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 01/05/12

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Host Jim Schumock speaks with writer Sebastian Barry about his novel "On Canaan's Side

Host Jim Schumock speaks with writer Sebastian Barry about his novel "On Canaan's Side.

Told in the first person, as a narrative of Lilly Bere's life over seventeen days, "On Canaan's Side" opens as she mourns the loss of her grandson, Bill. Lilly revisits her past, going back to the moment she was forced to flee Ireland, at the end of the First World War, and continues her tale in America, a world filled with both hope and danger. At once epic and intimate,

Spanning nearly seven decades, from the Great Depression to World War II and the Vietnam War, "On Canaan's Side" is the heartbreaking story of a woman whose capability to love is enormous, and whose compassion, even for those who have wronged her, is astonishing.

Between the Covers on 12/29/11

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Award-winning writer Colson Whitehead on his post-apocalyptic novel "Zone One"

Host David Naimon speaks with award-winning writer Colson Whitehead about his new novel, "Zone One," which has been described as a "wry take on the post-apocalyptic horror novel." It is about a world that has been devastated by a plague. There are two types of survivors. the uninfected and the infected, the living and the living dead.

Between the Covers on 12/22/11

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Thu, 12/22/2011 - 11:00am - 11:35am
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Olivia Olivia, author of "Charlie Without Violins."

Host Jennifer Kemp interviews young Portland writer Olivia Olivia, who reads from her short story "Charlie Without Violins."

Between the Covers on 12/15/11

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Thu, 12/15/2011 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Interview with winners of the Sledgehammer Writing Contest

Host Suzanne LaGrande interviews the winners of this year's Sledgehammer Writing Contest, a competition that combines writing and scavanger hunting. For the contest writers converged at a central location in Portland and received their first writing prompt and scavenger hunt clues. From there they headed out to several locations around the city to gather all four writing prompts, and then had 36 hours to write the best fiction piece possible. Ali McCart of Indigo Editing & Publications is also a guest.

This year's winners are:

Between the Covers on 12/08/11

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Thu, 12/08/2011 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Barry Spector on his book, Madness at the Gates of the City: The Myth of American Innocence

Host Robyn Shanti speaks with writer Barry Spector about his book, Madness at the Gates of the City: The Myth of American Innocence The book is a rumination on our society, reaching back into Greek mythology to illuminate the world today. Spector blends literature, history and myth to critiques contemporary America.

Between the Covers on 12/01/11

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Thu, 12/01/2011 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Michael Stanley on the new mystery "Death of the Mantis"

Host Jay Thiemeyer interviews Michael Stanley, author of "Death of the Mantis: A Detective Kubu Mystery".

Between the Covers on 11/17/11

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Thu, 11/17/2011 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Spiritual teacher Gangaji on her new book "Hidden Treasure"

Host Jim Schumock speaks with spiritual teacher Gangaji about her new book "Hidden Treasure: Uncovering the Truth in Your Life Story."

Gangaji, who was born Antoinette (Toni) Roberson Varner, was given the name Gangaji by her teacher Sri H. W. L. Poonja in 1990. Before that meeting, she had pursued many paths to enlightenment. In her book she uses the telling of her own life story to guide readers in telling the truth about their own life stories.

Between the Covers on 11/10/11

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Thu, 11/10/2011 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Suzanne LaGrande interviews award-winning poet Jane Hirshfield about her new book, Come Thief

Host Suzanne LaGrande interviews award-winning poet and translator Jane Hirshfield. Ms.

Between the Covers on 11/03/11

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Thu, 11/03/2011 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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We The Animals by Justin Torres

Host David Naimon interviews debut novelist Justin Torres.  His book, We the Animals, has been heralded for its beautiful, concentrated prose. NPR likened it to a diamond, brilliant and brilliantly compressed.  Esquire magazine called it a "knock to the head that will leave your mouth agape." Justin Torres is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, with work in the New Yorker, Harper's, Granta, Tin House and Glimmer Train.  Currently he serves as the Wallace Stegner fellow at Stanford University.

Between the Covers on 10/27/11

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Wordstock 2011: Some writers you should know

Wordstock 2011: Some Writers You Should Know

October in Portland is host to Wordstock, the Northwest's largest annual festival of books, writers and storytelling. Host Suzanne LaGrande interview some of the writers featured at this year's festival, including:

Ismet Prcic talking about his first novel Shards.

Children's book author and illustrator Carolyn Conahan on the importance of constructive criticism.

Novelist and short story writer Maile Meloy discussing The Apothecary, her first children's book.

