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Marginalia: Nickolas Butler on 'Godspeed'

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Author Nickolas Butler

Godspeed by Nickolas Butler is a slow-build thriller set among extremes. Dramatic landscape, unforgivable weather, unachievable wealth, and impossible deadlines. But the idea for the book stemmed from a casual conversation. A house-builder friend described a situation to Butler in which his crew was offered individual bonuses for finishing on time. So Butler started asking himself “what if” questions, taking an already impossible scenario to the extreme.

I recently spoke with Nickolas Butler about Godspeed. I hope you enjoy our conversation.


Godspeed by Nickolas Butler was published by Putnam.

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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.