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From the Margins is a podcast that explores the story behind the story in publishing—laying bare the many facets of the process that don’t make it onto the page. Host Devon Fredericksen of global editorial and book production agency Girl Friday Productions lifts the veil on the bookmaking industry with themes such as parenting while writing, building legendary characters, truth vs. fact, and gender in publishing. Whether it’s Carine McCandless giving the real scoop behind Into the Wild, or alpinist writer Leif Whitaker discussing the rigid culture of mountaineering, or rocker and provocateur Peaches exploring bending gender norms, From the Margins delights voracious readers and writers with every fascinating episode.

From the Margins Girl Friday Productions

    • Arts
    • 5.0, 21 Ratings

From the Margins is a podcast that explores the story behind the story in publishing—laying bare the many facets of the process that don’t make it onto the page. Host Devon Fredericksen of global editorial and book production agency Girl Friday Productions lifts the veil on the bookmaking industry with themes such as parenting while writing, building legendary characters, truth vs. fact, and gender in publishing. Whether it’s Carine McCandless giving the real scoop behind Into the Wild, or alpinist writer Leif Whitaker discussing the rigid culture of mountaineering, or rocker and provocateur Peaches exploring bending gender norms, From the Margins delights voracious readers and writers with every fascinating episode.

    Episode 10: When We Write About Sex

    Episode 10: When We Write About Sex

    Let’s talk about sex. Or rather, let’s talk about writing about sex and what it means in a cultural context. We talk to Margaret Mallory about why the romance genre gets such a bad rap, and about what sex scenes really add to the story. And because sex isn’t always just butterflies and rose petals, we hear from writers Larissa Pham, Elissa Washuta, and Allison Moon about chronicling their own sexual experiences—including ones they would rather forget. We also hear from our own Anna Katz about what it’s like to work in Seattle’s famous feminist sex shop Toys in Babeland.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode 9: Legendary Characters

    Episode 9: Legendary Characters

    Plenty of literary characters are memorable, but what makes a character legendary? In this episode, we explore how great characters are made. We look into the origins of the world’s most famous detective; talk to bestselling novelist Elizabeth George about how she creates characters with lives of their own; and hear from GFP’s VP of Editorial Christina Henry de Tessan about what she looks for in a good literary character. We hear about what happens when you don’t see yourself in the characters you read about in our interviews with author Vikki Vansickle and author and We Need Diverse Books liaison Stacey Lee.

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

StarWild ,

These people love what they do

Very high quality podcast from subject-matter experts. Each episode has variety and good interviews and excellent focus. Please do a season 2!

DJ-HIBBY ,

Well-made

Gets better and better as the season goes on. Devon has a very natural podcasting voice. The series explores some very thought-provoking and lesser-known stories in fascinating ways. I hope they make a second season!

CharQ032 ,

Everyone should take a listen!

What better way to learn about storytelling than through story? From the Margins was very inspirational to me as a writer, and I enjoyed listening to the publishing input from the Girl Friday company. The variety and diverse amount of voices in each episode made it more engaging from the last! Episode nine is my favorite in the derives because it is explicitly touched on the topic of the diversity needed in the literary world. I hope in a future season From the Margins could expand on this topic (maybe bring in poet Rick Barot or memoirist Ira Sukrungraung!). Thank you for a wonderful series!

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