John Freeman at Harvard Book Store
in conversation with ALLEGRA GOODMAN, CLAIRE MESSUD, HITOMI YOSHIO, and JOSHUA BENNETT
December 5, 2023
7:00 PM ET
Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
This event is free; no tickets are required.
Harvard Book Store welcomes JOHN FREEMAN—editor of Freeman's—to celbrate the release of Freeman's: Conclusions. He will be joined in conversation by ALLEGRA GOODMAN, CLAIRE MESSUD, HITOMI YOSHIO, and JOSHUA BENNETT.
About Freeman's: Conclusions
Over the course of ten years, Freeman’s has introduced the English-speaking world to countless writers of international import and acclaim, from Olga Tokarczuk to Valeria Luiselli, while also spotlighting brilliant writers working in English, from Tommy Orange to Tess Gunty. Now, in its last issue, this unique literary project ponders all the ways of reaching a fitting conclusion.
For Sayaka Murata, keeping up with the comings and goings of fashion and its changing emotional landscapes can mean being left behind, while in her poem “Amenorrhea,” Julia Alvarez experiences the end of a line as menstruation ceases. Yet sometimes an end is merely a beginning, as Barry Lopez meditates while walking through the snowy Oregonian landscapes. While Chinelo Okparanta’s story “Fatu” confronts the end of a relationship under the specter of new life, other writers look towards aging as an opportunity for rebirth, such as Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, who takes on the role of being her own elder, comforting herself in the ways that her grandmother used to. Finally, in his comic story “Everyone at Dinner Has a Max von Sydow Story,” Dave Eggers suggests that sometimes stories don’t have neat or clean endings—that sometimes the middle is enough.
With new writing from Sandra Cisneros, Colum McCann, Omar El Akkad, and Mieko Kawakami, Freeman’s: Conclusions is a testament to the startling power of literature to conclude in a state of beauty, fear, and promise.
Praise for Freeman's
“Looking at what John [Freeman] has put together in [his] first edition, I’m struck by how many names I don’t know and how diverse and global it is. My only disappointment is that it’s going to be twice a year—I think we need it four times a year.” —James Wood, Radio Boston
“Illuminating . . . Perfect reading for our ever-accelerating times.” —NPR’s Book Concierge
“Freeman’s is fresh, provocative, engrossing.” —BBC.com
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