2024 Festival:
October 21–27
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Matrix: Lauren Groff in Conversation with John Freeman


Of all the attributes Lauren Groff possesses, range is surely one of them. Her “all-conquering” 2015 novel, Fates and Furies, was a literary masterpiece about a modern day marriage, creativity, and perception. Florida brought storms, snakes, and sinkholes to lurk at the edges of everyday life in strange, affecting stories. And now, her latest anticipated work, Matrix, explores the raptures and hardships of life in a 12th century convent, as told by seventeen-year-old Marie de France. Groff’s accolades wouldn’t fit onto this page: a two-time finalist for the National Book Award; finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Prize; Winner of the American Booksellers’ Association Award; a bestseller many times over; and a writer beloved by readers and critics alike. Hear from this fascinating mind—and one of our finest writers today—as she speaks to author, poet, and editor, John Freeman.

Participants and Speakers

Lauren Groff

LAUREN GROFF is a two-time National Book Award finalist and The New York Times-bestselling author of three novels–The Monsters of Templeton, Arcadia, and Fates and Furies–and the celebrated short story collections Delicate Edible Birds and Florida. She has won The Story Prize, the PEN/O. Henry Award, and been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She was named one of Granta’s 2017 Best Young American Novelists. (UNITED STATES)

John Freeman

JOHN FREEMAN is the editor of Freeman’s, a literary annual of new writing, an executive editor at Alfred A. Knopf, and author of two books of nonfiction. He teaches at The New School and is Distinguished Writer-in Residence at New York University.