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 09/16/10

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Gary Shteyngart talks about his third novel, the satire "Super Sad True Love Story"

Covers host Marianne Barisonek interviews Gary Shteyngart about his third novel, the satire "Super Sad True Love Story." Shteyngart envisions a dark tale of America’s dysfunctional coming years—and the timeless and tender feelings that just might bring us back from the brink.

Between the Covers on 09/09/10

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Interview with Norwegian crime writer Jo Nesbo

Host Ed Goldberg speaks with Jo Nesbo, author of "The Devil's Star," a crime novel set in Oslo, Norway.

A musician, songwriter, and economist, Jo Nesbo is also one of Europe's most acclaimed crime writers. Nesbo is the winner of the Glass Key Award, northern Europe's most prestigious crime-fiction prize, for his first novel featuring Police Detective Harry Hole. The author of The Redbreast and Nemesis , he lives in Oslo.

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Between the Covers on 09/02/10

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Author David Mitchell on his work

Host Ed Goldberg speaks with David Mitchell, whose most recent book is "The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet," a historical novel of corruption, betrayal and love in Japan in 1799, when the island nation was almost entirely cut off from the West except for a tiny, quarantined Dutch outpost.

Between the Covers on 08/19/10

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Portland author Phillip Margolin on "Supreme Justice"

Host Ed Goldberg interviews Portland mystery author Phillip Margolin about his latest book, "Supreme Justice," a novel of murder and conspiracy at the surpeme court.

Phillip Margolin grew up in New York City and Levittown, New York. He has been a Peace Corps volunteer in Liberia, West Africa, a junior high school teacher in the South Bronx, a law clerk for Herbert M. Schwab, the Chief Judge of the Oregon Court of Appeals and a Portland lawyer specializing in criminal defense at the trial and appellate levels. He has been writing full time since 1996.

In addition to novels, Margolin has published short stories and non-fiction articles in magazines and law journals.

Between the Covers on 08/12/10

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Writer Aimee Bender on "The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake"

Host Erik Jorgen Jorgensen interviews writer Aimee Bender, author of the acclaimed novel, "The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake." The book tells the story of a nine year old girl who bites into her mother’s homemade lemon-chocolate cake and discovers she has a magical gift: she can taste her mother’s emotions in the cake. Suddenly, and for the rest of her life, food becomes a peril and a threat.

Between the Covers on 08/05/10

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Portland mystery writer Ann Littlewood

Host Ed Goldberg speaks with Portland author Ann Littlewood about her second "zoo-dunnit", "Did Not Survive," published by Poisoned Pen Press. The mystery continues where "Night Kill" left off. Now-pregnant zoo keeper Iris Oakley finds her boss gravely injured in an elephant stall. She suspects something more sinister than a rogue elephant. Animal rights activists are picketing the zoo, animals are disappearing, and staff are acting strangely. Then it gets worse.

The passionate issues around captive elephant management are woven throughout this traditional mystery set in fictional Finley Memorial Zoo in Vancouver, Washington.
 

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Between the Covers on 07/29/10

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Thu, 07/29/2010 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Portland writer Caroline Miller on "Heart Land" and "Gothic Spring"

In this special Between the Covers, Part 2 host Ed Goldberg speaks with Portland writer Caroline Miller, author of "Heart Land," stories of Depression-Era Ohio and "Gothic Spring," a novel of passion and bad behavior in rural 19th Century England.

Caroline Miller has published numerous short stories in publications as diverse as Children’s Digest, Grit and Tales of the Talisman. Her short story, “Under the Bridge and Beneath the Moon,’ was dramatized for radio in Oregon and Washington. Her novel, Heart Land was published in 2009 by Schiel & Denver, and Gothic Spring was also published in 2009 by Asylett press.

Between the Covers on 07/29/10

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Barbara Pope, author of the "The Blood of Lorraine."

Host Emily Young speaks with Barbara Pope about her second mystery novel "The Blood of Lorraine." The story takes place in the wake of the Dreyfus Affair, when the murder of two Jews in Nancy reveals the darker side of human nature. Magistrate Bernard Martin has moved to the town of Nancy in Lorraine, France, along with his pregnant wife Clarie, who is as fervent about Republican ideals as her husband. They are not in Nancy long when an infant boy is found dead, his tiny body mutilated. The wet nurse and mother say that this was a case of “ritual sacrifice” by a “wandering tinker,” or Jew.

Between the Covers on 07/22/10

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Frank Bruni on his memoir, BORN ROUND: A Story of Family, Food and a Ferocious Appetite.

Host Crystal Leighty interviews former New York Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni about his memoir, BORN ROUND: A Story of Family, Food and a Ferocious Appetite.  What many didn’t know about Frank was his history as a compulsive eater – he made the most unlikely of food critics as he never met a bagel or pizza he didn’t like.  His journey from fat to thin, from binger to connoisseur is fun and moving, and he has a lot of ideas to share about how others can overcome food issues even under the most challenging of circumstances.

 

Between the Covers on 07/15/10

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LOSING MY COOL: How a Father's Love and 15,000 Books Beat Hi

Host Cecil Prescod speaks with Thomas Chatterton Williams about his memoir, LOSING MY COOL: How a Father's Love and 15,000 Books Beat Hip-Hop Culture. In the book Williams describes how he managed to juggle two disparate lifestyles--"keeping it real" in his friends' eyes and studying for the SATs under his father's strict tutelage. Pappy grew up in the segregated South and hid in closets so he could read Aesop and Plato. He envisioned for his son a lot in life greater than his own, and encouraged Williams to read and educate himself, and to embrace the opportunities that had not been available to Pappy's generation. As college approached and the stakes of the thug lifestyle escalated, the disparity between Williams' street life and home life threatened to undo him.

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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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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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