Between the Covers

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

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Kate Gray, Carry the Sky

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Thu, 09/25/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Kate Gray, Carry the Sky. Debut novel by Portland-based poet & community college instructor

Between the Covers welcomes Portland-based poet Kate Gray to discuss her debut novel, Carry the Sky, published by local Forest Avenue Press.

Richard Flanagan on his latest novel "The Narrow Road to the Deep North"

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Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Richard Flanagan on his latest novel "The Narrow Road to the Deep North"
Tasmanian writer Richard Flanagan discusses his latest novel, "The Narrow Road to the Deep North," short listed for the Mann Booker Prize, as well as his career, with host Richard Wolinsky.
"The Narrow Road to the Deep North" is set in 1943 in the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma Death Railway, 

From the series "Bookwaves"

Sherwood Nation by Ben Parzybok

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Thu, 09/11/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Sherwood Nation by Ben Parzybok

In drought-stricken Portland, Oregon, a Robin Hood-esque water thief is caught on camera redistributing an illegal truckload of water to those in need. Nicknamed Maid Marian—real name: Renee, a twenty-something barista and eternal part-time college student—she is an instant folk hero. Renee rides her swelling popularity and the public's disgust at how the city has abandoned its people, raises an army . . . and secedes a quarter of the city.  Even as Maid Marian and her compatriots build their community one neighbor at a time, they are making powerful enemies amongst the city government and the National Guard.

Christina Nichol on her novel "Waiting for the Electricity"

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Thu, 09/04/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Christina Nichol on her novel "Waiting for the Electricity"
The guest is Christina Nichol, author of the new novel "Waiting for the Electricity," 
a unique comedic novel set in post-Soviet Georgia. 

Christina Nichol won the 2012 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award. Nichol grew up in the Bay Area and studied at the University of Oregon and received her MFA from the University of Florida. She has travelled widely, worked for nonprofit film companies, and taught English in India, South Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and, of course, Georgia.

California by Edan Lepucki

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Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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California by Edan Lepucki

Between the Covers welcomes Edan Lepucki, author of the debut novel, California. 

The novel became a publishing phenomenon after it was recommended by author Sherman Alexie on The Colbert Report on June 4, 2014.  In a conversation about the current Amazon vs. Hachette corporate publishing dispute, Steven Colbert encouraged readers to purchase the novel directly from Portland's local Powell's Books.  The plug caused a media sensation and the novel debuted at #3 on the New York Times bestseller list. (Colbert Show link below.)

Sleep Donation by Karen Russell

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Thu, 08/14/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Sleep Donation by Karen Russell

A crisis has swept America. Hundreds of thousands have lost the ability to sleep. Enter the Slumber Corps, an organization that urges healthy dreamers to donate sleep to an insomniac. Under the wealthy and enigmatic Storch brothers the Corps’ reach has grown, with outposts in every major US city. Trish Edgewater, whose sister Dori was one of the first victims of the lethal insomnia, has spent the past seven years recruiting for the Corps. But Trish’s faith in the organization and in her own motives begins to falter when she is confronted by “Baby A,” the first universal sleep donor, and the mysterious “Donor Y.”

Interview with William T. Vollmann

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Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Interview with William T. Vollmann
Host Ken Jones talks with William T. Vollmann. the author of nine novels, three collections of short fiction, a memoir, and six works of non-fiction, including the seven-volume treatise on violence, Rising Up and Rising Down. Vollmann won the 2005 National Book Award for Fiction for his novel Europe Central. His latest work is a collection of supernatural tales, Last Stories and Other Stories.

All Our Names by Dinaw Mengestu

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Thu, 07/31/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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All Our Names by Dinaw Mengestu

From acclaimed author Dinaw Mengestu, a recipient of the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 award, The New Yorker’s 20 Under 40 award, and a 2012 MacArthur Foundation genius grant, comes an unforgettable love story about a searing affair between an American woman and an African man in 1970s America and an unflinching novel about the fragmentation of lives that straddle countries and histories. 

Cliff Ashpaugh on his debut novel "Josh's Wall"

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Thu, 07/24/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Cliff Ashpaugh on his debut novel "Josh's Wall"

Cliff Ashpaugh talks about his debut novella, JOSH’S WALL (Spout Hill Press; July 2014). Set in the early 1960s in the wilds of San Gabriel Valley, it’s a coming-of-age story about a boy who wakes up to a world of bullies, liars, and strangers—including himself.

