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Julia May Jonas on her debut novel, 'Vladimir'

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Julia May Jonas author of "Vladimir"

Set on the campus of a small liberal arts college, Vladimir is the story of a popular English professor and her husband, the chair of the department who is under investigation for inappropriate relationships with former students.

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Despite this recent thrust into the limelight, our unnamed narrator is stoic, controlled, and very internal. This becomes interesting when considering that the author, Julia May Jonas, is a playwright. Stoic, controlled and internal doesn’t play well on stage.

I recently spoke with Jonas about how Vladimir forced a transition from playwright to novelist, and about so much more. Here’s our conversation.

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Vladimir by Julia May Jonas was published by Avid Reader Press.

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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.