The Perils and Pleasures of Writing About the Past, featuring Christina Baker Kline

Dec 7, 2020

Christina Baker Kline

This week we are talking about writing about the past—and how history so rarely gives space to marginalized voices. Our guest is the #1 New York Times best-selling author Christina Baker Kline, who shares why it’s problematic that women writing about the past get ghettoized into historical fiction, and how she’s followed the threads of her last three novels, all of which have been set (at least in part) in the past. We love her activism and clear-eyed thoughts on publishing, women and writing, and so much more.


A #1 New York Times bestselling author of eight novels, including The Exiles, Orphan Train, and A Piece of the World, Christina Baker Kline is widely published and has won many prizes, including the New England Prize for Fiction, the Maine Literary Award, and a Barnes & Noble Discover Award. Her essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in the New York Times and the NYT Book Review, The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, Poets & Writers, and Salon. Read more about Christina at

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