Marginalia

Marginalia is an on-air commentary and podcast hosted by KMUW's Beth Golay. Episodes feature author interviews, editorial commentary and other marginalia to enhance the reading experience.

Several of Beth's interviews are included each year in NPR's Book Concierge.

The Marginalia podcast is also available through Apple Podcasts and through Google Play.

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Katie Williams has three books under her publishing belt--two books written for young adults and now one that falls into the general fiction category. But don’t get me wrong. There’s nothing "general” about it.

Tell the Machine Goodnight is slightly futuristic, but I’d hesitate to categorize it as science fiction. The characters, too, fight generalization. Their voices are unique and so are their experiences. The character development, the dialog, the writing--well… everything works. 

If you’ve been a Marginalia fan for a while, Rebecca Makkai’s is a voice you’ve heard before. She stopped by the studios in 2016 to talk about her book of short stories, Music for Wartime.

Makkai is also a novelist, and we spoke recently about her third novel, The Great Believers, which was released this past Tuesday. In The Great Believers, Makkai takes a look at the beginning of the AIDS epidemic in Chicago.

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When Peter Coviello was a young college professor, he fell in love, got married, and became a step parent. When that marriage fell apart, he suffered the heartbreak of that failed marriage but more profoundly--the heartbreak of potentially losing a connection with his step daughters. 

Marginalia: Jana Casale

May 25, 2018
Elena Seibert

Like the protagonist in her book, author Jana Casale doesn’t like to strike matches, like the protagonist, she moved coast-to-coast with her tech engineer husband, and like the protagonist, Casale has never read Noam Chomsky. But don’t let these details fool you into thinking the book is autobiographical.

I recently spoke with Jana Casale about her novel, The Girl Who Never Read Noam Chomsky. Here’s our conversation:

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The Girl Who Never Read Noam Chomsky by Jana Casale was published by Knopf.

Marginalia was produced at KMUW Wichita.

Marginalia: Meg Wolitzer

May 11, 2018

In her new novel, The Female Persuasion, Meg Wolitzer explores three questions: What does it mean to be powerful? How do people measure their impact upon the world? And does all of this look different for men than it does for women? 

I recently spoke with Wolitzer to talk about these questions and more. 

Here’s our conversation:

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The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer was published by Riverhead Books.

Marginalia was produced at KMUW Wichita.

Author Jonathan Miles says that his book, Anatomy of a Miracle,  tells the story of the miraculous recovery of a veteran paralyzed during the war in Afghanistan and the subsequent investigation by the Vatican. But layered upon that, it’s also a story about explanations we use in processing life. And finally, it’s a love story. I recently caught up with Jonathan Miles to talk about Anatomy of a Miracle and it’s many layers. Here's our conversation:

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Anatomy of a Miracle by Jonathan Miles was published by Hogarth.

Marginalia: Brock Clarke

Mar 30, 2018

With the publication of his most recent story collection, The Price of the Haircut, Brock Clarke now has 4 novels and 3 story collections on his list of published works. Punctuated with Clarke’s sardonic humor, the new collection is delightfully dark, yet hopeful at times. 

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.

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.

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