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 03/22/12

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Cheryl Strayed on her memoir "Wild"

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Oregon writer Cheryl Strayed about her new memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. Her other books are Torch, a novel and Tiny Beautiful Things, a selection of her "Dear Sugar" columns from TheRumpus.net (forthcoming from Vintage, July 2012). Strayed has written the "Dear Sugar" column on TheRumpus.net since March 2010. She's a founding member of VIDA: Women In Literary Arts, and serves on their board of directors.

Between the Covers on 03/15/12

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A Look At The Memoir "Chinaberry Sidewalks" With Author Rodney Crowell

The memoir "Chinaberry Sidewalks" debuted in early 2011. It was the first venture into the world of prose for "Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame" member and performing artist Rodney Crowell. Crowell also provided the reading for the audio book of his memoir. He won an award for his efforts. "Chinaberry Sidewalks" is now due to come out in paperback on March 13.

Wayne and Kathy, from the "Swing & Country" DJ collective conduct this interview with Rodney Crowell. Crowell reads and comments on chosen passages and answers questions by the two hosts.

Between the Covers on 03/01/12

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The Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus

What if the words your children spoke to you actually made you sick? Physically sick. And what if the children themselves relished in this newfound power over their parents? This is the setting of Ben Marcus’ new dystopian novel The Flame Alphabet. Ben Marcus is Chair of Creative Writing at Columbia University, and the author of three previous books of fiction.  David Naimon hosts.

Between the Covers on 02/23/12

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Writer Patrick deWitt on his new novel "The Sisters Brothers"

Host Dan Johnson interviews Oregon writer Patrick deWitt about his new novel The Sisters Brothers, in which he pays homage to the classic Western, transforming it into a comic tour de force. The cast of characters includes losers, cheaters, and ne'er-do-wells from all stripes of life. The story is told by a complex and compelling narrator in the underworld of the 1850s frontier.

Between the Covers on 02/09/12

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Jonathan Evison on his novel "West of Here"

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with Northwest writer Jonathan Evison, author of "West of Here," the award-winning novel that became an instant New York Times bestseller and the #1 Indie Next Pick in hardcover. West of Here is set in the fictional town of Port Bonita, on Washington State’s rugged Pacific coast, With one segment of the narrative focused on the town’s founders circa 1890, and another showing the lives of their descendants in 2006, the novel develops as a kind of conversation between two epochs, one rushing blindly toward the future and the other struggling to undo the damage of the past.

Between the Covers on 02/02/12

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Environmentalist and best-selling author Frances Moore Lappé on her book "Ecomind"

Environmentalist and best-selling author Frances Moore Lappé is interviewed by Michelle Schroeder Fletcher about her book Ecomind: Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want.

Between the Covers on 01/27/12

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Poet and dramatist Cindy Williams Gutiérrez and poet and teacher David Biespiel

On Between the Covers, host Suzanne LaGrande interviews poet and dramatist Cindy Williams Gutiérrez and poet, teacher and founder of the Attic Institute, David Biespiel.

Ms. Gutiérrez talks about the process of writing and the difficulty and necessity of the writer trusting her voice. For more about Cindy Williams Guiterrez's work go to: www.grito-poetry.com.

Between the Covers on 01/26/12

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Lev Grossman on his new book "THE MAGICIAN KING."

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with writer Lev Grossman about his new book "The Magician King."

Lev Grossman is the author of the bestselling novels "The Magicians" and "Codex: A Novel". A well-known cultural commentator, he is the book critic for TIME magazine and has written for numerous other publications, including the New York Times, The Believer, The Wall Street Journal, The Village Voice, Salon and Wired. He is a graduate of Harvard and Yale and lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two daughters.

Between the Covers on 01/19/12

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Carter Sickels about his novel The Evening Hour

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Carter Sickels about his novel The Evening Hour.

In the economically depressed, shifting landscape of Dove Creek, West Virginia, 27-year-old Cole Freeman works as an aide in a nursing home — but deals drugs on the side to make ends meet. Cole sells his clients a type of escape, but actually leaving seems impossible. When a disaster befalls these mountains, though, Cole is forced to confront his fears and, finally, take decisive action — if not to save his world, to at least save himself. Carter Sickel's The Evening Hour is the debut of a novelist depicting characters in an iconic American landscape in the throes of change.

Between the Covers on 01/12/12

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John Jeremiah Sullivan about his book of essays "Pulphead"

Host Robyn Shanti speaks with John Jeremiah Sullivan about his book of essays "Pulphead," A New York Times Notable Book for 2011. PULPHEAD presents Sullivan’s profiles of musicians (Axl Rose, Michael Jackson, Bunny Wailer and others) with his essays exploring American culture high and low—from a Christian rock festival to a tea party march, New Orleans after Katrina to his experience of living in a house used on One Tree Hill.

