Beth Golay

Director of Marketing and Digital Content

Beth Golay serves as KMUW's Director of Marketing and Digital Content.

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.

In addition to "reader" you can add "artist" and "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

This episode was a bit of a departure to me. It features an interview I had recently with Kate DiCamillo about her book, Raymie Nightingale.

Some Girl Scouts from the area stopped by KMUW recently to participate in the Radio Day program. They spent some time in our studios recording their Thanksgiving memories.

Here's a sample from their day...

We think they did a great job and should wear their Radio Day badges proudly.

This episode features an interview I had recently with Candice Millard. Millard is not a typical historian. Her books tend to focus on the lesser-known moments in history. Teddy Roosevelt in the Amazon after his presidency, what really killed James Garfield, and her latest book, Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill. I asked Millard where she comes up with the ideas for her books. 

Here’s our conversation:

If you listened to the Marginalia commentary on-air, this is what you heard:

This episode features an interview I had this week with Marie Benedict. Her book, The Other Einstein, is a historical novel about Mileva Einstein, who was not only Albert’s first wife, but was also his scientific partner. 

Marginalia: Nathan Hill

Oct 14, 2016

This episode features a conversation I had recently with Nathan Hill about his book, The Nix

In Norwegian folklore, the Nix is a water spirit--the stories of which were used to pass along lessons from generation to generation. In his modern-day novel, The Nix delivers a somewhat modern-day moral. 

Corby Kelly

This episode features an interview I had recently with Benjamin Rybeck. His book, The Sadness, focuses on two central characters, twin brother and sister, Max and Kelly. 

Marginalia: Amor Towles

Sep 16, 2016
David Jacobs

This episode features an interview I had recently with Amor Towles. His  first book, Rules of Civility, was a novel layered in the opulence of society. The theme is repeated in his second novel--A Gentleman in Moscow--but this time it turns to Russia during its transition to the Stalinist Era. After the Russian Revolution, Count Alexander Rostov--the gentleman of the title--is placed under house arrest at the Hotel Metropol and for the next 3 decades must decide whether he will master his circumstances, or be mastered by them.

Here’s our conversation:

This episode features a conversation I had recently with Elizabeth J. Church about her book, The Atomic Weight of Love

Church was born in Los Alamos, New Mexico, after her parents relocated there. Her father, a research chemist, was drafted to work in secret on the Manhattan Project, and her mother sacrificed her career in biology to support his pursuit of scientific research. While Church’s novel is not her family’s story, their lives were certainly similar.

Philippe Matsas

This episode of Marginalia features a conversation I had recently with Rebecca Makkai. Although she’s best known for her novels, Rebecca has been writing short stories throughout her career. Many of those stories were recently published as a collection titled Music for Wartime.

Michael Lionstar

This episode of Marginalia features a conversation I had recently with Pauls Toutonghi, a writer primarily known for his novels, Red Weather and Evel Knievel Days,  and lately for his non-fiction--essays in Literary Hub, The New Yorker, and in The New York Times ‘Modern Love’ column. His newest book is also non-fiction. At the surface, Dog Gone tells the story of a very special golden retriever mix named Gonker who is lost on the Appalachian Trail. The book chronicles not only his in-laws' efforts to find Gonker, but also the root of his mother-in-law's drive.

Pauls stopped by the KMUW studios recently to chat with me about Dog Gone. Here’s our conversation.


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