Join us for an evening that promises to be stimulating and memorable. Critically-acclaimed writer, literary critic and Columbia Professor, John Freeman, and the award-winning novelist Colum McCann will both join us for happy hour at Sazerac in downtown Seattle; we'll then walk a few blocks over to the Seattle Public Library, where in an event hosted by the Elliot Bay Book Company, McCann will talk to Freeman about his work, the writing life, the perils of migration, and the inaugural issue of FREEMAN’S, a new serial literary anthology edited by Freeman.
Date: Tuesday, October 20.
Time: Happy Hour at Sazerac, 5:30 p.m.; Literary event at the Seattle Public Library, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Sazerac, 1101 4th Avenue, Seattle; Seattle Public Library, Central branch, 1000 4th Avenue, Seattle.
We urge you to RSVP, as space is limited and spots will go quickly. We look forward to seeing you there!
About FREEMAN's: With FREEMAN’S Arrival, the literary critic John Freeman introduces a unique and fascinating new literary space. Collecting a wide-ranging group of never-before-published pieces centered broadly around a theme, from both emerging voices and the world’s best-known writers, FREEMAN’S will be published twice a year, like a journal, but will feel more like an anthology. Beginning appropriately with the theme of “Arrival,” FREEMAN’S promises to be an essential addition to the library of the serious literary reader.
In this inaugural edition of FREEMAN’S, John Freeman gathers the best new fiction, nonfiction, and poetry about that electrifying moment when we arrive. Ranging from “shorts” from David Mitchell, Louise Erdrich and others to poetry by Anne Carson and Ishion Hutchinson, and new work by Lydia Davis, Haruki Murakami, Dave Eggers, Etgar Keret, Laura van den Berg, Aleksandar Hemon, Barry Lopez, and many others, FREEMAN’S marks the debut of an exciting and important new publication, and an indispensable map to the world’s literary landscape.
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, and he teaches at Columbia University.
Colum McCann is the internationally bestselling author of the novels TransAtlantic, Let the Great World Spin, Zoli, Dancer, This Side of Brightness, and Songdogs, as well as two critically acclaimed story collections. His fiction has been published in thirty-five languages. He has received many honors, including the National Book Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and a Chevalier d l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres award from the French Government. He teaches in Hunter College MFA Creative Writing Program and lives in New York City with his wife and their three children. His new book is Thirteen Ways of Living.