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Novelist Sara Gruen discusses "Ape House"

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Thu, 11/11/2010

  Host Ed Goldberg interviews Sara Gruen, author of Ape House, a satire on science, media, protest, and the relationship with our closest non-human cousins. The novel was inspired by the bonobos and scientific research at Great Ape Trust in Des Moines.

Sara Gruen lives with her husband and three children in an environmentalist community outside of Chicago. An award-winning technical writer, she made her fiction debut in 2004 with RIDING LESSONS, followed by FLYING CHANGES. WATER FOR ELEPHANTS is her third novel.

Novelist Carol Casella discusses "Healer"

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Thu, 11/04/2010

Ed Goldberg interviews national bestselling author Carol Casella about her recent novel, Healer, the story of one doctor’s struggle to hold her family together through a storm of broken trust and questioned ethics. Healer exposes the vulnerabilities of the American family, provoking questions of choice versus fate, desire versus need, and the duplicitous power of money.  Casella's previous novel is Oxygen.

 

Between the Covers on 10/28/10

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Thu, 10/28/2010

The guest is award winning writer and activist Rebecca Solnit, the author of numerous books. Her most recent book is "A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster." She has made ten trips to New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina.

Rebecca Solnit will deliver the first Sewell Lecture on Thursday, October 28th at 7pm at the First Unitarian Church Sanctuary at 1211 SW Main Street in Portland. The topic is "Altruism in the Face of Disaster."

Tickets are $10, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

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Author Allison Hoover Bartlett discusses "The Man Who Loved Books Too Much"

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Thu, 10/21/2010

Host Ed Goldberg interviews Allison Hoover Bartlett, author of The Man Who Loved Books Too Much,  the true story of a clever and obsessed book thief.

Richard Wirick on "Kicking In," short stories where narcotic euphoria meets everyday life

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Thu, 10/14/2010

Host Ed Goldberg speaks with Richard Wirick, author of Kicking In, a collection of short storeis with a dark feeling. Narcotic euphoria meets the demands of everyday life in Richard Wirick’s brilliant new collection of interlocking stories. Whether his tales are depicting a Valium-fogged lawyer representing a car painter who cooked a client in his kiln or revealing a Gulf War orderly’s drift in and out of morphine dreams during an aerial Medevac surgery, Wirick’s stories are rich with the social contexts in which sedation’s acolytes emerge, come forward to flourish, and then often violently explode or fade away. 

Seattle author Robert Dugoni on his thriller: "Bodily Harm"

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Thu, 10/14/2010

Host Ed Goldberg interviews bestselling Seattle writer Robert Dugoni, author of "Bodily Harm," a thriller about those who profit from selling dangerous toys. When parents lose their six-year-old son to an esteemed pediatrician s seeming negligence, they turn to attorney David Sloane for justice.

In his return as "the lawyer who does not lose," Sloane is on the verge of another victory, but something about the malpractice case has bothered him from the start. And his uneasiness grows when toy designer Kyle Horgan confronts him on the way to the verdict to claim responsibility not only for the child s death but also for the fate of a second little boy in central Washington.

When the toy designer vanishes, leaving behind only a ransacked apartment, Sloane teams up with his longtime investigative partner (and former CIA operative) Charles Jenkins to reexamine the deaths and dig deeper into Horgan s claims. They are forced to enter the cutthroat world of toy manufacturing where hundreds of millions of dollars are staked on finding the next "It" product. Sloane must dodge a vicious and calculating killer, exonerate the doctor, and overcome a devastating personal loss that nearly destroys him all while keeping in check his overwhelming desire for revenge. 

Between the Covers on 09/30/10

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Host Ed Goldberg interviews Seattle writer Kat Richardson, author of "Labyrinth," a mystery novel set in a paranormal parallel world.
Kat Richardson is the national bestselling author of the Greywalker paranormal detective novels. Prior to success in the fiction world, Kat worked as a writer and editor in the computer industry and as a course writer for the Gemological Institute of America.

Kat is a California native with a degree in Magazine Journalism from California State University, Long Beach. She currently lives on a sailboat in Seattle.

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Jo Nesbo, Norwegian crime writer

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Thu, 09/09/2010

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.

http://www.jonesbo.com/

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Lili Ristagno on "Short Fuse," her graphic non-fiction book about two teen-age killers

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Thu, 08/26/2010

Host Ed Goldberg talks with artist Lili Ristagno, about Short Fuse: a True Story Told in Pictures, a graphic non-fiction book about the teen-age spree killers Charlie Starkweather and Caril Fugate. 

PDX novelist Phillip Margolin on his latest mystery: "Supreme Justice"

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Thu, 08/19/2010
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.

Since 1996, he has been the President and Chairman of the Board of Chess for Success, a non-profit charity that uses chess to teach study skills to elementary and middle school children in Title I schools. 

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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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