Internationally best-selling Irish author Anne Enright on her new novel, The Forgotten Waltz, just published in the U.S.

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William Gibson on Science Fiction and Zero History

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Thu, 01/27/2011

Host Marianne Barisonek interviews William Gibson, whose novel Neuromancer launched the cyberpunk generation. They discuss his latest novel, ZeroHistory

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David Vann on his novel of drama and pathos in Alaska: "Caribou Island"

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Thu, 01/20/2011

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with David Vann about his debut novel Caribou Island. Set on a small island in a glacier-fed lake on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula Caribou Island captures the drama and pathos of a husband and wife whose bitter love, failed dreams, and tragic past push them to the edge of destruction.

David Vann is the prize-winning author of Legend of a Suicidel. A former National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, Wallace Stegner Fellow, and John L'Heureux Fellow, David Vann has taught at Stanford, Cornell, SF State, FSU, and is currently an Associate Professor at the University of San Francisco. He was born on Adak Island, Alaska and lives in the SF Bay Area with his wife Nancy.

Anthony Doerr on his latest book of stories: "Memory Wall"

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Thu, 01/13/2011

Host David Naimon speaks with writer Anthony Doerr about his latest book, Memory Wall. Doerr is the author of three other books, The Shell CollectorAbout Grace, andFour Seasons in Rome.

Doerr’s short fiction has won three O. Henry Prizes and has been anthologized in The Best American Short StoriesThe Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, and The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Fiction. He has won the Barnes & Noble Discover Prize, the Rome Prize, the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award, aGuggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, the National Magazine Award for Fiction, two Pushcart Prizes, the Pacific Northwest Book Award, and two Ohioana Book Awards. His books have twice been a New York Times Notable Book, an American Library Association Book of the Year, and made lots of other year end “Best Of” lists. In 2007, the British literary magazine Granta placed Doerr on its list of 21 Best Young American novelists.

Doerr lives in Boise, Idaho with his wife and two sons. He teaches now and then in the low-residency MFA program at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina. His book reviews have appeared in the New York Times and Der Spiegel, and he writes a regular column on science books for the Boston Globe.

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Kenneth Sharpe - "Practical Wisdom: The Right Way to Do the Right Thing"

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Thu, 01/06/2011

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with Kenneth Sharpe, co-author with Barry Schwartz of Practical Wisdom: The Right Way to Do the Right Thing. In the book, Schwartz and Sharpe make a reasoned appeal for wisdom in a world gone mad with ineffectual rules and rampant bureaucracy: from doctors too bogged down with insurance paperwork and quotas to give patients the time they deserve, to teachers too focused on standardized tests to ensure that their students are really learning.

Kenneth Sharpe has been teaching political philosophy (aka political theory) at Swarthmore College since the early 1970s. He has authored five books and completed research on how institutions and organizations--corporations, NGOs, government agencies--work. Kenneth has taught and led public lectures on practical wisdom in the workplace, professional ethics, learning in organizations, social policy and U.S. foreign policy. His most recent book is Practical Wisdom: The Right Way to Do the Right Thing(Penguin/Riverhead 2010) co-authored with Barry Schwartz.

Ed Goldberg speaks with Steve Berry, author of "The Emperor's Tomb"

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Thu, 12/23/2010

Host Ed Goldberg speaks with Steve Berry, author of "The Emperor's Tomb," a thriller about the internal politics of China and the politics of oil.

Novelist Nicole Krauss discusses "The Great House"

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Thu, 12/16/2010

Host David Naimon speaks with Nicole Krauss about her newest novel, The Great House, which tells a story haunted by questions: What do we pass on to our children and how do they absorb our dreams and losses? How do we respond to disappearance, destruction, and change?

"The Great House" was a finalist for the National Book Award for fiction this year.

Nicole Krauss is also the author of the international bestseller The History of Love, which won the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, France’s Prix du Meilleur Livre Ėtranger, was named #1 book of the year by Amazon.com, and was short-listed for the Orange, Médicis, and Femina prizes. In 2007, she was selected as one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists, and in 2010 The New Yorker named her one of the 20 best writers under 40. 

 

Grace Paley Birthday Memorial Tribute

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Thu, 12/09/2010

Writer, poet and activist Grace Paley's birthday is December 11 (born in 1922, she died in 2007). In honor of Grace Paley Between the Covers presents an interview with local author Judith Arcana, who is Grace Paley's biographer, as well as parts of memorial show produced by KBOO's Circle A Radio Collective on December 5th, 2007.  We’ll also hear archival recordings of Grace Paley reading her work.

