Marginalia

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

The Marginalia podcast is also available through iTunes and through Google Play.

Marginalia: Jesmyn Ward

Nov 10, 2017
Beowulf Sheehan

If Jesmyn Ward’s name sounds familiar, it might be because she won the National Book Award for fiction in 2011 for Salvage the Bones.

Or it might be because she was just named a 2017 MacArthur fellow, which means she was awarded a genius grant.

Marginalia: John Grisham

Oct 27, 2017

A conversation about his new legal thriller, title choices, and more...

Nicole Haley

A conversation about a collaboration with Mark Twain.

A conversation about Hmong traditions, the Secret War, voice, and The Latehomecomer, with Kao Kalia Yang.

Hermance Triay

A conversation about political cartoons, translation, Shakespeare, and Reputations... with Juan Gabriel Vásquez.

Marginalia: John Boyne

Sep 1, 2017

John Boyne is an Irish author who has been publishing his work for almost 20 years. He’s written 10 novels, 5 books for young readers--most notably, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas--he has 3 short story collections, and his books have been published in 51 languages.

Kamila Shamsie is the author of several novels and has been a finalist for the Orange Prize, twice, and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. And she has been named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Her latest book, Home Fire, was recently longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize. It’s a contemporary retelling of the Sophocles play, Antigone. The book and the play were written roughly 2500 years apart… yet the retelling is remarkably timely.

I recently spoke with Shamsie about her new novel, about political writing, and about language.

Marginalia: David Baron

Aug 4, 2017
Baron photo by Dana Meyer

David Baron’s new book, American Eclipse: A Nation’s Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World, is about the history and the players involved in the total solar eclipse of 1878.

Marginalia: Fiona Barton

Jul 21, 2017
Jenny Lewis

Although she spent years working as a journalist, Fiona Barton only recently became a novelist last year with the publication of the psychological thriller, The Widow. And a second thriller, The Child, was just published a few weeks ago.

Sean Mewshaw

Bill Roorbach is the author of many books of fiction and nonfiction. His novels include The Smallest Color, The Remedy for Love, and Life Among Giants. One of his story collections, Big Bend, won both the Flannery O’Connor and O. Henry prizes. His work has been featured in Harper’s, the Atlantic, the New York Times Magazine and was one of NPR’s Selected Shorts. I caught up with him recently through Skype at his home in Maine and we spoke his new collection of stories, The Girl of the Lake.

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