Posted February 20, 2022
New Library Podcast Collaboration
Local Author Podcast
Local author, Kelly Fordon’s podcast, “Let’s Deconstruct a Story” is now produced in collaboration with the Grosse Pointe Public Library. Fordon started the podcast in 2019.
“Kelly’s podcast is focused on helping aspiring writers understand what makes a good story,” said Jessica Keyser, Library Director. “Bringing her podcast to our library patrons not only supports a local author but helps aspiring writers achieve success.”
According to Fordon, Let's Deconstruct a Story is a podcast for the story nerds. “Aspiring writers need to understand the components of a good story before they can write one,” says Fordon. “Choices of point of view, plot, setting and tone are crucial.” In each episode, Fordon interviews a writer about one of their stories, which will be available to read at the GPPL or on her website www.kellyfordon.com.
Fordon started the podcast when she met a fellow writer, Wendy Rawlings. “(She) mentioned how much she learned about writing by deconstructing the work of her favorite writers. I also just love reading short stories and talking to writers about their work.”
The first podcast, done in collaboration with the library, airs March 1 on Kelly’s blog. Fordon interviews Caitlin Horrocks about her book, Life Among the Terranauts. The story discussed on the podcast is "On the Oregon Trail." The first 10 people who register to listen to the blog will receive a copy of the book from the library. In addition, Fordon will host a live zoom chat on Saturday, March 5 at 4 p.m.
Caitlin Horrocks is the author of the story collection This Is Not Your City and the novel The Vexations, a Wall Street Journal Top Ten Book of the Year. She is a recipient of the O. Henry Prize, the Pushcart Prize, and the Plimpton Prize. Her fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, Tin House, and One Story, among other magazines, and has been reprinted in The Best American Short Stories. She lives with her family in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Kelly Fordon is the award-winning author of a short story collection I Have the Answer (Wayne State University Press, 2020), a novel-in-stories, Garden for the Blind, (WSUP 2015), a poetry collection, Goodbye Toothless House, (Kattywompus Press, 2019) which was adapted into a play by Robin Martin, and three poetry chapbooks. She has received a Best of the Net Award and Pushcart Prize nominations in three different genres.