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Marginalia: Fredrik Backman On Ove, Mental Health, And 'Anxious People'

Linne?a Jonasson Bernholm
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Fredrik Backman, author of "Anxious People"

Why did I ask Fredrik Backman how to pronounce Ove? Well, Ove is the title character his bestselling novel, A Man Called Ove

Although many American’s—myself included—do not know how to pronounce his name, that didn’t stop us from loving the book and reading everything else Backman has written.

His latest release in the United States is a novel titled Anxious People, in which a failed bank robber holds a group of strangers hostage at an apartment open house. We spoke on the day Anxious People made it to #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, and we spoke about the book, his work in general, and mental health.

Here’s our conversation:


Anxious People by Fredrik Backman is published by Atria Books.

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Beth Golay is KMUW's Director of Marketing and Digital Content. She is the host of the KMUW podcast Marginalia and co-host with Suzanne Perez of the Books & Whatnot podcast. You can find her on Wichita Transit in conversation with other riders for En Route, a monthly segment on KMUW's weekly news program The Range.