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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Thu, 01/03/2013 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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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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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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