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 Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

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Thu, 04/30/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

A gripping spy novel, an astute exploration of extreme politics, and a moving love story, The Sympathizer explores a life between two worlds and examines the legacy of the Vietnam War in literature, film, and the wars we fight today. It is April 1975, and Saigon is in chaos. At his villa, a general of the South Vietnamese army is drinking whiskey and, with the help of his trusted captain, drawing up a list of those who will be given passage aboard the last flights out of the country. The general and his compatriots start a new life in Los Angeles, unaware that one among their number, the captain, is secretly observing and reporting on the group to a higher-up in the Viet Cong.

Induced Coma by Harold Jaffe

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Thu, 04/23/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Induced Coma by Harold Jaffe
Host Ken Jones talks with Harold Jaffe, author of 22 volumes of fiction, novels, docu-fiction, and essays, most recently Induced Coma: 50 & 100 Word Stories and Anti-Twitter: 150 50-Word Stories. His books have been translated into 15 languages, including German, Japanese, Spanish, Italian, French, Turkish, Dutch, Czech, and Serbo-Croatian. Jaffe is also editor-in-chief of the literary journal Fiction International, and a Professor of Creative Writing and Literature at San Diego State University.

Marian Palaia on Her Novel, "The Given World"

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Thu, 04/16/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Marian Palaia on her Novel, "The Given World"
Writer Marian Palaia talks about her new novel THE GIVEN WORLD, which has received rave reviews from the likes of Lorrie Moore, Karen Joy Fowler, Robert Olen Butler.
Spanning twenty-five years, THE GIVEN WORLD moves from Montana to Saigon as it tells the story of a young woman whose life is haunted by her brother's disappearance in Vietnam. Palaia, a first time author at sixty, begins the break in our society created by the Vietnam War and works her way deep into the aftermath -- its impact on one person, on one family, on one country. 

Marian Palaia reads from THE GIVEN WORLD Thursday, April 16th, at Powell's on Hawthorne. 

Author/Illustrator Cece Bell talks about her memoir-graphic novel "El Deafo"

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Thu, 04/09/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Author/Illustrator Cece Bell talks about her memoir-graphic novel "El Deafo"
Host Sarika Mehta speaks with Cece Bell about "El Deafo," her memoir-graphic novel, a 2015 Newbery Honor Book.
Author/illustrator Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful—and very awkward—hearing aid. After some trouble, she is finally able to harness the power of the Phonic Ear and become “El Deafo, Listener for All.” 

Ongoingness: The End of a Diary by Sarah Manguso

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Thu, 04/02/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Ongoingness: The End of a Diary by Sarah Manguso

In her third book, which continues to define the contours of the contemporary essay, Sarah Manguso confronts a meticulous diary that she has kept for twenty-five years. "I wanted to end each day with a record of everything that had ever happened," she explains. But this simple statement belies a terror that she might forget something, that she might miss something important. Maintaining that diary, now 800,000 words, had become, until recently, a kind of spiritual practice. Then Manguso became pregnant and had a child, and these two Copernican events generated an amnesia that put her into a different relationship with the need to document herself amid ongoing time.

Jacob Rubin, author of The Poser

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Fri, 03/27/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Jacob Rubin speaks with KBOO's Frances Fagan
Jacob Rubin joins KBOO's Frances Fagan to discuss his debut novel THE POSER.  Rubin is speaking on March 26th  at 7:30PM Powell’s on Hawthorne.  You can view the book trailer online.

Between the Covers on 03/26/15

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Thu, 03/26/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Features interviews with locally and nationally known authors of both fiction and non-fiction.

Writer David Treuer on his life, work and new novel, "Prudence"

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Thu, 03/19/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Writer David Treuer on his life, work and new novel, "Prudence"

Host Gene Bradley speaks with David Treuer about his life, work and his new novel, "Prudence," a story of love, loss, identity, and desire in World War II-era America. 