At age six, Joshua Crass is reborn—after nearly dying from an allergic reaction to penicillin. Struggling with lingering anemia and amnesia, he leaves the hospital with three people—Mom, Dad, and brother Sammy—who might as well be Martians. Apart from his beloved Nanny (the only family member he remembers), Josh feels like an orphan in his own home. 

Smith Henderson on his novel "Fourth of July Creek"

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Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Smith Henderson on his novel "Fourth of July Creek"

Host Jay Thiemeyer speaks with Smith Henderson about his novel "Fourth of July Creek."  Henderson explores the complexities of freedom, community, grace, suspicion and anarchy, depicting our nation's disquieting and violent contradictions.

Smith Henderson is the recipient of the 2011 PEN Emerging Writers Award in fiction. He was a Philip Roth Resident in Creative Writing at Bucknell University, a Pushcart Prize winner, and a fellow at the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, Texas. Born and raised in Montana, he now lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Peter Mountford discusses recent novel: "A Young Man's Guide to Late Capitalism"

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Wed, 04/13/2011

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with fiction writer Peter Mountford about his new novel A Young Man's Guide to Late Capitalism, which tells the story of Gabriel de Boya, a recent college graduate who works for an unscrupulous hedge fund while pretending to be a freelance journalist. Mountford drew on his own experience for the book. Just out of college, he was hired to write about the economy of Ecuador for a nonprofit think tank. He later discovered that the think tank was running a hedge fund out of its back office.

Jess Walters, author of "The Financial Lives of the Poets" describes "A Young Man's GUide to Late Capitalism" as a "parable of the voracious global economy." 

Mystery writer Rhys Bowen discusses "Royal Flush"

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Wed, 04/06/2011

Ed Goldberg interviews Rhys Bowen author of Royal Flush, a mystery set in a Scottish castle with Lady Georgiana Rannoch in her third madcap adventure.  Humor and history combine in this novel that also includes a group of demanding Americans, ghosts, haggis, a monster in the Loch, and a sinister someone with a gun.   

Mystery writer Lisa Gardner on her new novel "Love You More"

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Thu, 03/31/2011

Host Ed Goldberg interviews mystery suspense author Lisa Gardner about her new novel Love You More. In Love You More the crime appears open-and-shut: Pushed to the brink by an abusive husband, state police trooper Tessa Leoni finally snapped and shot him in self-defense. But Tessa isn’t talking–not about her dead husband, her battered face, or her missing six-year old daughter. Now, Detective D.D. Warren will have to race against the clock to unearth family secrets, solve a murder and save a child.

Patty Somlo on her book "From Here to There and Other Stories"

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Thu, 03/24/2011

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Portlander and former journalist Patty Somlo about her newest book, From Here to There And Other Stories. Patty Somlo is a short story writer who makes occasional forays into non-fiction. Her work has been published in numerous print and online publications, including the San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner, Baltimore Sun, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Oregonian, Santa Clara Review, Fringe Magazine, Guernica, Common Boundary: Stories of Immigration (Editions Bibliotekos), and the Los Angeles Review. Patty has served as an associate editor for Pacific News Service in San Francisco and as a member of the editorial collective for VoiceCatcher, an annual anthology featuring the writings of women from Portland, Oregon. She holds an M.A. in English with a concentration in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University.

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Gemma Whelan talks about her novel "Fiona: Stolen Child"

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Thu, 03/17/2011

  In the novel Fiona Clarke, an Irish writer living in New York, has been running away from her past since she left rural Cregora, Ireland, for boarding school. That past finds her, many years later, when her thinly veiled autobiographical novel is optioned for a movie. Working as the film’s consultant, Fiona unearths deep secrets, relives childhood trauma, and connects with an estranged family thrust back into her life. As her history opens upon her, Fiona must stop running and confront her secret shame: her long-held sense of responsibility over the death of her little sister.

Host Marianne Barisonek interviews author Gemma Whelan, an Irish-born theatre director and educator. After moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, Whelan directed more than sixty stage productions and was founding artistic director of GemArt and Wilde Irish Productions. Gemma is also an award-winning screenwriter and film director. She graduated from Trinity College, Dublin in English and French, and has graduate degrees from University of California, Berkeley in Theatre and San Francisco State University in Cinema. Gemma lives in Portland.

