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 06/23/11

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Thu, 06/23/2011 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Daniel Orozco, author of the story collection "Orientation"

Those who read a lot of short stories have probably read a few by Daniel Orozco. Yet he hasn't had a collection published until now. He has the ingredients of a fine writer -- a healthy imagination for characters, a skill at spinning a tale, and a command of the language that should make most people jealous. He'll talk with us about how he writes, the status of the short story today, whether it's possible to teach creative writing, and he'll read from two stories that are so different you won't believe they were written by the same man.

Between the Covers on 06/16/11

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Thu, 06/16/2011 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Portland writer Trevor Richardson about his novel "American Bastards"

In part two of today's Between the Covers host Ed Goldberg speaks with Portland writer Trevor Richardson about his debut novel "American Bastards," a surreal novel of self-discovery and hipster culture. In this novel a number of dead rock stars try to save the world, a hitchhiking Uncle Sam heads to Hollywood, New York City is invaded by the restless dead, and more. We are the bastard children of the American Dream.

http://www.seahorserodeofolkrevival.com/Trevor-Richardson.html

Between the Covers on 06/16/11

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Thu, 06/16/2011 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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A horrible murder in 1897 sets the stage for an all out media war

What do  you have when there is a dead body floating near a pier, open warfare between Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst and a cast of characters that add to the mystery of "The Murder of the Century"?

Dan Johnson interviews Portland writer, Paul Collins, about his latest thriller, a small book that packs a big punch. 

Between the Covers on 06/09/11

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Thu, 06/09/2011 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Daniel Wilson talks about his novel "Robopocalypse"

Host Marianne Barisonek interviews Portland writer, television host and robotics engineer Daniel Wilson, author of the technothriller "Robopocalypse," which explores the fate of the human race following a robot uprising.

Wilson has an M.S. and P.H.D. in Robotics, and an M.S. in Machine Learning. His other books include the 2005 book "How to Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion," "Where's My Jetpack?: A Guide to the Amazing Science Fiction Future That Never Arrived," "How To Build a Robot Army: Tips on Defending Planet Earth Against Aliens, Ninjas, and Zombies," and "The Mad Scientist Hall of Fame: Muwahahaha!" 

Between the Covers on 06/02/11

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Thu, 06/02/2011 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Steve Earle on his novel, "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive"

Host Robyn Shanti interviews Steve Earle, musician, actor, and writer about his first novel, I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive, named after a Hank Williams song.. The novel is set in San Antonio in 1963, and tells the story of a defrocked doctor and morphine addict. The doctor makes a living by performing illegal abortions and is haunted by the ghost of Hank Williams, with whom he was traveling when Williams died of an overdose.

Between the Covers on 05/26/11

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Thu, 05/26/2011 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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A JANE AUSTEN EDUCATION

The guest is Portland writer Bill Deresiewicz, author of A JANE AUSTEN EDUCATION: How Six Novels Taught Me about Love, Friendship, and the Things that Really Matter.

When Bill Deresiewicz was forced to read Jane Austen in graduate school, he discovered that Austen was perhaps the one writer who could teach him how to be a better person. We'll hear why.

William Deresiewicz was an associate professor of English at Yale University until 2008 and is a widely published literary critic who writes for a popular audience. His reviews and criticism regularly appear in The New Republic, The Nation, The American Scholar, the London Review of Books, and The New York Times. In 2008 he was nominated for a National Magazine Award for reviews and criticism.

Between the Covers on 05/19/11

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Thu, 05/19/2011 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Geraldine Brooks on her new novel "Caleb's Crossing"

Host Marianne Barisonek interviews Geraldine Brooks, best-selling author and winner of the Pulitzer Prize (for March) about her new book, CALEB’S CROSSING, which was inspired by the life of Caleb Cheeshahteaumauk, the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College. Brooks first learned about him during her time as a Radcliffe fellow at Harvard in 2006. Caleb was from the Wampanoag tribe of Native Americans who lived on Martha’s Vineyard. There is little official information on Caleb’s life and Brooks’s novel is an informed imagining of what he might have gone through.

Between the Covers on 05/12/11

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Thu, 05/12/2011 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Local writer Heather Sheffendin

Host Ed Goldberg speaks with local writer Heather Sharfeddin about her new book "Damaged Goods," a novel of redemption and second chances set in the Willamette Valley.

Heather Sharfeddin's other books are "Sweetwater Burning" and "Windless Summer."

http://sharfeddin.com/

 

Between the Covers on 05/05/11

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Thu, 05/05/2011 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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What is the Price of Motherhood?

Ann Crittenden talks about the 10th anniversary of her bestselling book "The Price of Motherhood: Why the Most Important Job in the World Is Still the Least Valued." Ann shows how mothers are systematically disadvantaged and made dependent by a society that exploits those who perform its most critical work. Although women have been liberated, mothers have not.

Between the Covers on 04/28/11

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Thu, 04/28/2011 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them

The guest is Wayne Pacelle, President of the Humane Society of the United States, and author of the new book, "The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them." Pacelle will discuss the deep links of the human-animal bond as wll as the conflicting implulses that have led us to betray this bond through widespread and systemic cruelty to animals.

Wayne Pacelle has been with the Humane Society of the U.S. for seventeen years. He has taken a special interest in law reform and has been a leading strategist in getting animal protection laws enacted by the direct action of the electorate.

