Between the Covers

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

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Portland Author Margaret Malone: People Like You

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Thu, 11/12/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Margaret Malone: People Like You

Between the Covers welcomes Portland author Margaret Malone to celebrate the launch of her debut short story collection, People Like You, published by local press Atelier26.

Colum McCann on "Thirteen Ways of Looking," his new short story collection

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Thu, 11/05/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Colum McCann on "Thirteen Ways of Looking," his new short story collection

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with Colum McCann about Thirteen Ways of Looking, a new short story collection – the first in 12 years –  from the National Book Award–winning author. In the title novella, a retired judge reflects on his life’s work, unaware as he goes about his daily routines that this particular morning will be his last.

Gutshot by Amelia Gray

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Thu, 10/29/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Gutshot by Amelia Gray

Right on time for Halloween, a conversation with Amelia Gray.  "Reading Gutshot is a little like being blindfolded and pelted from all sides with fire, Jell-O and the occasional live animal. You'll be messy at the end and slightly beaten up, but surprised and certainly entertained . . . She pushes against the outer limits of what humans can and will do. She seems to be testing her readers, too. Will you come with me here? How about if I take it a little further? Are you still game? (Ramona Ausubel The New York Times Book Review).  David Naimon hosts.

T. Geronimo Johnson on his novel, "Welcome to Braggsville"

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Thu, 10/22/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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T. Geronimo Johnson on his novel, "Welcome to Braggsville"

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with PEN/Faulkner finalist T. Geronimo Johnson about his novel Welcome to Braggsville, a dark and socially provocative Southern-fried comedy about four UC Berkeley students who stage a dramatic protest during a Civil War reenactment. A literary coming-of-age novel, Welcome to Braggsville, reminds us of the promise and perils of youthful exuberance, while painting an indelible portrait of contemporary America.

Lauren Groff on her new novel "Fates and Furies"

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Thu, 10/15/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Lauren Groff on her new novel "Fates and Furies"

Host Dave Mazza interviews Lauren Groff, award-winning author of The Monsters of Templeton and Arcadia, about her new book, Fates and Furies, an exhilarating novel about marriage, creativity, art, and perception. Fates and Furies is an examination of a marriage and a portrait of a creative partnership.

Lauren Groff is the author of the novel The Monsters of Templeton, shortlisted for the Orange Prize for New Writers, Delicate Edible Birds, a collection of stories, and Arcadia, a New York Times Notable Book, winner of the Medici Book Club Prize, and finalist for the L.A. Times Book Award.

Elizabeth Gilbert, BIG MAGIC: Creative Living Beyond Fear

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Thu, 10/08/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Elizabeth Gilbert, Author of BIG MAGIC

Between the Covers welcomes international bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert, to discuss her new book, BIG MAGIC:  Creative Living Beyond Fear.

Elizabeth Gilbert is a versatile and creatively boundless author of works of fiction, non-fiction, short stories, a cookbook, and memoirs, including the global phenomenon, EAT, PRAY, LOVE.

In her latest offering, BIG MAGIC: Creative Living Beyond Fear, it might appear that she has branched into self-help books as well, though in the view of the author it is more of an exploration of creativity, by someone who sincerely enjoys thinking and talking about the subject.

Steering the Craft: A Twenty-First-Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story by Ursula K. Le Guin

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Thu, 10/01/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Steering the Craft: A Twenty-First-Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story by Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin has published more than sixty books of fiction, fantasy, science fiction, children’s literature, poetry, drama, criticism, and translation. Among her honors are a National Book Award, a PEN/Malamud Award for short fiction, five Hugo and five Nebula Awards, twenty-one Locus Awards,and the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. She speaks with host David Naimon about her book Steering The Craft.  Completely revised and rewritten to address the challenges and opportunities of the modern era, this guide to the craft of writing lays out ten chapters that address the most fundamental components of narrative, from the sound of language to sentence construction to point of view.

Baby's On Fire by Liz Prato

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Thu, 09/24/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Baby's On Fire by Liz Prato

Host David Naimon talks with Portland writer, teacher and editor, Liz Prato, about her debut collection of stories Baby's On Fire.  Writer Steve Almond describes the collection well:  "Liz Prato's stories are filled with the lost, the lonely, and the damned, and she makes all of them sing with a haunting grandeur. Baby's on Fire is a lamentation brimming with wit, candor, and the eternal possibility of mercy."

The Dying Grass by William T. Vollmann

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Thu, 09/17/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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The Dying Grass by William T. Vollmann
Host Ken Jones talks with William T. Vollmann, author of 10 novels, 4 collections of short fiction, a memoir, 6 works of non-fiction (including the 7-volume treatise on violence, Rising Up and Rising Down), and numerous articles. His latest work is The Dying Grass: A Novel of the Nez Perce War, which is Book 5 in his Seven Dreams series of historical fiction.
 