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Mystery writer Jeffery Deaver discusses "The Burning Wire"

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Thu, 12/02/2010

 Host Ed Goldberg speaks with mystery writer Jeffery Deaver about his book, The Burning Wire, a thriller about a killer who uses the New York electric grid as a weapon.

A former journalist, folksinger and attorney, Jeffery Deaver is an international number-one bestselling author. His novels have appeared on bestseller lists around the world, including The New York Times, The Times of London, Italy's Corriere della Serra, The Sydney Morning Heraldand The Los Angeles Times. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into 25 languages. The author of twenty-seven novels, two collections of short stories and a nonfiction law book, he's received or been shortlisted for a number of awards around the world. His The Bodies Left Behind was named Novel of the Year by the International Thriller Writers Association, and his Lincoln Rhyme thriller The Broken Window was also nominated for that prize. He has been awarded the Steel Dagger and Short Story Dagger from the British Crime Writers' Association and the Nero Wolfe Award, and he is a three-time recipient of the Ellery Queen Reader's Award for Best Short Story of the Year and a winner of the British Thumping Good Read Award. The Cold Moonwas recently named the Book of the Year by the Mystery Writers Association of Japan, as well as by Kono Mystery Wa Sugoi magazine. In addition, the Japanese Adventure Fiction Association awarded the book their annual Grand Prix award.
     Deaver has been nominated for six Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America, an Anthony Award and a Gumshoe Award. He was recently shortlisted for the ITV3 Crime Thriller Award for Best International Author.
     His book A Maiden's Grave was made into an HBO movie starring James Garner and Marlee Matlin. His novel The Bone Collector was a feature release from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. His thriller,The Devil's Teardrop, was made into a TV movie by the Lifetime network, starring Natasha Henstridge, Tom Everett Scott, and Rena Sofer. 
     His most recent books are EdgeThe Burning WireRoadside CrossesThe Bodies Left BehindThe Broken Window,The Sleeping Doll and More Twisted: Collected Stories, Volume II. And, yes, the rumors are true, he did appear as a corrupt reporter on his favorite soap opera, As the World Turns.
    Deaver is presently alternating his series featuring Kathryn Dance, who will make her appearances in odd-number years, with that starring Lincoln Rhyme, who will appear in even. 
     Ian Fleming Publications LTD has chosen Jeff to write a new James Bond book, currently titled Project X, to be released on May 28, 2011, Ian Fleming's birthday.

 

Between the Covers on 11/25/10

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Thu, 11/25/2010

Host Ed Goldberg interviews Northwest writer Patrick McManus about his new book, "The Huckleberry Murders," a tale of murder and greed in rural Idaho.

"The Huckleberry Murders" is the fourth Bo Tully mystery. The 43-year-old Blight County, Idaho, sheriff is headed for his favorite remote spot to pick huckleberries when five frantic women inform him that they've spotted bodies nearby.

Patrick McManus wrote for "Field and Stream" and "Outdoor Life" for over forty years.

He has written many hundreds of humor pieces, including most recently the “The Last Laugh” column for Outdoor Life Magazine.  His humor pieces have been collected in 13 books. He has also written a children’s book, Kid Camping from Aaaiii! To Zip! and a book on the writing of humor, The Deer on A Bicycle.  Recently, he has started writing mystery novels: The Blight Way (2006),  Avalanche (2007), and The Double-Jack Murders (due out in October  2009), all three published by Simon & Schuster.  With his sister, Patricia Gass, he wrote a memoir/cookbook, titled Whatchagot Stew. He has written four one-man stage plays, widely performed by actor Tim Behrens in both the United States and Canada. 

Pat has received numerous awards, including Centennial Scholar from Washington State University and the Trustees Medal from Eastern Washington University.

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Skip Horack discusses his novel: "The Eden Hunter"

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Thu, 11/18/2010

Ed Goldberg interviews Skip Horack on his recent novel, The Eden Hunter.   "In 1816, five years after being captured and sold into slavery, Kau, a pygmy tribesman, flees south into the Spanish Florida wilderness, determined to find a place where he can once again live in harmony with nature. Both haunted and driven by his memories of Africa, he embarks on an epic quest through the treacherous pinewoods, swamps, and river bottoms of the Southern frontier. . . . Inspired by actual historical events, and at times both violent and beautiful, The Eden Hunter is the amazing story of a man's journey into the turbulent forces of a torn and fragmented land."  (Counterpoint, August 2010)

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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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