David Treuer is the son of an Ojibwe Indian mother and an Austrian Jewish father who fled the Holocaust.  He grew up straddling wildly different cultures, an experience that has deeply shaped his work. Treuer left the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota where he grew up to attend Princeton, earned a Ph.D. in anthropology, and embarked on a career as a writer, publishing three critically acclaimed novels and a nonfiction portrait of contemporary life “on the rez.” 


http://www.davidtreuer.com/

Megan Kruse: Call Me Home

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Thu, 03/12/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Megan Kruse: Call Me Home. Debut novel published by Portland-based Hawthorne Books

Between the Covers welcomes Pacific Northwest writer, Megan Kruse.  Her debut novel, Call Me Home, delineates what occurs within a nuclear family with an abusive father.  How domestic violence can draw a brother and sister closer than twins, compell a daughter to make a glass sandwich for her dad, cause a son to betray his mom for his father's approval, and a mother blame herself for it all.  The freedom and isolation of the American West is dangerous country for abused women, gay sons and emerging daughters.  Violence looms like clouds.  They keep their secrets and wait, for what feels like a lifetime, for their one chance to be free.
 

Get in Trouble with Kelly Link

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Thu, 03/05/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Get in Trouble with Kelly Link

She has been hailed by Michael Chabon as “the most darkly playful voice in American fiction” and by Neil Gaiman as “a national treasure.” Now Kelly Link’s eagerly awaited new collection—her first for adult readers in a decade—proves indelibly that this bewitchingly original writer is among the finest we have.  Hurricanes, astronauts, evil twins, bootleggers, Ouija boards, iguanas, The Wizard of Oz, superheroes, the Pyramids . . . These are just some of the talismans of an imagination as capacious and as full of wonder as that of any writer today.

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Between the Covers for 11/17/2011

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Thu, 11/17/2011

Host Jim Schumock speaks with spiritual teacher Gangaji about her new book "Hidden Treasure: Uncovering the Truth in Your Life Story."

Gangaji, who was born Antoinette (Toni) Roberson Varner, was given the name Gangaji by her teacher Sri H. W. L. Poonja in 1990. Before that meeting, she had pursued many paths to enlightenment. In her book she uses the telling of her own life story to guide readers in telling the truth about their own life stories.

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Between the Covers: Poet Jane Hirshfield

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Thu, 11/10/2011

A podcast of Between the Covers with host Suzanne LaGrande, broadcast on November 10, 201. Suzanne LaGrande interviews award-winning poet and translator Jane Hirshfield.  Ms. Hirshfield is the author of seven collections of poetry, including After (HarperCollins, 2006); Given Sugar, Given Salt (2001), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, The Lives of the Heart (1997), The October Palace (1994), Of Gravity & Angels (1988), and Alaya (1982). In 2004, Hirshfield was awarded the 70th Academy Fellowship for distinguished poetic achievement by The Academy of American Poets.

 In this interview, Ms. Hirshfield about her most recent collection of poetry entitled, Come, Thief (Alfred A. Knopf, 2011). 

Novelist Justin Torres discusses We The Animals

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Thu, 11/03/2011

Host David Naimon interviews debut novelist Justin Torres.  His book, We the Animals, has been heralded for its beautiful, concentrated prose. NPR likened it to a diamond, brilliant and brilliantly compressed.  Esquire magazine called it a "knock to the head that will leave your mouth agape." Justin Torres is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, with work in the New Yorker, Harper's, Granta, Tin House and Glimmer Train.  Currently he serves as the Wallace Stegner fellow at Stanford University.

Wordstock 2011: Some Writers You Should Know

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Thu, 10/27/2011

 

Wordstock 2011: Some Writers You Should Know

October in Portland is host to Wordstock, the Northwest's largest annual festival of books, writers and storytelling. Host Suzanne LaGrande interview some of the writers featured at this year's festival, including:

Ismet Prcic talking about his first novel Shards.

Children's book author and illustrator Carolyn Conahan on the importance of constructive criticism.

Novelist and short story writer Maile Meloy discussing The Apothecary, her first children's book.

Internationally best-selling Irish author Anne Enright on her new novel, The Forgotten Waltz, just published in the U.S.

Octaviano Merecias Cuevas, a trilingual mixtec poet, language activist and educator on language activism.

Jennifer Egan discussing her novel, A Visit From the Good Squad which won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction.

Charles Yu on his novel, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe.

Novelist, short story writer, essayist and editor Elissa Schapell discussing her new novel, Blueprints for Building Better Girls.

John Freeman, editor of Granta Magazine on what makes good writing.