Jane Smiley wrote in her New York Times review of the book: “Vollmann is one of the most idiosyncratic and challenging novelists at work today. The Dying Grass, like his other works, daringly pushes at the edges of the novel as a form, while at the same time demanding that the reader sit up and pay attention.”

Patsy Kullberg on her Novel, "Girl in the River"

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Thu, 09/10/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Patsy Kullberg on her Novel, "Girl in the River"

We speak with local writer Patsy Kullberg about her new novel, Girl in the River, a portrait of the intimate lives of women during one of the most corrupt periods in Portland history. It’s the middle of the twentieth century and Portland has fallen into the hands of gangsters. Newly orphaned Mae Rose is on the lam from a knife wielding pimp, mustering her own worst impulses to survive, while Dr. Ruth Barnett, queen of Portland’s nightlife, runs a lucrative abortion service. After the war, both women are caught in the cross hairs of anti-vice crusader Dottie “Do-good” Lee. But Mayor Lee’s DA-in-pursuit has his own dirty little reasons to track Mae down.

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The Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus

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Thu, 03/01/2012

 

What if the words your children spoke to you actually made you sick? Physically sick. And what if the children themselves relished in this newfound power over their parents? This is the setting of Ben Marcus’ new dystopian novel The Flame Alphabet. Ben Marcus is Chair of Creative Writing at Columbia University, and the author of three previous books of fiction.  David Naimon hosts.

“Echoes of Ballard’s insanely sane narrators, echoes of Kafka’s terrible gift for metaphor, echoes of David Lynch, William Burroughs, Robert Walser, Bruno Schulz and Mary Shelley: a world of echoes and re-echoes—I mean our world—out of which the sanely insane genius of Ben Marcus somehow manages to wrest something new and unheard of. And yet as I read The Flame Alphabet, late into the night, feverishly turning the pages, I felt myself, increasingly, in the presence of the classic.”

— Michael Chabon

More information about The Flame Alphabet is available in Books on KBOO.

Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Interview with Peggy Orenstein

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Thu, 02/16/2012

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with jounalist and author Peggy Orenstein about her book "Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Frontlines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture." In writing this book Orenstein set out to discover the origins and ramifications of the cultural shift to the “princess-mania” that has overtaken a new generation of little girls. Many parents, she discovered, shared her concerns about the significance of this seemingly-retro trend toward the ultra-feminine, and the role the ubiquitous marketing machine plays in packaging and promoting it.

Peggy Orenstein's previous books include The New York Times best-selling memoir, Waiting for Daisy; Flux: Women on Sex, Work, Kids, Love and Life in a Half-Changed World; and the best-selling SchoolGirls: Young Women, Self-Esteem and the Confidence Gap. A contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, Peggy has also written for such publications as The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Vogue, Elle, Discover, More, Mother Jones, Salon, O: The Oprah Magazine, and The New Yorker.

http://peggyorenstein.com/books/cinderella.html

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Jonathan Evison on his novel "West of Here"

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Thu, 02/09/2012
 Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with Northwest writer Jonathan Evison, author of "West of Here," the award-winning novel that became an instant New York Times bestseller and the #1 Indie Next Pick in hardcover. West of Here is set in the fictional town of Port Bonita, on Washington State’s rugged Pacific coast, With one segment of the narrative focused on the town’s founders circa 1890, and another showing the lives of their descendants in 2006, the novel develops as a kind of conversation between two epochs, one rushing blindly toward the future and the other struggling to undo the damage of the past.

An exposition on the effects of time, on how something said or done in one generation keeps echoing through all the years that follow, and how mistakes keep happening, and people keep on trying to be strong and brave and, most important, just and right.

More information on West of Here is available at Books on KBOO.

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Between the Covers: Poet Cindy Williams Gutiérrez and poet and founder of the Attic Institute, David Biespiel

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Fri, 01/27/2012

On Between the Covers, host Suzanne LaGrande interviews poet and dramatist Cindy Williams Gutiérrez and poet, teacher and founder of the Attic Institute, David Biespiel.

Ms. Gutiérrez talks about the process of writing and the difficulty and necessity of the writer trusting her voice. For more about Cindy Williams Guiterrez's work go to: www.grito-poetry.com.