Cynthia Grant Tucker author of "No Silent Witness" on women who influenced liberal culture in PDX, U.S.

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Thu, 03/10/2011

Guest Cynthia Grant Tucker, author of No Silent Witness: the Eliot Parsonage Women and their Unitarian World,  discusses the stories of the women who influenced the liberal culture of America, particularly here in Portland.

"No Silent Witness" is a group biography which follows three generations of ministers' daughters and wives in a famed American Unitarian family. Spanning 150 years from the early 19th century forward, the narrative divides into six chapters. Each chapter takes up a different woman's defining experience, from the deaths of numerous children and the anguish of infertility to the suffocation of small parish life with its chronic loneliness, doubt, and resentment. All of the stories are linked by the women's continuing battles to make themselves heard over clerical wisdom that contradicts their reality.

Cynthia Grant Tucker also spoke in Portland on "The Remarkable Eliot Women" on Friday, March 11th from 7-8:30PM at the First Unitarian Church at 1101 SW 12th Avenue in Portland. 

 

Author Jennifer Lauck on "Found: A Memoir"

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Thu, 03/03/2011

The guest is Portland journalist and author Jennifer Lauck. She is the author of the previous memoirs Blackbird and Still Waters. She worked for eight years in television news before becoming a memoir writer, speaker and teacher.

Jennifer Lauck's fourth and final memoir is titled Found: A Memoir  & True Sequel to Blackbird which is about the search and reunion with her birth mother. Her writing explores the complexity of human existence as well as the depths of loss. By ten, she was homeless in Los Angeles, after the deaths of her adoptive mother and father. Raised by extended family, she also suffered the loss of her adoptive brother who took his life when she was 20 years old. Lauck writes and speaks about perseverance, courage and the remarkable capacity of humans to transcend the worst of losses with grace  

 

Tom Rachman on "The Imperfectionists" -- novel of a Roman newspaper and its staff

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Thu, 02/24/2011

Ed Goldberg interviews Tom Rachman, author of The Imperfectionists, a novel about a newspaper in Rome and the characters that staff it.

Tom Rachman was born in 1974 in London, but grew up in Vancouver. He studied cinema at the University of Toronto and completed a Master's degree in journalism at Columbia University in New York. From 1998, he worked as an editor at the foreign desk of The Associated Press in New York, then did a stint as a reporter in India and Sri Lanka, before returning to New York. In 2002, he was sent to Rome as an AP correspondent, with assignments taking him to Japan, South Korea, Turkey and Egypt. Beginning in 2006, he worked part-time as an editor at the International Herald Tribune in Paris to support himself while writing fiction. He now lives in London, where he is working on his second novel. 

Novelist Mary Roninette Kowal on her regency fantasy: "Shades of Milk and Honey"

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Fri, 02/11/2011

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Mary Robinette Kowal the author of Shades of Milk and Honey, an intimate portrait of Jane Ellsworth, a woman ahead of her time in a version of Regency England where the manipulation of glamour is considered an essential skill for a lady of quality. 

In 2008 Mary Robinette Kowal received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer.  She was a 2009 Hugo nominee for her story “Evil Robot Monkey.” Her stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Asimov’s, and several Year’s Best anthologies as well as her short story collection Scenting the Dark and Other Stories from Subterranean Press.

Mary, a professional puppeteer and voice actor, has performed for LazyTown (CBS), the Center for Puppetry Arts, Jim Henson Pictures and founded N. Her designs have garnered two UNIMA-USA Citations of Excellence, the highest award an American puppeteer can achieve. She also records fiction for authors such as Kage Baker, Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi.

She is the Vice President of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Mary lives in Portland, OR with her husband Rob and over a dozen manual typewriters.

 

Writer Alice Hoffman on "The Red Garden," linked stories of rural Massachussets

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Thu, 02/03/2011

Distinguished writer Alice Hoffman talks about her new book, The Red Garden, a collection of linked fictions about a small town in Massachusetts where a garden holds the secrets of many lives.
Alice Hoffman  has published a total of eighteen novels, two books of short fiction, and eight books for children and young adults.
 

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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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