For extended interviews with these writers and a discussion of their creative process, go to kboo.fm/writersoncraft

Between the Covers on 09-29-11 Author Karl Friedrich

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Fri, 09/30/2011

Lyn Moelich interviews Karl Friedrich about his novel "Wings" a novel of WW2 Flygirls

"Wings: A Novel of World War II Flygirls" is based on the true story of the women, fresh from the 1930's depression era with an opportunity to be pilots, dealing with 1940 style "what, a women flying a plane? " attitude. The story of the WASPS.

OREGON APPEARANCES:

Cascade Park Library October 26, 2011  7:00 - 8:00 pm
Gresham  Library November 13, 2011 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Floyd Skloot talks about his new collection of short stories, Cream of Kohlrabi

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Thu, 09/29/2011

Host Suzanne LaGrande interviews local author Floyd Skloot about his first collection of short Cream of Kohlrabi.  Gathering sixteen stories from among the forty he has published since 1988, Cream of Kohlrabi explores how people people face challenges,  including the challenges which come with aging,  and the ways in which families can be both a blessing and a curse.

 

Floyd Skloot is a creative nonfiction writer, poet, and fiction writer whose work has received three Pushcart Prizes, a Pen USA Literary Award, two Pacific NW Book Awards, an Independent Publishers Book Award, and two Oregon Book Awards.

 

He has three upcoming readings in Portland in the month of October:

 

Sunday, October 16, 2011  7:30pm  at Powell's Books

http://www.powells.com

 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011  7:00pm at  Broadway Books

http://www.broadwaybooks.net


 

Thursday, November 3, 2011  7:00pm at Annie Bloom's Books

http://www.annieblooms.com


 

For more Floyd Skloot's work go to http://www.floydskloot.com/

 

To listen to Floyd Skloot talk about his creative process and  writing craft go to:

 

www.kboo.fm/writersoncraft

Poet, teacher, bookseller David Abel

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Thu, 09/29/2011

 Poet, editor and bookseller David Abel works across disciplines in performance, film, theater, and intermedia projects. He was a founding member of the and Four Wall Cinema (the precursor to Cinema Project). Since moving to Portland in 1997,  he has been active in organizing local poetry reading events, such as the Spare Room reading series (now in its tenth year) He is the coordinator of the literary arts program at the Multnomah Arts Center, where  he also teaches poetry.

 

For more about David Abel go to:

 

http://www.passagesbookshop.com/

 

For more about readings going on in and around portland go to: www.Portlandindependentreadingseries.com

 

To listen to David Abel  talk about his creative process and the craft of writing poetry go to: www.kboo.fm/writersoncraft

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Poet-dramatist Cindy Williams Gutiérrez

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Thu, 09/29/2011

Poet-dramatist Cindy Williams Gutiérrez collaborates with artists in theatre, music, and visual art. Her CD, “Emerald Heart,” features her Aztec-inspired poetry accompanied by pre-Hispanic music. She also teaches creative writing to adults through the Attic, Annie Blooms Books, the Oregon Poetry Association, and the Stonecoast MFA Program, as well as to middle and high school students through Wordstock and Writers in the Schools. Her a new collection of poetry, the small claim of bones, is forthcoming from Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe (Arizona State University).

This year she's be speaking at Wordstock, Portland's annual festival of books, writers, and storytelling on Saturday at 1pm along with Catherine Evleshin, Alberto Moreno, and Ivonne Saed

For more information: http://www.wordstockfestival.com

For more information about Cindy Williams Gutiérrez work: www.grito-poetry.com

To listen to Cindy Williams Gutiérrez talk about her creative process and the writing craft go to: www.kboo.fm/writersoncraft

Between the Covers: Jessica Maxwell

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Fri, 09/23/2011

Host Suzanne LaGrande interviews local author Jessica Maxwell about her spiritual memoir, Roll Around Heaven. A travel and nature magazine writer with an allergy to religion, Jessica meets a pig farmer who turns out to be a spiritual teacher and launches her on spiritual journey which includes seeing auras, banishing evil spirits with Buddhist Lamas, sharing Celtic Revelations on the isle of Iona, and learning an abiding respect for all paths to God.

For more information about Jessica Maxwell's book Roll Around Heaven, visit her website: http://rollaroundheaven.com

 

 

 

Deborah Reed on Between the Covers

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Thu, 09/15/2011

 Dan Johnson interviews Deborah Reed, author of Carry Yourself Back to Me, a story of love, sex, rock n roll and murder.

Deborah talks about the craft of writing this book with the emphasis of giving her characters the voices needed to make this a fun book to read.

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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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