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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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 long-listed 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.

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:  

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