2024 Festival:
October 21–27
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On Freedom: Maggie Nelson in Conversation with Baharak Yousefi

Those who are first introduced to Maggie Nelson soon notice her name throughout their literary and social worlds. The award-winning writer, scholar, poet, and critic is one of the most prolific and influential Western thinkers today. As Vulture shared, “Reading Nelson is like watching a prima ballerina deliver the performance of a lifetime: athletic, graceful, and awe-inspiring.” The same goes for her latest work, On Freedom: Four Songs of Care and Constraint, which draws on a vast range of material to explore how we might think, experience, or talk about freedom. Thinking publicly through the knots in our culture—from recent art-world debates to the turbulent legacies of sexual liberation, from the painful paradoxes of addiction to the lure of despair in the face of the climate crisis—is itself a practice of freedom, a means of forging fortitude, courage, and company.

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Participants and Speakers

Maggie Nelson

MAGGIE NELSON is the author of several books of poetry and prose, most recently the New York Times bestseller and National Book Critics Circle Award winner The Argonauts. She teaches at the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles. (UNITED STATES)

Baharak Yousefi

BAHARAK YOUSEFI has been peddling books in Vancouver for the past twenty-two years. She is a bookseller-turned-librarian and a refugee-turned-settler. Baharak is co-editor of Feminists Among Us: Resistance and Advocacy in Library Leadership.