2024 Festival:
October 21–27

24: Freeman’s Spotlight, featuring Tess Gunty

24: Freeman’s Spotlight, featuring Tess Gunty

Update: The venue for this event has changed to The NEST.

You won’t need the rest of your to-read list after you pick up Tess Gunty’s anticipated, rave-reviewed debut novel The Rabbit Hutch. This unputdownable, “breathtaking” work follows four teenagers— recently aged out of the state foster-care system—living together in the post-industrial Midwest. Gunty is also one of the authors to be featured in John Freeman’s latest eponymous anthology, this time with the theme of Animals. Freeman’s ability to discover new talent, or simply curate a bold collection from authors across the globe, is one of the many reasons he’s a good friend of the Festival. Enjoy a conversation of humour, depth, and literary panache between these two writers of substance. You’ll be glad you did.

Event Participants:

John Freeman

JOHN FREEMAN is the founder of the literary annual Freeman’s, and an executive editor at Alfred A. Knopf. His books include How To Read a Novelist, Dictionary of the Undoing, and the poetry collections Wind, Trees (2022); Maps; and The Park. He is a Writer in Residence at New York University.

Tess Gunty

TESS GUNTY earned an MFA in creative writing from NYU, where she was a Lillian Vernon Fellow. Her work has appeared in The Iowa Review, Joyland, Los Angeles Review of Books, No Tokens, Flash, and elsewhere. The Rabbit Hutch is her debut novel. (UNITED STATES)