Between the Covers

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

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Between the Covers on 01/03/13

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Junot Diaz on his life and work

 Host Sarika Mehta interviews acclaimed author Junot Diaz about his background including his views of the dictatorship in the Dominican Republic and his family relationships. 

Between the Covers on 12/27/12

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Mitchell S. Jackson on his book "Oversoul: Stories and Essays"

Portland native Mitchell S. Jackson reads from his new book Oversoul: Stories and Essays, a collection of semi-autobiographical short stories and essays. Jackson is now a professor at NYU, but his book explores growing up black in Portland. Later he speaks about his life and work with KBOO's Paul Roland. Jackson’s work examines the conflicts that arise in those who have seen their dreams beaten back, who realize the smallest of victories, and who still believe in redemption. (Produced by Jennifer Kemp)

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Between the Covers on 12/20/12

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Sandra Cisneros on her new novel "Have You Seen Marie?"

Host Sarika Mehta speaks with novelist, short story writer and poet Sandra Cisneros, who is most well-known for her award-winning collection of vignettes, The House on Mango Street. She recently published another short novel, Have You Seen Marie?, which explores coping with the death of a loved one, real-life characters from her community in San Antonio and how we manage grief. She stopped by KBOO back in October and spoke with Sarika Mehta about her latest book, moving from San Antonio and her experiences of being a pioneer Latina writer.

Between the Covers on 12/13/12

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The book is titled "The Collection" and the writer's are all Trans Men and Women

Dan Johnson invites you to join him on Between the Covers, December 13 at 11am as he introduces you to Tom Leger, Co-Founder of Topside Press. Tom, a Transgendered man, will talk about the first book that Topside launched in October of this year.

The title of the book is The Collection an asseblage of short stories written by a cast of  over 20 Transgendered writers and two of those writers are from the Pacific Northwest.

You will meet Carter Sickles, a returning guest to Between the Covers and Casey Plett from Eugene. 

Please join us on Thursday, December 13 at 11am on Between the Covers.

Between the Covers on 12/06/12

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Meet a few friends from Write Around Portland and marvel at the great things they do in Portland

Come join me on Between the Covers, Thursday, December 6th at 11am when I introduce you to my friends from Write Around Portland, a non-profit organization serving the underserved in the Portland area for a long time. Write Around Portland takes on the task of going into the youth authority, healthcare facilities, shelters, prisons, low income housing and many other places to facilitate sessions where these once quiet voices get to write, and write and write.

Between the Covers on 11/29/12

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Chris Kraus on her new novel "Summer of Hate"

 Writer, filmmaker and art critic, Chris Kraus, talks with host David Naimon about her latest book, Summer of Hate.   "Chris Kraus cuts a new and insatiably clever line in this explosive new work, breaking down big themes like art writing, romance, and capitalism, within a wildly expansive take on the thriller."--Janine Armin, Joyland.

Between the Covers on 11/15/12

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Thu, 11/15/2012 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Alexis Smith on her novel "Glaciers"

 Portland author, Alexis Smith,  talks with host David Naimon about Glaciers, her debut novel from Tin House booksGlaciers follows Isabel through a day in her life in which work with damaged books in the basement of a library, unrequited love for the former soldier who fixes her computer, and dreams of the perfect vintage dress move over a backdrop of deteriorating urban architecture and the imminent loss of the glaciers she knew as a young girl in Alaska.  Glaciers was a Publishers Weekly pick of the week,  received its coveted starred review, and was selected by Indie Booksellers for the January 2012 Indie Next List.

Between the Covers on 11/08/12

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Michelle Tea and Nicole J. Georges on Sister Spit

Host Lisa Loving interviews Michelle Tea, editor of Sister Spit: Writing, Rants and Reminiscence from the Road.

Between the Covers on 11/01/12

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Portland writer Kevin Desinger on "The Descent of Man"

Host Jennifer Kemp interviews Portland writer Kevin Desinger about his first novel The Descent of Man.

The main character of Kevin Desinger's novel is an average guy who experiences a sequence of events that lead to a firestorm consuming his house and family. Readers of this book are prompted to ponder the question of how they would respond were their own normal lives to take such unexpected turns.

Kevin Desinger graduated from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop before moving to Portland where he wrote for the Willamette Week, the Oregonian and a number of regional publications. An earlier short story appeared in The Missouri Review.

Between the Covers on 10/25/12

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Jess Walter on his new novel, "Beautiful Ruins"

 Host David Naimon talks with Jess Walter about his sixth novel, Beautiful Ruins, a deeply human, roller coaster of a novel, spanning fifty years and nearly as many lives.  

"...a blockbuster, with romance, majesty, comedy, smarts, and a cast of thousands. There’s lights, there’s camera, there’s action. If you want anything more from a novel than Jess Walter gives you in Beautiful Ruins, you’re getting thrown out of the theater.” (Daniel Handler, author of Why We Broke Up and creator of Lemony Snicket )

“A novel with pathos, piercing wit and, most important, the generous soul of a literary classic. . . . Walter has planted himself firmly in the first rank of American authors.” (Boston Globe )

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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

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

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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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