Freeman’s New Voices

John Freeman, Heather O'Neill, Diego Enrique Osorno

Freeman’s New Voices

Moderator: John Freeman

Event Number: 53
Tickets: $20.00

Freeman’s New Voices

John Freeman, Heather O'Neill, Diego Enrique Osorno

Thursday, October 19
8:30pm - 10:00pm
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-time Scotiabank Giller Prize nominee Heather O’Neill isn’t a new voice in Canada, but her work is only now being discovered beyond our borders. 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. Join Freeman as he talks with two authors about stepping onto the world stage.

Programming details have changed since the Festival Program was printed. We regret to announce that Pola Oloixarac will no longer be appearing in this event. We are pleased to announce that Heather O’Neill will now be appearing in this event.

Presented by SFU’s World Literature Program.

Event Participants:

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”.


Heather O’Neill


Heather O’Neill is a novelist, short-story writer and essayist. Her work, which includes Lullabies for Little Criminals, The Girl Who Was Saturday Night and Daydreams of Angels, has been shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Scotiabank Giller Prize in two consecutive years, and has won CBC Canada Reads, the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction and the Danuta Gleed Award. Born and raised in Montreal, O’Neill lives there today with her daughter.

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.