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 02/04/10

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Thu, 02/04/2010 - 11:00am - 11:30am

Host Ed Goldberg speaks with Portland writer Bill Cameron, author of “Chasing Smoke,” a police procedural set in Portland. A cancer-stricken homicide detective, Skin Kadash, looks into the apparent suicides of several people who were patients of the same doctor, who happens to have been Skin’s doctor, too. Cameron tells two stories, the investigation itself and Skin’s coming-to-terms with his possible death.

Between the Covers on 01/28/10

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Thu, 01/28/2010 - 11:00am - 11:30am

Host Laura McCandlish interviews award-winning author Mary Karr about her new memoir "Lit," which was selected as one of ten best books of the year by the New York Times. It’s a memoir that traces the author’s descent into alcoholism and her resurrection throught writing. Karr's first memoir "Liar's Club" was a New York Times best seller for over a year.

 

Between the Covers on 01/14/10

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Thu, 01/14/2010 - 11:00am - 11:30am

Host Jim Schumock speaks with John Irving, noted author of such novels as “The World According to Garp,” “Cider-House Rules,” and “The Hotel New Hampshire.” His latest novel, “Last Night in Twisted River,” is the story of a father and son on the run after a tragic accident. The novel has many autobiographical elements.

Between the Covers on 01/07/10

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Host Ed Goldberg interviews British writer Piers Paul Read, author of "The Death of a Pope," a thriller involving the politics of The Vatican and liberation theology.

Between the Covers on 12/24/09

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Thu, 12/24/2009 - 11:00am - 11:30am

Host Ed Goldberg interviews A.J. Jacobs, author of "The Guinea Pig Diaries. Jacops investigates his own life by doing stunts and writing about it.

Between the Covers on 12/17/09

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Thu, 12/17/2009 - 11:00am - 11:30am

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein, authors of "Heidegger and a Hippo Walk Through THose Pearly Gates: Using Philosophy (and Jokes!) to Explain Life, Death, the Afterlife and Everything in Between."

Between the Covers on 12/10/09

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Thu, 12/10/2009 - 11:00am - 11:30am

Host Ed Goldberg speaks with Stuart Archer Cohen, author of "The Army of the Republic, a novel of resistance to a repressive government in near-future America.

Between the Covers on 12/03/09

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Thu, 12/03/2009 - 11:00am - 11:30am

Host Ed Goldberg speaks with Robert Masin, author of "Swede," a memoir of his father and his family life in New Jersey, post World War II.

Between the Covers on 11/19/09

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Thu, 11/19/2009 - 11:00am - 11:30am

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with former Portlander Linda Gordon, Professor of History at New York University, about her new book, "Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits," a biography of the great photographer and a cultural history of America from San Francisco's Bohemia of the 1920s to the Great Depression through WWII.

Between the Covers on 11/12/09

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Thu, 11/12/2009 - 11:00am - 11:30am

Host Ed Goldberg interviews Selden Edwards, author of "The Little Book," a time-travel fantasy in Vienna, 1897.

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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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