judith Arcana and local writer Miriam Budner discuss the life and work of activist, writer and teacher Grace Paley, who died in August. Judith Arcana's books include "Grace Paley’s Life Stories: A Literary Biography.”  Arcana and Budner also read from Grace's work and  discuss an upcoming Portland event honoring her memory at  Broadway Books on Tuesday, December 11th  at 7PM.

 

 

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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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