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Habitat? or animal rights? T.C. Boyle on his latest novel: "When the Killing's Done"

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Thu, 09/01/2011

Host Jim Schumock speaks with T.C. Boyle about his thirteenth novel, When the Killing's Done, which takes up some of the environmental themes of earlier novels such as A Friend of the Earth and The Tortilla Curtain, and stories like “Carnal Knowledge,” “Top of the Food Chain,” “Tooth and Claw.” It is set in the past decade on the California Channel Islands, where a rather testy turf war was fought between animal rights activists and the biologists of the National Park Service and the Nature Conservancy over the elimination of non-native species of plants and animals, and this provided the inspiration for the book. Boyle says that the novel "is a series of dramatic confrontations between those who say nay and those who say yea, but, as readers will I hope discover, such distinctions become increasingly more complex and ethically challenging. Just how precious is any given life — and who gets to decide?" 

Dark Rose: Organized Crime and Corruption in Portland

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Thu, 08/25/2011

Host Dave Mazza speaks with Robert C. Donnelly, assistant professor of history at Gonzaga University, and author of "Dark Rose: Organized Crime and Corruption in Portland."

In April 1956, Portland Oregonian investigative reporters Wallace Turner and William Lambert exposed organized crime rackets and rampant corruption within the city's law enforcement institutions. The biggest scandal involved Teamsters officials and the city's lucrative prostitution, gambling, and bootlegging operations. Turner and Lambert blew the cover on the Teamsters scheme to take over alcohol sales and distribution and profit from these fringe enterprises. The Rose City was seething with vice and intrigue.

The exposé and other reports of racketeering from around the country incited a national investigation into crime networks and union officials headed by the McClellan Committee, or officially, the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Improper Activities in the Labor or Management Field. The Commission discovered evidence in Portland that helped prove Teamsters President Dave Beck's embezzlement of union funds and union Vice President Jimmy Hoffa's connection to the mob.

Dark Rose reveals the sordid details of an important period in the history of Portland.

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Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at the World's Richest Museum

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Thu, 08/18/2011

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with Jason Felch, co-author with Ralph Frammolino, of "Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at the World's Richest Museum." Felch talks about the illegal trade of looted antiquities and how some at the Getty Museum worked with networks of criminals to obtain illicit treasures.

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Portland author Martha Shelley discusses "The Throne in the Heart of the Sea"

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Thu, 08/04/2011

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Portlander Martha Shelley, feminist, gay activist and author, about her The Throne in the Heart of the Sea and about her decades-long interest in Jezebel, a Phoenician princess who became the Queen of Israel.

Martha Shelley is a prolific writer on the intersection of women’s issues, politics and religion. She has spent the last few years researching the historical and religious role of women in the Bible to better understand today’s controversies created by the efforts for a more inclusive and powerful role for women in society and religious life.

Science fiction and fantasy writer China Mieville

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Thu, 07/21/2011

Science fiction and fantasy writer China Mieville has won nearly every award in the genre and has caught the attention of mainstream publications from the New York Times to the Guardian with the depth of his imagination and the height of his erudition. David Naimon interviews him about his new, much anticipated, book "Embassytown," a book Ursula Le Guin describes as follows: "Embassytown is a fully achieved work of art…Works on every level, providing compulsive narrative, splendid intellectual rigour and risk, moral sophistication, fine verbal fireworks and sideshows, and even the old-fashioned satisfaction of watching a protagonist become more of a person than she gave promise of being.”

Interview With Audrey Braun Author of A Small Fortune

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Thu, 07/14/2011

Audrey Braun discusses her first novel, in addition we learn how this great little suspense nover turned into a three book deal with AmazonEncore.

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Interview With Audrey Braun Author of A Small Fortune

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Thu, 07/14/2011

Audrey Braun discusses her new summer suspense novel dealing with deception, kidnapping and murder all leading up to A Small Fortune.

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Mystery writer Cara Black discusses "Murder in Passy"

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Thu, 07/07/2011

  Host Ed Goldberg speaks with Cara Black, author of "Murder in Passy," the latest in her popular series of detective novels set in Paris and featuring Aimee Leduc.

In her books Cara Black features a Paris little known outside the tourist track. In real life she lives in San Francisco where she is a San Francisco Library Laureate and a member of the Paris Societe Historique in the Marais. She is included in the "Great Women Mystery Writers," by Elizabeth Lindsay.

 

Scott Sparling's debut novel "Wire to Wire"-- memorable characters and a relentless pace

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Thu, 06/30/2011

Host David Naimon interviews Portland writer Scott Sparling about his debut novel, Wire to Wire, from Tin House Books.

A pick of the week by Publisher's Weekly, they call Wire to Wire "well crafted and thrilling, tying together an obvious love for both Michigan and railroads with an expert sense of timing and plot. The world he has created is both overwhelming and exhilarating, thanks in no small part to a large ensemble of memorable characters and a relentless pace. Indeed, hardly a page goes by without some sort of fantastic calamity throwing Slater and company into further turmoil—when the most peaceful passages of the story are speed-addled, that's saying something—but it's done so well that hopping off this runaway train would never cross a reader's mind.” 

http://scottsparling.net/

 

Cary Groner on "Exiles," his novel set in Kathmandu

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Thu, 06/30/2011

Former Portlander Cary Groner talks about his novel Exiles, the story of an American volunteer doctor and his teenage daughter whose lives are irrevocably changed when they move to Kathmandu and find themselves in the midst of civil war.

Cary Groner studied Buddhist meditation and philosophy with the late Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, and continues to spend several weeks a year in meditation retreat when possible. In 2009, he received his MFA in fiction writing from the University of Arizona. His short stories have won numerous awards. His story “Elaborate Preparations for Departure” won the Glimmer Train fiction open and was published in the summer 2010 issue.  Hosted by Ren Green.

http://www.carygroner.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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