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: 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.

Michael Lionstar

Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan is the story of two Irish sisters--Nora and Theresa-- who journey by ship to the United States when they are 21 and 17 years old. Nora, the elder, is engaged to be married to an Irish neighbor who made the trip across the ocean before her. After spending decades in the states, the sisters are still faced with questions about what makes a family, and what it means to be an American.

I caught up with Sullivan while she was on tour for the book release. I’m Beth Golay, this is Marginalia, and here’s our conversation:  

Isan Brant

In his book, The Unsettlers: In Search of the Good Life in Today’s America, author Mark Sundeen set out to do just that. Find the good life. 

Fernando Salazar/The Wichita Eagle

At the end of December, I was tagged in a Facebook post by Suzanne Tobias, a reporter and columnist for The Wichita Eagle.

Marginalia: Mohsin Hamid

May 16, 2017

In this podcast, I was able to visit by phone with Mohsin Hamid from his home in Lahore, Pakistan about his new novel, Exit West. The novel follows a young couple who fall in love in an unstable country and decide to migrate to other lands through magical portals. We visited about these literal open doors, human migration--especially in light of recent talk of proposed walls and travel bans, and children’s literature.

Here’s our conversation:

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That was Mohsin Hamid, author of a new novel Exit West which was published by Riverhead Books.

In this podcast, I visited with Patricia Lockwood about her new memoir, Priestdaddy. You see, her father is a married priest... rare, but not unheard of in the Catholic church. A few years ago, unusual circumstances forced Lockwood and her husband to move back home with her parents… only this home was a rectory in the Kansas City, Missouri diocese. Although she’s known for her fiction--and her tweets--Lockwood spent her time at ‘home’ penning this memoir.

Here’s our conversation:

And if you listened to the commentary on air, this is what you heard:

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Marginalia: Ulrich Boser

Apr 28, 2017

In this podcast, I visited with Ulrich Boser about his new book, Learn Better: Mastering the Skills for Success in Life, Business, and School, or, How to Become an Expert in Just about Anything.

Christopher Anderson Magnum Photos

In this podcast, I visited with Michael Finkel about his new book, The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit. The story is really Christopher Knight’s story. In 1986, Knight was 20 years old. He left his home and job in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, left his keys in his unlocked car and walked into the woods where he didn’t speak with another human being for 27 years. Okay, there was one time he encountered a hiker and said, “hi”--so that’s one syllable in 27 years.

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