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Marginalia: Ben Dolnick

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.

Thus begins The Ghost Notebooks, an odd little gem of a book that explores paranormal activity that’s just normal enough to feel plausible.

I recently spoke with Ben Dolnick about The Ghost Notebooks and his writing process. Here’s our conversation:


The Ghost Notebooks by Ben Dolnick was published by Pantheon.

Marginalia was produced at KMUW Wichita. Edited by Lu Anne Stephens; produced by Beth Golay.

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