Wednesday, November 2nd at 7:00 p.m.
John Freeman, former editor of the literary journal Granta and now out with the second issue of his highly praised new venture Freeman’s will discuss this new collection of never-before- published stories, essays, and poetry, which deftly plumbs the topic of “Family,” with contributions from both emerging voices and the world’s best known writers. Hector Tobar, known for his stellar journalism as well as his award-winning novels, will join Freeman in a conversation about this standout anthology that encounters families from D.C. supermarkets to the Soviet Gulag, and extends its definition to include invalid daschunds and bygone lovers. Gather round with Chevalier’s family of book-lovers for what can only be a fascinating talk, q&a, and signing about Freeman’s Family: The Best New Writing on Family.
With outstanding, never-before- published pieces of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from literary heavyweights and up-and- coming writers—including Angela Flournoy, Alexander Chee, Valeria Luiselli, Cesar Aira, Patrick Modiano, Tracy K. Smith and more—this second issue of FREEMAN’S: Family circles the globe and collects the most amusing, heartbreaking, and probing stories about family life emerging today.
In an essay titled “Crossroads,” Aminatta Forna musing on the legacy of slavery as she settles her mixed-race British and African family in the city of Washington, D.C., where she is constantly accused of cutting in line whenever she stands next to her white husband. Families are hardly stable entities, so many writers discover. Award-winning novelist Claire Vaye Watkins delivers a stunning portrait of a woman in the throes of postpartum depression. Recent Booker finalist Sunjeev Sahota and winner Marlon James remember the way work stretched the limits of their childhood networks. Even in the darkest moments, humor abounds. In Claire Messud’s home there are two four-legged tyrants—one of them a deaf-blind dachshund who has to be carried everywhere; Sandra Cisneros writes a bitingly humorous piece on the extended family of her past lovers;and Aleksandar Hemon tells the story of his uncle’s desperate attempt to remain a communist despite decades in the Soviet gulag.
“Freeman’s is fresh, provocative, engrossing.” —BBC.com
“Freeman draws from a global cache of talent…This collection takes on the family from within and without, in ways one might expect and others totally unanticipated, for an expansive reading experience.” —Kirkus Reviews
John Freeman was the editor of “Granta” until 2013. His books include How to Read a Novelist and Tales of Two Cities: The Best of Times and Worst of Times in Today’s New York. He is an executive editor at the Literary Hub and teaches at the New School. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and the Paris Review.
Born in Los Angeles to Guatemalan parents, novelist and journalist Héctor Tobar is the author of four books, including Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine and the Miracle That Set Them Free, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and The Barbarian Nurseries, winner of the California Book Award Gold Medal for Fiction. He worked at the Los Angeles Times for two decades, where he served as The Times’ bureau chief in Mexico City and Buenos Aires and was part of the reporting team that won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the 1992 L.A. riots.