Freeman’s New Voices

John Freeman, Pola Oloixarac, Diego Enrique Osorno

Freeman’s New Voices

Moderator: John Freeman

Event Number: 53
Tickets: $20.00

Freeman’s New Voices

John Freeman, Pola Oloixarac, Diego Enrique Osorno

Thursday, October 19
8:30pm - 12:00am
Studio 1398

1398 Cartwright St.,
3rd Floor

When John Freeman first came to the Festival with his book of interviews with literary figures, he made such an impression that we’ve invited him back every year since. Formerly the editor of Granta Magazine, he now edits a twice-yearly literary anthology called, naturally, Freeman’s. The new edition focuses on The Future of New Writing and features 25 poets, essayists, novelists and short story writers who are shaping the literary conversation. Two of them, both still in their 30s, join him on stage tonight. Pola Oloixarac’s Savage Theories is a novelistic whirlwind, blending Argentine political satire and sexual picaresque. Diego Enrique Osorno is one of Mexico’s foremost journalists and filmmakers. His latest book is a biography of the reclusive and powerful Carlos Slim.

Presented by SFU’s World Literature Program.

Event Authors:

John Freeman

United States

John Freeman is a literary critic and writer. He was the editor of Granta and his work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times and the Paris Review. His writing has appeared in almost 200 English-language publications around the world and has been translated into more than twenty languages. He also served as the president of the National Book Critics Circle. This fall, Freeman has a new book coming out, Tales of Two Americas Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation; a debut poetry collection, Maps and an issue of Freemans regarding “The Future of New Writing”.


Pola Oloixarac

United States / Argentina

Pola Oloixarac is a writer, academic, journalist and translator. As a writer, she has been invited to present on literature at international forums and universities all around the world, including Stanford, Harvard, University of Toronto, the Jaipur Literature Festival, LIWRE in Finland, Marathon des Mots in Toulouse and more. She’s a founding editor of The Buenos Aires Review, about contemporary literature in the Americas, and is completing a PhD at Stanford University. Savage Theories is her English-language debut that takes a philosophic perspective on flawed people grappling with violence, war, sex and madness.


Diego Enrique Osorno


Diego Enrique Osorno is a reporter and writer. He has witnessed some of the twenty-first century’s major conflicts in Mexico and Latin America and has been called one of the region’s most important journalists by the Gabriel García Márquez Foundation for New Journalism. In 2014, he was awarded Mexico’s National Journalism Prize, which he dedicated to the Zapatista Army of National Liberation. His books El cártel de Sinaloa and La guerra de los Zetas have sold widely and appeared on many year-end lists of best non-fiction. His next book, Un vaquero cruza la frontera, is forthcoming this fall.