Beth Golay

Director of Marketing and Digital Content

Beth Golay serves as KMUW's Director of Marketing and Digital Content. She is also host of the KMUW podcast, Marginalia.

She is the founder and editor of Books & Whatnot, providing marketing support to bookstores around the world through her newsletter and website. Prior to launching Books & Whatnot, Beth was the marketing manager at Watermark Books & Cafe for 13 years. In fact, she represented Watermark as the KMUW book review commentator for 2 years while she was at the bookstore.

Beth's favorite genre is literary fiction, but she also loves creative non-fiction and reading the classics she should have attempted a long time ago. Her greatest reading accomplishment is a toss-up: Reading four books in one weekend (documented in January 2004) or completing the 1438 pages of Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo.

Beth is a founding member of the Ginger Rabbits art group and her work has been on exhibit in Wichita and Kansas City. She was the 2016-17 KMUW Pledge Drive artist with this work, SciFri25.

In addition to "reader" and "artist" you can include "runner" to her interest list. Beth is currently trying to run a marathon in every state. She has a long way to go.

Ways to Connect

Murdo Macleod

Irish author Maggie O’Farrell is best known for her fiction, with a half-dozen novels on her bibliography. But her newest work is non-fiction: a collection of essays about her brushes with death.

Michelle Watson / Catchlight Group

Brad Meltzer's new thriller, The Escape Artist, hit shelves last week. KMUW's Beth Golay recently spoke with Meltzer about the new book and his fascinating 20-year career.

Marginalia: Ben Dolnick

Mar 9, 2018
Todd Heisler

Ben Dolnick’s new book, The Ghost Notebooks, follows a young couple--Nick & Hannah--as they move from New York City to a historic home turned museum in upstate New York. The book--and their lives--seem pretty straight forward, until the Hannah begins hearing voices. She’d had a history of mental illness, but the couple didn’t believe her behavior since the move could be attributed to any past illnesses. Something else was off. And area neighbors knew it, too.

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

A conversation with Charles Finch about his work as an author and a critic.

Michael Lionstar

Charles C. Mann has written about the intersection of science, technology, and commerce for many newspapers, magazines and books. His latest book, The Wizard and the Prophet, is about two scientists and their dueling predictions about the future of our planet. 

Marginalia: Jojo Moyes

Feb 2, 2018

When Jojo Moyes wrote Me Before You in 2012, she wasn’t expecting to write a follow-up. But the unlikely heroine of that book, Louisa Clark, just wouldn’t leave her. So Moyes penned After You, which was published in 2015. Louisa Clark kept speaking to her, so Moyes wrote Still Me, which hit the shelves this week.

Jojo Moyes is on tour this week, but I caught up with her via phone to talk about the unplanned series, her research, and what she’s working on next. Here’s our conversation:

And here's the shorter commentary from on-air:


Marginalia: Peter Heller

Jan 26, 2018
John Burcham

Peter Heller’s book, Celine, is a book about a private eye who is anything but typical. She’s 68 years old, part of the New York aristocracy, is highly educated, and her petite and sophisticated form can barely peer over a steering wheel. And she not entirely fictional. The character Celine is very much based on Peter Heller’s mother. 

The book was recently released in paperback, and I caught up with Heller to visit about the book, his mother, the writing process, and what’s next.  Here’s our conversation:     


Chloe Benjamin’s new book, The Immortalists, begins in the 1960s, with four siblings, aged 7 to 13, visiting a Romani fortune teller on New York’s lower east side. Each sibling is granted an individual audience with the fortune teller, and each is told the date they will die.

The novel then follows the siblings through their decades, punctuated with invisible question marks, and an unspoken debate about destiny vs. choice.

Marginalia: Megan Hunter

Jan 12, 2018

A conversation with Megan Hunter, author of The End We Start From.

A conversation with Woody Skinner, author of A Thousand Distant Radios.