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Saturday, October 17 • 5:00pm - 6:15pm
FREEMAN'S: Best New Writings on Love

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Co-presented by City Lights Booksellers & Publishers

In a time of contentiousness and flagrant abuse, it often feels as if our world is run on hate. Invective. Cruelty and sadism. But is it possible the greatest and most powerful force is love? In the newest issue of this acclaimed series, FREEMAN'S Love (Grove Press) asks this question, bringing together literary heavyweights like Tommy Orange, Anne Carson, Louise Erdrich, and Nobel Prize winner Olga Tokarczuk, alongside emerging writers such as Gunnhild Øyehaug and Semezdin Mehmedinović. Richard Russo’s charming and painful “Good People” introduces us to two sets of married professors who have been together for decades, and for whom love still exists, but between the wrong pair. Haruki Murakami tells the tale of a one-night stand that feels like a dying sun. And Mehmedinović contributes a breathtaking book-length essay on the aftermath of his wife’s stroke, describing how the two reassembled their lives outside their home country of Bosnia. In a time when we need it the most, this issue promises what only love can bring: a solace of complexity and warmth. Join us to launch the newest edition of FREEMAN'S, with editor John Freeman, Robin Coste Lewis, Tommy Orange, and Matt Summell. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

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https://bookshop.org/a/11096/9780802157836
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Speakers
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John Freeman

John Freeman was the editor of Granta until 2013. His books include How to Read a Novelist, Tales of Two Cities, and Tales of Two Americas. Maps, his debut collection of poems, is out from Copper Canyon in fall 2017. He is the executive editor at Literary Hub and teaches at the New... Read More →
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Robin Coste Lewis

Robin Coste Lewis is the poet laureate of Los Angeles. In 2015, her debut poetry collection, Voyage of the Sable Venus (Knopf) won the National Book Award in poetry––the first time a poetry debut by an African-American had ever won the prize in the National Book Foundation’s... Read More →
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Tommy Orange

Tommy Orange’s There There is an exceptional debut novel that grapples with the history of a nation while showcasing a side of America few of us have ever seen. After noticing a lack of stories about urban Native Americans, Orange created a remarkable work that explores those who... Read More →
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Matt Sumell

Matt Sumell is a graduate of UC Irvine's MFA Program in Writing. His short fiction has since appeared in the Paris Review, Esquire, Electric Literature, One Story, Noon, Freeman’s, and elsewhere. His first collection, MAKING NICE, is available in stores now.



Saturday October 17, 2020 5:00pm - 6:15pm PDT
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