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Joanna Quinn on 'The Whalebone Theatre' and its charming cast of characters

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Nancy Turner
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Penguin Random House
Joanna Quinn is the author of "The Whalebone Theatre"

I’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of Joanna Quinn’s novel The Whalebone Theatre since a friend of mine insisted that I read it, and he’s never led me astray. This recommendation was no exception.

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Quinn’s debut novel follows the young Cristabel Seagrave as she builds a theater among the bones of a washed up whale and comes of age during gap between WWI and WWII.

I recently spoke with Joanna Quinn about her compelling cast of characters, how her work experience influenced her writing, and the education that reading can provide. Here’s our conversation.

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The Whalebone Theatre by Joanna Quinn was published by Knopf.

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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.