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.

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Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

A conversation with Charles Finch about his work as an author and a critic.

Michael Lionstar

Charles C. Mann has written about the intersection of science, technology, and commerce for many newspapers, magazines and books. His latest book, The Wizard and the Prophet, is about two scientists and their dueling predictions about the future of our planet. 

Marginalia: Jojo Moyes

Feb 2, 2018

When Jojo Moyes wrote Me Before You in 2012, she wasn’t expecting to write a follow-up. But the unlikely heroine of that book, Louisa Clark, just wouldn’t leave her. So Moyes penned After You, which was published in 2015. Louisa Clark kept speaking to her, so Moyes wrote Still Me, which hit the shelves this week.

Jojo Moyes is on tour this week, but I caught up with her via phone to talk about the unplanned series, her research, and what she’s working on next. Here’s our conversation:

And here's the shorter commentary from on-air:


Marginalia: Peter Heller

Jan 26, 2018
John Burcham

Peter Heller’s book, Celine, is a book about a private eye who is anything but typical. She’s 68 years old, part of the New York aristocracy, is highly educated, and her petite and sophisticated form can barely peer over a steering wheel. And she not entirely fictional. The character Celine is very much based on Peter Heller’s mother. 

The book was recently released in paperback, and I caught up with Heller to visit about the book, his mother, the writing process, and what’s next.  Here’s our conversation:     


Chloe Benjamin’s new book, The Immortalists, begins in the 1960s, with four siblings, aged 7 to 13, visiting a Romani fortune teller on New York’s lower east side. Each sibling is granted an individual audience with the fortune teller, and each is told the date they will die.

The novel then follows the siblings through their decades, punctuated with invisible question marks, and an unspoken debate about destiny vs. choice.

Marginalia: Megan Hunter

Jan 12, 2018

A conversation with Megan Hunter, author of The End We Start From.

A conversation with Woody Skinner, author of A Thousand Distant Radios.


A conversation with Mark McCormick, author of Some Were Paupers, Some Were Kings.

Marginalia: Terry Virts

Dec 8, 2017

In the year 2000, Terry Virts transitioned from an Air Force fighter pilot to a Space Shuttle Commander. During his 217 days in space, he took more photographs than any other NASA Astronaut. The stunning photos have been compiled in a book published by National Geographic titled View From Above.

I caught up with Terry Virts recently and talked to him about his time spent on the International Space Station, Earth’s varying colors, and celestial navigation. Here’s our conversation:

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


Marginalia: Juli Berwald

Nov 24, 2017
Madeleine Tilin

Although she grew up in landlocked St. Louis and now lives in landlocked Austin, Juli Berwald passion for marine science has always remained near the surface. After seeing disturbing headlines about unprecedented jellyfish blooms and the dangers of ocean acidification, Berwald decided to take a scientific journey to better understand jellyfish to better understand the damage we are inflicting on the climate and the oceans.