In addition to founding the Attic Institute, a literary haven and think tank for writers, Mr. Biespiel recently published  Every Writer Has a Thousand Faces, a book about the creative process. In this interview, Mr. Biespiel discusses what attracted him to poetry, why writers need to be good readers and his insights about creativity and the writing process. For more about the Attic Institute and his work, visit: http://atticwritersworkshop.com/

More information about Every Writer has a Thousand Faces is available on Books on KBOO

Lev Grossman on his new book "THE MAGICIAN KING."

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Thu, 01/26/2012

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with writer Lev Grossman about his new book "The Magician King."

Lev Grossman is the author of the bestselling novels "The Magicians" and "Codex: A Novel". A well-known cultural commentator, he is the book critic for TIME magazine and has written for numerous other publications, including the New York Times, The Believer, The Wall Street Journal, The Village Voice, Salon and Wired. He is a graduate of Harvard and Yale and lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two daughters.

THE MAGICIAN KING is a grand voyage into the dark, glittering heart of magic, filled with high-level spell casting, soothsaying dragons, and interdimensional portals. But at heart, THE MAGICIAN KING is a reimagining of the heroic quest for the 21st century and a reckoning of two young people who set out in search of glory only to find they must make sacrifices they never bargained on and claim a prize very different from the one they set out in search of.

More information on The Magician King is available on Books on KBOO.

Carter Sickels about his novel The Evening Hour

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Thu, 01/19/2012

Carter Sickels about his novel The Evening Hour

More information about The Evening Houris available at Books on KBOO.

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Between the Covers on 01/05/12

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Tue, 01/17/2012

Told in the first person, as a narrative of Lilly Bere's life over seventeen days, "On Canaan's Side" opens as she mourns the loss of her grandson, Bill. Lilly revisits her past, going back to the moment she was forced to flee Ireland, at the end of the First World War, and continues her tale in America, a world filled with both hope and danger. At once epic and intimate,

Spanning nearly seven decades, from the Great Depression to World War II and the Vietnam War, "On Canaan's Side" is the heartbreaking story of a woman whose capability to love is enormous, and whose compassion, even for those who have wronged her, is astonishing.

Sebastian Barry was born in Dublin in 1955. His plays include Boss Grady's Boys (1988), The Steward of Christendom (1995), Our Lady of Sligo (1998), The Pride of Parnell Street (2007), and Dallas Sweetman (2008). Among his novels are The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty (1998), Annie Dunne (2002) and A Long Long Way (2005), the latter shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. His poetry includes The Water-Colourist (1982), Fanny Hawke Goes to the Mainland Forever (1989) and The Pinkening Boy (2005). His awards include the Irish-America Fund Literary Award, The Christopher Ewart-Biggs Prize, the London Critics Circle Award, The Kerry Group Irish Fiction Prize, and Costa Awards for Best Novel and Book of the Year

More information about On Canaan's Side is available on Books on KBOO

Colson Whitehead on his post-apocalyptic novel "Zone One"

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Thu, 12/29/2011
 

Host David Naimon speaks with award-winning writer Colson Whitehead about his new novel, "Zone One," which has been described as a "wry take on the post-apocalyptic horror novel." It is about a world that has been devastated by a plague. There are two types of survivors. the uninfected and the infected, the living and the living dead.

Colson Whitehead is the author of the novels The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurt, and Sag Harbor. He has also written a book of about his hometown, a collection of essays called The Colossus of New York. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Granta, Harper’s, and the New Yorker. A recipient of a Whiting Writers Award, a MacArthur grant, and a fellowship at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, he lives in New York City.

More information about Zone One is available at Books on KBOO

Between the Covers on 12/22/11

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Host Jennifer Kemp interviews young Portland writer Olivia Olivia, who reads from her short story "Charlie Without Violins."

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Sledgehammer 2011 Between the Covers on 12/15/11

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Thu, 12/15/2011
Host Suzanne LaGrande interviews the winners of this year's Sledgehammer Writing Contest, a competition that combines writing and scavanger hunting. For the contest writers converged at a central location in Portland and received their first writing prompt and scavenger hunt clues. From there they headed out to several locations around the city to gather all four writing prompts, and then had 36 hours to write the best fiction piece possible. Ali McCart of Indigo Editing & Publications is also a guest.

This year's winners are:

"No Apocalypse in the Rose City" by Leanne & Andy Baldwin
Team Baldwin crafted an exciting story that weaves ancient gods into modern times as Thor prepares to battle Loki in Ragnarok.

"Butterflies and Thunder" by Dora Raymaker
A marginalized man with limited communication discovers how humanity will end--and how to change that outcome.

"Exalted and Extinguished" by Lisa Galloway
This funny story takes us into the lives of drag queens who all have something at stake and are willing to do just about anything to get what they want.

www.indigoediting.com

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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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