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 writer Justin Hocking on his Memoir, "The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld"
The Small Backs of Children by Lidia Yuknavitch
 

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Polly Dugan on her new novel "The Sweetheart Deal"

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Thu, 06/25/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Polly Dugan on her new novel "The Sweetheart Deal"

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with Portland writer Polly Dugan about her new novel, The Sweetheart Deal,  It's the story of what happens when a woman who thinks she's lost everything has the chance to love again.  

Polly Dugan s a reader at Tin House magazine. A former employee of Powell's Books, she is an alumna of the Tin House Writer's Workshop. Dugan's first published story, "A Matter of Time," was Line Zero's Spring 2012 Literary Contest Winner, "Masquerades" (as "One At a Time"), was Narrative's Story of the Week (December 2012), and "Kitten Season" was an Honorable Mention Recipient in Glimmer Train's Short Story Award for New Writers (August 2009).

The Never-Open Desert Diner by James Anderson

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Thu, 06/18/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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The Never-Open Desert Diner by James Anderson
Host Ken Jones talks with author James Anderson, a native of the Pacific Northwest, born in Seattle, raised in Portland, and a graduate of Reed College. He founded Breitenbush Books, a small publishing company based in Portland, and ran it from 1976 to 1991. In addition to writing and publishing, James has worked as a logger, commercial fisherman, car salesman, and truck driver. He’s in the studio today to talk about his debut novel The Never-Open Desert Diner, which the New York Times called “a wondrously strange first novel.”

Stacy Wakefield on her novel "The Sunshine Crust Baking Factory"

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Thu, 06/11/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Stacy Wakefield on her novel "The Sunshine Crust Baking Factory"

Host Lisa Loving speaks with Stacy Wakefield about her novel, "The Sunshine Crust Baking Factory."

Sid arrives in New York City in 1995 eager to join the anarchist squatting scene. She's got a tattoo, she listens to the right bands . . . so why would she get a job and rent some tiny shoe-box apartment when she could take over a whole building with a gang of wild young pirates? But the Lower East Side is changing; there are no more empty buildings, the squats are cliquey and full.

Mary Ruefle

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Thu, 06/04/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Mary Ruefle

When Portland State University and Tin House brought Mary Ruefle to Portland for a reading and lecture, David Naimon sat down with the beloved and criticallly-acclaimed poet and essayist to talk about her approach to art, the questions she comes back to, and the artists that influence her.  Ruefle is the author of 14 books, including 12 volumes of poetry, a book of prose, and a collection of lectures, Madness, Rack, and Honey, which was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. She has won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Guggenheim Foundation, and a Whiting Writer’s Award, among other honors.

Cole Cohen on her Memoir, "Head Case: My Brain and Other Wonders"

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Thu, 05/28/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Cole Cohen on her Memoir, "Head Case: My Brain and Other Wonders"
Host Lisa Loving speaks with Cole Cohen about her new book, "Head Case: My Brain and Other Wonders", a memoir about her struggle to make her way and set up a life after doctors discovered a hole in her brain the size of a lemon.

For as long as she can remember, Cole Cohen struggled with a series of learning disabilities that make it nearly impossible to judge time and space.
At twenty-six-years-old she submits herself to a battery of tests in an attempt to finally get to the bottom of her struggles. Doctors find a hole they cannot explain. She discovers firsthand how best to navigate the peculiar, remarkable world that she lives in. 

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

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Thu, 05/21/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Anathem, Reamde, and Cryptonomicon comes an exciting and thought-provoking science fiction epic—a grand story of annihilation and survival spanning five thousand years. A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space.

Between the Covers on 05/14/15

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Thu, 05/14/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Features interviews with locally and nationally known authors of both fiction and non-fiction.

Sharon Wood Wortman on "The Big & Awesome Bridges of Portland & Vancouver"

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Thu, 05/07/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Sharon Wood Wortman on "The Big & Awesome Bridges of Portland & Vancouver"

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with the founder of the Between the Covers program, Sharon Wood Wortman, about The Big & Awesome Bridges of Portland & Vancouver—A Book for Young Readers and Their Teachers.

Sharon is a poet-performer, playwright, and author of three editions of The Portland Bridge Book, the last two editions with Ed Wortman.  In 1991 she originated bridge walks for Portland Parks & Outdoor Recreation.  Later she performed BridgeStories—A Storytelling Slide Show across Oregon.

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.

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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

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

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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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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