Commonwealth National Podcast

Myla Goldberg, Author of Bee Season and Wickett’s Remedy (10/17/2006)

Duration: 
57:00

Experimental novelist and indie-folk musician Myla Goldberg will speak about the possibilities and perils of memory and how past events do and do not shape the present. Goldberg’s latest novel, Wickett’s Remedy, takes place in Boston during the 1918 influenza epidemic and spans through the 1990s.

Goldberg’s first novel, Bee Season, deals with the a family’s preoccupation with spelling bees and was later turned into a film in 2005. Not confined to fiction, Goldberg also plays the banjo, flute, and accordion in the band The Galerkin Method. Popular indie-rock band, the Decemberists, wrote a song after her, “Songs for Myla Goldberg.” Goldberg attended Oberlin College, where she studied English. She lives Brooklyn, New York with her husband, Jason Little, a cartoonist.

This program was recorded in front of a live audience on October 17, 2006.